Are you concerned about Jerky Pet Treats?

Are you concerned about Jerky Pet Treats?The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published various reports since 2007 about an ongoing investigation into pet illnesses and deaths that have been tied to jerky pet treats. From 2007-2015, the FDA has received about 5,200 complaints of illness related to the consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, most of which originated in China. The FDA has partnered with the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN) to investigate these cases.

The complaints center around mostly pet jerky treats that are made of chicken (treats, tenders, and strips), though others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, yams, or rawhide.

Thankfully, reported cases are now on the decline, but an FDA report issues in May of this year still recommended that pet owners refrain from giving dogs and cats jerky pet treats. The FDA continues to remind pet owners that jerky treats aren’t required for a balanced diet.

If you have given your dog or cat a jerky treat and notice any of these symptoms, please call Pet Medical Center to schedule an examination today:

  • Decreased appetite and activity
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (sometimes accompanied by blood or mucus)
  • Increased water consumption and/or increased urination

If we determine that your pet has likely become ill from consuming a jerky pet treat, it’s important that you report this to the FDA here, through the Safety Reporting Portal.

Here for all your pet healthcare needs

Anytime your pet seems to be uncomfortable or is suffering in any way, we encourage you to give us a call. At Pet Medical Center, our motto is, “Where your pets are part of our family.” We would hate to see any of our pets having a hard time – so we will work hard to make sure your precious pet starts feeling better as soon as possible. You can schedule an appointment by calling (951) 676-3531 or by requesting one online here. We also give priority to emergencies, even if you’re not able to call in advance, so don’t hesitate to bring your pet in anytime.

We’re here for all your pet’s healthcare needs. We offer complete veterinary, diagnostics/imaging, surgical, and dental services for dogs and cats. We also welcome cats and dogs to board at our facility for any reason – including medical boarding.

We also have reasonable payment policies. After your pet’s physical exam with the doctor, we’ll provide you with a complete treatment plan as well as all the estimated costs for all recommended treatments and services. We accept credit cards and CareCredit, and payment is due when the services are performed.

Find out more about Pet Medical Center and schedule your precious pet’s first appointment today! We look forward to meeting your dog or cat and adding them to our Pet Medical Center family. 

It’s Easy to Request an Appointment at Pet Medical Center on Our Website

It’s Easy to Request an Appointment at Pet Medical Center on Our WebsiteIn a rush and don’t feel like picking up the phone? Are your kids having fun and making a ton of noise, so you can’t really make a phone call to Pet Medical Center right now?

No problem! Just use our handy online scheduling tool to book your pet’s next appointment at Pet Medical Center now.

All you have to do is go to our homepage and click “Request Appointment” at the top right of the page.

Simply fill out the requested information: Name, phone, email, as well as the date, time, and pet you’re requesting an appointment for. Then choose what kind of appointment you’d like to have from the drop-down list of options that include:

Preventative Care:

  • Annual Physical Examination
  • Deworming
  • Fecal exam
  • General
  • Parasite control
  • Spaying and neutering
  • Tick removal
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness examinations

Surgery:

  • General

Boarding:

  • Daytime boarding dog
  • Daytime boarding cat
  • General

Dentistry:

  • General

Grooming:

  • General
  • Nail Trim

Then feel free to add any comments or questions you may have into the next box (maximum of 250 characters), click Submit, and you’ll be ready to go!

Please keep in mind that the date and time you requested may not be available. We’ll contact you to confirm your actual appointment details after you submit the online form.

This online form is an excellent way to check an essential item off your To Do list whenever you have a free moment. Whenever you remember that your dog or cat needs to come to Pet Medical Center, feel free to just click over to our website and fill out the request form anytime 24/7.

Complete pet services at Pet Medical Center

Think of Pet Medical Center for all your pet’s needs from puppy and kitten-hood and beyond! We provide a complete range veterinary services (including vaccinations, microchipping, and much more), diagnostics/imaging services (pathology, laboratory testing, microscopic fecal examination, etc.), surgery (spay/neuter, soft-tissue surgery, nursing care, and more), full dental services, and we also have an extensive boarding wing. If your pet needs to be boarded at Pet Medical Center, we’ll make sure he or she is as comfortable and secure as possible throughout their stay.

