How Can You Keep Your Pet Safe From Wildlife?

Thanks to books and cartoons, we grow up thinking that raccoons are cute and fluffy, foxes are smart, and coyotes are artful opportunists. And while these species (and others, like skunks or deer) enjoy widespread popularity and protection, they should be given a wide berth.

Not only does a healthy space bubble protect diverse species in Mecklenburg County, this approach goes a long way toward keeping your pet safe from wildlife encounters. 

Be Prepared

One of the best ways to keep your pet safe from wildlife is to understand which animals are out there, times they’re more likely to cross paths with your pet, and how to avoid a frightening situation.

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Choosing the Right Toys for Your Dog

One of the most enjoyable aspects of dog ownership is watching them play with and enjoy toys. Most dogs enjoy having an assortment to choose from, and love those that require interaction from their owners. 

To help you choose the right toys for your dog, the team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care is here with some tips before you buy. 

Tips for Choosing the Right Toys

From fuzzy and plush to rubbery and tough, dog toys come in a wide range of materials and styles to choose from. The possibilities are endless, and not all toys are the same. Each is designed to do different things and challenge your pet in different ways. 

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Seven Pet Food Trends to Discuss With Us

Being on trend is important to many of us, and our world is full of the latest and greatest when it comes to our pets. Just as in people, fad diets come and go, some of them more successful than others. 

Some pet food trends, however, are worth taking a second look at, while others are potentially harmful. That’s why talking it over with one of our expert staff at Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care is worth your time – we want what’s best for your pet, whether it is on trend or not!

Evaluating Pet Diets Objectively

Feeding your pet seems like it should be a simple enough task, but when you start looking for information, it can be overwhelming. Everyone out there has an opinion, and not all of them agree.

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Pet Related Decision Making: Smarter, Better

One of the biggest blessings and curses of living in the time that we do is information overload. When it comes to just about any decision, from which humidifier to purchase to how to get your hair to curl naturally, a quick search can give you all the information (and usually more than all the information) you need to make decisions.

Animal lovers everywhere have likely experienced pet related decision making paralysis. Filtering everything at your disposal can be difficult, but with the help of Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care, smarter, better, and well-educated pet choices are your future. 

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Animal Behavior Essentials: What You Need To Know

We all do it – observe our pet’s behavior and assume we know what they’re thinking. Sometimes we’re probably right, after all we know our pets better than anyone else. But because our furry friends are members of a different species, there are certain aspects of their behaviors that are bound to be lost in translation.

One of the most important things we’ve learned after caring for Charlotte area pets for more than 35 years is that, when it comes to animal behavior, knowledge is power. Understanding what your pet is trying to tell you is what every pet owner wants, and our animal behavior basics will get you started!

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When It Comes to Senior Cat Care, Less Is Not More

As cats age it may seem like they require less attention, exercise, and gear, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Of course, kittens and younger cats have greater demands regarding sterilization, microchipping, vaccinations and litter box training. But just because their personal needs change as they grow older, it doesn’t mean that the health of senior cats can be placed on the back burner. 

With bi-annual senior cat care exams we can move quickly to prevent and derail potential illness. and keep your kitty happy and active.

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An Owner’s Guide to Pet Health and Wellness at Home

With the way this year has been going, many of us have taken this opportunity to take a good look at our own health and mental wellness. It isn’t a bad trend. In this busy world we tend to forget to take the time to be sure that we are doing okay. 

Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care wants to remind you to think about your pets during this time, too. Who knows, maybe this rough start to 2020 will create a whole revolution of personal and pet health and wellness prioritization.

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5 Ways to Encourage Good Behavior in Dogs

Dogs are full of energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity. They are much like toddlers that way, in the sheer fact that they can get into mischief in the blink of an eye. 

Dogs (of all ages) are also a quick study on which behaviors earn rewards – like your attention. This is all well and good, if they are taught they are taught proper communication and manners. If not, though, these sneaky, and sometimes naughty, behaviors can win out.

There are plenty of ways you can encourage good behavior in dogs. Animal Medical Hospital and 24-Hour Urgent Care is here to tell you more!

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7 Puppy Behaviors You Shouldn’t Overlook (or Excuse)

Puppies may be quite clumsy at times, but they are actually incredibly skilled. They have the special abilities to leap into our hearts, cover us from head to know in puppy kisses, and make us wonder what life was like before their adoption and homecoming

Despite their scrumptious goodness, some puppies have terrible manners. They don’t mean to misbehave, they really just don’t know that there are alternatives to their fledgling canine instincts. Because most owners of young dogs are blinded by their cuteness, we’d like to weigh in on 7 puppy behaviors that can improve over time, and with the right methods.

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Stalking Cool Cat Products

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, are you on the hunt for the best and latest for your feline family? 

Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is always on the lookout for new and interesting pet purchases, and lately, a few cool cat products have definitely caught our eye. 

Redefine Feeding Your Cat

Feeding your cat has never been better. As we come to understand more and more about feline behavior, we are realizing that the more you naturally stimulate a cat’s natural instincts to hunt and kill prey, the better. Cats who are able to “hunt” are typically more fit and less apt to display behavioral issues.

You can engage a cat’s hunting drive through toys, but we love products that allow indoor cats to hunt for their actual meals. Indoor hunting feeders like the Doc & Phoebe’s Feeding System speak to your cat’s inner tiger.  

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