Pet Stress Can Be Tricky, but Not When You Know What to Look For

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Pets are highly sensitive to their people, fellow animals, and their surroundings. You can see it in the way they react in public places, or when strangers enter their home. 

But sometimes pet stress can have a cause that we cannot readily see, such as an undiagnosed health condition. Knowing what causes pet stress is important. The ability to recognize the signs of pain, discomfort, fear and anxiety is necessary for helping them through negative experiences.

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Ewww, Doggie Breath: What Causes Bad Breath in Dogs?

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If your dog’s stinky breath gets in the way of your enjoyment of enthusiastic doggie kisses, snuggling on the couch, or any other up close and personal time, you’re not alone. “Dog breath” is almost universally disliked, but did you know that bad breath in dogs isn’t normal?

Stinky dog breath may be the result of a health problem, but the good news is that it’s (usually) easily rectified. Your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent care has done the research into what causes doggie breath, and what you can do to correct it.

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Something to Smile About: The Easy Way to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

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Your pet may never need to have that Top Model, pearly white smile, but their oral health is definitely linked to overall health. Just like with us, plaque and tartar can develop on their teeth and progressively deteriorate the teeth and gums. Pet dental disease is not only painful but can also lead to diseases of other organs.

Home dental health is a must for your pet’s well-being and the team at Animal Medical Hospital and 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you learn how to brush your pet’s teeth!

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Keeping Your Pet Active Through Exercise and Play

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All pets need exercise and enrichment for their physical and behavioral well-being. These are the key ingredients to a vibrant, happy life for furry ones and are instrumental in maintaining a good weight and encouraging better behavior. Whether you’re out and about or stuck indoors, there are always great options for keeping your pet active.

Your friends at Animal Medical Hospital and 24 Hour Urgent Care are here to give you some of our best tips for indoor and outdoor play. Let’s have some fun!

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It’s Not Complicated, but Halloween Pet Safety Can Get Spooky if You’re Not Prepared

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Of all our national holidays, Halloween is the second most common holiday that pets go missing. Like clockwork, it’s also the time of year that invariably sees an increase in pet emergency visits, due in large part to chocolate toxicity. 

If you thought Halloween was scary before, the risks to pet health are truly frightening. However, with an eye on Halloween pet safety measures you and your four-legged friend can still enjoy the holiday together.

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Where Can You Find Pet Safe Pest Control Products?

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There’s no shortage of bug killers out there. Step into any home improvement store and you’ll find them in such variety you might easily assume you’ll never again have problems with spiders, mosquitoes, wasps, ants, rodents or any other pests. 

Unfortunately, many of the commercially available pest control products are incredibly toxic to pets. The good news is that there are ways you can enforce pet safe pest control at home. Your pet’s safety is assured and you can live without pests, too!

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They Come With the Territory, but Can Cat Hairballs Signal Illness?

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It can be difficult to imagine a pet more purr-fect than a cat. They are adorable, entertaining, and their quiet natures make them excellent snuggle partners. Additionally, cats have great manners and hardly ever embarrass themselves with untidy behaviors. 

But there is one thing that doesn’t earn high marks: cat hairballs. They are never convenient or welcome, but is there a point when cat hairballs leave the “normal” category and enter a dangerous one?

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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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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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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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