What Is Catnip and Should I Give It To My Cat?

Cat on catnpi.

Catnip has a comedic reputation of giving cats a certain kind of high, but what is it, really? Is catnip a drug for cats? Can cats overdose on catnip? The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you learn the truth about catnip and what it does to your feline friends.

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Top Toxic Human Food For Dogs

Dog begging for food.

Dedicated pet parents love to share everything with their pets, from car rides to cuddles on the couch, walks through the park, and even yummy treats. There are some human foods that should not be shared with your pets, however, no matter how much they beg. 

Some food that can be healthy for humans, can actually be very dangerous to your pets. To keep your beloved dogs safe, the team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care has put together this list of the top toxic human foods for dogs: 

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Catios and Cat Enclosures: What You Should Know

Cat enclosure.

Catios are a newer development on the cat-owner front. If you’ve never heard of catios before, be ready to have your mind blown. 

According to Catiospaces.com, “A Catio is a cat enclosure or ‘cat patio’ that provides feline safety and enrichment outdoors. Whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat, a catio can be the purrfect solution while you enjoy peace of mind knowing your cat is always safe.”

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Not Just Smoke and Mirrors: Vape Safety Around Pets

Vaping safety around pets.

We all are pretty aware of significant hazards to our furry families. Most pet owners know that cars can kill and that they shouldn’t feed chocolate to their dogs. When it comes to pet safety, though, it’s often those common household items that are a part of our everyday lives that we forget can be dangerous that pose the biggest risk.

Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care wants our clients to know that vape safety around pets is essential. This increasingly common household item is becoming more and more implicated in veterinary toxicities.

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If Your Pet Depends On Medication, Medical Boarding Offers Peace of Mind

A person carries their cat in a cat carrier.

A common quandary facing pet owners is what to do with their pets when they leave town. There are many pros and cons to measure, and careful consideration of all of a pet’s needs is necessary before deciding. Hiring a pet sitter is the preference of many, especially if there aren’t specific or intensive care requirements. Owners can also choose between dozens of reputable boarding facilities that offer grooming, play time, and other enrichment opportunities. 

However, for a pet with specific health care needs there is no match for medical boarding.

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Taking the Nerves Out Of Things With Our Boarding For Epileptic Pets

A pomeranian in a carry-on bag.

No matter how much you wish that your pet could accompany you on your endeavors in life, sometimes they need to stay behind. It can be hard enough to board your pet, but when you have a pet with special medical needs it can be even more difficult. 

At Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care we offer medical boarding to help owners with furry family members that have special needs. When it comes to boarding for epileptic pets, we have you covered.

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

dog dressed up

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

cat hairballs

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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Safety Through Stashing: How to Safely Store Pet Toxins

We live with a wide variety of hazards in our midst, from household cleaners to automotive fluids, toxins are a-plenty in our homes. 

There is a reason why there are warnings on the side of the packaging, as each year hundreds of thousands of poisonings take place. You may even have several child-proof locks, systems, and set-ups that keep children away from hazards in the home, yard, and garage. But what about pet-proofing your home?

Safely storing pet toxins is an important component in protecting your pet from poisoning. To learn more, your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here with some helpful tips and recommendations.

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Housing Household Pet Hazards

We often think of our pets as our children. After all, they are smaller than us, depend on us for everything, and they are super cute! 

As with our children, it’s paramount that you do what it takes to keep your furry family member safe. For example, many households with small children are likely to be outfitted with cabinet locks, outlet covers, baby gates, and childproof door locks. However, not so many pet parents take these precautions; but why?

When you stop to think about it, household pet hazards are abundant in the average home. At Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care we often see patients who have encountered trouble in the home. We know, though, that with a little bit of knowledge, we can keep household pet hazards away from our fur babies successfully!

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