Cats deserve care: Ask your canine-owning clients if they’ve cats at home

This article from Dr. Peter Weinstein in Today’s Veterinary Business makes some important points about cats:

  1. They aren’t getting the veterinary care they need.
  2. Clients with dogs sometimes never mention they have cats at home.
  3. You can sometimes fix No. 1 by asking your clients specifically about No. 2: The cats they never mention.

From the article:

Once you know about a cross-species household, take the time at dog visits to express concerns about the needs of the cat that is under-represented in terms of veterinary care. Of course, you can’t dispense prescription flea control or heartworm medications for a pet you haven’t seen, but you can let your clients know that you are eager to ensure that the cat becomes part of your veterinary family.

Also, educate, educate, educate. Focus on both species’ needs and, if necessary, set up follow-up phone calls or emails or even texts to remind the client of the conversation. However, be careful not to go too overboard on the cat discussion when the dog is in front of you. On the other hand, if you don’t express concern for the clients’ cats, they won’t know.

Read the entire article, and let’s get those cats in. And when you do see them in your practice, bring up pet health insurance! Felines are also under-represented in the ranks of the covered. Our Whole Pet With Wellness is one plan that will get those cats the care they deserve — and need!