Kitty 101: Why do Cats Knead?

Cats knead because it feels goodPart of the fun of cat ownership is observing the many “uniquely feline behaviors” displayed by our sweet kitties. Stalking, pouncing, fastidious grooming, and tail twitches are just some of the many examples of behaviors we observe in cats but not other pets. Kneading (the rhythmic, alternating push and pull of the front paws against a soft surface) is another common, yet puzzling, universal cat behavior.

So, why do cats knead?

A Matter of Comfort

Anyone who’s had the privilege of watching a cat knead can tell this is a pleasurable and comforting activity. Kittens knead their mother’s belly to stimulate the flow of milk, and it’s very likely this positive association has been carried over into their adult lives, regardless of when or how they were weaned. Continue…

Pet Exercise Trends That (Might) Stand the Test of Time

Pet exercise is a fun way to promote pet health

Pet Zumba or Cross Fit might sound outlandish, but exercise trends that meaningfully impact people also have the potential to affect pets. Sure, it might be awhile before we see a feline Fitbit, but with gadgets like Trakz, it’s only a matter of time. Pet exercise trends are definitely a thing, and we’re happy they play a role in helping the animals we know and love achieve optimal weight, wellness, and happiness.

Try It, Don’t Fight It

Yoga is already a huge industry, so it’s hard to imagine that it could benefit from a revamp. However, yoga with animals, such as cats, dogs, birds, goats, horses, and more, has exploded around the country. Animals bring a new sense of exploration, playfulness, and lightness to any class. In turn, pets are rewarded with a deeper connection to people. Continue…

A Spotlight on Our Pet Emergency Services

pet emergency servicesDealing with a pet emergency is one of the most difficult parts of being a pet owner. Seeing your pet injured or in pain, the confusion of wondering what comes next, and managing the financial aspects can be downright upsetting.

Some pet emergencies simply aren’t preventable, but knowing where you can go for pet emergency services, any time of the day or night, can be a big relief for pet owners. Here at Animal Medical Hospital, we are committed to providing high quality emergency care for the Charlotte community, every hour of every day!

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Too Good to be True? Swoon-Worthy Pet Boarding, Camps, and Grooming Services

pet boardingYou know that unshakable feeling that you’ve forgotten something, like turning off the oven or, like the movie Home Alone, conducting a proper head count? Equally disquieting is the sense that your pet is getting into trouble in your absence or isn’t being cared for in the way they’re accustomed to at home.

Pet boarding is a necessity for owners who need to leave town, but it can be so much more than just a simple place to stay. We’re thrilled to offer a comfortable, safe environment for boarders to call home temporarily. With our add-on services and dedicated staff members, your pet’s every need is met so you can relax!

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Itchy and Scratchy: A Primer on Spring Pet Allergies

A dog rolls in the grass to get relief from spring pet allergiesEnvironmental allergies affect people and pets alike. While most of us tend to have watery eyes this time of year, spring pet allergies primarily cause itchy skin. Licking or chewing of the paws, ear infections, and chronic skin infections are the unfortunate results of budding trees and flowering plants. The good news? There are ways to manage the potential pain, stress, and suffering associated with constant scratching.

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Canine Conundrum: Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Why Do Dogs Eat GrassIf you’re like most of the dog owners out there, you pay close attention to what goes into the food bowl and treat bag. Without a doubt, nutrition is at the cornerstone of your dog’s overall health. Feeding them the right things – at the right stage of development – is critical to day-to-day wellness. But, there are some things that dogs eat purely for the experience, and not because they need it nutritionally.

If you’ve ever wondered why dogs eat grass, we hope to uncover the mystery.

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Heartworm Prevention… All Year Round?

heartworm preventionAfter the first frost, it’s pretty uncommon to see a mosquito flitting around. That means that you can stop giving your pet their parasite prevention medication, right? With no visible bugs to contend with, pets are at minimal risk of diseases transmitted from these unfortunate bloodsuckers. Just begin giving them a dose in early spring, before the bugs start to take over, and your pet will be just fine, yes?

No.

None of these thoughts are true, and sadly, this misconception is common. Vector-borne illness remains a grave threat, even when there’s snow on the ground. With year-round heartworm prevention, you and your pet can rest easy.

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An Eye on Pet Safety in the Backyard

Pet SafetyPeople who live in apartments have understandable “yard envy” – especially if they share their place with a pet. To be sure, a fenced-in area brings a lot to the table, but that doesn’t mean yards are always risk-free. When pet safety is observed in and around the backyard, pet owners can truly have the best of both worlds.

 

The Power of the Outdoors

Dogs flourish when they have a yard to call their own. Not only does this help with regular bathroom needs, they can also use their considerable instincts when enjoying the great outdoors. Cats also love having a place to call their own, and once territory is established, they typically remain in charge of it. Continue…

Tip-Toe Through the Tulips: Enjoying Spring With Pet Safety in Mind

pet safetyAh, there’s nothing quite like spring with its beautiful new blossoms, crisp smell of grass, and all the spring break vacation opportunities. What’s not to love?! Spring is also a great time to get bored pets back outside for some outdoor fun.

With this in mind, spring pet safety is a must. Keep reading to learn more about how to prepare for the season ahead with your furry pal.

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Bugs Don’t Take a Break: Why Year-Round Parasite Prevention is a Must

parasite preventionFleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other creepy crawlies…a summer problem, right? Wrong. Contrary to popular belief, parasites continue to thrive year-round, even when the weather turns brisk. Despite the occasional chilly temperatures, these formidable foes continue to wreak havoc on our pets (and sometimes on us).

While it may be tempting to save a few bucks on parasite control, there are plenty of good reasons parasite prevention should be a year-round investment. Your friends at Animal Medical Hospital are here to tell you why!

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