We provide a full suite of feline veterinary services to residents of Issaquah, Bellevue, Sammamish and all surrounding areas!
Wellness and Preventative Medicine
Regular veterinary examinations are a cornerstone of maintaining your cat's health. We recommend annual veterinary exams for all cats up to age seven and semi-annnual exams for senior or geriatric cats (eight years and older). During regular veterinary check-ups, our doctors will discuss your cat's complete medical history including current condition and environment, perform a thorough physical exam and make recommendations to optimize your cat's health and longevity. Another important aspect of preventative medicine is vaccination. The veterinarians at our cat clinic follow or exceed the guidelines set forth by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and tailor vaccination selection and protocols to your cat's unique risk factors and lifestyle. Vaccinations and the potential for over-vaccination is a concern for many, so our cat vets will gladly discuss options for offsetting vaccines and providing long-acting three year options. In addition, we offer affordable technician appointments for later vaccination or boosters.
At Meadows Cat Hospital, we recommend annual fecals and parasite testing for all cats, and yearly lab-work for all seniors (cats >8 years in age) or possible sick cats to help with early detection of feline diseases. By identifying feline health problems early on, we can adjust your cat's diet and/or prescribe medications to slow, reverse or even cure feline diseases. Finally, Meadows Cat Hospital believes that all cats should be given medication year-round to prevent fleas and those that are outside (even briefly in a screened-in area) should be tested and treated pro-actively for intestinal parasites. Uniquely, our highest rates of fleas and associated tape-worms are found on indoors-only cats as all cats are at a constant risk in our temperate evironment and indoors-only cats are least likely to be protected.
Comprehensive On-site Diagnostic Testing
Diagnostic laboratory testing is critical in the maintenance of your cat's health. Meadows Cat Hospital has a complete in-house laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment. In a matter of minutes, our veterinarians can obtain information regarding your cat's internal health via complete blood cell counts (CBC), blood chemistries, thyroid levels, and urinalysis. For more complex testing we can send out samples for expert review, advanced diagnostics and pathology. Convenient access to our in-house automated laboratory means we don't have to wait days or even hours to get valuable labs done on your sick or ailing kitty. In addition to these labs, we offer full microscopy and diagnostics including cytology, urinalyses, and basic pathology (often which can be done in house) so we can analyze skin, blood or tissue samples for infection, cancer, mites, etc.
Advanced Imaging and Diagnostics
In addition, we utilize state-of-the-art high resolution digital radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate internal structures such as bones, heart, lungs, and abdominal organs. Complimentary with our advanced radiography offerings, we now offer ultrasounds both done with our state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment and staff in-house and also with visiting specialists for even more advanced diagnostics and sampling. This means that to get quality ultrasounds and diagnostics, you are not forced to visit mixed animal practices or otherwise busy/noisy referral practices while also saving you money by keeping your feline's diagnostics and veterinary care in house. When faced with complicated medical cases, we gladly refer to area specialists for endoscopy, oncology, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cardiology, internal medicine and other advanced testing, to ensure the highest quality and most thorough veterinary care for your cat. How we are different is that we continue to follow-up with both your specialist and you/your kitty to continue treatment and centralize the flow of information. This way, no detail is lost or overlooked between your specialists and our doctors.
Meadows Cat Hospital has a fully-equipped surgical suite and complete dental set-up to meet the surgical needs of your cat. We determine the safest anesthetic protocol for individual patients, utilizing a combination of low-dose, reversible injectable medication (helps us minimize the anesthetic gas needed and therefore minimize risk to your cat) and the safest inhalant anesthetic available in veterinary medicine, Sevoflurane. Your feline is placed on a modern surgical monitor to track body temperature, heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. These vital statistics are monitored by highly trained technicians (with decades of combined experience) throughout the procedure. In addition, we include intravenous (IV) fluids for many of our surgical/dental procedures at no extra costs. Routine procedures such as dental cleanings, neuters, and laceration/abscess repairs, are discharged same-day, while involved surgeries such as spays, declaws, abdominal explorations, cystotomies and foreign body removals are hospitalized for a minimum of one night. Our medical director has over a decade of diverse surgical experience so you can rest assured that your cat is in good hands during the procedure.
Our veterinarians strongly believe in pain management and aggressively treat all aspects of pain by utilizing a combination of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, opiates and local anesthetics when applicable. In addition, we will be soon offering acupuncture-based pain management to augment your cat's pain management.
Meadows Cat Hospital offers full-service boarding 365 days per year. We have three large and 18 regular kennels to pamper your cat. A large panoramic window provides viewing entertainment, and your cats are given recreation time outside their kennels (access to the boarding facility and sometimes to our treatment area and doctor's office). Our kennel staff is trained to administer all medications, including injectable insulin. In addition, a cat vet will attend to or be on call for the boarders most weekends. We monitor your cat's appetite, demeanor, urination and defecation and weight changes to ensure a healthy and uneventful stay. In addition, we utilize the plug-in pheromone Feliway™ in the boarding facility to relax our more stressed guests.
To ensure the health of your cat as well as that of the other boarders, all cats must be current on their core immunizations (three-way vaccine which includes feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia or FVRCP as well as rabies), and owners must provide proof of current flea prevention and a negative fecal parasite test within 60 days of boarding. This is to protect the health of your cat as well as that of the other cats in our facility.
If your cat is in need of veterinary exams, medical treatments, is sick or might need diagnostics or surgery, call our knowledgeable staff and cat-only veterinarians at 425-392-8770