Tips for Travelling with Your Pet

Tips for Travelling with Your PetHere at Pet Medical Center, our top priority it making sure your pet is always healthy and thriving as much as possible. One important aspect of this that many people don’t think of is traveling. Whether you’re jet-setting or hitting the road with your precious pet, make sure the experience is as fun as possible by following these key tips.

1. Make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a checkup before you go. We recommend scheduling this as soon as possible when you know you’ll be travelling with your pet. It’s always a great idea to make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date before crossing state or country lines. You can obtain a health certificate from us at Pet Medical Center that’s dated within 10 days of your departure. If you have any concerns about how your pet will do while traveling, feel free to ask any of the veterinarians at Pet Medical Center.

Note that if you’re traveling out of the US, additional planning and health care requirements may be necessary. Contact the foreign office of the country you’re traveling to for more information.

2. Get a proper crate for your pet. If traveling by air, get a USDA-approved one, and be sure to label it: “Live Animal.” Your pet’s crate should be well-ventilated, and large enough for your pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down in. Write your name, phone number, and destination phone number on the cart.

3. Prepare a travel kit for your pet so you’ll have everything your pet needs within arm’s reach. Bring food, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first aid supplies, immunization records (especially for rabies), as well as any necessary travel documents. Print out a photo of your pet to carry along the way, just in case your furry friend gets lost along the way.

These 3 tips will definitely help your trip proceed smoothly. Happy travels!

Ready to schedule your pet’s veterinary visit?

We’re here for you and your pet – so feel free to schedule an pre-trip veterinarian visit before you hit the road or take to the skies. We’ll check your pet to make sure they’re in tip-top travel condition so you’ll be able to focus on preparing yourself for your trip.

And if you do determine that your pet isn’t quite ready to travel with you, that’s okay! We’ll gladly board your pet at our secure, comfortable boarding facility. We have a feline ward and a canine ward (separated into small & medium dogs, and large runs). If your pet requires any medication during their stay, we’ll diligently take care of that. Your pet will enjoy playtime three times each day as well as outdoor activities provided in an enclosed backyard. Your pet will love their stay at Pet Medical Center! You’ll be able to enjoy your trip without any worries about your dog or cat.

Find out more info and schedule your pet’s visit to Pet Medical Center by calling (951) 676-3531 or emailing .

Is a Select Wellness Plan Right for your Adult Pet?

Is a Select Wellness Plan Right for your Adult Pet?Here at Pet Medical Center, we’re proud to offer Select Wellness Plans to all our fantastic clients. Our goal is to always make sure your furry friend is happy and healthy – and our Select Wellness Plans are an excellent tool to achieving that. If your pet is over 8 months of age, he or she would benefit from you signing up for a Select Wellness plan from Pet Medical Center. Our Select Wellness Plans have been specially designed by our expert veterinarians to enable your pet to continue enjoying optimum health and vitality for many years to come. They also enable to save money on all essential services for your pet.

Adult Level 2 Plan

The basic Select Wellness Plan is called Adult Level 2. It includes the following services:

  • Annual blood organ profile (includes liver, kidney, and diabetes screening)
  • Complete blood cell count (annually)
  • Thyroid screen (annually)
  • Heartworm test (annually)
  • All necessary vaccinations (excluding rattlesnake vaccine)
  • Scheduled comprehensive physical exams
  • Flea control counseling and education
  • 25% discount on one (1) year supply heartworm prevention
  • feline leukemia / FIV test (annually)
  • fecal intestinal parasite exam (annually)
  • anal gland expressions
  • one complimentary health certificate (continental US only)

Adult Level 3 Plan

This plan includes all the services of Level 2 and the following additional services:

  • annual dental package (extractions/bonding/sealing/x-rays not included)

-  dental scaling/cleaning and polishing
-  OraVet application
-  General anesthesia / heart monitoring / pulse oximetry
-  Intravenous catheter / fluid therapy (intra-op)
-  Daily hospitalization
-  Complimentary nail trim under anesthesia

