AVMA President Dr. Ted Cohn will appear on an upcoming episode of “Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr.” airing on the Discovery Channel later this month. He’ll discuss the concern of disease going undetected in cats and drive home the need for cat owners to make sure their pets get veterinary care.
This episode of “Innovations,” which airs Monday, April 20, at 7:30 a.m. EDT/PDT and 6:30 a.m. CDT, will explore feline behavior, the value of veterinary care and efforts made by veterinarians to improve the health and welfare of America’s more than 70 million pet cats. It will discuss the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ Cat Friendly Practice program, which aims to make veterinary visits less stressful for cats and help cat owners understand the importance and value of preventive care for their cats. The Cat Friendly Practice Program also provides tools for veterinarians to improve the treatment, handling and overall health care of cats.
Veterinarians know that cats are good at hiding illnesses – and if they don’t look sick, many owners aren’t taking them to the veterinarian. Visits to the veterinary clinic may be stressful for cats, and this can add to owners’ reluctance to take them to the veterinarian. The number of households taking their cat to the veterinarian once a year dropped 13.5 percent from 2006 to 2011, according to the most recent edition of the AVMA’s U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook. Cats represent only 29.9 percent of total veterinary visits compared to dogs, which make up 58.2 percent of total veterinary visits.
Among his messages, Dr. Cohn points out to viewers that cats need veterinary care every bit as much as other pets do. “Cats are frequently seen as independent animals that do not need care the same way that a dog might need it,” Dr. Cohn says in the program. “Unfortunately, that is not true. Cats do need to go to the vet as often as a dog does, if not more frequently sometimes.”
You can watch a clip of Dr. Cohn’s appearance below: