What You Need to Know About Canine Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus, also known simply as “parvo,” is a condition that strikes fear in the hearts of dog owners – and for good reason. This highly contagious virus can cause massive amounts of suffering in afflicted pets and is often fatal.

Because parvo is found throughout our environment, all dogs (especially unvaccinated dogs and puppies under 4 months of age) are at risk for contracting the disease. Pet owner education is critical when it comes to preventing this devastating illness.

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Time, Patience, and TLC: Caring for Your Pet After Surgery

Most pets will need at least one surgery during their lifetime, and their full recovery depends in large part upon the care they receive once they leave the operating table. Depending on their age, overall condition, and the type of surgery performed, there will be specific requirements for at-home and follow-up care.

At Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care, we do our part to make sure your pet receives the best care possible and that you have everything you need to support your pet during their recovery. How you care for your pet after surgery plays an enormous role in how quickly they bounce back after any procedure, big or small.  

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Understanding Food Allergies in Pets

Having a pet with itchy skin can be extremely frustrating, especially if your pet is scratching or licking to the point of developing sores, bald spots, or other injuries. Getting to the bottom of why your pet is so itchy and coming up with a treatment plan is extremely important for their continued health and well being.

Allergies to pollen, dust, mold, chemicals, and food are common among animals. Although food allergies in pets are less prevalent, your veterinarian can help you determine whether or not this could be an issue for your furry companion.

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Spotlight on Pet Dental Care: Do Pets Really Need Regular Teeth Cleaning?

Of the many things we check during your pet’s routine wellness exam, the health of their teeth and gums ranks pretty high. Even a brief peek inside gives us a basic understanding of their current oral health – and what the future might bring. Without regular teeth cleaning and at-home pet dental care, the animals we love may face serious health risks.

Committing to the Big Picture

Brushing your pet’s teeth might seem like just another chore you can push to the back burner. This is especially true if your pet is opposed to the activity. However, by introducing the act of brushing in a positive way – and rewarding your pet – they’re more likely to believe this is just another act of love on your part (and it is!).  

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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.

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In Case You Missed It: Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

If you happened to blink, it might seem like this past year just flew by. Besides taking care of yourself, your career, your family, and your home, spending time with your sweet pets is one of your top priorities. As you head into 2019, follow the example of the Charlotte pet-parents in-the-know and get up to speed by reading Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care’s’ top 10 pet care blogs of the year.

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The Ins and Outs of Kennel Cough: Protecting Your Pet

Kennel cough is contagious and a threat to pet health

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… eight dogs a- coughing? If you board your pet with any frequency you probably are aware of kennel cough, a highly contagious disease that can spread rapidly in a kennel environment. If you are planning to board your pet over the holidays, or any time of year, this potentially serious illness should be on your radar.

In this modern era of vaccines and cleanliness, you might wonder why kennel cough is still so prevalent. As always, your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care will do our best to answer your questions, and to reassure you that you the power to keep your pet well lies with you!

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Open the Door to Pet Health and Longevity with Pet Vaccinations

We all know our pets need vaccinations, and those who attend regularly scheduled wellness exams are likely up-to-date on important immunizations. Because vaccinations are designed to protect your pet against infectious diseases that could be fatal (or at least greatly diminish quality of life), they’re considered essential components of overall pet care.

However, there’s a lot of confusion regarding pet vaccinations. When combined with the hustle and bustle of daily life, many pets simply end up with a lapse in protection. At Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care, we want to make sure owners are aware of the value of keeping up with their pet’s vaccination schedule.

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Why Do Dogs Pee When Excited? 

Dogs pee when they're excited, just like you sometimes do

Remember that time that you got so excited you piddled on the floor? No? While urinating out of sheer joy is not something humans normally do, many dogs pee when excited on a regular basis. While it may seem like a strange behavior, there is a method to the madness and, as usual, Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care has the answers.

Why Dogs Pee When Excited

Dribbling urine when the excitement ramps up is a surprisingly common dog behavior, but there are actually a few different reasons behind why it may be happening. Understanding the cause behind the problem is the best way to try and prevent yourself from mopping your floor everyday.

Dogs pee when excited because:

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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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