  • Blood organ profile (twice annually)
  • Complete blood cell count (twice annually)
  • Urinalysis (annually)
  • 5 days complimentary boarding (excluding holiday periods)

Adult Level 4 Plan

The best Select Wellness Plan for your adult is the Adult Level 4 Plan. Consider this plan if you truly want to invest in the best possible healthcare for your pet. This plan includes all the services of Level 2 and 3, plus:

  • Electrocardiogram (twice annually)
  • Routine check radiographs (annually)
  • Thyroid screen (twice annually)
  • Urinalysis (twice annually)

Please note – partial daily hospitalization (at a charge) may be required for Level 4 workup.

Not sure which level is best for your pet?

Feel free to ask our veterinarians and staff about our Select Wellness Plans. We’d be happy to offer you expert recommendations and help you decide which Select Wellness Plan is right for your furry friend.

Pricing for Adult Select Wellness Plans include a one-time initiation fee of $99.95. Adult Level 2 includes a monthly investment of $24.95, Level 3 is $35.95, and Level 4 is $46.95. The approximate regular prices of all services covered in each plan are $383.00, $887.00, and $1447.00, respectively.

If your pet gets sick or injured, all diagnostics, treatments, hospitalization, and medications are billed at regular hospital prices, though you’ll still receive a 5% discount if you’re subscribed to a Select Wellness Plan at the time.

Save money with an Adult Select Wellness Plan for your pet – you’ll be so glad you did!

Welcome your Puppy or Kitten to the World by Signing Them up for A Pet Wellness Plan Today

Welcome your Puppy or Kitten to the World by Signing Them up for A Pet Wellness Plan TodayDo you already know about our popular wellness plans? There are many advantages to signing up for a pet wellness plan at Pet Medical Center. It’s a great way to welcome your puppy or kitten to the world and ensure they stay happy and healthy for many years to come.

We’ve specifically formatted our puppy and kitten wellness plans by carefully selecting veterinary and laboratory services recommended regularly by our veterinarians to maintain your pet’s health and well-being. The first 8 months of your puppy or kitten’s life are crucial to ensure he or she enjoys many more joyful years, so sign up for a pet wellness plan at Pet Medical Center today. 

Here’s some helpful information about pet wellness plans – also feel free to ask our friendly staff if you have any questions at any time. 

Got a puppy or kitten?

Little animals need plenty of personalized attention in order to thrive – not just at home but at the veterinarian, too. Make sure your puppy or kitten really thrives by signing up for a pet wellness plan at Pet Medical Center. Puppy and kitten wellness plans are for animals 8 months of age and younger. Our puppy and kitten wellness plans are divided into 2 levels.

Level 1 includes these essential services:

  • All necessary vaccinations (excluding rattlesnake vaccine)
  • Scheduled and comprehensive physical exams
  • Anal gland expressions
  • Heartworm prevention – education and first does of preventative
  • 25% discount on one (1) year supply of heartworm prevention
  • flea control counseling and education
  • feline leukemia / FIV test
  • fecal intestinal parasite exam (initial)
  • Deworming (3) roundworms and hookworms

The cost of this plan consists of a one-time initiation fee of $99.95 and $14.95 monthly investments. The regular price of all of the previously mentioned veterinary services in the plan is about $419.00. You’ll also receive a 5% discount on all other products and services that may become necessary for your beloved pet.

Level 2 includes all of the Level 1 services and:

  • Routine ovariohysterectomy / routine castration surgery before 8 months of age OR puppy hip dysplasia screen before 8 months of age
  • Pre-surgical physican exam
  • Complete blood cell count
  • Complete blood organ screen
  • General anesthesia
  • Heart monitoring / pulse oximetry
  • Sterile surgical set-up
  • Hospitalization
  • Intravenous catheter / fluid therapy (intra-op)
  • Antibiotic injection
  • Pain control injection post-surgery / pain medication to go home
  • Complimentary nail trim at surgery appointment
  • Five (5) days complimentary boarding (excluding holiday periods – one week before and after New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day)

The cost of this plan includes a one-time initiation fee of $99.95, and monthly installment payments of $24.95. The regular cost of all of these veterinary services totals about $867.00. When you subscribe to this pet wellness plan, you’ll receive a 5% discount on all other medications, products, and services for your pet.

