Ask a Vet: Why Do Dogs Lick Everything?

Why Do Dogs Lick Everything?

Whether your dog seems to lick every surface in sight or they simply provide a wet kiss on the hand when you walk in the door, dogs and licking just seem to go together. While some find this canine trait cute, others think it’s annoying or downright disgusting. Either way, it can be a hard habit for most pets to break and a confusing one for their owners. So why, exactly, do some dogs lick everything?

Was it Something I Ate?

Some dogs are attracted to the salt, lotion, or other products that we use on our skin. Those slobbery kisses to the face may be a sign of love (mother dogs lick their puppies quite often during the first few weeks of life) or it could be that you failed to wipe all the tomato soup off your mouth after lunch.

Being deficient in one or more key nutrients can also bring on a bout of licking, so be sure to feed your dog a high-quality commercial pet food. A nutritional analysis can be helpful in determining whether your pet is getting what they need for optimal health.

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High Alert: Halloween Pet Safety Precautions

Halloween pet safety can keep your pet safe

Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of chocolate bars, dog biscuits were given to trick-or-treaters? While this wouldn’t go over so well with the 12 and under set, it would make Halloween a lot safer for our canine friends. Until this unlikely scenario becomes a reality, however, you can still meet your goals for Halloween pet safety. How, exactly? We’re glad you asked!  

Since We Mentioned Chocolate…

To be sure, chocolate is the biggest threat to Halloween pet safety. Responsible for vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, irregular heart rhythm, and high blood pressure, chocolate must never be left out for your pet to find.

Certainly, this time of year is ripe for chocolate-tasting opportunities. Whether your pet sniffs it out in a jacket pocket, picks up a fallen candy bar on the ground, or licks the hands of a youngster, ingesting chocolate can result in a serious pet emergency.

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A Cautionary Tail About Home Remedies for Pets

Home remedies for pets can be a threat to pet health.

While we all love our furry critters and want to do what is right for them, it is too easy to read an article on the Internet and cause more harm than good. Dr. Google is full of do-it-yourself answers, many of which are not really all that effective. Worse yet, there are some that may even cause harm.

Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care wants you to know about home remedies for pets and how to approach them with a more discerning eye.

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Understanding the Gigantic Pet Food Industry

Pet food fads aren't always in line with good pet nutrituonIt’s a common scenario: pet owners peruse the seemingly endless aisles of pet food not entirely sure which ones would actually benefit the health and wellness of their best friends. There’s grain-free. There’s organic. There are interesting ingredients like kangaroo, ostrich, blueberry, and artichoke (to say nothing of the ones no one can pronounce!).

The bottom line is that choosing the right pet food is fraught with confusion and even fear. Do you just want to feed your pet the best possible diet? The team at Animal Medical Hospital is here to help!

A Lay of the Land

You want to feed your pet what they need in order to have long, healthy life, but you don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount of time or money. The right food also has to satisfy your pet’s hunger so they won’t be begging you for treats or snacks in between meals. Continue…

What to Know About Fall Pet Allergies

Fall pet allergies can cause your dog to scratch up a stormThe delights of autumn abound: crisp air, beautiful fall leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. But when it comes to our pets, one thing that fall brings may not be so pleasant: fall pet allergies.

Pet allergies are not just limited to the springtime. Any change of season can bring discomfort for your pet in the form of uncomfortable itching and skin infections. These fall pet allergies are often caused by plants that pollinate in the fall, such as ragweed, sagebrush, tumbleweeds, and lamb’s-quarters.  

With a little knowledge and planning, you can help if fall pet allergies strike. Animal Medical Hospital takes a look at what an allergic pet looks like, and what you can do to help them. Continue…

Safe Haven: Pet Safety at Home

Pet safety at home can keep your pet healthy and happy.It happens to even the most dedicated and vigilant pet owners… After several years of completely ignoring the bookshelf philodendron, the family pet decides to give those leaves a try. Or, they get a wild hair to excavate the contents of your guests’ handbag, only to lick up a stray pill.  The truth is that while a pet’s home should be free of harmful objects or ingredients, certain threats to pet safety may likely remain within paw’s touch without seasonal reminders.

Pet Safety

Owners of older pets can usually recall the greats lengths they went to ensuring that younger versions of Fluffy or Fido couldn’t find any trouble in their new home. Certainly, most items in the house begin to fade to the background as pets age, but all pets – young and old – can be exposed to illness or injury when you least expect it. Continue…

Fun for All: Doggy Day Camp at Camp AMH

Dog day camp at Animal Medical Hospital in Charolette is rad.As you’re heading out the door to work, do you ever look back and see your dog’s face as you’re leaving? Ever have a twinge of guilt? Most of us have experienced this feeling and we know how hard it is to think about your pet at home all day without you.

Even though we all try and make sure we have plenty of entertainment for our dogs at home, boredom can bring out some undesirable behaviors in our pets, such as barking, chewing, and general destructive behavior. If this is a concern for you, it might be time to consider Doggy Day Camp.

At Animal Medical Hospital, we’re thrilled to provide Camp AMH – a day care for your dog that’s open 7 days a week. Want to learn more? We thought so! Continue…

How to Identify Pet Pain

Pet pain isn't always obvious and is often easy to ease with the help of your local veterinarian.Our pets may not walk, talk, or behave like us, but that doesn’t mean they don’t feel pain in much the same way as humans. Over the past few decades, veterinary science has made tremendous strides in the areas of pet pain prevention and management.

At Animal Medical Hospital, we believe the best way to empower pet owners is through education. September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, so now is the perfect opportunity to delve deeper into the issue of pet pain.

Signs of Pet Pain

Unfortunately, our pets can’t tell us when they’re hurting. Combine this with the fact that dogs and cats are hardwired to hide signs of illness or injury, it can sometimes be extremely difficult to tell when a pet is in pain. Your pet’s regular wellness exams are a good opportunity for us to assess your pet for signs of trouble, but your observations at home are just as important. Continue…

Discovering Pet Insurance: Is It Right For You?

Pet Insurance can help ease veterinary care costsIf you’re like most pet owners, you want to do whatever you can to make sure your pet stays healthy and is cared for well. In this day and age, pet owners have access to advanced medical care for our pets that rivals human healthcare. Although this makes it even easier to provide exceptional care to our pets, this level of medical care does come with a cost. And this cost can put a significant financial strain on families, even with the best planning.

Just as human health insurance is designed to offset our own health care costs, pet insurance can ease the financial burden of unexpected injury or illness to our beloved pets. It may not be right for everyone, but pet insurance is certainly worth looking into. We’ll give you the basics so that you can start to weigh the benefits and costs for yourself. Continue…

Keeping Your Indoor Cat Healthy: The Secret to Health and Happiness

Talk to your veterinarian about keeping your indoor cat healthy It’s true that indoor cats are safer than their outdoor cat friends; they don’t have to contend with cars, getting into cat fights, or predators like coyotes and mountain lions. However, they do tend to be couch potatoes unless we step in to give them some entertainment.

Animal Medical Hospital wants to help you keep your indoor cat healthy and fit, and one way to do that is through environmental enrichment. So, we’re taking some tips and tricks from our arsenal and passing them on to you. Let’s get moving!

Keep Your Indoor Cat Healthy

Cats in the wild have specific behaviors that, well, make them cats. These natural instincts, if replicated indoors, can help your cat express themselves in a healthy way.

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