Your relationship with your cat’s veterinarian is one of the most important relationships in yours and your cat’s life. This relationship should be based on trust. Honest and open communication is important not only to ensure that your cat gets the best possible care, but that you understand every aspect of her care. Your vet will keep a detailed medical record for your cat.
What should be included in your cat’s record?
Your cat’s medical record should include detailed information about your cat, including
- a thorough medical history
- detailed account of each physical exam, including treatment recommendations and outcome
- a detailed description of any surgeries your cat may have had
- test results of all diagnostic tests, including bloodwork, urinalysis, radiographs and ultrasound
- a history of all prescription medications, including dosage and length of treatment
- a detailed account of any hospital stays, which should include daily progress reports
Why you should have a current copy of your cat’s record
If your cat has a chronic health condition or is a senior cat, having a copy of your cat’s record can save valuable time in an emergency. Emergency vet visits tend to happen at the most inconvenient times, and your regular vet may be closed. Having a complete current record may save your cat’s life, especially if she is on multiple medications.
Since many vets are keeping digital records now, you may be able to access your cat’s records online through a confidential portal. There are apps available for this purpose as well. I encourage you to explore this option for easy access at any time.
Veterinary records are confidential, and laws about releasing records vary from state to state. Most states require the client’s authorization before a veterinary practice can release records.
This post was first published in 2015 and has been updated.