Please note that for both Level 1 and 2 plans, in the event of illness or injury, diagnostics, treatments, hospitalization, and medications are performed at regular hospital prices, though the 5% discount still applies.

Got questions?

Ask our awesome staff anytime by calling (951) 676-3531 or emailing . We look forward to meeting your sweet new puppy or kitten!


What is Why Use it?

What is Why Use it?Pet Medical Center accepts payments from CareCredit. We often recommend it to our valued clients because it’s a great way to handle the costs of treatments and procedures for their pets. It allows you to make convenient monthly payments, which many people find easier than dealing with larger lump sum payments.

In essence, CareCredit provides you with a healthcare credit card that covers many of your health, beauty, and wellness needs—including your pet’s!

Important information about CareCredit

According to CareCredit website, this healthcare credit card is accepted at over 175,000 providers nationwide—including Pet Medical Center! We gladly accept CareCredit payments because we strive to provide your pet with the best care possible, and CareCredit makes paying so much easier for many of our clients.

Here’s how it works: CareCredit has short financing options of 6, 12, 18, or 24 months. If you make the minimum monthly payments and pay the full amount due by the end of the agreed-upon period, you won’t have to pay any interest. If you don’t, interest is charged from the time of the original purchase date.

If you make a purchase over 1,000 you may want to take advantage of longer financing terms. CareCredit also offers longer financing terms – 24, 36, 48, or 60 months – with a 14.9 APR until paid in full and required Equal Fixed Monthly Payments.

How do I apply for CareCredit?

Simply click here, indicate you’d like to use your CareCredit card at Pet Medical Center, and fill out the short application online or over the phone. You’ll get a credit decision instantly and you can start paying for your pet’s services at Pet Medical Center right away. It really is that easy!

You already come to Pet Medical Center for all your pet’s medical needs – let CareCredit make paying for your sweet pet’s care easier!

Use your CareCredit card at Pet Medical Center today

Pet Medical Center is the best place to take your pet in the entire Temecula, CA area. Your furry friend will love it here! Our caring staff specializes in all types of veterinary care, and we treat each animal like a member of our own family.

Let our expert staff handle all your special friend’s needs, including veterinary services, diagnostics/imaging services, surgery, and dentistry. We also provide boarding services to cats and dogs.

Free Exam

We’re running a special deal right now – all new clients will receive a free exam for the initial pet visit. Fill out our online form to the right of this page or call (951) 676-3531 to schedule your pet’s first visit to Pet Medical Center. We do everything in our power to make each pet’s visit to Pet Medical Center as fun and pleasant as possible – come check us out!

We look forward to becoming your go-to source for excellent pet care in the Temecula area.

Pet Medical Center: Where your Pets are Part of Our Family

Pet Medical Center: Where your Pets are Part of Our FamilyWhen you bring your pet to Pet Medical Center, we treat them just like a member of our family. All of our staff have pets in their families, and a real passion for making sure pets are always happy and healthy. We’ll do everything in our power to make your pet’s visit to Pet Medical Center as pleasant as possible, whether he or she is coming in for a routine checkup, surgery, or anything else!

Special offer for new clients

We’re currently running a special offer for new clients – get your pet a free exam for his or her initial pet visit at Pet Medical Center. Simply call (951) 676-3531 to make an appointment for your pet now, or fill out the form to the right of this page.

