Pet Stress Can Be Tricky, but Not When You Know What to Look For

A cat licks its nose.

Pets are highly sensitive to their people, fellow animals, and their surroundings. You can see it in the way they react in public places, or when strangers enter their home. 

But sometimes pet stress can have a cause that we cannot readily see, such as an undiagnosed health condition. Knowing what causes pet stress is important. The ability to recognize the signs of pain, discomfort, fear and anxiety is necessary for helping them through negative experiences.

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All the Essentials: Foundational Training for Your Kitten

Two grey kittens staring into a litter box.

Kittens are, first and foremost, endlessly cute and have a boundless energy and curiosity every cat owner adores. But when it comes to some of the problems like accidents around the home and scratches all over the furniture, your adorable cherub may resemble a mini-monster. This is why cats, like dogs, need the foundational skills to give them instruction for life. 

If you are the proud owner of a furry, you may wonder how to begin the essential training for your kitten. You’re in luck because the team at Animal Medical Hospital and 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to explain the ABCs of kitten training.

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Ewww, Doggie Breath: What Causes Bad Breath in Dogs?

Small dog pants outside.

If your dog’s stinky breath gets in the way of your enjoyment of enthusiastic doggie kisses, snuggling on the couch, or any other up close and personal time, you’re not alone. “Dog breath” is almost universally disliked, but did you know that bad breath in dogs isn’t normal?

Stinky dog breath may be the result of a health problem, but the good news is that it’s (usually) easily rectified. Your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent care has done the research into what causes doggie breath, and what you can do to correct it.

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Breaking the Digging Habit in Puppies and Dogs

Is your yard filled with holes? Does your dog regularly escape through a self-made hole under the fence or arrive at the back door with muddy paws and a dirt-covered muzzle? It’s hard to find fault with dogs, but if we “dig deep”, we can come up with a few things!

Digging is a natural instinct in dogs, but it doesn’t jive well with the human way of life. Breaking your dog of their digging habit can be tricky, but with the right approach it’s possible to have your yard (and your sanity) back in one piece.

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Feline Aesthetic: Cats Have Whiskers For Reasons Beyond Looks

Cats have many physical attributes that add to their unique appeal, but only one of their features helps them avoid and escape sticky situations – whiskers!

Cats have whiskers to help them navigate their world. Whether it’s hunting, exploring or expressing emotions, whiskers are really the cat’s meow.

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Fun Indoor Activities for Your Pet This Winter

When we have relied heavily on outdoor time with our pet, it may be hard to come up with interesting things for them to do when it is too chilly to go out. Indoor activities for your pet are important for giving them the exercise and enrichment they need to thrive. 

Don’t let the winter blues get to you and your pet. Stay engaged and active through these fun indoor activities brought to you by your team at Animal Medical Hospital and 24 Hour Urgent Care.

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Something to Smile About: The Easy Way to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

vet checking pet's dental health

Your pet may never need to have that Top Model, pearly white smile, but their oral health is definitely linked to overall health. Just like with us, plaque and tartar can develop on their teeth and progressively deteriorate the teeth and gums. Pet dental disease is not only painful but can also lead to diseases of other organs.

Home dental health is a must for your pet’s well-being and the team at Animal Medical Hospital and 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you learn how to brush your pet’s teeth!

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Huzzah! Behold Our Top 5 Blogs of 2020!

As 2020 comes to a close, we all may be celebrating the year ahead with a little more gusto than usual. But, while this past year has seen its fair share of unprecedented ups and downs, our pets have undoubtedly saved the day (and our sanity) in more ways than one.

This past year, many of us have spent more time with our pets than ever before. And, when looking back at our blog readership for 2020, it shows! Time and time again you, our dear readers, have turned to Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care’s blog for answers to your most pressing questions about your pets health, behavior, and quirks – and we are grateful for the trust you have placed in this online pet health resource.

With that in mind, we offer you a look at our top 5 most-read blogs of 2020. Enjoy!

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To Understand Feline Body Language, Look at the Tail

cat laying on a bed

People have certain “tells” that communicate feelings or moods, but we’re not the only ones. Dogs tend to be pretty easy to read, but cats tend to be subtle and succinct in their approach. They say a great deal through feline body language; we simply have to tune into the appearance and position of their tail to discern their emotional or mental states.

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Five Possible Reasons You’re Not Exercising Your Cat

fat cat

The majority of feline illness can be directly linked to their diet and lifestyle. Their wild relatives stalk and eat an average of 9 times a day, with plenty of attempts to stalk and capture prey in between meals. These cats, which are not reliant on a full bowl of kibble, may consume more protein and fat than carbohydrates, and ultimately expend more energy capturing their meals than the average housecat. Not surprisingly, these wildcats are typically leaner than your average kitty. 

Indoor cats don’t have to work for food, and most don’t even have to ask that their bowl be filled. In addition to choosing a high-value diet (and sticking to exact portions and meal times), exercising your cat is the key to their overall health, happiness and longevity. Unfortunately, there could be reasons that stand in the way of exercising your cat.

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