Dogs barks happen. Sometimes they happen a little too much for non-dog owners’ liking, but barking is one of the primary ways dogs express themselves. Whether it’s a high pitched, single bark or a long howl that accompanies a siren, dog barks have their own rhyme and reason.
The team at Kings Trail Animal Hospital wants to explore the meaning of dog barks to inspire a greater bond with your pet. No bones about it, that bark matters!Continue…
Depending on who you talk to, the best things in life are both dangerous and delightful in equal measure. Take, for example, roller coasters, bungee jumping, eating raw fish, deep sea diving, and of course, summer!
While it’s true that the warmest season of the year is filled with great fun, memorable vacations, and backyards full of fireflies, summer also has the potential to cause big problems for pets.
Your pet’s health is our top priority, and with our summer pet safety strategies you and your furry friends can have your (chocolate-free) cake and eat it, too.Continue…
During the past few weeks, we have been relegated to staying indoors and social distancing while we are out. This has been a huge adjustment for most humans, and also for our four-legged family members. To add to the mix, is your new puppy.
Your puppy needs essential training and socialization in order to grow up to be a well behaved, happy adult dog. But what do you do when you need to get your pet out there and can’t?
Puppy socialization during COVID-19 can be challenging, but not impossible. Kings Trail Animal Hospital has a few pointers up our sleeves to help you keep your pet on track with their social needs, while maintaining safety for everyone.Continue…
There are some complexities when it comes to feline body language, but for the most part, it’s not hard to discern a cat’s state of mind. Generally speaking, a friendly, happy, relaxed cat appears that way because of their posturing, tail positioning and appearance. Of course, the same is true for an angry, frightened, or potentially aggressive cat.
In other words, if you’re not sure whether your cat likes your dog it’s possible they are merely tolerating them.
Anthropomorphism at it’s Finest
Pet owners are animal lovers. We grew up reading about fictional animal characters, watching animated films or television programs that depicted animal heroes and villains, and projecting unquestionably human emotions and thoughts onto the animals we came close to. It’s not a big leap for pet owners to cultivate a happy-looking scene of interspecies cohabitation.Continue…
There’s nothing more spring-like than a collection of young animals. It’s no coincidence that this abundance of babies occurs when everything is waking up from winter’s nap. Longer, sunnier days and intermittent rain lead to abundant food sources in the weeks leading up to and directly following the spring equinox, when baby animals come into a bright, new world.
While it’s not uncommon to see and hear baby wildlife around us, it’s startling when they appear to be alone, hurt, or abandoned.Continue…
Training your puppy or adult dog is the essential task you need to take to ensure they live a good, safe, and well-adjusted life. House training your dog will also benefit you, as nobody wants accidents in the home. Training a dog where to “go” may require some patience and time, but it will be a skill that they will have the rest of their life.
The team at Kings Trail Animal Hospital is here to help you deal with the mess (figuratively speaking) by providing some tips and recommendations for potty training puppies.
First Things, First
Before you start the process of teaching your little one how to relieve themselves in the right way, your first point of contact is your veterinarian. Schedule an appointment for an examination. Here, you will get recommendations on the steps to housetraining.
We are almost through Florida’s coldest month, but January’s passing doesn’t mean winter is over. Instead, we’ll continue to have chilly nights and shorter days just like everyone else. Sure, our extremes are less wild than, say Maine or Montana, but that doesn’t mean our pets anticipate the disruption to their routines.
Of course, many of us would love to succumb to couch potato syndrome during the darker months, but our pets depend on us to keep us with their physical and mental exercise opportunities no matter the season.
King’s Trail Animal Hospital has some ideas for winter pet activities that you won’t want to miss!Continue…
Even though winters might be short here in Florida, compared to, say, upstate New York, it can still pack a cold punch. Most of us here in Jax know that the living is definitely a little different in the winter months for us and our pets. But did you know that just as summer requires some special pet safety, winter does, as well?
King’s Trail Animal Hospital has put together a guide to winter pet safety and how to give your pet some TLC during the colder months.Continue…
Have you heard of dog flu? If not, this pet illness is definitely something to be aware of. Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus that manifests as a respiratory illness. Coughs and colds among dogs is nothing new, and, for healthy dogs, aren’t serious. But some of these viruses can turn virulent.
Kings Trail Animal Hospital want to educate our pet families on the risk of canine influenza and help you prevent this flu from spreading through the dog population.
Costume parties, jack-o-lanterns, scary movies, and trick-or-treating: Halloween is almost here, and can be fun for all ages. One of the most exciting things of all for many – especially the under 12’s – is candy, candy, candy. However, the endless variety of treats and candy is actually a big safety concern for our pets, who may seek to overturn the candy bowl and consume everything inside.
Here’s how to practice Halloween pet safety and prevent your pet from the dangers of ingesting candy – the most common pet emergency on and around Halloween.Continue…