What Is Catnip and Should I Give It To My Cat?

Cat on catnpi.

Catnip has a comedic reputation of giving cats a certain kind of high, but what is it, really? Is catnip a drug for cats? Can cats overdose on catnip? The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you learn the truth about catnip and what it does to your feline friends.

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What Happens When Your Dog Bites Someone—And What Steps To Take

Dog biting.

Even if your dog is friendly and has never shown signs of aggression before, there is always the potential that something can trigger your dog to react by biting. If your dog does bite someone, you will likely be worried, upset, and maybe even shocked. You might be thinking, what could this mean for your dog? Could they be taken away from you or euthanized? 

It is extremely important to react quickly after the bite and take action. Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you learn what happens when your dog bites someone, and what steps to take next. 

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Top Toxic Human Food For Dogs

Dog begging for food.

Dedicated pet parents love to share everything with their pets, from car rides to cuddles on the couch, walks through the park, and even yummy treats. There are some human foods that should not be shared with your pets, however, no matter how much they beg. 

Some food that can be healthy for humans, can actually be very dangerous to your pets. To keep your beloved dogs safe, the team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care has put together this list of the top toxic human foods for dogs: 

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How to Rehome a Dog With Compassion

Dog for adoption.

For some, there might have been a moment where you have felt like, “that’s it, the dog needs to go!” For others, there may be a growing sense that the dog you have taken in will not be a fit for you over the long term. No matter what brought you here, our team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help shed light on the journey ahead of you. There are so many paths to take that can lead to better places for you both.

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Why Would Anyone Spay or Neuter Indoor Cats?

Indoor kitten.

You may have plans to keep your cat inside for their whole life, but cats can have other plans. It may seem unnecessary to spay or neuter indoor cats, considering that they may be at lower risk of having kittens, which is the whole point of the surgery anyway, right? Your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help show how spay and neuter can protect against so much more! 

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Here’s What Happens When Your Dog Jumps On Furniture and Why Training Is Important

Dog on couch.

Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, arthritis, or a luxating patella are just some of the conditions that can be exacerbated by the trauma put on joints from jumping off furniture. For a small dog, soaring off a sofa could be equivalent to us jumping off a wall triple our height! For a big dog, moving all that extra weight up and down puts severe stress on joints. Your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to bring a new approach to choosing what’s best when your dog jumps on furniture. 

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One Thing to Do Now For an Out of Control Teenage Dog

Teenage puppy.

Once upon a time, you may have been able to pick your puppy up when they were acting up. Now they’re bouncing off the walls, but much bigger, essentially a puppy in a full-sized dog’s body. The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care has seen this scene many times before… the teenager phase!

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Pet Lethargy: Are They Sick or Just Tired?

Tired dog.

For every pet behavior, there could be many possible reasons that explain why they do certain things. Some behaviors occur suddenly and cause great concern. Others tend to sneak in over time until they become part of the everyday routine. Tiredness or uncharacteristic fatigue is just one example of this. While certain pets, like seniors, tend to sleep more, pet lethargy is never a good sign.

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Catios and Cat Enclosures: What You Should Know

Cat enclosure.

Catios are a newer development on the cat-owner front. If you’ve never heard of catios before, be ready to have your mind blown. 

According to Catiospaces.com, “A Catio is a cat enclosure or ‘cat patio’ that provides feline safety and enrichment outdoors. Whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat, a catio can be the purrfect solution while you enjoy peace of mind knowing your cat is always safe.”

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What’s Better, Scheduled Meals or Free Feeding?

Dog and cat eating.

The votes are in. Dogs are 100% for free feeding. Humans are on the fence. Which is better? There are pros and cons to both options. Still, dogs are all-in on the idea of an open bowl! The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you decide which option is better for your favorite canine:

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