Pet Dental Care: The Home Edition 

There are definitive ways to prevent periodontal disease, but like other facets of health, the journey starts at home. Sure, it can be an uphill battle to convince some pets that daily tooth brushing can be fun, but routine pet dental care, both at home and in the veterinarian’s office, sets the stage for long term health and wellness. 

Setting the Tone

One reason for annual wellness checks is the opportunity to look inside your pet’s mouth. A quick flip of the lip can be informative, but it really is only one piece of the puzzle. We might be able to quickly ascertain that some level of dental disease is present because of bleeding or inflamed gums, or foul-smelling breath. 


On Thin Ice: Winter Paw Care To Protect Your Pet 

If you have dogs, staying indoors just because old man winter is rearing his ugly head is not an option. Your dogs need to answer the call of nature, stretch their legs, and occasionally get outside and play! 

You’ve probably given some thought about how to best keep your dog safe from winter weather, but have you given any thought to their paws? Sensitive paw pads need extra protection in the wintertime when freezing temperatures, snow, and ice abound. 

Fortunately, there are some easy and smart ways to practice good winter paw care. Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care takes you through the basics! 


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!


Help! Why do My Pet’s Paws Smell Like Fritos?

As dog owners, we’re familiar with our best pal’s likes, dislikes, habits, routines, and, of course, their smell. Dog odors can range from pleasant (puppy breath) to downright disgusting (a roll in fresh manure). One smell that isn’t necessarily bad but is certainly perplexing is paw odor. Many dog owners recognize the scent as smelling like Fritos, popcorn, or freshly baked bread.

If you’re wondering why your dog’s paws smell like Fritos, we can help! At Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care, we regularly delve into topics like pet grooming, shedding, and dental care. This time, let’s turn our attention to your pet’s adorable yet strangely odiferous paws!


What to Do When Your Dog Won’t Stop Shedding

Do you feel as though you’re constantly dodging tumbleweeds in your own home? Do you sweep up enough fur each day to stuff a pillow? Do you have so much dog hair on your clothes that you’re starting to lose hope? If this sounds like you, don’t worry – you aren’t alone! Shedding is probably the number one problem that pet owners struggle with on a daily basis.

If you’re tired of the constant “war on fur,” the team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help!

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Tigers Swim, Yet Most Cats Hate Water. What Gives?

It’s inaccurate to say that all domestic felines detest getting wet, but it’s not far from the truth. Sure, there are some delightful cats out there that, we can only assume, never got the memo about hightailing it far, far away from a running faucet. But for the most part, cats experience intrinsic, and often hilarious, reactions to the elixir of life.

Just when you thought you had them all figured out, we offer some insight regarding why cats hate water.


Sittin’ Pretty: Pet Grooming at Animal Medical Hospital

Pet grooming supports pet health.

All pets need to be groomed from time to time, and although your pet may not enjoy the process, they probably love the aftermath. At Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care, we believe in the power of pet grooming to support the health and longevity of our animal companions. That’s why we’re proud to offer top-quality pet grooming services right here at our facility.

Keep reading to learn more about why this element of pet care is so important.


The Power of Winter Pet Gear

Winter pet gear keeps pet safe and happy in cold weather

While we certainly can’t compete with Maine or Minnesota, our winter temperatures can feel downright frosty. We temper these seasonal dips with an insulating base layer or winter jacket that cuts the cold, wind, and rain, but animals don’t have the luxury of dressing for the weather. Sure, some pets respond in kind with a thicker undercoat, but this isn’t the case across the board. The best way to combat the bite of winter? Winter pet gear!

Assess the Situation

Larger, heavy-coated pets tolerate the cold much better than, say, any of the toy breeds. It’s never fun to shiver through the winter, especially for smaller, thinner pets with short or wiry coats. All cats and dogs can suffer from the effects of hypothermia and frostbite if left outside for too long.


Day Camp and Your Dog

Do you have a high-energy dog?

Does your dog get bored or lonely during the day?

