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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How Can You Keep Your Pet Safe From Wildlife?

Thanks to books and cartoons, we grow up thinking that raccoons are cute and fluffy, foxes are smart, and coyotes are artful opportunists. And while these species (and others, like skunks or deer) enjoy widespread popularity and protection, they should be given a wide berth.

Not only does a healthy space bubble protect diverse species in Mecklenburg County, this approach goes a long way toward keeping your pet safe from wildlife encounters. 

Be Prepared

One of the best ways to keep your pet safe from wildlife is to understand which animals are out there, times they’re more likely to cross paths with your pet, and how to avoid a frightening situation.

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Sun Protection for Pets? Yes, Please!

The summer will be here before you know if, and If you’re like most people you’re probably looking forward to a little fun in the sun. Sun protection is hopefully on your agenda, whether that’s a hat, long-sleeved shirts, or a thick layer of sunscreen (or all three), but did you know that pets can get sunburned, too?

You read that correctly. Even though your pet has a layer of fur, it may not be enough to protect them from sun damage. Just like with people, sunburns put your pet at risk for skin cancer (and are uncomfortable too). Your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care has the scoop on sun protection for pets, and why it should be a component in your summer supply arsenal.

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Ignore the Bad, and Reinforce Good Dog Behavior 

It may seem counterintuitive, but the best way to get what you want is to ignore the things you don’t. This is true in so many aspects of life, but especially so in the world of dog ownership.

Without a doubt, getting to the root of dog behavior isn’t always as straightforward. And yet, there are multiple ways you can encourage positive dog behavior at home – and in public. 

They Can’t Help It (Most of the Time)

Dogs don’t always look for trouble, but they certainly find it from time to time. At the intersection of curiosity and opportunity, dogs might do things that go against our wishes. The trick is, though, that most of them don’t even realize they’re misbehaving.

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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! 

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Making Informed Decisions About CBD Oil for Pets 

There is a lot of buzz about CBD oil for pets. With the passage of the Farm Bill in 2018, and with many states adding laws about the legality of hemp-derived CBD (North Carolina is still pretty vague on its stance), it is now a fairly accessible substance that seems to have everyone talking.

A lot of excitement and speculation exists around how CBD may be beneficial in the veterinary world. For everything from arthritis to seizures to anxiety, we are fielding questions about whether pets can benefit. CBD oil for pets is still a murky topic, though, and having all the information can help you as a pet owner to make some good decisions when it comes to this hot topic.

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Best Friends Forever: Safety Between Kids and Pets

When it comes to kids and pets, the two seem to be inseparable. Growing up with a furry friend is something many of us cherish from our childhoods, and it’s wonderful to see our kids have the same experience. But there are some things to consider when the two mix, and that is safety.

The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care help you examine safety recommendations between kids and pets. These simple steps can keep the entire family safe and create a stronger bond between your child and their very best friend. 

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Allergic Reaction or Pet Poisoning? How to Tell

A small, brown fluffy dog sits in focus against a backdrop of blurred leaves.

It is downright stressful when your pet is sick; and even more so when you think something might be seriously wrong. If you have ever found yourself agonizing about whether to bring your pet in during emergency hours, you know what we mean.

Sometimes pets have emergencies; and it’s not always possible to tell (at home) how serious something might be or even what is going on. That is where Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care Center comes in! Don’t worry too much about whether it is an allergic reaction or pet poisoning or something else – give us a call and let us figure it out.

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Black Cats and Halloween: Beauty, Grace, and Legends Galore

A black cat sits in a white room decorated with large jack-o-lanterns

It’s that time of year again: costume shops have opened, enormous bags of candy take up entire aisles at the grocery store, the smell of pumpkin spiced everything fills the air, and images of black cats (back arched and probably silhouetted against a full moon) are everywhere. 

Black cat legends abound, and can be fun to learn about during this spooky time of year. Sadly, Halloween can be a scary time for black cats (and other pets), and we urge all animal lovers to stay on top of safety when it comes to their pets, regardless of the color of their fur.

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