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.

The Gentlest Veterinarians in Temecula, CA

Do you think of your dog or cat as a member of your family? Of course you do! Every day includes interacting with your pet, building that relationship, and every day is better because you get to share it with your furry friend.

From the day your take your pet home from the shelter or the pet store, you start to develop a real bond with him or her. You start to be able to sense his or her moods and perhaps eventually anticipate health problems in their early stages, before anyone else around can detect them.

At all times, of course, you want what’s best for your dog or cat – including the best veterinary care. You want to find a veterinarian that respects his or her temperament and genuinely enjoys taking care of all their healthcare needs that arise over the years. You need a veterinarian who listens to your concerns and proactively anticipates potential problem that may come up as he or she gets older.

You’ll find these attributes in all the veterinarians at Pet Medical Center. Our motto is, “Where your pets are part of our family.” It doesn’t get more obvious than that!

Come to Pet Medical Center for all your dog and cat’s healthcare needs. Our caring staff provides dependable, affordable veterinary services for residents of Temecula and the surrounding areas. Services we provide include:

Veterinary Services:

  • Complete comprehensive physical exams (feline/canine)
  • Vaccinations (both recommended and requires ones), vaccine titers
  • Disease prevention services
  • Blood transfusions
  • Parasite/flea control information and counseling
  • De-worming
  • Microchipping
  • Ear treatment and cleaning
  • Behavior counseling
  • Private cremation / euthanasia
  • Neutraceuticals / skin care / supplements
  • Veterinary pharmacy (extensive)
  • Veterinary prescription diets

We also provide complete diagnostics/imaging, surgery, dentistry, and boarding services to ensure your dog or cat is always taken care of at Pet Medical Center.

The Pet Medical Center difference

Pet Medical Center isn’t like all the other run-of-the-mill veterinary clinics. As soon as you walk into Pet Medical Center, you’ll notice that everyone treats each other with genuine kindness, and every animal receives the same level of care that we’d provide our own dog or cat. Anytime you call the office and speak to one of our receptionists, you’ll be blown away by how friendly and kind they are. Our veterinarians are always glad to answer your questions and address your concerns, so you won’t ever feel rushed along during your appointments. We have the gentlest, most knowledgeable veterinarians in the Temecula area – so schedule your dog or cat’s first appointment at Pet Medical Center today. There’s no need to wait another minute!

Simply call (951) 676-3531 or email to book an initial pet visit today. You’ll get a free exam at your dog or cat’s initial pet visit. See you and your furry friend soon!

Nervous about getting your pet spayed or neutered? Just come to the Pet Medical Center

Nervous about getting your pet spayed or neutered? Just come to the Pet Medical CenterThere are many benefits to spaying (female) and neutering (male) pets, though many pet owners feel apprehensive at the thought of their beloved pet undergoing surgery for this. At Pet Medical Center, we totally understand – we hear you and we respect your concerns. Feel free to come speak with any of our veterinarians as you consider whether spaying or neutering your pet is right. In the meantime, here’s some information that many pet owners we’ve come into contact through the years have found helpful while making their decision about spaying or neutering their furry friends:

Less medical problems

One clear benefit of spaying or neutering your pet is that they have less probability of developing certain medical problems. Female pets that are spayed has fewer uterine infections and breast tumors. Spaying your pet before her first heat provides real protection from these diseases. As for your male pets, neuter them and they’ll be less likely to develop testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

A more friendly, easy-going pet

Female cats that aren’t spayed will yowl and urinate more frequently in an effort to attract mates when they are in heat. Female felines go into heat every 3 weeks during breeding season, which can really be bothersome for owners. But if your female feline is spayed, she won’t go into heat at all. As for male dogs, he’ll be less likely to run away from home if he’s neutered. He’ll do just about anything to go look for a female if he’s kept intact, and then once he escapes, he’ll risk injuring himself in traffic and during fights with other male animals. If your dog is neutered, he will be less likely to mount other dogs, people, and inanimate objects, and his aggression may be reduced.

When should my pet be spayed or neutered?

Healthy puppies can be spayed or neutered when they’re as young as 8 weeks old, though owners traditionally wait until 6-9 months. Adult dogs can also be neutered, though if they have any health problems or are overweight, there’s a slightly larger risk of the development of post-operative complications.

As for cats, they can be spayed or neutered when they’re 8 weeks old. The most effective way to avoid the start of urine spraying and eliminate the chance for pregnancy, make sure your cat is spayed or neutered before they’re 5 months old.

Feel free to ask any of the Pet Medical Center veterinarians when the best time to get your pet neutered or spayed would be. We’re always happy to provide personalized recommendations and answer any questions you may have.


If you’re ready to book an appointment for your pet to be spayed or neutered at Pet Medical Center, simply give us a call at (951) 676-3531 and we’ll set up a date and time that’s most convenient for your busy schedule. Don’t worry – your pet will be in great hands at Pet Medical Center. We take every precaution to make sure spay and neutering surgeries go off without a hitch, and our experienced veterinarians have successfully accomplished thousands of these types of surgeries over the years.

Call us now at (951) 676-3531 to book your appointment or ask any questions you may have about spaying or neutering your precious pet.

Tips for Travelling with Your Pet

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready to schedule your pet’s veterinary visit?

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

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

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

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