Are you away from home and your dog all day?
Chester, Rastus, Oliver, Wiley

Day Camp may be just the antidote for your dog and you!

Most breeds have been bred to have a job or task, but our busy lives often mean that they are home for extended periods of time with little stimulation. For many dogs, this means a lot of time alone. This can lead to boredom or  destructive behaviors in their search for a task. Physical activity helps to use their extra energy and the social stimulation keeps your dog mentally invigorated.

Day Camp at AMH offers a positive outlet for high-energy dogs that would otherwise be bored, lonely, or even destructive at home during the day. Our Day Camp program also provides support for our older and younger companions by matching pets of similar age and play styles together for play groups.

Some of the benefits of Day Camp include:

  • Physical exertion to help manage extra energy
  • Relief from boredom or loneliness (including separation anxiety)
  • Socialization with other people and dogs
  • Prevention of household destruction when alone

These benefits can shine through, even with just one or two visits per week!

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There are also special times when Day Camp can be particularly helpful:

  • Constructionor renovation on your home
  • Busy times at work or particularly strenuous days that leave you exhausted
  • Visiting friends or relatives with severe allergies
  • Parties that would force your dog to be shut away (then they can have fun too!)
  • Open house showings and preparation for moving
  • Repairs or installations at your home, especially if you are not sure how your pup and the workers will interact


Day Camp is a great opportunity for busy families and busy pets, but it is not right for all dogs. Dogs that do well at dog parks, that play a lot, and that enjoy the company of other dogs generally do well. Healthy and well-socialized dogs are the best candidates. Dogs are required to be spayed or neutered and up to date on their vaccinations and preventatives to attend.

All Day Camp candidates are evaluated prior to being accepted to our program to make sure that they will play well with others in our facility. Click here to find out more about Day Camp at Animal Medical Hospital!Day Camp Beagles


Planes, Trains, Automobiles…and Pets

Many pet owners will be going over the river and through the woods this holiday season.  Whether it’s to grandmother’s house you go or everyone is headed to your house, your pets have particular requirements you’ll want to keep in mind.

If you are not taking your pet with you, most likely you will need to board your pet at a reputable kennel.  Here are some important tips.

Boarding your pet:

  • Make reservations well in advance.  Boarding kennels fill up quickly during the holidays.
  • Be sure to check with us about vaccination requirements when making your boarding reservations. Most vaccines such as the one for Infectious Tracheobronchitis (also known as kennel cough) need to be given several weeks in advance of boarding for the best protection of your pet if they have not had the vaccine before.
  • Provide enough of your pet’s food and medications to last through its stay and alert the kennel staff to any special needs that it may have.

Sometimes it’s more fun to bring your pet with you. If your pet is travelling, you’ll want to be careful to prepare for the journey.

Travelling by car:

  • Be sure to put together a travel bag for your pet.  Include food, water, bowls, and any medications your pet needs.  A small first aid kit may also be helpful.
  • Proof of vaccination and pertinent medical records are helpful in case you have any troubles during your trip.  Find a few veterinarians in the area of your final destination and carry their phone number in case of emergency.
  • If your pet has a habit of becoming carsick or nervous during travel, your veterinarian may be able to prescribe medications that can help.
  • Check out or to find a pet-friendly hotel if needed.

Travelling by plane:

  • Check with your airline and destination well ahead of time for requirements.  Many airlines and states require that your pet be examined by a USDA certified veterinarian and issued a health certificate prior to travelling.
  • Each airline differs as to which animals may be carried on board with you and which must be checked into cargo.  Discuss with your veterinarian what concerns may be for your individual pet.
  • Be sure your pet is used to its carrier beforehand in order to minimize stress.

Staying home:

  • If your home is everyone’s destination this holiday season, make sure that your pet has a quiet, private place to retreat away from all the commotion.
  • Be sure that it is wearing a collar with tags and that its microchip information is current in case a door is left open in the midst of all the chaos.

No matter what your plans are, we hope that you and your pet have a safe and wonderful holiday season!