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.

Continue…

A Cornucopia of Fall Pet Safety Tips

Leaves are changing, the air feels crisp, and the pumpkin flavored treats and beverages are back with a vengeance. It’s easy to overlook pet safety during this beautiful time of year, but the dangers associated with fall may surprise you. 

Your friends at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care want to help you keep your furry friends happy and healthy during this beautiful time of year with our fall pet safety tips.

Continue…

Dog Park Etiquette: The Basics

Summer may be winding down, but we still have plenty of nice weather left in Charlotte and plenty of time left to fit in more outdoor fun with your furry best friend. For many pet owners, dog parks offer a place for their pups to run free, socialize, and get their wiggles out. 

Just like in any other public space, there are rules of etiquette that should be observed in a dog park – both for you and your dog. Nobody wants to be that dog owner, so make sure you have a handle on proper dog park etiquette before you go.

Continue…

Scooping The Poop: When “Doodie” Calls

We may love our pets, but we don’t always love cleaning up after them. Sadly, there is no poop-fairy; so cleaning up pet messes is a crucial part of responsible dog ownership. Scooping the poop not only makes us a good neighbor, it protects the environment and minimizes the spread of disease. 

Follow along as Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care shows you how to take care of business.

Continue…
posted in:  For The Dogs  |  Pet Safety  |  You & Your Pet

Pot and Pets: A Scary Combination

As more and more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana use, North Carolina seems set to join them. Bills that would legalize medical marijuana and small amounts for personal use are making their way through the House and Senate, meaning that residents may soon have easier access to the substance. 

The legalization of marijuana has some pet owners wondering about its potential benefits for their pets – but the truth is that pot and pets is not a good mix.

Veterinarians across the country have seen an increase in cases of marijuana toxicity in pets. Understanding the dangers associated with pot and pets is critical when it comes to protecting your furry loved ones.

Continue…
posted in:  Pet Safety  |  Pet Toxins  |  You & Your Pet

When It Comes to Pet Dehydration, Prevention Is Key

Perhaps your pup’s practice is to gulp down a few swallows of water after a walk or playtime – no more, no less. Sure, they might sneak a drink when you’re not around, but really, how much are they drinking in a day?

The best way to gauge pet hydration is to measure how much water you put in the bowl every morning vs. how much is left at night (if any). Of course, you’ll have to subtract a few ounces for sloppy drinkers, those that love to splash, and evaporation. Only then can you know exactly how much they’re drinking, and whether or not it’s enough.

Continue…

Why You Never Want to See a Tick on Your Pet

We were lucky to have such a beautiful, mild winter this past year, but we’ll be paying for it throughout the summer. Without freezing temperatures, ticks were given a second chance to wreak havoc on our community, and experts are predicting that this year could be one of our state’s worst tick seasons.

Finding a tick on your pet is never fun, but with our go-to tips for prevention we hope you’ll never experience it.

Continue…

Helping Your Pet with Summer Noise Phobias

For us, summer is filled with lazy days, popsicles, and fun in the pool. Summer can be fun for our pets as well, but for those with fears related to noise, it can also be a scary time. Thunderstorms, fireworks, passing motorcycles, and other loud sounds can be an absolute nightmare for some animals.

Summer noise phobias are a common pet problem, but there is no need to give up on an enjoyable summer. There are lots of things that you can do, and with Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care Center on your side there is no need to fret. 

Continue…

The Dangers of Lyme Disease In Pets

As you enjoy a leisurely walk in the woods or run through the field with your dog this summer, nearly invisible ticks are waiting in the grass to make your dog (or you) a meal.

Among the dangerous pathogens they may pass along to you and your pet in the process, Lyme disease is one of the best known but least understood. The CDC reports Lyme disease as one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the country, with an estimated 300,000 new human cases of infection per year, though many go undetected.  

Veterinary medicine is getting better at accurate screening tests that can detect Lyme disease in its early stages, benefitting both your dog and you. Animal Medical Hospital & Urgent Care 24/7 shares some facts about the dangers of Lyme disease in pets, and what you can do to protect your dog, and your family.

Continue…

Simple Precautions for Easter Pet Safety

A trip to any grocery or big box store will reveal that Easter is fast approaching. Plastic eggs, colorful grass, and row upon row of chocolates and sweets fill the shelves as many people gear up for the holiday. Unfortunately, so many of the delights that go along with this day can be hazardous to pets.  

Nothing ruins a holiday like a trip to the emergency veterinary clinic! Each year, veterinary hospitals and poison control centers see an increase in calls and visits during Easter weekend. Fortunately, with our Easter pet safety tips, you and your pet can enjoy a fun, safe, uneventful day!


Continue…