Why Annual Exams (for pets) are Necessary

vetco annual examDue to rising costs of healthcare many doctors are no longer recommending that people get a yearly exam. These exams lead to unnecessary tests and doctors appointments. Plus these exams are generally revealing any pertinent health information. A big part of this reason…people can talk. If you have something wrong with you, you are able to express your concerns. You can call the doctor to make an appointment and investigate your ailments. However, you pet can’t.

As pet owners, it is easy to miss our pets physical ailments. Our pets don’t always display behavior to let us know if something is wrong. They might be able to let you know if they are in pain, though often times that can be easily miscommunicated. But if something is off or they feel just a bit under the weather, they have no way to communicate that. Often times when something is wrong their behavior won’t noticeably change. Or the change will be so gradual that you don’t notice. This is why an annual exam is important.

What happens in an annual exam:

  • Vaccinations
  • Check their skin for infection
  • Check their ears for mites or infections
  • Check their teeth for dental hygiene issues
  • Check their eyes for cataracts
  • Feel for fatty tumors or non-fatty tumors
  • Check for arthritis and hip dysplasia
  • Weight loss/Weight gain
  • Ingrown toe nails
  • Yeast infections
  • Look for signs of overall health

Annual exams are a great time to get your preventative medicine:

You may be able to skip the annual exam for yourself this year but don’t skip it for your cat or dog. Call today to set up your pets annual exam!

Ask Vet-Co: Uh Oh! My Cat Ate String

cat eats stringDear Vet-Co,

My cat swallowed some yarn and it is sticking out of her bum. Is this be a serious problem? What can I do to take care of it? Should I pull it out?

Thank you,



Dear Unraveled,

Cats love to play with string. They love to bat it around, chase it, bite it and often swallow it. The first three things are ok, it is the last action in that list that can be a problem. A cat swallowing a string can cause some serious gastrointestinal problems called gastrointestinal obstruction. Often times when a cat has swallowed string they have swallowed things attached to the string as well, like needles.

What to do if your cat has swallowed yarn or string:

  1. Is the yarn or string visible? Is it hanging out of their mouth or rectum?
  2. If the string is visible give it a gentle tug.  If there is no resistance, pull the string out. If you feel resistance, STOP PULLING IMMEDIATELY and proceed to step 3.
  3. Cut the string off as short as possible so the cat does not accidentally get it caught on something and pulls it out.
  4. Feed the cat white petroleum jelly. You can do this by rubbing it on their mouth or paws. They will lick it off. The jelly will help “lube” their system and assist the string in passing through.
  5. If your cat starts vomiting or they stop eating, take them to the vet immediately. This can be a sign of a blockage or other gastrointestinal issue and may require surgical intervention.

If you think you cat has eaten string or yarn and you are not sure if it is an issue bring them into your vet. It is better to be safe than sorry. You can bring them to see us at

Albuquerque Vet-Co
8200 Menaul Blvd NE #R
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Phone: (505) 292-3030

Valencia Vet-Co, Los Lunas
2510 Main St. NE #1
Los Lunas, NM

Phone: (505) 865-0662