Wellness plans

Consider purchasing a wellness plan for your pets – and save! We offer a variety of wellness plans for adult pets as well as puppies and kittens because we know that at different stages of life, pets need different kinds of care. We especially recommend our annual packages plans, which include all recommended services. All wellness plans put the focus on the continual wellbeing of your pet, inside and out! When you purchase a wellness plan, all free scheduled office visits may only be redeemed at Pet Medical Center. You’ll get discounts on all products and services except diets.

It’s important to note that if your pet becomes injured or ill, all diagnostic, treatment, and hospitalization services will cost the normal amount, except you’ll receive a 5% discount if you have an active wellness plan.

Learn more about our wellness plans here. As always, feel free to ask our friendly staff if you have any questions! We can be reached in-person at 40150 Winchester Road, Suite 4 [address1], by email at , or by phone at (951) 676-3531.

Genuine care for all medical services

Whenever you bring your pet to Pet Medical Center, you’ll feel how much we really care for every animal we take care of. Bring your pet to Pet Medical Center for all veterinary services, diagnostic/imaging, surgery, and dentistry needs that may arise over the course of their lifetime. You’ll notice right away that our pet is treated with utmost respect and compassion during every visit to Pet Medical Center. Our top priorities are the comfort and wellbeing of your pet at all times, so we’re always actively looking for ways to make your pet’s visit to Pet Medical Center a great experience.

FYI, we also offer pet boarding services! No matter why your pet may need to board at Pet Medical Center, we’ll make his or her visit special. We have a feline ward, canine (small and medium), and large run ward. We also provide boarding with medication and medical boarding  services. We offer playtime three times each day and outdoor activities in an enclosed backyard so those tails keep wagging! When you eventually pick up your pet from Pet Medical Center, we hope you’ll see the twinkle in their eyes that shows they loved their time with our dedicated staff.

Schedule your first appointment at Pet Medical Center by calling (951) 676-3531 today! We look forward to welcoming your pet into the Pet Medical Center family. 

Meet the Friendly Pet Medical Center Staff

Meet the Friendly Pet Medical Center StaffAt the Pet Medical Center, we take pride in providing excellent services so you and your pet will be completely satisfied with their experience. Pet Medical Center isn’t just a place to bring your pet when serious health challenges arise – it’s a great place to come anytime. We hope you’ll think of Pet Medical Center as a place where your pet is expertly cared for. Your veterinarian at Pet Medical Center isn’t just your pet’s doctor – she’s also your pet’s surgeon, radiologist, neurologist, dermatologist, pharmacist, anesthesiologist, obstetrician, nutritionist, and even psychiatrist!

Hard work and love

Each member of our staff has a genuine love for animals and brings that passion to their work every day at Pet Medical Center. Everyone consistently strives to make every pet feel right at home at Pet Medical Center, and works hard to meet each pet’s individual needs each day. Bring your pet to Pet Medical Center when it’s a baby all the way up through old age – he or she is going to love it here!

Owner Isabelle A. Bach, DVM

The fantastic owner of Pet Medical Center is Dr. Bach. She was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and received her veterinary training in Montreal and Dallas, TX before moving to California. She and her husband purchased Pet Medical Center in August 2006. Dr. Bach loves infusing her positive energy into every aspect of her life, including her family life (she and her husband Christophe have 2 daughters), and many passions (horseback riding, scuba driving, wine tasting, and more). Her husband is the Pet Medical Center’s Practice Manager. Dr. Bach and her family also have many pets, of course! Find out more about Dr. Bach here.

Dr. Angela Corso

Dr. Corso is another key member of the Pet Medical Center staff. She hails from Michigan, where she was born and received her veterinary training. In addition to Dr. Corso’s responsibilities at Pet Medical Center, Dr. Corso is employed by the VIN (Veterinary Information Network), which is a world-wide online community of veterinarians who support and help one another with case management. She and her husband Brek welcomed a son into their family in 2009, and she also has many passions (including building Legos, hiking, and gaming). Find out more about Dr. Corso here.