Schedule your appointments for all your pet’s veterinary services today via our online form or by calling (951) 676-3531.

Prompt emergency care, too

If your pet gets hurt or appears to be in intense pain, don’t wait until you can get an appointment. Simply bring your cat or dog to Pet Medical Center and we’ll attend to them as soon as possible. We always give priority to emergencies, and after your pet is examined by one of our experienced doctors, we’ll provide you with a treatment plan and estimate of costs for all treatments and services we recommend.

At Pet Medical Center, our motto is, “Where your pets are part of our family.” We treat every pet in our care with absolute kindness and compassion. Schedule your pet’s first appointment at Pet Medical Center today!

 

Looking for a quality veterinarian for your new pet? Look no further than Pet Medical Center

Looking for a quality veterinarian for your new pet? Look no further than Pet Medical CenterAt Pet Medical Center, we’re always thrilled when someone brings their new pet to visit us. Our motto at Pet Medical Center is, “Where your pets are part of our family.” We live by this motto every day, and express it by lovingly taking care of every animal that comes to the Pet Medical Center.

Get the best care for your cat or dog in the entire Temecula, CA area at Pet Medical Center. All of our veterinarians and staff provide pets with compassionate, respectful veterinary care, so you can always trust that your loved one is in good hands at Pet Medical Center. We provide customized treatment according to your pet’s individual needs and work hard to ensure your pet is able to live a long, happy life. You consider your pet part of your family – and we do, too!

Welcome to the Pet Medical Center family, new dog or cat!

Whether you adopted your new dog or cat from a shelter or they joined your family as a kitten or puppy, you’re always welcome to schedule your pet’s first visit at Pet Medical Center by calling (951) 676-3531. During your initial pet visit, your dog or cat will receive a free exam, and you’ll have an opportunity ask any questions and address any concerns you may have about your pet’s current health and well-being.

Affordable, convenient wellness plans

Pet Medical Center is your one-stop shop for all your pet’s medical needs throughout their life. Come to Pet Medical Center for all your pet’s wellness checkups – we have excellent Wellness Plans that make paying for regular veterinary care so much more convenient and affordable. We have Wellness Plans for adult animals as well as for puppies and kittens. Our annual Wellness Plans include services that will promote the wellbeing of your pet throughout their lifetime. For more information about our Wellness Plans, including pricing options, click here.

You and your pet are always welcome at Pet Medical Center

When you and your new pet come to Pet Medical Center for the first time, you’ll notice that all of our veterinarians and staff are very kind and professional. They know how to effectively diagnose any problems your pet may be experiencing and offer individual treatment plans to achieve the ideal outcome for your pet. You can always trust the veterinary advice you receive at Pet Medical Center because it’s backed up by many years of experience working with animals just like your precious pets.

Not just veterinary services!

At Pet Medical Center, we provide a wide range of services that ensure your pet is always taken care of. We offer full veterinary services, including regular examinations, to all dogs and cats. We also offer the following services:

  • Diagnostics and blood work
  • Pet surgery services
  • Pet dentistry
  • Pet boarding
  • Emergency care

Still wondering whether Pet Medical Center is the best place to come for all your pet’s veterinary needs? Find out for yourself! Simply schedule an appointment at Pet Medical Center today by calling (951) 676-3531. We look forward to meeting the newest member of your family soon!

 

Microchipping FAQ

Microchipping FAQIf you’ve ever lost your dog or cat, even if it was just for a few minutes, you know the feeling of dread that washes over you. It’s the worst! You search everywhere you can think of to find your lost family member, worrying constantly about the safety of your pet.

But if your dog or cat has a microchip, you’ll be able to worry a bit less. If they are picked up and taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic, their first priority will be scanning for a microchip. If they find the microchip, they’ll check the microchip registry for the owner’s identifying information, and then easily reunite them with their owner.

You’ll dramatically improve your likelihood to get your pet back if they become lost or stolen if they have been microchipped.

