Rounding Up Our Best Pet Blogs of 2019 

Has 2019 been a whirlwind year for you, too? It seems like we are busy, busy all of the time, so we understand that catching up on reading seems impossible. One of the benefits of pet blogging is that we can disseminate quality, relevant blogs about pet health and wellness in a succinct way. Topics that are most important to you. 

It is our hope that we have empowered pet owners with education and information concerning a range of pet health content. If you have a few minutes for your pet’s good health, we hope you enjoy these top 10 blogs of 2019.

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Cracking the Code: How to Read Your Dog’s Body Language 

Do you ever wonder what your pup’s thinking when they perk up their ears, or suddenly wag and stick up their tail when a new dog comes along? I think most dog owners agree that their pets are very expressive, but what they are thinking is still a mystery to most.

The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care explored the body language of our canine friends, so that you can better understand their cues.

What Is Your Dog’s Body Language Saying

Understanding your pet’s body language helps when you are taking them out into the wide world. The outside is full of situations in which you can better know your pet and their response to stimuli, whether that’s an approaching stranger, the sound of a bird, or a friendly dog who wants to play.

Here are some basic examples of typical body language and what they mean.

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Making Informed Decisions About CBD Oil for Pets 

There is a lot of buzz about CBD oil for pets. With the passage of the Farm Bill in 2018, and with many states adding laws about the legality of hemp-derived CBD (North Carolina is still pretty vague on its stance), it is now a fairly accessible substance that seems to have everyone talking.

A lot of excitement and speculation exists around how CBD may be beneficial in the veterinary world. For everything from arthritis to seizures to anxiety, we are fielding questions about whether pets can benefit. CBD oil for pets is still a murky topic, though, and having all the information can help you as a pet owner to make some good decisions when it comes to this hot topic.

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The Hypoallergenic Pet: Fact or Fiction? 

portrait of a one year old miniature golden doodle dog

If you are an allergy sufferer, you may have wondered if there are truly dogs or cats and that don’t cause an allergic reaction. Is this just an urban myth, or is there any truth to it? 

As a pet lover who also has allergies, the quest for a pet that won’t make you sneeze is one we understand. But is there any truth to the notion of pets who don’t cause allergies?

The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care is here to separate fact from fiction

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Best Friends Forever: Safety Between Kids and Pets

When it comes to kids and pets, the two seem to be inseparable. Growing up with a furry friend is something many of us cherish from our childhoods, and it’s wonderful to see our kids have the same experience. But there are some things to consider when the two mix, and that is safety.

The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care help you examine safety recommendations between kids and pets. These simple steps can keep the entire family safe and create a stronger bond between your child and their very best friend. 

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When You Are Grieving the Loss of a Pet During the Holidays

When you are grieving the loss of a pet, the holidays can seem like a cruel time. You may not be ready to celebrate, feel thankful, or even get together with others. Depending on what stage of the grieving process you are in, this time of year can be hard to navigate. 

The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care Center  understand these feelings and would like to give you some gentle suggestions on how to support your feelings during the upcoming season.

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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.

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Dogs Who Eat Poop, and How to Keep Your Dog Out of the Litter Box

As much as we love our dogs, there are things they do that make us cringe. Raiding the bathroom trash can, rolling in dead animals, and licking their own backsides comes to mind. But nothing beats dogs who eat poop.

If you’ve been sitting calming on the couch, minding your own business, and been the recipient of a “litter box kiss” from your dog, just know you’re not alone. The somewhat common behavior of eating out of the litter box is one that – although high on the ick factor list – is not usually something to worry about. 

Keep reading as Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care breaks down the facts about dogs who eat poop.

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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.

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Dog Barking Decoded

If you have a talkative dog, you may have found yourself wondering (or yelling), “What the heck is all that barking about?” Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care knows that all that yapping can be a little annoying at times, but dog barking is actually a very important part of being canine.

The Purpose of Dog Barking

A dog barking is just as natural as a human talking. Dog barking is one way that our canid friends communicate with us and each other. Different barks and sounds mean different things. 

If your dog is barking a lot, chances are they are trying to communicate one of the following:

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