Teryn Bronson

Assistant Practice Manager Teryn began working for Pet Medical Center as a receptionist in February 2007, and worked her way up to being the Assistant Practice Manager. She loves her two dogs and cat, enjoys spending time outdoors, and goes to the beach frequently. Find out more about Teryn here.

Services at Pet Medical Center

Bring your pet to Pet Medical Center! Our staff would love to meet him or her and take care of all their healthcare needs. We provide complete veterinary services, diagnostics/imaging services, surgery, and dentistry. We also offer boarding services for your treasured pets.

Call (951) 676-3531 to request an appointment with our expert staff today. We look forward to fulfilling all your pets’ healthcare needs for many years to come.

Top Services at the Pet Medical Center of Temecula, CA

Top Services at the Pet Medical Center of Temecula, CAThe Pet Medical Center is Temecula, CA’s best source for all their pets’ needs, including veterinary, diagnostics/imaging, surgery, dentistry, and boarding services. Our motto is – “Where your pets are part of your family.” We feel this motto succinctly illustrates the dedication we feel when taking care of your pets. Our professional, highly-trained staff genuinely loves each animal that walks into our facility, and wants them to always be happy and healthy.

Veterinary Services

Our veterinarians are kind, gentle, and efficient when working with all animals. Bring your pet to Pet Medical Center for all veterinary services, including:

  • Complete comprehensive physical exams for felines and canines
  • Vaccinations (both those that are recommended and required by law)
  • Disease prevention measures
  • Blood transfusions
  • Parasite/flea control information and counseling
  • De-worming
  • Microchipping
  • Ear treatment and cleaning
  • Neutraceuticals  / skin care / supplements
  • An extensive veterinary pharmacy
  • Veterinary prescription diets
  • Behavior counseling
  • Private cremation / euthanasia

Diagnostics / Imaging Services

As technological advances continue to about, we put them to work for you and your beloved pet to make sure he or she gets and stays healthy. Whenever your pet needs in-depth, scientific testing, come to Pet Medical Center for all necessary diagnostics/imaging services, including:

  • In-house Complete Blood Analysis (CBC/Chemistry)
  • Blood Pressure Reading
  • Radiology Consultation
  • Pathology
  • Routing/Contrast Radiology
  • Urinalysis
  • Culture and Sensitivity Tests
  • Cytology (ear / skin)
  • Extensive Laboratory Testing
  • Bacterial / Fungal Cultures
  • Microscopic Fecal Examination
  • Histopathology
  • Serum Allergy Testing
  • Digital Radiology

Surgery Services

Sending your pet into surgery can be incredibly nerve-wracking. But when you come to Pet Medical Center for all your pet’s surgical needs, you’ll be able to rest assured that every effort is being made to keep him or her comfortable and ensure the surgery is successful. Plus we provide you with extensive, entirely accurate information about the surgical procedure so that you understand what will happen before it occurs. The staff at Pet Medical Center has extensive experience with pet surgery, including procedures such as:

  • Pre-anesthetic Blood Work
  • Gas & Injectible Anesthesia
  • Anesthetic Monitoring
  • Pain Management
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Tail Docking and Dewclaw Removal (puppies)
  • Feline Declaw
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • C-Sections
  • Nursing Care

Dentistry Services

That’s right… you’re dental health is very important, and your pet’s is as well! Bring your pet to Pet Medical Center to get all his or her dental needs taken care of by our professional staff. We offer a wide range of pet dentistry services, including:

  • Dental Hygiene Counseling
  • Prophylactic Dental Cleaning / Scaling / Polishing
  • Extractions (Surgical and Routine)
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Doxirobe Gel
  • Root Planing
  • Hill’s Prescription T/D Diet (Tartar Control)
  • Dental Hygiene Products

Boarding Services

There are many valid reasons why having your pet board at Pet Medical Center makes sense. We have a Feline Ward and a Canine Ward (divided into small and medium, and large runs). If your pet requires medication, we’ll be glad to provide that to him or her at the necessary intervals. We also offer medical boarding services – for example, if your pet undergoes surgery at Pet Medical Center and needs a few days to recover under close supervision, we’ll be glad to provide that for you. Our boarding facility is a step above the others not only because of our dedicated staff’s deep appreciation for the animals in their care, but because we have three daily playtimes and outdoor activities that are held in the closed backyard. Your pet is going to love coming to the Pet Medical Center!

