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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The Ups and Downs of House Training Your Pet

There are so many satisfying moments in the life of a pet owner, but few can truly compete with successful house training. When your pet learns to go to the bathroom (in places you designate and time you approve of), it is nothing short of a life-affirming victory. This is partially because learning this new skill isn’t always easy, and it’s hardly ever quick. 

With that in mind, we welcome you to this endeavor and wish you (and all the flooring in your house) all the best!

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In Case of a Pet Emergency…

An emergency situation is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed and out of control. When it involves your beloved animal family members, though, the stakes can feel even higher. 

Emergencies happen, and Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care knows how much having a game plan ahead of time can make a difference. In case of a pet emergency, we are here for you.

Pet Emergency Preparedness

In any stressful situation, the first step is to identify if you are truly experiencing a pet emergency or not. While it is always better to err on the side of caution and give us a call if you are not sure if it’s an emergency, some things are always emergent. These may include, but are not limited to…

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Safety Through Stashing: How to Safely Store Pet Toxins

We live with a wide variety of hazards in our midst, from household cleaners to automotive fluids, toxins are a-plenty in our homes. 

There is a reason why there are warnings on the side of the packaging, as each year hundreds of thousands of poisonings take place. You may even have several child-proof locks, systems, and set-ups that keep children away from hazards in the home, yard, and garage. But what about pet-proofing your home?

Safely storing pet toxins is an important component in protecting your pet from poisoning. To learn more, your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here with some helpful tips and recommendations.

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When It Comes to Supporting Cat Health, It’s a Balancing Act

Cats are incredibly adept animals full of surprising adaptations. But, just because they can survive on their own (using highly specialized self-preservation skills), it doesn’t mean they should. 

Feral cats and strays don’t live as long as indoor-only cats, due in large part to well-meaning human intervention. Cat owners vigilantly protect their fluffy one’s health and do everything they can to guarantee their longevity. But when it comes to cat health, there are a few basics that can sustain a long, healthy and happy life.

A Weighty Decision

One of the biggest threats to cat health is weight gain. However, keeping your cat slim and slender can be much harder than you think. In fact, many cats beg for treats or extra scoops in their food bowls making it all but impossible not to indulge them. Take it from us: It’s much easier to prevent weight gain, than establish a weight loss routine after the fact.

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After the Quarantine: Dealing with Change and Your Pet

Most pets thrive in a routine. They like to know when they will eat, exercise, and see you, naturally. During the past several weeks, though, the routine has probably been one that included lots of at home time. For us, it was a struggle, but for our pets who enjoyed the attention and companionship, it was wonderful. 

Now that many cities have reopened work, school, and other forms of daily life, our pets may be dealing with the abrupt change in routine. Pets often have behavioral and emotional issues when change occurs too quickly. 

This is why the team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to discuss dealing with change and your pet. 

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Reasons for a Shaking Dog and What You Can Do

If your dog has been shaking, you’re probably concerned about what might be causing it.

There are many reasons why you may have a shaking dog, some of them more worrisome than others. While we are always happy to check your pet out at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care, in some situations you may be able to address your shaking dog at home. 

Reasons Dog’s Shake

Reasons for a shaking dog can run the gamut from benign to quite serious, and it can be difficult to know where your pet lies on the spectrum.

Pet shaking may be behavioral, related to pain or other physiological causes, or may be part of an actual medical problem. Shaking can occur due to a pet:

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Housing Household Pet Hazards

We often think of our pets as our children. After all, they are smaller than us, depend on us for everything, and they are super cute! 

As with our children, it’s paramount that you do what it takes to keep your furry family member safe. For example, many households with small children are likely to be outfitted with cabinet locks, outlet covers, baby gates, and childproof door locks. However, not so many pet parents take these precautions; but why?

When you stop to think about it, household pet hazards are abundant in the average home. At Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care we often see patients who have encountered trouble in the home. We know, though, that with a little bit of knowledge, we can keep household pet hazards away from our fur babies successfully!

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Time to Act? When a Pet Is In Pain, Don’t Make Them Wait

As we age, pain sort of rules our lives. Sadly, this is no different for animals.

Like us, pets are equally prone to age-related illnesses or injuries that result in chronic pain. They can also suffer from acute pain following an accident, fight or surgical procedure. Either way, when a pet is in pain they need – and benefit from – quick action and fast relief.  

Don’t Ignore the Signs of Pain in Pets

Pain is a natural, normal consequence of living, and it serves an important purpose.

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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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