But you may be wondering – what is a microchip, anyway?

It’s a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that’s about the size of a grain of rice. It doesn’t contain a battery. Instead, it’s a transponder that’s activated by the radiowaves of a scanner when it’s passed over the animal. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen.

Getting your dog or cat microchipped

A microchip is injected under your dog or cat’s skin using a hypodermic needle. It’s not any more painful than a typical injection, though the needle is slightly larger. No surgery or anesthesia is necessary, so a microchip can be implanted anytime during a routine veterinary office visit. Some people choose to have their dog or cat microchipped when they’re spayed or neutered under general anesthesia.

A microchip isn’t a GPS device – you’ll probably only get your dog or cat back if they end up at a shelter or veterinary clinic. You don’t have to worry about random people accessing your personal information – every microchip contains protections to ensure your privacy is maintained. It’s extremely important that you add contact information to the microchip registry to ensure that if your pet gets lost, you will be contacted.

Do I still need identification tags if my pet is microchipped?

Yes, it’s still a good idea to have your dogs and cats wear identification tags. Microchips are incredibly beneficial, but they don’t replace old fashioned identification tags. If a dog or cat gets lost, it’s very easy for anyone to read the identification tags and contact the owner within minutes. Your pet could be returned to you that much sooner if your dog or cat has both identification tags and a microchip.

How can I get my pet microchipped?

Just give us a call! Pet Medical Center always has microchips on-hand and ready to be implanted at a moment’s notice. Your pet can be microchipped on the same day as your appointment. Call us at (951) 676-3531 or email to schedule your pet’s next appointment at Pet Medical Center. You’ll be able to rest assured that if your pets get lost, your likelihood of a happy reunion dramatically increases when they’re microchipped.

 

What you need to know about Tail Docking

What you need to know about Tail DockingAre you planning on welcoming a new puppy into your family soon? How exciting! Integrating a new dog into your home involves lots of work but plenty of rewards, too. If your new dog will be a purebred, you may be considering getting his or her tailed docked shortly after birth. This is a surgical procedure that we routinely perform here at Pet Medical Center. Schedule an appointment at Pet Medical Center to discuss the pros and cons of tail docking and determine whether you should go ahead with the procedure.

What is tail docking?

Tail docking is almost always an elective surgical procedure that is done for cosmetic reasons. It’s done within a few days after birth. Docking involves removing all or part of a dog’s tail with surgical scissors. This procedure needs to be done when a dog is just a few days old because their tail is still soft. Another word for tail docking is “bobbing.”

Does tail docking hurt?

Yes, it does, though puppies who are only a few days old aren’t fully alert yet, so it’s more than likely that he or she won’t remember the procedure at all. Tail docking is almost always done without anesthesia.

What are the advantages of tail docking?

There are many reasons why you might choose to have your dog’s tailed docked and ears cropped. People often state that they simply prefer the appearance of their dogs after these procedures are performed. Some cite that removing hunting and farm dogs’ tails may prevent injuries during chases or herding. Energetic breeds like boxers may benefit from tail docking because there’s less chance of them hurting their tails by thumping them against walls or dog cates.

What else do I need to know about tail docking?

Tail docking is becoming less common in the United States, and it’s actually illegal in Australia and the UK. Any surgical procedure involves some measure of pain for your dog, but our veterinarians and staff will do everything they can to make sure your dog is always as comfortable as possible before, during, and after the procedure. There’s always some risk of infection and other complications, but rest assured that your dog is always in good hands at Pet Medical Center. We diligently make sure your dog is protected from infection and minimize the risk of other complications as much as possible. If you’re getting your dog from a breeder, be sure to let them know whether you’d like your dog’s tail docked or not. Many purebred breeders automatically get puppies’ tails docked.

Let’s talk!

Still not sure whether you should get your puppy’s tail docked? Come speak with our veterinarians and other staff. We’d be happy to discuss all your concerns about tail docking and any other procedure you may be considering for your precious puppy. Schedule an appointment at Pet Medical Center now by calling (951) 676-3531.