Schedule your pet’s appointment at Pet Medical Center today by calling (951) 676-3531. We look forward to meeting you and your precious pet.

Seven Signs That Your Cat Is Not Feeling Well

Seven Signs of Not Feeling WellCats are notorious for hiding the signs that they aren’t feeling well. Often independent by nature, cats will often suffer for a long time before owners are aware that their cat is sick. However, there are several signs that can indicate that something’s wrong:

Your Cat’s Breath Smells Bad

The bad smell coming from your cat’s mouth could stem from gum disease, tooth decay, or kidney disease. If your cat’s breath smells sweet, diabetes may be the problem.

Eliminating Away From the Litter Box

If this behavior is not normal, then it could indicate a bladder infection, urinary tract disease, or blockage. Any changes in elimination behaviors can indicate trouble. Pay special attention to changes in the color, smell, frequency, and amount of waste.

Vocalization Changes

Some owners have recognized changes in their cats’ meows, only to find out later that their pet was suffering. Crying, more vocalization than usual, less talking than normal, and other changes are often signs that your cat needs attention.

Changes in Appetite

Cats that suddenly show an increase in appetite or whose appetites drastically drop off could be suffering from a variety of different diseases. Your vet may do some blood work and other tests to find the source of trouble.

Weight Loss or Gain

Similar to changes in appetite, sudden weight changes can signal serious conditions. Weight loss often occurs when cats have thyroid disease or cancer. Weight gain accompanies several conditions as well. These changes should prompt a visit to the vet.

Grooming Habits Change

As with appetite and weight gain, this change can go either way. Some cats will begin to over-groom and may create sores or bald patches. This is a typical symptom of parasites or stress. The lack of grooming may be a sign of skin disease. If your cat begins shedding, she may be suffering from hyperthyroidism or from allergies.

Hiding, Sleeping, or Overactive Tendencies

It is very normal for cats who feel sick, uncomfortable, or nervous to hide. If your cat starts to hide more than usual, this behavior can be a sign of trouble. Cats who are normally very active who start to sleep all day may be trying to show you that they aren’t feeling well. On the other hand, a cat who is suddenly wide awake at night, vocalizing, or seems really overactive, even during the day, could also be trying to let you know that he isn’t feeling well.

When you visit with your veterinarian, try to be as specific as possible about the changes you’ve seen in your cat’s behavior. Although the signs that your cat is sick can be subtle, they should be a reason for you to call the vet. Contact the Pet Medical Center to schedule an appointment. The sooner you can identify what is wrong and begin a course of treatment, the sooner your cat can get back to normal.

Is Your Dog at Risk for Diabetes?

Risk for DiabetesMany dogs suffer from diabetes. This common disease occurs when the dog’s body is not able to produce enough insulin. Some types of dogs are more prone to diabetes:

  • Beagles
  • Cairn Terriers
  • Keeshonds
  • Poodles
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Miniature Schnauzers
  • German Shepherds

However, any dog can be affected by diabetes, no matter what the breed. Females are affected more often than males by three to one. The onset of diabetes usually occurs between the ages of 6 to 9 years.

Symptoms of Diabetes

There are some warning signs that might alert you that your dog is developing diabetes:

  • At first, your dog will start eating more frequently and larger amounts. As the disease develops, this increased appetite will drop off.
  • Extra glucose in the urine will lead to frequent urination and increased drinking.
  • Although, your dog is eating and drinking more, you may witness a drop in weight.

