Common Medical Concerns: Dogs

Common Medical Concerns: DogsAre you bringing home a dog from a shelter or pet store? Then you’re probably running around in a flurry of activity to prepare your home to welcome the new member of your family. While getting the doggy bed, toys, and treats is a fun part of preparing for your new dog, there’s something else you should do to ensure your furry friend is healthy and happy for many years to come… 

Make sure any health issues are taken care of promptly. But you can’t exactly do that unless you’re aware of the most common medical concerns for dogs are. Informing our wonderful clients of common medical concerns is why we began this blog series, which continues today with this article about common medical concerns for dogs. 

The first blog article was about common medical concerns for puppies, and the second was about kittens – you can check them both out here. 

Before you welcome your dog home, it’s always a good idea to get informed of the most common medical concerns so you can be on the lookout for your dog’s wellbeing at all times. You should also be sure to schedule a visit to Pet Medical Center for your dog ASAP after adoption so one of our doctors can make sure your dog enjoys optimal health from day 1.

Ear infections

Many dogs develop ear infections for a variety of reasons – allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, etc. Your dog may have an ear infection if they shake or tilt their head frequently, their ear smells bad, they vigorously scratch their ears, have trouble balancing, have unusual back-and-forth eye movements, their ear canal is read, the outer portion of the ear is red, or they experience brown, yellow, or bloody discharge. 

If you suspect your dog is suffering from an ear infection, call us at (951) 676-3531 and we’ll make sure your dog sees a doctor ASAP.

Parasites

Parasites are pretty common in many dog breeds. Tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms are internal parasites that can make your dog super uncomfortable. If your dog has diarrhea, is losing weight, has changes in appetite, a rough, dry coat, scoots on his bottom, vomits, or has an overall poor appearance, don’t hesitate to call Pet Medical Center at (951) 676-3531 to determine whether your furry friend has any parasites or other health problems. 

Fleas

Just about everyone knows that sometimes dogs get fleas – but do you know the signs your dog has them? 

  • Excessive scratching, licking, or biting on skin
  • Hair loss
  • Hot spots
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Tapeworms
  • Flea dirt (looks like small black dots) on your dog’s skin

Fleas can make your dog miserable, but they don’t have to. At the first sign of fleas, call Pet Medical Center at (951) 676-3531 to get your dog treatment immediately. Your dog doesn’t have to suffer – just bring them to Pet Medical Center and the fleas will disappear in no time. 

We’re here for you anytime – call us at (951) 676-3531 anytime you suspect your dog isn’t feeling well. Our motto is, “Where your pets are part of our family,” so you can rest assured that your dog will be treated with care and respect every time they come to Pet Medical Center. 

Common Medical Concerns: Kittens

Common Medical Concerns: KittensAre you thinking about getting a kitten? Many people find that bringing a kitten home dramatically enriches their family life. There’s always someone around to cuddle and play with – and kittens are simply so adorable, they’re fun to just look at! 

If you’re going to bring home your kitten soon, you probably have so much on your mind. Questions like: 

  • How can I make my new kitten feel comfortable in their new home?
  • Will my new kitten like every member of my family?
  • How should I get my home ready for the kitten? How do I need to prepare?
  • And many more. 

You probably have many medically-related questions as well.

Don’t worry – that’s what we’re here for! Here at Pet Medical Center, our doctors and staff are always willing to listen and respond to your questions about kittens and puppies, as well as cats and dogs. That’s why we began this blog series – to discuss and answer many of the most common questions we receive here at Pet Medical Center. We hope you find this blog series informative and helpful! The first blog answered common medical questions about puppies – you can find that here. This next blog focuses on common medical concerns about kittens. 

If you’re getting ready to welcome a kitten to your home, please read on! 

Are vaccines for kittens important? When do first vaccines need to be given?

Every kitten should be immunized – not just because many laws require them to be – but also because vaccinations protect kittens from many serious, and totally preventable, diseases. Your kitten’s first round of vaccinations should be given at about eight weeks of age. That’s because right around that time, the immunity the kitten received from its mother starts to gradually wear off. 

What diseases should I be aware of when bringing home my new kitten?

There are two categories of diseases that you should be aware of when it comes to caring for your new kitten. One is parasites and the other is infectious diseases. Parasites include worms, fleas, coccidian, Giardia, etc. Infectious diseases include distemper, feline leukemia, and many more. We recommend that you bring your kitten to Pet Medical Center as soon as possible after their adoption so our doctors can conduct a thorough examination and answer any questions you may have about your kitten’s health. Kittens are more fragile than they may seem, so it’s important that you schedule appointments at Pet Medical Center regularly and come for emergency care anytime you notice a problem arising. 

What should I do if my kitten develops respiratory problems?

Respiratory problems are very common in kittens, especially in those who come from shelters, because they’re highly contagious. Kittens have relatively weak immune systems and can easily contract this and other infections diseases. Not to worry, though – respiratory problems are very treatable. If you notice that your kitten is having trouble breathing, don’t hesitate to bring them to Pet Medical Center. We have highly responsible and well-trained doctors who will do everything in their power to bring your kitten back to optimal health. 

Schedule your kitten’s next appointment at Pet Medical Center by calling (951) 676-3531 today. Pet Medical Center – where your pet is part of our family!