FAQs about Declawing Your Cat

FAQs about Declawing Your CatAre you considering getting your cat declawed? There are many strong opinions about whether this procedure should be done, and every owner and cat is different, so it’s best to weigh the pros and cons for your particular situation to make the ideal decision.

Declawing is a procedure that removes a cat’s claws. It’s important to know that if you decide to go ahead and get your cat declawed, it will have to be a permanent house cat. It would be cruel to sent your cat outside with no ability to defend him or herself. Many cats are perfectly comfortable staying inside, though, so that may be the right choice.

Declawing can really enhance the home harmony because your cat won’t be able to scratch furniture or anything else. In some cases, people who are considering sending their cat to a shelter because of behavioral issues such as scratching are thrilled when their cat is unable to destroy furniture anymore after the declawing procedure is complete.

What happens during a declawing procedure?

When you bring your cat to Pet Medical Center for his or her declawing procedure, you can rest assured that he or she will be completely taken care of. We’ll make sure your cat is as comfortable as possible before, during, and after the procedure. Under general anesthesia, declawing involves the removal of the claw part of your cat’s paws, which the cat often kept retracted above the toes. The pads are left intact so that they’re still able to walk, jump, and climb effectively after surgery.

Anytime your precious pet undergoes surgery, there is some risk of infection at the wound site. We take every precaution to ensure infection does not occur, but if it does, we will diligently treat it so your cat will be back to his or her happy self in no time.

What about arthritis?

There is a common myth that declawing cats leads to the development of arthritis in the foot bones or affect a cat’s ability to use a litterbox. This is not the case. Declawing is a relatively routine procedure, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure it goes smoothly.

Will my cat’s personality change?

If your cat is active and loves to play, they’ll probably be just as lively after the declawing procedure. You can expect your cat to still run, claw at the furniture (without resulting in damage anymore!), and have fun interacting with you and other pets in your household.

Still wondering whether declawing is right for you and your cat?

If you’re not sure whether you should get your cat declawed, feel free to schedule an appointment at Pet Medical Center. Our expert veterinarians will be happy to discuss this procedure with you so you can make a well-informed decision that you’ll feel good about for many years to come. If you do decide to go ahead with the declawing procedure, know that your cat is always in good hands at Pet Medical Center.

Remember, Pet Medical Center is where your pets are part of our family. Call (951) 676-3531 or email to schedule your appointment now.

 

To remove or not remove dewclaws? That is the question.

To remove or not remove dewclaws? That is the question.One frequent procedure we perform here at Pet Medical Center is dewclaw removal. Often, dog owners have no idea what a dewclaw is because many breeders have them removed before selling puppies and kittens. Those who have dogs that came from a shelter may also not know what dewclaws are because they were removed long before the animal came into their possession. If that’s the case for you, it’s all good – we’ll gladly answer all your questions on this blog and anytime you bring your precious pet to Pet Medical Center for an appointment.

What are dewclaws?

Let’s start with the basics. In essence, dewclaws are like small toes, each with a nail, that exist slightly up on the dog’s leg, above their paw. Some dog breeds have front or rear declaws – others have both. What’s important to note about dewclaws is that if your dog has them, you must make sure the nails are properly trimmed at regular intervals. If you decide not to have your dog’s dewclaws removed, serious problems can develop:

  • Overgrown dewclaws
  • Ingrown toenails (dewclaws are often super close to the skin, so it’s easy to become ingrown)
  • Infections (just like regular toenails, dewclaw nails can become infected. Since they’re rather hidden, often owners don’t notice until the infection has progressed significantly.)
  • Damage (dogs sometimes catch their dewclaws on things and accidentally tear them off – which is bloody and painful)

Your dog’s dewclaw removal procedure

Removal of dewclaws is almost always done when dogs are still young. Puppies can undergo the removal procedure with much less risk because of the anesthesia. If you have any questions about the dewclaw procedure or any other health issue concerning your dog, you’re welcome to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our knowledgeable veterinarians. We’re always interested in helping you make the wisest decision for your pets, so feel free to schedule your consultation now by calling Pet Medical Center at (951) 676-3531.

