Feline Wellness

Regular wellness care will keep your cat healthy for a long lifetime with you and your family. Essex Animal Hospital’s wellness care program for cats includes:

  • An annual physical examination
  • Dental exam
  • Vaccinations tailored specially for your cat
  • Flea and tick testing and prevention
  • Heartworm testing and prevention

For outdoor cats or cats with increased risks, we also recommend Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia testing.

Our veterinarians will form an individualized wellness care plan for your cat that caters to his or her needs based on factors including breed, physical condition, lifestyle, and immunization history.

Nutritional counseling is an important part of wellness care for your cat. During counseling, we will monitor your cat’s weight so we can recommend any necessary modifications in their diet or exercise. A healthy body weight is important for your cat to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

On the day of the wellness appointment, we ask that you bring your cat in a secure carrier with a recent stool sample, ideally less than twelve hours old.

These appointments are also an excellent time for you to address any questions you may have about your pet’s health. Please call us today to schedule an appointment or request more information.


Vaccinating your cat keeps your cat healthy by preventing serious diseases. At Essex Animal Hospital, we tailor vaccines for each cat. Cats have different lifestyles and risks of exposure. Each cat is given individual attention and consideration at vaccination time. We take everything into consideration from your pet’s age and lifestyle, including exposure to the outdoors, travel plans, boarding plans to breed, health status, and immune competence. These factors may change over time, so we will review your pet’s vaccination plan at each wellness exam.

Heartworm is an important issue for cats, even if they are an indoor cat. A heartworm is a worm that resides in the heart and lungs of infected cats. It is transmitted by mosquitoes that transfer heartworm larva from cat to cat when bitten. These larva then develop into adult worms that over time cause heart disease and respiratory problems in cats. Fortunately, this is a preventable disease, and there are a number of monthly heartworm preventatives available at Essex Animal Hospital. Our staff members will help guide you through the process of selecting the right product that is best suited for your cat.