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Need for taking a cat’s temperature

Dr. Chambreau: I have 3 cats that I take to a full-service veterinarian for vaccines and sometimes for minor medical issues (such as diarrhea). The vet gives my cats a thorough exam, but neither she (nor the technician) take my cats temperature.  They say that they do not take cats’ temperatures.

A reader wondered if it is necessary for the vet to take a cat’s temperature before vaccinating or treating.

Certainly if a cat is ill in anyway, the veterinarian needs to take the temperature, and it is good for you to be able to do at home.

When I worked in a conventional practice, I always took a cat’s temperature. I also trained my clients to take the temperature at home so if they were worried about their cat being ill they could start by monitoring the temperature. Yes, cats resist this. With gentleness and training, they can learn to tolerate it.

Is it necessary? Well, that depends on your perspective. When you read the 7 keys to Health you will see that vaccines should only be given to healthy animals, so to not take the temp may miss a problem. Now, in my holistic practice, the clients and I are monitoring the Early Warning Signs of Illness and carefully watching for ill health, so before the every 3 year Rabies vaccine (the only one I recommend) I may not always take the temperature. If there have been any health concerns at all, I will take it.

By |2014-07-31T21:42:27+00:00July 31st, 2014|Healthy Animal's Journal|0 Comments

About the Author:

Christina Chambreau, DVM, graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980 and has had a Homeopathic Veterinary Practice since 1988. She is co-founder and was Chair for the Academy of Veterinary homeopathy. She is the author of Healthy Animal’s Journal: What You Can Do to Have Your Dog or Cat Live a Long and Healthy Life; Healthy Dog Journal ebook; Fleas Be Gone kindle; and co-author of Tutorial and Workbook for the Homeopathic Repertory and How to Have a Stress Free Wedding and Live Happily Ever After. She has written and is quoted in many magazines. She lectures at veterinary conferences around the world. She speaks and gives classes for animal enthusiasts and practitioners. She is committed to empowering people to heal their animals and themselves in a way that heals the planet.

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