Common Medical Concerns – Puppies

Series: Common Medical Concerns – PuppiesHere at Pet Medical Center, we’re always looking for ways to ensure your pet is completely taken care of, so today we’re starting a new blog series about common medical concerns. We’re going to start with puppies.

Bringing home a new puppy is really special. Just like human babies, there are many health conditions that you should be aware of to make sure your puppy stays healthy and happy throughout puppyhood and beyond.

The best way to be sure that your puppy is developing well is by scheduling regular appointments at Pet Medical Center. Our experienced veterinarians take the utmost care with every puppy that comes to Pet Medical Center. That’s why our motto is, “Where your pets are part of our family.”

Schedule an appointment for your sweet puppy today by calling Pet Medical Center at (951) 676-3531. Or you can request an appointment online here.

In the meantime, get informed about all the health concerns that sometimes arise in puppies below. Here are the most common health concern in puppies.

  1. Diseases. Canine distempter, parvovirus, and rabies are communicable diseases that can seriously impact the health of – and perhaps even kill – young puppies. Prevent communicable diseases in your puppy by making sure he or she is always up-to-date on immunizations. All puppies should receive a series of core vaccinations starting at 6-8 weeks of age that are repeated every 3-4 weeks until he or she reaches 16 weeks old.
  2. Intestinal parasites. Even if your home is absolutely pristine, your puppy may still be at risk of having intestinal parasites. If you’re concerned that your puppy could have intestinal parasites, Pet Medical Center can test your puppy’s stool sample and prescribe appropriate treatment.
  3. Cleft palates. It’s easy to tell whether your newborn puppy has a cleft palate because milk will bubble out of their nose when attempting to nurse. If your puppy has a cleft palate, we’ll be happy to discuss your options – including hand rearing or surgery – and recommend the best remedy for your pet’s unique needs.
  4. Hernias. An umbilical hernia is a bulge where the umbilical cord used to be connected. An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin area, and it can usually be easily corrected during spay or neutering procedures. If a hernia becomes strangulated, meaning that a loop of bowel or another abdominal structure gets trapped in the hernia, emergency surgery may become necessary. Anytime you bring your puppy to Pet Medical Center, we’ll gladly check your precious pet for hernias and make sure he or she is as healthy as possible.
  5. Retained deciduous (baby) teeth. These occur frequently in puppies, especially in toy breeds. The canine tooth (fang) is the most commonly retained tooth as the permanent tooth grows beside it. Bring your puppy to Pet Medical Center for regular appointments and our veterinarians will gladly check his or her teeth and if retained deciduous teeth are present after 16 weeks of age, surgical removal may be recommended.

These are 5 medical concerns that you should be aware of as you integrate your new puppy into your home. Enjoy your precious new member of the family, and be sure to call Pet Medical Center at (951) 676-3531 anytime you have medical concerns. 

Does your Dog have the Back-to-school Blues?

Does your Dog have the Back-to-school Blues? Dogs really thrive when they have predictable schedules, so when summer ends and the kids go back to school, many struggle during this transition. Some act out, some just look sad more often, and some will be bouncing off the walls with all the excess energy they store up all day long.

Have you thought about how your dog might react this back-to-school season? While this time may be an exciting, activity-filled season for all the humans in the family, your family dog may feel lonely and left out.

Does your school have the back-to-school blues? Here are strategies for helping your furry friend adjust to the new routine as smoothly as possible.

  1. Make sure your dog still has a daily outlet for his or her energy. Making sure your dog gets enough exercise can go a long way to keep him or her out of trouble. Add a walk or play time in the yard before the kids head off to school. Even 15 minutes will make a difference! If that’s not possible for your busy back-to-school schedule, it may be worth hiring a pet sitter to take your dog for walks while the family is gone. This extra time and/or expense will equal a much happier dog, and may even prevent destructive behavior from developing. Get all that energy out and show your dog you still care about him or her with this effective strategy.
  2. Then don’t forget about evening playtime! You may be exhausted from a busy day out and about, but your dog has likely been patiently anticipating your return. Give your dog some time to interact with you and you’ll see his or her happiness levels noticeably perk up.

  3. Get those mental wheels turning for your dog. We recommend getting a treat-dispensing ball and filling it with your dog’s food before you leave the house each day. This will keep your dog occupied for hours as he or she strategizes ways to get the food out effectively.
  4. Take a class with your dog. Dog obedience training skills often fall by the wayside during the happy-go-lucky summer months. Bring your dog back in line with a dog obedience refresher class, and you’ll likely see a real improvement in behavior.
  5. Ease into the new routine by leaving the home without your dog for longer and longer intervals. Then when the day comes when your dog is home alone for hours at a time, it won’t be such a dramatic shift.

Follow these tips and your dog will shift into the back-to-school routine more smoothly. Don’t forget to give your dog lots of cuddles, too!

If your dog has become depressed, destructive, or simply isn’t acting normal this back-to-school season, feel free to schedule an appointment at Pet Medical Center. Our doctors are always here to evaluate your dog and give you solid, knowledgeable advice about any behavioral issues that may arise at any time. Schedule your next appointment at Pet Medical Center by calling (951) 676-3531

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.

 

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