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.

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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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In Case You Missed It: Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

If you happened to blink, it might seem like this past year just flew by. Besides taking care of yourself, your career, your family, and your home, spending time with your sweet pets is one of your top priorities. As you head into 2019, follow the example of the Charlotte pet-parents in-the-know and get up to speed by reading Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care’s’ top 10 pet care blogs of the year.

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The Power of Winter Pet Gear

Winter pet gear keeps pet safe and happy in cold weather

While we certainly can’t compete with Maine or Minnesota, our winter temperatures can feel downright frosty. We temper these seasonal dips with an insulating base layer or winter jacket that cuts the cold, wind, and rain, but animals don’t have the luxury of dressing for the weather. Sure, some pets respond in kind with a thicker undercoat, but this isn’t the case across the board. The best way to combat the bite of winter? Winter pet gear!

Assess the Situation

Larger, heavy-coated pets tolerate the cold much better than, say, any of the toy breeds. It’s never fun to shiver through the winter, especially for smaller, thinner pets with short or wiry coats. All cats and dogs can suffer from the effects of hypothermia and frostbite if left outside for too long.

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A Proactive Approach to Holiday Pet Safety Could Make All the Difference

Holiday pet safety helps prevent a pet emergency over the holidays

Whether you’re headed to Gingerbread Lane at the Ballantyne Hotel, the Nutcracker at the Charlotte Ballet, or Christmas Town USA, there’s no shortage of seasonal delights. Some very well-behaved dogs may thoroughly enjoy going with their owners to holiday events, but for safety’s sake, many pets remain at home. Either way, animals are increasingly exposed to holiday-related dangers this time of year. To protect your pet this season, we’d like to offer some reliable tips for holiday pet safety.

‘Tis the Season

Most of us like to decorate to get into the season and share in the spirit of the holidays. Unfortunately, many of the items that we like present serious risks to our pets.

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What to Know About Fall Pet Allergies

Fall pet allergies can cause your dog to scratch up a stormThe delights of autumn abound: crisp air, beautiful fall leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. But when it comes to our pets, one thing that fall brings may not be so pleasant: fall pet allergies.

Pet allergies are not just limited to the springtime. Any change of season can bring discomfort for your pet in the form of uncomfortable itching and skin infections. These fall pet allergies are often caused by plants that pollinate in the fall, such as ragweed, sagebrush, tumbleweeds, and lamb’s-quarters.  

With a little knowledge and planning, you can help if fall pet allergies strike. Animal Medical Hospital takes a look at what an allergic pet looks like, and what you can do to help them. Continue…

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…

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot! Essential Summer Pet Safety Tips

Summer pet safety improves summer fun with petsThe heat, the humidity, the warm nights…these are the qualities that define summer here in the South (did we mention the humidity?). But there are also some wonderful things about summer, like vacations and weekends spent at the beach. Celebrating the activities that come with warm weather also means we must be extra aware of our pet companions.

Summer pet safety is a big area of concern here at Animal Medical Hospital. To help you keep fun flowing all season long, let’s take a look at some summer pet safety tips!

Heat Stress and Your Pet

Hot weather is simply a part of life, but keep in mind the heat is especially hard on pets. They don’t have the same defenses when it comes to high temps – namely, they aren’t able to sweat to cool themselves down. Along with this fact is the misconception that animals tolerate outdoor extremes because, well, they’re animals. However, this simply isn’t true. Continue…

Unleashing Outdoor Pet Fun (and Safety) This Summer

!utdoor pet fun and safety makes summer fun with petsCharlotte is known as an exceptionally dog-friendly city, which means there are loads of opportunities to have fun with your pet this season. From splashing around to lounging on a patio, the team at Animal Medical Hospital wants to share some of our suggestions for outdoor pet fun and safety.

Keeping Outdoor Pet Fun and Safety in Mind

As with all new endeavors, consider your pet’s safety from the beginning. Heading outdoors with your dog is usually about exercise, so the first step is to make sure they’re in good health. The best way to achieve this is by scheduling a preventive care exam. We can also discuss the best way to ease them into a new sport or activity.

Remember that hot weather can put your pet at risk of heatstroke. To avoid an emergency, it’s best to restrict exercise to early morning or dusk. Make sure to always provide access to plenty of fresh, cool water. If your dog sits down, seeks shade, or generally doesn’t display any interest in an activity, don’t push them to do anything. Most importantly, if your dog exhibits any signs of heatstroke, contact us immediately.   Continue…

Swimming Safety for Dogs

swimming safety for dogs plays an important part in pet safetyAs we prepare to dive into summer, many of us are thinking about how much we love lakes, the ocean, rivers, ponds, pools, and being on boats. We know quite a few dogs who love these activities, too! So the team at Animal Medical Hospital thought the time was right to share some tips for swimming safety for dogs.

It may come as some surprise, but not all dogs are natural swimmers. Some dog breeds (bulldogs, pugs, basset hounds) and body conformations (large bodies and short legs) just don’t lend themselves well to the water. So, before you head out on that water adventure, make sure that your dog has the skill and inclination to swim by learning a little more about safety in the water.

Swimming Safety for Dogs

Even if your dog can swim, many dogs can benefit from a swimming lesson or two. Here are some tips when it comes to swimming safety for dogs. Continue…