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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What You Need to Know About Canine Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus, also known simply as “parvo,” is a condition that strikes fear in the hearts of dog owners – and for good reason. This highly contagious virus can cause massive amounts of suffering in afflicted pets and is often fatal.

Because parvo is found throughout our environment, all dogs (especially unvaccinated dogs and puppies under 4 months of age) are at risk for contracting the disease. Pet owner education is critical when it comes to preventing this devastating illness.

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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!

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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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High Alert: Halloween Pet Safety Precautions

Halloween pet safety can keep your pet safe

Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of chocolate bars, dog biscuits were given to trick-or-treaters? While this wouldn’t go over so well with the 12 and under set, it would make Halloween a lot safer for our canine friends. Until this unlikely scenario becomes a reality, however, you can still meet your goals for Halloween pet safety. How, exactly? We’re glad you asked!  

Since We Mentioned Chocolate…

To be sure, chocolate is the biggest threat to Halloween pet safety. Responsible for vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, irregular heart rhythm, and high blood pressure, chocolate must never be left out for your pet to find.

Certainly, this time of year is ripe for chocolate-tasting opportunities. Whether your pet sniffs it out in a jacket pocket, picks up a fallen candy bar on the ground, or licks the hands of a youngster, ingesting chocolate can result in a serious pet emergency.

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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…

Itchy and Scratchy: A Primer on Spring Pet Allergies

A dog rolls in the grass to get relief from spring pet allergiesEnvironmental allergies affect people and pets alike. While most of us tend to have watery eyes this time of year, spring pet allergies primarily cause itchy skin. Licking or chewing of the paws, ear infections, and chronic skin infections are the unfortunate results of budding trees and flowering plants. The good news? There are ways to manage the potential pain, stress, and suffering associated with constant scratching.

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