Adopting a New Puppy: Tips and Tricks for the First Days

Adopting a new puppy.

Is your house feeling a little empty lately? You may be considering adopting a new puppy to keep things exciting (and adorable). If you are, you might not realize that in addition to all the fun a new puppy brings, they are also a lot of work! If you’re wondering just what’s involved, you’ve come to the right place.

Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is dedicated to helping you give your new puppy a lifetime of good health, so let’s get off to the right start right away!

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Creepy Cat Behaviors Explained

Creepy cat.

Cats appear to be tapped into some next-level cosmic enterprise, but it’s equally possible that they’re just chilling out, living in the moment. Why humans project so much depth and mystery onto cats is not fully understood, but it’s a fact that the feline species absolutely captivate us. That being said, there are some relatively creepy cat behaviors that utterly unnerve the uninitiated and we’re here for it.

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A Closer Look at Anal Gland Problems in Cats

Cat grooming itself.

Cats are meticulous self-groomers. In fact, many of their waking hours are spent tending to the way they look, feel, and smell. That’s why it might surprise some to learn that cats can develop a tell-tale fishy smell. However, owners that frequently deal with anal gland problems in cats are all too familiar with the associated characteristics. 

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Tigers Swim, Yet Most Cats Hate Water. What Gives?

Cat hates water.

It’s inaccurate to say that all domestic felines detest getting wet, but it’s not far from the truth. Sure, there are some delightful cats out there that, we can only assume, never got the memo about hightailing it far, far away from a running faucet. But for the most part, cats experience intrinsic, and often hilarious, reactions to the elixir of life.

Just when you thought you had them all figured out, we offer some insight regarding why cats hate water.

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A Peek at Endocrinology: Canine Hormone Problems

Dog stretching with owner.

Hormones are a big part of the body’s functioning, whether you be a human or a dog. These chemical messengers are secreted into the bloodstream by glandular organs and result in some pretty important functions. At Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care, we can often help with problems related to hormone imbalances, but we rely on you as the pet owner to notice and bring to our attention the signs and symptoms of canine hormone problems.

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When to Consider End-of-Life Care for Your Pet

Old dog.

The great circle of life is profoundly evident every time we say goodbye to a beloved pet, and for many pet owners, knowing when to choose humane pet euthanasia is one of the most difficult decisions they ever have to make. As your pet progresses through her lifecycle, it’s natural to wonder how you’ll know when it’s time to discuss pet end-of-life options with your veterinarian.

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Spotting Canine Conjunctivitis

A dog with big eyes.

If you are like us, you probably have a few parts of your pet that are your favorites. Soft ears, adorable paws, or fluffy bellies make our list at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care. Like many of you, though, our pet’s sweet eyes are at the top. 

When there is something wrong with our canine cutie’s eyes, it’s enough to make anyone worry. While there are many ocular problems that can affect dogs, conjunctivitis is a common diagnosis that most pet owners can spot. Learn what canine conjunctivitis looks like and what you should do if you suspect that your pet’s peepers are affected.

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Don’t Forget Your Pocket Pet Has Needs Too

gerbil pocket pet

Is a pocket pet a pet that fits in your pocket? Well, sure, but each pocket pet is a unique and small individual who has its own special pet care needs. Before you bring a pocket pet home, there are some things you need to know so they’ll be happy in your care.

What Is a Pocket Pet?

A pocket pet is a small mammal, generally very furry and cute. The most popular pocket pets are:

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What Is the Carbon Footprint of Pets?

dog and owner in nature

Greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane, are produced around the globe. Notably, the burning of fossil fuels, bulldozing forests, transportation, construction, high-yield agriculture, and livestock management all contribute to rising greenhouse gases. We are all collectively and individually responsible for our impact on the environment, and the pets we care for are no exception. Whether we like it or not, the carbon footprint of pets is growing.

A Hard Look

Pets give us so much to live for. Their unconditional love and emotional support bolster us, and they can even help facilitate a deeper connection to nature when we exercise together outside. 

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Just a Slip: Luxating Patella in Dogs

Dog luxating patella surgery.

Dogs and humans share many of the same body parts, and the knee is no exception. Because canines are quadrupeds, though, their knee (or more properly, stifle) tends to experience a few more issues.

Luxating patella in dogs is a more common issue affecting the knee that our veterinarians at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care diagnose regularly. Learn what it is, when to worry, and what you can do. 

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