Surgery at Pet Medical Center

All surgical procedures done at Pet Medical Center are expertly handled by our caring specialists who have the training and experience necessary to achieving a successful outcome. We only recommend procedures that will enhance your pet’s health and well-being.

Pet Medical Center provides a complete range of medical services for dogs and cats. Our surgical services include:

  • Pre-anesthetic blood work
  • Gas and injectable anesthesia
  • Anesthetic monitoring
  • Pain management
  • Spay/neuter
  • Tail docking and dewclaw removal (puppies)
  • Feline declaw
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • C-section
  • Nursing care

We also offer complete boarding services, including boarding with medication and medical boarding of both dogs and cats. These services include three daily playtimes and outdoor activities provided in the enclosed backyard.

We hope you’ll think of Pet Medical Center for all your pet’s medical needs now and at any point in the future. Our office is conveniently located at 40150 Winchester Road, Suite 4 Temecula, CA 92591, and we can be reached by phone at (951) 676-3531 and by email at

How to take care of your pet’s teeth

How to take care of your pet’s teethOral health is incredibly important for everyone – not just humans! Taking good care of your cat and dog’s teeth will provide them with a lifetime of benefits. Many people don’t realize how essential taking care of their pets’ oral health is until problems develop, but it’s much better to pay attention to your pets’ dental needs on a day-to-day basis.

Brush your dog and cat’s teeth

The best way to prevent dental problems from arising in your pet is to brush your cat and dog’s teeth regularly. Try to do it everyday, though if that’s not possible, a few times a week is enough. Lots of people don’t even know that toothbrushes and pet toothpaste is even available. Just like us humans, brushing is an essential preventative measure to ensure your pet’s pearly whites stay clean and healthy throughout their lifetimes.

Pay special attention to the outside of the teeth, which are prone to develop plaque and tartar buildup.

Be patient – it may take a few weeks or perhaps even months for your dog and cat to get used to you poking around in their mouths. Brush teeth and gums gently with a special dog or cat toothbrush and a dab of toothpaste. They may resist at first, but be persistent and eventually they will adjust to you brushing their teeth regularly.

Make the brushing experience as pleasant as possible for your pet! Place him or her in a comfortable position and be sure to offer plenty of cuddles and praise when you’re done. Before you know it, you’ll be able to successfully brush your pet’s teeth without a fuss.

Healthy chow

There are various brands of dog and cat food that promote dental health. There are also treats that are specifically labelled with information about how they promote ideal oral hygiene in dogs and cats. These are recommended, but again, the best way to prevent dental problems from developing is by brushing your dog and cat’s teeth regularly.

What if my dog or cat is already having dental problems?

If you notice that your dog or cat shies away from you when you try to touch their mouth, it’s probably a good idea to schedule a visit to Pet Medical Center. We’ll thoroughly evaluate your dog or cat’s mouth, determine whether there are any problems, and if so, develop a solid plan to bring him or her back to optimal dental health as soon as possible. We always treat every animal who comes to see us with complete kindness, compassion, and respect – that’s why our motto is, “Where your pets are part of our family.”

We gladly provide complete dental services for dogs and cats throughout the entire Temecula, California area, 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)
  • Sale of dental hygiene products

Come to Pet Medical Center for all your pet health care needs – including dentistry services! Call us at (951) 676-3531 to schedule your precious pet’s appointment now.

Concerned about your Pet’s Behavior? Let’s Talk!

Concerned about your Pet’s Behavior? Let’s Talk!When you’re a pet Mom or Dad, you deeply care about the well-being and health of your pet. You have a dog or cat is treated just like a member of your family – because they are! You have so many special moments with your pet – from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, they’re there. Even if they’re just sleeping at your feet, you feel their calming presence, and it makes you smile. Anytime you get a new toy for your pet, you have so much fun playing together. Yes, having a pet really enhances your life in beautiful ways.

