August is Check the Chip month!

This month, we would like to shift the focus to microchips in feline patients and their importance.

What is a microchip? minichip_image

A microchip is a small radio frequency device containing a unique identification number assigned to your cat.  It is about the size of a grain of rice and is encased in bio glass.  The microchip is placed under the skin in the shoulder area by injection from a veterinary professional and serves as permanent identification for the life of the animal. It is not a GPS or tracking device.

 How does it work?

When a microchip scanner is passed over the animal’s back, it activates the chip which sends a signal back to the scanner and displays the animal’s unique ID number. This number is added to a microchip registry at the time of the implant. In the case that a pet is lost, the microchip number is called into the registry and the pet parents can be contacted. Shelters and veterinary clinics are equipped with microchip scanners and one of the first things they do when an animal is found is check for a chip.
In order for microchips to be effective, it’s important for owners to keep their contact information up to date in the microchip registry by notifying them of any changes.

Is it right for my cat? 

We recommend microchips for outdoor and especially indoor cats. If they escape, indoor cats are at higher risk of getting lost than outdoor cats who are usually familiar with the neighbourhood. Definitely a good idea for cats that do not tolerate collars and ID tags.

Is it painful?

Central Cat Hospital now offers the MiniChip, smaller for more comfortable placement and ISO standardized which means it’s recognized internationally! Microchips can be implanted during a routine veterinary visit, and are no more painful than an injection.

We hope this post has helped answer some of your questions! Please feel free to call the clinic with any inquiries about this product: 519-660-0300

 

Preparing for an emergency – you’ll be glad you did!

Emergencies tend to happen when we least expect them. Make your life easier by being prepared. Here are some basics to get you started:

  • Have your local animal control and humane society phone numbers ready. In case of a road-side accident involving an animal, or if you find injured wildlife, contact animal control. In cases of suspected abuse contact your local humane society. Should your pet go missing, visit both of these facilities daily if possible.
    Some additional phone numbers:

    • Your veterinary clinic. Your veterinary healthcare team is your best resource if you are experiencing a pet emergency and are unsure what to do. Call first!
    • Veterinary emergency clinic
    • Pet Poison Helpline : 1-800-213-6680
    • Pet transport service
    • Shelter or pet friendly hotel

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Pet ID week is here – Keep your cat safe!

LadybugBaby ShowerMissing pets are an all too common occurrence for pet parents. We all want to minimize the chances of this happening to our beloved pets, so what can we do?

  • Microchipping improves the chances of reuniting you with your lost cat if your contact information is current. A microchip is a permanent form of identification that your cat can’t lose. The small chip is implanted under the skin in the shoulder area, so if your cat does stray away, the chip reveals the unique ID number assigned to them. So if they turn up at a shelter or clinic, their microchip can be easily tracked to an owner. In the case that your lost pet is injured while missing and requires emergency care, you can be contacted quickly regarding treatment choices.
  • ID tags with pet and owner information are another option, if your cat tolerates wearing collars. However, there is a chance that the collar can come off, leaving your cat without ID. Remember to always update your address and phone number when moving with your microchip company, and on your ID tags.  Read more Pet ID week is here – Keep your cat safe!

Don’t drop that grape! Poison Prevention in Cats

Everyone wants to protect their pet as much as possible. Learning more about potential poisons and toxins for cats is your best defense for preventing exposure to these harmful substances.

We’ve compiled a handy list outlining a variety of household toxins.

  • Be aware of harmful plants! With easter right around the corner, we’d like to remind everyone that lilies are toxic to cats. (All parts of the plant including the leaves.) Other plants to watch out for are: azaleas, sago palm, oleander, and fox glove.
  • Tylenol causes severe liver damage in cats. Only ever give medications that are prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Although cats do not have taste receptors for sweetness, chocolate ingestion does occur. Chocolate contains theobromine which can can cause gastrointestinal upset, seizures, and death. The darker the chocolate, the more concentrated and dangerous it becomes for our pets. Coffee should be avoided as well.
  • Treat your cat safely and never offer the following human foods: grapes, onions/garlic, raw eggs, fat trimmings and bones, and chocolate/caffeine as mentioned above.
  • Contrary to the common belief, cats should not have cow’s milk as it can cause diarrhea. Once kittens become adults, they no longer have the enzymes required to digest dairy.
  • Flea products purchased over the counter may contain permethrins. These substances are highly toxic to cats, especially if the wrong dose is applied. Permethrin toxicity produces muscle tremors and seizures, and may even cause death. Always check with your veterinarian first before applying any flea treatment to a sick, elderly or pregnant cat. See us for safe and effective control of fleas and parasites!
  • Insect and rodent traps are poisonous to our pets too, and often these products are baited with attractive ingredients. Make sure they are kept out of reach, or consider live traps instead if possible.
  • Antifreeze (ethylene glycol) should be completely inaccessible. As little as one teaspoon can permanently damage the kidneys, causing death.
  • Ingestion of excess salt (such as table salt or road salt) can disrupt your cat’s electrolyte balance and cause burns in the mouth and throat. Salt is also irritating to the skin, so if your kitty wanders outside, wipe off their paws for them with a damp cloth.
  • Do not allow access to areas that have been sprayed with pesticides or fertilizers until the area has dried completely or the label indicates it is safe to do so.
  • Longterm effects of second hand smoke do affect our pets. Breathing in or ingesting the toxins from their fur while grooming can cause respiratory disease and cancers over time.

If your cat shows any symptoms of toxicity, or if you are concerned about toxin exposure please do not delay and contact a veterinarian right away.

Environmental enrichment ideas

Here are some suggestions to stimulate your cat and keep them purring!

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