If you don’t get treatment for your dog’s diabetes, the advanced symptoms will include:

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Cataracts
  • Organ failure

Prevention of Dog Diabetes

You might consider taking your dog in for genetic testing, if you are concerned that your dog is at risk. Other steps you can take are to provide a well-balanced diet, encourage plenty of exercise, and arrange proper dental care for your dog. If you are concerned that your dog may be suffering from diabetes, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Treating Your Dog for Diabetes

One effective way to treat diabetes in dogs is to administer daily insulin injections. It will also be very important to control your dog’s diet. You can talk to your vet about food options that have been developed specifically for dogs with diabetes. You will make regular trips to the veterinarian for blood glucose testing and to fine tune the timing and dosage of insulin injections. In some cases, you will need to collect urine samples and test it for glucose levels.

It is important to understand that obesity can increase your dog’s risk for diabetes and will make treatment much more difficult. During the treatment of an obese dog, a weight loss plan will probably be a component. Your vet will help you to decide the best way to help your dog reach her ideal weight.

Exercise is a good way to help your dog lose weight and is also effective at lowering her blood glucose levels. Try to schedule exercise sessions at about the same time and for the same amount of time each day. Consistency is more important than increasing the exertion level. In fact, if you exercise your dog too long or too vigorously, the glucose levels could drop dangerously.

Maintain a Good Relationship with Your Vet

Your veterinarian can be a great source of advice, education, support, and comfort. Talk to a vet at Pet Medical Center as soon as you suspect diabetes and maintain visits are recommended. Your dog deserves the best quality of life that you can make possible.

Help Your Pet Stay Cool During the Summer

Pet Stay CoolPeople can be very conscientious about summer safety. They protect their children with sunblock, don sunglasses to protect their eyes, and think twice before going anywhere without water at hand. Too often, however, people forget how the high temperatures of summer can affect their pets. Cats and dogs need protection during the summer as well as the rest of the family.

Tip One: Visit Your Veterinarian

A quick check-up before you jump into summer fun is a must. At this check-up, you can discuss heartworm testing, summer parasites, the dangers of ticks, and fleas. The vet may recommend protection such as shampoos, sprays, sunblock, and more.

Tip Two: Never Leave Your Pets in the Car

This should go without saying. It takes very little time for your cherished pet to succumb to extreme heat of a car in the summer. In some states it is illegal to leave your pets in the car. Never, ever leave your pet in the car.

Tip Three: Provide Plenty of Shade and Water

Cats and dogs can suffer from heat stroke when left outside during hot days. A cool, shady spot in the yard with plenty of fresh water will keep your pets well hydrated. Avoid over-exercising your dog. Choose to walk him during cooler hours of the day.

Tip Four: Watch Out for Hot Surfaces

Hot surfaces like the sidewalk, street, sand, and patio can burn the sensitive pads on your dog’s feet. One recommendation is to place your hand on the surface and hold it there for 30 seconds. If it becomes uncomfortable or painful for you, then it will hurt your dog as well. Stick to the grass or walk when it is cooler outside.

Tip Five: Remember That Summer Temperatures Feel Even Hotter for Your Pets than for You

Inside their fur coats, cats and dogs can become sick if they don’t have a place to cool off. If you leave them home during the day, provide a cool area for them to relax or hang out until you get home.

If your pet enjoys the breeze through an open window, take precautions to keep the screen in place. Vets see an increase in injuries due to pets, especially cats, falling out of windows.

Tip Six: It’s Time for a Hair Cut

Some dogs with long coats can feel a bit cooler when they are groomed before the heat rises. However, some dogs have special layers of fur to protect them from the heat. Discuss grooming with your vet. Additional brushing for both cats and dogs can also help. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin before you head outside.

Summer can be an enjoyable time of year for everyone in the family when basic principles of summer safety are followed. Talk to the professionals at Pet Medical Center to learn more about the risks of summer. Protect your pet by scheduling an appointment.

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