Some Simple Steps to Walking Your Dog on a Leash

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Most dog owners go into dog ownership assuming many things about their dogs, including that they’ll naturally be able to walk on a leash. Unfortunately, this assumption often proves to be wrong.

Along with house training, leash training is a process that involves instruction, time, and patience. Walking your dog on a leash successfully, though, is an important skill you cannot overlook.

The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to give you some tips and tricks on loose leash walking. Before long, your pup (or older dog) will be walking on a leash like a pro, which will serve them well for a lifetime of safe and happy adventures.

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Keeping Your Pet Active Through Exercise and Play

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All pets need exercise and enrichment for their physical and behavioral well-being. These are the key ingredients to a vibrant, happy life for furry ones and are instrumental in maintaining a good weight and encouraging better behavior. Whether you’re out and about or stuck indoors, there are always great options for keeping your pet active.

Your friends at Animal Medical Hospital and 24 Hour Urgent Care are here to give you some of our best tips for indoor and outdoor play. Let’s have some fun!

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Always There: The Great Many Reasons to Feel Thankful For Your Pet

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Whether you recently adopted a furry, fuzzy, feathered, or scaled friend, or you’ve proudly ushered your pet through to their golden years, you’re probably pretty glad they’re around. Sure, they may not always be on their best behavior (it’s all relative!), but they are there for you whenever you return home, and are never far from your side. 

Constant companions, ever watchful and always in tune, pets give us so many reasons to appreciate life. As we approach the holidays, you may be taking stock of your blessings, and the many reasons why you’re thankful for your pet.

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Dog Shampoo: Is it Really Necessary?

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Occasional (or frequent) trips to the pet supply store are a part of life for responsible dog owners, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the variety of choices when it comes to pet care products. Do you go with a conventional or boutique brand of food? Traditional leash or harness? Plain collar or the one made of black leather and covered with metal studs? 

With so many other decisions to make, it can be tough to face the grooming aisle with it’s rows upon rows of dog shampoo, conditioner, and other skin care products. It can be tempting to skip this step and just bathe your dog with whatever you already use on yourself at home, but this could have negative consequences for your pooch.

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It’s Not Complicated, but Halloween Pet Safety Can Get Spooky if You’re Not Prepared

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Of all our national holidays, Halloween is the second most common holiday that pets go missing. Like clockwork, it’s also the time of year that invariably sees an increase in pet emergency visits, due in large part to chocolate toxicity. 

If you thought Halloween was scary before, the risks to pet health are truly frightening. However, with an eye on Halloween pet safety measures you and your four-legged friend can still enjoy the holiday together.

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10 Fun and Adorable Pet Costumes for Halloween 2020

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If you agree that nothing is cuter than adorable pets dressed up in Halloween costumes, you’re in luck! We have scoured the internet for the coolest, cutest, and overall best pet costumes of the year for your consideration.

We know that finding the perfect Hallowen getup for your particular pet can be a tough decision. This is why your friends at Animal Medical Hospital and 24 Hour Urgent Care did some window shopping for you. Let’s dress those amazing pets up, shall we?

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Where Can You Find Pet Safe Pest Control Products?

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There’s no shortage of bug killers out there. Step into any home improvement store and you’ll find them in such variety you might easily assume you’ll never again have problems with spiders, mosquitoes, wasps, ants, rodents or any other pests. 

Unfortunately, many of the commercially available pest control products are incredibly toxic to pets. The good news is that there are ways you can enforce pet safe pest control at home. Your pet’s safety is assured and you can live without pests, too!

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They Come With the Territory, but Can Cat Hairballs Signal Illness?

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It can be difficult to imagine a pet more purr-fect than a cat. They are adorable, entertaining, and their quiet natures make them excellent snuggle partners. Additionally, cats have great manners and hardly ever embarrass themselves with untidy behaviors. 

But there is one thing that doesn’t earn high marks: cat hairballs. They are never convenient or welcome, but is there a point when cat hairballs leave the “normal” category and enter a dangerous one?

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Understanding Feline Separation Anxiety

When a cat owner returns home to find their cat anxiously awaiting their arrival, an instant ego boost is bound to occur. We might think, “They love me! They really, truly love me!” – but that explanation only goes so far. 

Among other possibilities, the various symptoms of feline separation anxiety could be simmering just below the surface. There are many ways to counter the overwhelming symptoms, hopefully resulting in more confidence and control for both you and your cat.

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Did You Learn Life Lessons From Your Pet During Quarantine?

If you’ve had to stay at home recently, due to COVID-19 exposure or a positive test result, you know that the struggle to self-quarantine is not easy. A pet at home during this time can offer incredible support, entertainment and companionship, but it’s not all sunshine and lollipops. 

There was likely a learning curve to spending so much time together. Perhaps you didn’t realize it at the time but you probably learned some important life lessons from your pet. 

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