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How to Make a First-Aid Kit for Your Cat

Cats have a very strong immune system, but sometimes they need a little help recovering from an injury. If your cat ever gets a scrape, scratch or another type of minor wound, it’s up to you, the owner, to be ready with your first-aid kit! A minor wound is any type of wound that breaks the surface skin but doesn’t cause significant or sustained bleeding. A minor wound typically doesn’t affect the way your cat moves around, their eating or drinking habits nor their litter box use. Any incident that causes a change in the behaviour of your cat should be addressed by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

The most important step in at-home wound care is to clean the area with soap and water. If you have a set of electric clippers, you can shave the hair from the area so that there isn’t any hair hanging into the injury. Have a bottle of antibacterial soap, such as Stanhexidine or Hibitane, and clean gauze or cotton pads in your first-aid kit to clean the area. Wear rubber gloves. Dilute the soap in warm water, dampen the gauze in the soapy water and use it to wipe and flush the area gently. It will remove any foreign material that might be in the wound. Use dry gauze or cotton pads to pat the area dry.

**Under no circumstances should you use POLYSPORIN products on your cat.

True or false: cats clean their wounds by licking them. False. In reality, cats have a lot of bacteria in their mouths. Licking serves to transfer this bacteria to an open wound. Therefore, it is important to prevent your cat from licking.

Avoid giving your cat any medications from your medicine cupboard. Your veterinarian can provide medications that are safe and designed for your cat instead.

If your cat sustains a minor injury, when should you bring them in to see a veterinarian? Some general rules to use for any minor injury sustained by your cat are:

  1. If you are worried about the injury.
  2. If you are unable to clean or uncomfortable cleaning the wound.
  3. If the scratch, scrape or other types of injury doesn’t show obvious improvement within a day or two.

Written by: Killary Cat Hospital

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The Importance of Microchips

A microchip is a small chip that is placed under the skin between the shoulders. The needle we use is larger than a typical blood collection needle, though other than the initial poke does not cause any ongoing pain. Each microchip has a unique number that is retrievable with a special scanner that all veterinary clinics and rescue associations have. When a found cat is brought to a clinic or rescue facility, it is checked for a microchip by running the scanner over the body. The number populates off the scanner which can then be put into a search system which will tell us which company it is registered with. There are many different microchip companies out there, so it is important to know which one your cat has so you can keep your contact information up to date. We can then call the company linked to the chip, who can then give us the contact information that you provided when it was registered so we can get in contact with you! The companies are instructed to only provide your contact information to an animal professional or to the owner. Microchips are NOT tracking devices; they need to be scanned in order for your furry family member to get home to you. There is a small fee to get your cat microchipped but no monthly cost afterwards. However, some microchip companies do charge a small fee to update addresses and other contact information. What is the difference between a microchip and tattoo? Tattoos are slowly becoming a less common form of identification. Tattoo quality can decrease over time due to aging, quality of the tattoo to start, and other environmental changes that can affect the skin of the ear. What this means is that a well-done tattoo 10 years later can be difficult to read due to the blurring of the letters and numbers over time. This change can make it nearly impossible sometimes to identify the collection of digits which is a big problem since that combination is unique to a clinic and cat! A microchip does not age over time but in rare instances can travel from the shoulders, which is why we scan the entire cat for a chip before determining that they do not have one. Additionally, tattoo information is often kept on paper, while microchips are all digital. It is very important to microchip your cat! We often get comments about how indoor only cats do not require them and if anything, it’s actually the opposite! Indoor cats accidentally getting out are where most of our phone calls about missing cats come from. This is because they’re not supposed to be outside and are likely not equipped to hunt and fend for themselves. So, when a neighbour sees an unfamiliar neighbourhood cat and takes it to a clinic to have scanned, it now has no form of identification to get home to you and is taken to the city in the hopes of an owner coming forward and claiming them.

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Killarney Cat Hospital