Ups and downs of pet parenthood

Except when it doesn’t. Most people never talk about the tremendous toll pets can take on our sanity. Many pets act out at some point during their lives, and it can be hard to know how to cope. How do you get them to stop doing that annoying thing? You don’t want to make your pet afraid of you, but you do need to enforce some limits on their behavior. How do you do that in a loving way? How do you resolve this behavioral problem without a major upheaval in both your lives?

Worried about your pet’s behavior?

It can be so hard to know what to do when your pet isn’t behaving properly. If your dog is barking incessantly, your cat is peeing on the carpet daily, or you’re dealing with any other behavioral problem, please come to Pet Medical Center. We’ll be happy to discuss the problem with you and offer you behavioral counseling. Hopefully your beloved pet will improve their behavior very soon with a little help from the animal experts at Pet Medical Center.

Feel free to schedule your appointment now by calling Pet Medical Center at (951) 676-3531 or emailing . If you’re signed up for one of our Wellness Plans, be sure to mention that when you contact our office.

Let us help you live in harmony with your pet

We’re here for you throughout your pet parenthood experience – with all the ups and downs that naturally entails. We love to see your pet, make sure they’re healthy and well, and resolve any behavioral issues that arise at any time. Let our compassionate, understanding staff help you enjoy your pet more today – there’s no reason to procrastinate.

Get the help you need to resolve your pet’s behavioral issues at Pet Medical Center. You can rely on our staff’s expert advice that’s based on over years of experience. When you come to Pet Medical Center, we treat your pet like it’s part of our family.

It’s easy to schedule an appointment at a date and time that’s most convenient for you when you call (951) 676-3531 or email . We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!

Expect Respect at the Pet Medical Center

Expect Respect at the Pet Medical CenterHave you ever taken your pet to their veterinarian, and you felt like he or she was a bit too rough during their examination? Or perhaps they felt rather pushy when they recommended that your pet take supplements or have a certain procedure done. Maybe you felt like the veterinarian was distracted during your appointment, or rushed through the whole thing.

Expect Respect from the Pet Medical Center

At Pet Medical Center, you’ll never feel that way. Our veterinarians take their time during all pet visits. They treat you and your pet with complete respect, consideration, and compassion. Our veterinarians may recommend certain supplements, medications, or procedures, but at the end of the day, your pet is yours – so you get to decide what’s best for your furry friend. You’ll never be bullied into doing anything that you don’t feel totally comfortable and on-board with. Our veterinarians are always willing to take the extra time to explain their reasoning behind recommending something and make sure you understand everything before moving forward with your pet’s treatment.

Worried about overpriced pet care?

Have you ever taken your pet to a veterinarian or pet hospital and been shocked by the exorbitant prices? Talk about an unfortunate experience. You have to go through all the stress of dealing with your pet’s injury or illness, and then you have to worry about whether you can pay the bill! It’s just awful.

100% Transparent payment policies, reasonable rates

So many people have horror stories about their pet’s medical care over the years. That won’t happen to you at Pet Medical Center, though, because we have transparent payment policies and reasonable rates. We heartily recommend you sign up for one of our tiered Wellness Plans. We have adult, kitty, and puppy wellness plans that make paying for your pet’s care so much more affordable. You won’t have to pay for necessary pet services in large payments – instead, you’ll be able to pay in manageable month-to-month increments.

All free scheduled office visits are only valid at Pet Medical Center. Wellness Plans are not insurance, but it’s a way to receive discounted

All Wellness Plans include a 5% discount on all products and services, excluding diets. If your pet happens to get injured or ill, the diagnoses, treatment, medications, and any necessary hospitalization will be billed at regular hospital prices, though your 5% discount will apply.

Learn more about our Wellness Plans here, then contact Pet Medical Center by calling (951) 676-3531 or emailing to purchase one at your earliest convenience.

At Pet Medical Center, our motto is, “Where your pets are part of our family.” We take this motto to heart every day, and treat your dogs and cats as if they were our own. You can confidently bring your pet to Pet Medical Center because you know that both you and your pet will be treated with utmost respect and kindness.

Schedule your pet’s first appointment at Pet Medical Center by calling (951) 676-3531. All new clients receive a free exam during their initial pet visit.

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