Whether you’ve been a pet owner for many years or you just adopted your first furry friend a short while ago, there’s always something to learn about properly caring for your dog or cat. Here at Pet Medical Center, our goal is to always help you make well-informed decisions about your pet’s healthcare. This article was written an effort to help you understand what some common pet healthcare mistakes so you can avoid them and ensure the health and wellbeing of your pet for many years to come.
The motto at Pet Medical Center is: Where your pets are part of our family.
Every time someone brings their dog or cat to Pet Medical Center, we make every effort to treat that animal like part of our family. We provide gentle, respectful healthcare services to kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs – and we’re always available to answer your pet healthcare questions. Schedule your next appointment at Pet Medical Center today by calling (951) 676-3531 or emailing . We look forward to meeting your special friend soon!
In the meantime, find out what some of the most common pet healthcare mistakes are below.
Most common pitfall
The top medical mistake people often make in terms of their pet’s healthcare is: not seeking out regular veterinary care. We highly recommend finding a veterinarian you can trust before or as soon as possible after adopting your pet. We hope you’ll choose Pet Medical Center – where you and your pet will always be treated with utmost respect. Your pet’s healthcare needs will always be taken care of at Pet Medical Center. We provide a wide range of pet healthcare services, all of which are listed here. Let us take care of all your pet’s healthcare needs.
Overfeeding your pet
Many dogs and cats that come to Pet Medical Center become overweight or perhaps even obese. Overweight pets are at much greater risk for developing numerous health conditions. Feed your pets well to keep them healthy for many years to come.
Neglecting your pet’s oral health
Many pets over 3 years old already exhibit signs of oral problems. Brushing your pet’s teeth is always recommended to maintain optimal oral health. If that’s not possible, there are other ways to promote oral health in your dog and cat without it. Speak with your pet’s veterinarian at Pet Medical Center for expert recommendations and tips to keep your furry friend smiling for many years to come.
Delaying your pet’s medical care
Look, we get it – you have a busy schedule, and a rash, bump, or some other issue your dog or cat develops might not feel very urgent. But you should know that your pet may not be able to communicate the level of pain he or she is experiencing. Make a little room in your schedule to bring your pet to Pet Medical Center at the first sign of trouble. Appointments are recommended but we also handle emergencies and give them priority. Give us a call so we can take care of your pet’s healthcare needs before they become acute. Our phone number is (951) 676-3531.
So you’re thinking about adopting a dog or cat, or you have already. One of your top priorities during this exciting time should be finding an excellent veterinarian to provide quality medical care to your new furry friend. You’re going to need to rely on this person for diligent medical services such as spaying/neutering, vaccinations, de-worming, microchipping, and more. If your pet gets hurt in an accident or becomes very sick, you need to have a veterinarian you can call for solid medical advice. You need to be prepared to handle everyday medical needs as well as emergency situations by finding a veterinarian you can trust now.
We hope these tips will help you think through this important decision and find the best veterinarian for your pet’s and your needs.
- Ponder what qualities are most important to you in a veterinarian. Responsiveness? Compassion? Expertise? Talk to various veterinarians to decide which one matches the qualities you value most.
- Go to your network. Talk to neighbors, shelter workers, and other dog owners to see who they do and don’t recommend. You can find out lots of information by simply asking other people.
- Ask about how quickly you’ll be able to get answers to your medical questions regarding your dog or cat. If your pet is hospitalized, will you receive frequent updates?
- Find out about the facility’s medical equipment. Does it have all the necessary modern medical equipment, in good condition, to meet your pet’s medical needs for many years to come?
- Observe the veterinarian when he or she interacts with your dog or cat. How do they react to your pet? How does the pet react to the veterinarian? You can easily detect whether the veterinarian feels comfortable or not by simply paying attention to their energy.
- Are the hours of the facility convenient to your schedule? This is an important practical consideration so that taking care of your pet’s medical needs will fit in well with your busy schedule.
Here at Pet Medical Center, thousands of people have chosen our veterinarians to take care of their dogs and cats’ medical needs over the years. Feel free to schedule a free initial physical and consultation for your new dog or cat today by calling (951) 676-3531. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have now and at any time.
