Location
246 Route 101
Bedford, NH 03110
Hours

Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm

Saturday: 8am-4pm

Sunday: 10am-3pm

Contact Us
603-353-0123
Email

Copyright 2016 Bedford Veterinary Medical Center

Website by Tallant Farm

Feline Healthcare

We recommend annual exams on all cats, even those that seem healthy and disease free. While indoor cats are protected from outdoor threats, they are still subject to the normal aging process. Signs of disease can be subtle, and cats are very good at hiding their sickness. Through yearly exams, we aim to detect diseases early so that your pet’s prognosis and quality of life will improve and to continue preventative care so that your pet will not develop certain diseases. 
In addition to the exam, we will recommend further testing and vaccines depending on your cat’s life stage (kitten, adult and senior) and lifestyle. 

Kitten Care

Similar to human babies, kittens require a lot of work, patience, and visits pertaining to their health. They are susceptible to a lot of viral diseases which they can die from if not fully vaccinated, can suffer from a variety of congenital diseases, and can be infected with intestinal parasites and pass those worms along to us and our children. 
During your kitten’s first exam, we will examine your pet to make sure they are developing appropriately, will establish a vaccination schedule to make sure your pet is appropriately vaccinated against serious diseases, and will deworm you pet to make sure they are worm free. We also will recommend a blood test to make sure your kitten does not have feline leukemia or feline aids. As part of your visit, we will also give preventative medications so that your kitten can be protected against heartworm disease and fleas. The exam is also a time to discuss training and issues with behavior, dental care, litter box hygiene, nail trimming, nutrition, and environmental enrichment so that you will have the tools to raise a healthy, well-mannered cat. 
Please see our reference section for more information on heartworms, fleas, FVRCP diseases, Rabies, FIV, FelV, intestinal parasites, litter box, etc. 

 

Please click here to download paperwork to bring in with you for your first visit. 

 
Other Services
 

Adult Care

During your cat’s wellness exam, we will review your cat’s medical history, thoroughly examine your pet, vaccinate your pet if needed, and perform further diagnostic tests. From the exam we may discover changes in weight or dental disease that has been undetected, note some other issue with your pet, or give you assurance that your pet is in good health. Our vaccination protocol is based off of the American Animal Hospital Association guide lines. We will also perform fecal checks to make sure your pet does not have any intestinal parasites, and may recommend additional testing based on findings from our exam. 
You are also a big component of your cat’s health. We only see your cats when they are at our clinic, while you see them on a daily basis, and can detect certain changes before we can. Please inform us of any physical, behavioral, or environmental changes that have occurred since your pet’s last exam and any concerns you have regarding your pet. If your pet is performing an odd behavior, please take a video if possible so that we can better understand what you are seeing. 

Senior Care

 

It can be hard to notice when your cat starts to age, and hard to realize just how old your cat truly is.  As your pet ages, diseases may progress gradually or rapidly. Common diseases we see in elderly cats are 
To make sure your cat is not developing any underlying disease, we highly stress an exam every year (and ideally bi-annually), as well as annual blood work. This is especially important as cats can hide signs of disease from us or even that they are not feeling well. During your pet’s senior exam, we will also start to look for any changes in appetite, drinking, urination, activity, hair coat, or breathing, and will want to assess your pet’s level of discomfort from arthritis. 

 

Signs of possible disease in senior cats include: 

  • Changes in hair coat or decreased grooming

  • Hiding, acting less social

  • Changes in appetite and thirst

  • Weight loss

  • Changes in urination 

    • (increased frequency, blood in urine, urination outside the litterbox)

  • Has a decreased or increased appetite or thirst

  • Changes in stool (diarrhea, constipation, or straining to defecate)

  • Wheezing or having difficulty breathing

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call 603-353-0123.