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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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.

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Pet Poisoning Prevention: How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Sound

You do whatever it takes to keep your pet safe. Whether you’re out in public, traveling together, or at the dog park, there are always ways to avoid dangerous situations. That’s why it can be hard to imagine that some of the biggest threats to your pet’s well being may be right inside your own home.

Almost all accidental pet poisoning incidents occur at home, making awareness of common yard, garage, and household toxins essential. Here at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care, your pet’s safety is our top priority. Since March is National Poison Prevention Awareness Month, we thought now is the perfect time to share our tips to prevent a pet poisoning emergency.

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Winter Pet Safety Precautions Can Really Save the Day

Practicing winter pet safety can protect pets from antifreeze poisoning and more!

Each season delivers its own set of risks to animals. From parasites to allergies, heat stroke to poisoning, the calendar year is simply full of potential threats to your pet’s welfare. It’s easy to assume that winter pet safety involves basic regard for dangerous dips in temperature, but there is more to it than that.

Like anything else, the more pet owners know about the possible pitfalls awaiting their best friends, the better. Let’s get started!

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Holiday Pet Safety You Can Count On

Holiday pet safety keeps pets safe and healthy

With Halloween over, many of us turn our thoughts to the upcoming holiday season. Who will host? What will we serve? Is it too early to start playing holiday music?

Although we can’t help with everything on your to-do list, the team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is happy to provide some tips to keep your pet out of trouble this time of year. You can rest assured that our recommendations for holiday pet safety are designed with your pet’s health and wellness (and your sanity) in mind!

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A Cautionary Tail About Home Remedies for Pets

Home remedies for pets can be a threat to pet health.

While we all love our furry critters and want to do what is right for them, it is too easy to read an article on the Internet and cause more harm than good. Dr. Google is full of do-it-yourself answers, many of which are not really all that effective. Worse yet, there are some that may even cause harm.

Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care wants you to know about home remedies for pets and how to approach them with a more discerning eye.

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Not Kidding Around: How Pet Anxiety Can Take Over When School Begins

Pet anxiety can cause pet behavior issues when kids go back to school.There’s a whole lot of excitement and nervous energy bouncing off the walls inside countless American homes. That’s right, the school year is about to begin. Along with all the intangible feelings associated with this huge shift, the hallways and closets are brimming with new shoes, supplies, and gear. Always the last one to know? The family pet. While they may not know exactly what’s coming down the pike, they are enormously sensitive to change. Together we can help keep pet anxiety from overtaking the balance of the household.

Prepping Your Pet

You have a lot to do if you have kids getting ready to start their new school year. However, neglecting to properly prepare your pet for an empty house, no company, and nothing to do can be a super rude awakening for them. How can you help your pet cope with the impending confusion and loneliness? Continue…

The Truth About Veterinary Drug Expiration Dates

Monitoring veterinary drug expirations dates can keep your pet safeFor some people expiration dates are a hard and fast rule. Gallon of milk that expired yesterday? Not worth it. For others, though, dates on food and other items are viewed as merely a suggestion. That yogurt in the back of the fridge probably has at least a week or two past the stamped date, right?

When it comes to veterinary drug expiration dates, it is not so safe to gamble. Animal Medical Hospital wants you to know why the dates on your pet’s medications matter.

Dates Matter

The American Veterinary Medical Association mandates that veterinary drug expiration dates be provided on all dispensed medications when appropriate. All drugs originating from our pharmacy will have one displayed on the label. Continue…

Sweet Smells? Essential Oils and Pets

Essential oils and pets don't always mix!Aromatherapy has been around for many years, but nowadays, essential oils are all the rage. Recently, people have been using essential oils in a number of home remedies. They’re touted for relieving everything from muscle aches to depression to allergies. This begs the question – is it safe to mix essential oils and pets? The team at Animal Medical Hospital set out to find answers!

The Basics of Essential Oils

Essential oils are plant compounds that have been meticulously extracted and distilled. These compounds can impart the properties of the plant. Many compare the process of distilling essential oils to that of making fine wine.

Essential oils are highly volatile, meaning they can have powerful effects on our bodies and minds. They enter the body through inhalation, ingestion, or through contact with the skin. They’re absorbed rapidly by the bloodstream and affect the internal organs. If used properly, they can have therapeutic effects. Continue…

An Eye on Pet Safety in the Backyard

Pet SafetyPeople who live in apartments have understandable “yard envy” – especially if they share their place with a pet. To be sure, a fenced-in area brings a lot to the table, but that doesn’t mean yards are always risk-free. When pet safety is observed in and around the backyard, pet owners can truly have the best of both worlds.

 

The Power of the Outdoors

Dogs flourish when they have a yard to call their own. Not only does this help with regular bathroom needs, they can also use their considerable instincts when enjoying the great outdoors. Cats also love having a place to call their own, and once territory is established, they typically remain in charge of it. Continue…