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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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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