At Pet Medical Center, our motto is, “Where your pets are part of our family.”
We’re always highlighting this motto because we think it demonstrates that we genuinely care about the welfare of each animal that comes to our facility. Our veterinarians are gentle, kind, and compassionate – as well as real professionals in their field. You can really trust that all medical services we provide will be carried out with utmost care and diligence.
Plus we also have long hours to meet your needs perfectly! Pet Medical Center is an excellent choice for anyone who has a busy schedule because we’re open Monday-Friday from 7am-7pm, as well as Saturday from 8am-2pm. We’re closed Sundays and major holidays.
Come chat with us! We can’t wait to meet your new dog or cat. Schedule your appointment now by calling (951) 676-3531.
Here at Pet Medical Center, we genuinely care about the health and well-being of your pets. If your cat or dog seems ill, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (951) 676-3531. We’ll make sure your pet sees a doctor as soon as possible, and we always give priority to emergency situations. If your pet is extremely sick or severely injured, just come to Pet Medical Center and our doctors will take care of your dog or cat as if it were their own. That’s why at Pet Medical Center, our motto is “where your pet is part of our family.” We’re here for all your pets’ healthcare needs from the first day of adoption and beyond!
We’re 100% dedicated to achieving the best possible healthcare outcomes for every pet who walks through our door. That’s why we recently created a new blog series called: Common Medical Concerns. In previous blog articles, we’ve discussed common medical concerns about puppies (diseases, intestinal parasites, and more) – you can check out the full article here. We’ve also shared helpful information about common medical concerns regarding kittens (parasites, infectious diseases, and more) – the blog post can be easily accessed here. The most recent blog was about common medical concerns for dogs (ear infections, parasites, fleas, etc.) – you can read that blog here.
Now today we’re publishing the last blog in this series. Naturally, it’s about cats.
If you’re adopting a cat from a shelter or getting one from a friend or family member, you should inform yourself of all the most common medical concerns for cats. Be on the look out for these problems and bring your furry friend to Pet Medical Center anytime an issue arises. Regular pet visits to Pet Medical Center provides an ideal opportunity for our doctors to catch any issues at their early stages, but don’t hesitate to call us at (951) 676-3531 anytime your cat gets sick or injured. We’re here to handle all your cat’s healthcare needs.
Almost all cats vomit at some point in their lives. There are so many potential causes of vomiting – eating something poisonous or inedible (like string), infections, urinary tract disease, hairballs, and perhaps even diabetes. Vomiting can quickly make your cat dehydrated, so make sure to leave water nearby for your cat to drink when he or she is done. If your cat continues vomiting frequently or begins to act seriously ill, don’t hesitate to call us at (951) 676-3531 for assistance.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD)
Both male and female cats can contract FLUTD – about 3% of all cats develop it at some point in their lives. Cats who are overweight, unfit, or eat dry food have a greater chance of developing it. Your cat may have FLUTD if they strain to urinate, have bloody urine, urinate in unusual places, cry when urinating, lick around the urinary area, act depressed, get dehydrated, lack appetite, or vomit frequently. If you suspect your cat has FLUTD, don’t hesitate to call us at (951) 676-3531 right away.
Just like dogs, cats often have problems with fleas. If your cat has flea dirt on their skin (it looks like tiny black dots), constantly scratches, frequently licks skin, hair loss, or skin infections, they may be suffering from fleas. Your cat may develop anemia if the flea problem becomes severe, so make sure your cat is properly treated at the first sign of fleas. Call us at Pet Medical Center at (951) 676-3531 so our doctors can examine your cat and prescribe effective treatment.
Pet Medical Center is here for all your cat healthcare needs. Don’t hesitate to call us anytime you have questions about your cat’s health – we can be reached at (951) 676-3531.
Are 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.
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 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.
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
- 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.
Are 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!
Here 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
In 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:
- Annual Physical Examination
- Fecal exam
- Parasite control
- Spaying and neutering
- Tick removal
- Wellness examinations
- Daytime boarding dog
- Daytime boarding cat
- 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!
At 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!