Can I Put My Pet in My Will?

Putting your pet in your will.

You don’t have to be a senior citizen to wonder, who will care for my pets when I die? Making arrangements for pets after death is a legitimate concern for loving pet parents who want peace of mind that the family pet will be properly cared for after they’re gone. Under North Carolina law, dogs, cats, and other animals are considered personal property, meaning you can designate the recipient of your pet in your will just as you would a car or a piece of jewelry.  

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Now Is the Time to Book Pet Daycare

Pet daycare.

Your pet may have accepted that they must endure some daytime hours all by themselves, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t enjoy a wonderful alternative. Most pets manage okay, but some pets do not do well on their own. Pet daycare is a worthwhile option for pets to engage with others in exciting and enriching ways. When you pick them up after 6 full hours of non-stop fun, they are ready to relax with you at home.

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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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Are My Cat’s Claws Too Long?

Cat clawing the couch.

Cat’s claws help them catch prey, climb, and balance. They also help your cat defend himself against enemy combatants—sometimes real, such as dogs, cats, and other animals—sometimes imagined when your cat is being playful.

When nails are too long, they may curl and cut into your pet’s pads, elevating the risk for infection. Long nails can snag on carpet and fabrics and may tear the nail when your pet tries to free himself. Your cat’s ability to retract its claws can be affected too. Luckily, the team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help cat owners understand when their feline family member’s nails may be too long, and how to help. 

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Spotting Canine Conjunctivitis

A dog with big eyes.

If you are like us, you probably have a few parts of your pet that are your favorites. Soft ears, adorable paws, or fluffy bellies make our list at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care. Like many of you, though, our pet’s sweet eyes are at the top. 

When there is something wrong with our canine cutie’s eyes, it’s enough to make anyone worry. While there are many ocular problems that can affect dogs, conjunctivitis is a common diagnosis that most pet owners can spot. Learn what canine conjunctivitis looks like and what you should do if you suspect that your pet’s peepers are affected.

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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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