Outdoor Safety in Cooler Weather

It’s feeling and looking like winter! Here are some reminders to keep your cat safe and warm this season.
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  • The best way to keep cats out of trouble in winter and anytime is to keep them indoors
    and out of the cold! Cats are susceptible to frostbite on their pawpads, face and ears.paws
  • Outdoor cats may shelter in the wheel well of cars or under a car hood for warmth. Watch out for them and give your hood a tap before starting the engine.
  • Road salt and antifreeze (ethylene glycol) are also hazardous to cats and other animals. Antifreeze is extremely poisonous and road salt can cause irritation, dryness and burns. Do not allow your pet to come into contact with these products. There are pet safe salt alternatives available commercially which contain magnesium chloride.
  • Make sure your cat has a cozy warm spot to curl up in if they are feeling cold. This is especially important for senior kitties as they often require extra warmth and cushioning. Check out our webstore for beds or hot packs you can purchase to keep kitty warm!
  • If possible, build a feral cat shelter or offer water in an insulated container to support homeless stray cats. You can also support your local shelter or animal rescue with donations as it is a very busy time of year for them.  Animal rescues such as Animalert greatly appreciate foster homes as well. Fill out an application form here: https://www.animalert.ca/apply/cat-fosterhttps://www.animalert.ca/apply/cat-foster

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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