Ignore the Bad, and Reinforce Good Dog Behavior 

It may seem counterintuitive, but the best way to get what you want is to ignore the things you don’t. This is true in so many aspects of life, but especially so in the world of dog ownership.

Without a doubt, getting to the root of dog behavior isn’t always as straightforward. And yet, there are multiple ways you can encourage positive dog behavior at home – and in public. 

They Can’t Help It (Most of the Time)

Dogs don’t always look for trouble, but they certainly find it from time to time. At the intersection of curiosity and opportunity, dogs might do things that go against our wishes. The trick is, though, that most of them don’t even realize they’re misbehaving.

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Top 10 Ways To Keep Pets Healthy

On the surface, it may seem easy to keep pets healthy. But, like most things in life, there’s usually more to how our pets are feeling than what meets the eye. 

Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care cares about you and your pet, and we’re here to help. Our 10 tips will keep you keep your pets healthy and happy for the long haul!

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Cracking the Code: How to Read Your Dog’s Body Language 

Do you ever wonder what your pup’s thinking when they perk up their ears, or suddenly wag and stick up their tail when a new dog comes along? I think most dog owners agree that their pets are very expressive, but what they are thinking is still a mystery to most.

The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care explored the body language of our canine friends, so that you can better understand their cues.

What Is Your Dog’s Body Language Saying

Understanding your pet’s body language helps when you are taking them out into the wide world. The outside is full of situations in which you can better know your pet and their response to stimuli, whether that’s an approaching stranger, the sound of a bird, or a friendly dog who wants to play.

Here are some basic examples of typical body language and what they mean.

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The Hypoallergenic Pet: Fact or Fiction? 

portrait of a one year old miniature golden doodle dog

If you are an allergy sufferer, you may have wondered if there are truly dogs or cats and that don’t cause an allergic reaction. Is this just an urban myth, or is there any truth to it? 

As a pet lover who also has allergies, the quest for a pet that won’t make you sneeze is one we understand. But is there any truth to the notion of pets who don’t cause allergies?

The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care is here to separate fact from fiction

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High Pressure: Glaucoma in Dogs

It’s hard to look into your pet’s eyes and not see the pure love and admiration that they have for us, their people. That might be why it is so heartbreaking when our pet patients are suffering from eye problems.

Glaucoma in dogs is a relatively common diagnosis and one that can result in the loss of vision and even the eye itself if not addressed. Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care Center knows how important your pet’s eyes are and is there to help in the event of glaucoma in dogs as well as other animal eye problems

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Dogs Who Eat Poop, and How to Keep Your Dog Out of the Litter Box

As much as we love our dogs, there are things they do that make us cringe. Raiding the bathroom trash can, rolling in dead animals, and licking their own backsides comes to mind. But nothing beats dogs who eat poop.

If you’ve been sitting calming on the couch, minding your own business, and been the recipient of a “litter box kiss” from your dog, just know you’re not alone. The somewhat common behavior of eating out of the litter box is one that – although high on the ick factor list – is not usually something to worry about. 

Keep reading as Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care breaks down the facts about dogs who eat poop.

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Dog Park Etiquette: The Basics

Summer may be winding down, but we still have plenty of nice weather left in Charlotte and plenty of time left to fit in more outdoor fun with your furry best friend. For many pet owners, dog parks offer a place for their pups to run free, socialize, and get their wiggles out. 

Just like in any other public space, there are rules of etiquette that should be observed in a dog park – both for you and your dog. Nobody wants to be that dog owner, so make sure you have a handle on proper dog park etiquette before you go.

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Scooping The Poop: When “Doodie” Calls

We may love our pets, but we don’t always love cleaning up after them. Sadly, there is no poop-fairy; so cleaning up pet messes is a crucial part of responsible dog ownership. Scooping the poop not only makes us a good neighbor, it protects the environment and minimizes the spread of disease. 

Follow along as Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care shows you how to take care of business.

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Dog Barking Decoded

If you have a talkative dog, you may have found yourself wondering (or yelling), “What the heck is all that barking about?” Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care knows that all that yapping can be a little annoying at times, but dog barking is actually a very important part of being canine.

The Purpose of Dog Barking

A dog barking is just as natural as a human talking. Dog barking is one way that our canid friends communicate with us and each other. Different barks and sounds mean different things. 

If your dog is barking a lot, chances are they are trying to communicate one of the following:

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How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears, and Why it’s So Important

A woman holds up her dog's large ears like angel wings

Much like brushing your dog’s fur, clipping their nails, or cleaning their teeth, ear cleaning is an important part of a dog’s basic grooming regimen. Keeping your dog’s ears clean is essential in keeping infections at bay and allows you to check the ears periodically for signs of trouble.

Fortunately, it’s easy to learn how to clean your dog’s ears, and with practice it can become second nature. Our team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care can get you started!

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