5 Ways to Tell You’re a Responsible Pet Owner

Responsible pet owner.

Being a responsible pet owner goes beyond just meeting an animal’s basic needs for food and shelter. The best pet parents take the time to bond, create a safe and comfortable environment, and spend time interacting daily. These qualities hold up whether your beloved animal has fur, feathers, or scales. Wondering how you measure up? Look for these signs that your pets are happy, healthy, and safe.

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Trouble Affording Your Pet?

Budgeting for a pet.

Pets bring so many wonderful things to our lives–companionship, joy, and unconditional love to name a few. Along with those incredible benefits, they also bring responsibilities. Giving our furry family members the best lives possible comes with costs. When life throws us unexpected financial curves, many families look for places to cut expenses and that includes spending on pets. For necessities like pet food and health care, there are both local and national resources that can help. 

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Caring for a Goldendoodle Puppy

Goldendoodle puppy

Labradoodles were the first doodles bred in the early 1980s when a breeder in Australia successfully crossed a labrador with a standard poodle for a vision-impaired person. Since then, hybrid doodles have become popular pets because of their reputation as smart, loving, allergy-friendly dogs. Along with Aussiedoodles, Bernedoodles, schnoodles, and whoodles, one of the most common designer breeds is a goldendoodle.

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Money Well Spent: Anticipating the Cost of Pet Ownership

Owner budgeting for a pet.

Before diving in and accepting responsibility for another living being, it is a good idea to have some concept of the cost involved. While we may be a little biased, Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care feels like our four-legged family members are well worth their expense. To be clear, though, what is the cost of pet ownership and how can you be prepared to provide financially for your pet?

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Pros & Cons Of Dog Diapers

A dog in diapers.

Whether you’ve just welcomed a new puppy or you’re caring for an aging dog or one with special needs, preventing indoor accidents is a relevant concern. Are diapers right for your dog’s situation? 

Our experts at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care have weighed-in on common questions and considerations regarding doggie diapers.

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Fleas and Ticks and Heartworms, Oh My! Protecting Your Pet With Revolution Plus for Cats

Revolution plus for cats.

Protecting your pet from parasites is an important part of responsible pet ownership, and Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care is pleased to be able to recommend products to our clients that are safe and very effective. Revolution Plus for cats is a newer option in the pet parasite preventive arena, but a great option for many of our feline patients. 

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Happy to See Me? Paraphimosis in Dogs

Paraphimosis in dogs.

Those of us who have male dogs in our homes are often familiar with the infamous red rocket. Normally your dog’s penis is neatly hidden inside his prepuce and only makes an appearance when it is needed. Sometimes, though, a dog’s penis can become stuck out for an abnormally long time. This can become a pet emergency, and Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care wants our pet owners to know how to recognize paraphimosis in dogs and when it is a cause for worry. 

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Asking for Trouble: Should Cats Drink Milk?

Cats drink milk.

Images of kittens lapping milk from a saucer are just as ubiquitous and inaccurate as pictures of cats playing with balls of yarn. For some reason, these illustrations of feline predilections have persisted into this modern era, but both milk-drinking and yarn-playing should be viewed as the relics they are. We know that cats shouldn’t play with yarn because of the risk of swallowing it. Equally important is the understanding that when cats drink milk, they are likely to face the symptoms of lactose intolerance.

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Keeping Your Pet Active Through Exercise and Play

Active pet.

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 can help with weight management and preventing diseases like pet diabetes. 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 & 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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A Closer Look at Anal Gland Problems in Cats

Cat grooming itself.

Cats are meticulous self-groomers. In fact, many of their waking hours are spent tending to the way they look, feel, and smell. That’s why it might surprise some to learn that cats can develop a tell-tale fishy smell. However, owners that frequently deal with anal gland problems in cats are all too familiar with the associated characteristics. 

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