The King’s Trail Animal Hospital App: Excellent Care at Your Fingertips

Pet owners have already begun reaping the benefits of smartphone technology with apps that teach pet first aid, monitor a pet’s exercise habits, and even provide entertainment.

At King’s Trail Animal Hospital, we’re committed to not only providing the best care for your pet, but also making it convenient to access with the launch of our new app! This app has been designed to provide extended care for our patients by connecting owners with information about our hospital, appointment requests, reminders, and more – all at your fingertips!

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Out And About: Fun Things to Do With Pets In Jacksonville

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Whether you and your pet are seeking adventure or relaxation, you’ll find both in Jax. We love our city, and exploring it with a four-legged best pal can’t be beat!

But where are those hidden gems? Have no fear, Kings Trail Animal Hospital has curated recommendations from all over to give you all the fun things to do with pets in Jacksonville.

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Best Practices for Boarding Your Pet

Boarding your pet is a great alternative to traveling with a pet

For a pet who eagerly awaits your return home every day, it can feel daunting to face any time apart. It might make sense to hire a pet sitter or dog walker to tend to their needs while you’re gone, but what happens if your pet gets sick or injured?

One great alternative is pet boarding. At Kings Trail Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves on eliminating any fear related to your pet’s stay. We can also provide treatment, if needed, and individualized care to guests with special needs. Keep reading to learn more about boarding your pet with us and how it can be even easier when approached the right way.

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Beyond Homelessness: Why Spaying or Neutering Your Pet is Essential

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Unless you are eventually planning on or actively breeding your pet, their reproductive organs can get them into trouble. An unplanned pregnancy has its own set of potential health complications/risks, and can contribute to pet overpopulation.

Spaying or neutering your pet obviously affects the population of animals in our communities, but the reasons to pursue this procedure go beyond the numbers.

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Good Intentions Gone Bad: Home Remedies for Pets

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Rubbing a little coconut oil on a skin sore, administering an aspirin to your limping dog, or diffusing some eucalyptus oil for a congested cat may sound harmless, but sometimes these quick fixes aren’t as innocuous as they seem.

At Kings Trail Animal Hospital we too often see well-intentioned home remedies for pets gone south and want to help you to avoid the trap of causing more harm than good.

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Hand in Paw: The Plight of Pets Rescued from Hurricane Michael

Pets rescued from hurricane Michael are looking for their families.

On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida. Michael has been labeled the third most intense Atlantic hurricane to hit the U.S., and its effects have been devastating. With major flooding, loss of life, and the destruction of thousands of homes and buildings, residents throughout the southeast are only just beginning the process of healing and rebuilding.

The depth of human compassion in the wake of such tragedy has been moving, and the lengths that animal lovers have gone to for pets rescued from Hurricane Michael are no exception. Recently, hundreds of these animals were transported throughout the country by teams of dedicated volunteers, and some of them have ended up right here in Jacksonville!

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Feats of Strength: Tips for Getting Your Cat Into the Carrier

Getting your cat in the carrier is one of the hardest parts of cat health

There are few endeavors more risky or exasperating than convincing a cat that it’s time for their yearly physical examination. Don’t even try to bait them with a routine vaccination or blood draw. They won’t fall for it! How about enticing them with a possible encounter with a dog? Nope! While you could douse your car with water from a hundred tuna fish cans, there are better tactics for getting your cat into the carrier.

It may take some time, endurance, and determination to get your cat into the carrier, and ultimately to the veterinarian, but the payoff is simply gigantic.

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No Dogs In Breweries? For Now, But Change Is On the Horizon

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The state of Florida does permit well-behaved dogs to join their owners on adjoining or adjacent patios of establishments that serve food, but the idea of dogs in breweries is currently under attack. Citing code 64E-11, the Department of Health recently issued a statement to all Florida breweries that, in essence, qualified beer as food. To that end, dogs in breweries are no longer allowed. It might not seem fair to exclude dogs, but does this rule makes sense from a health perspective?

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Dogs are everywhere we go. They’re in our homes, at the beach, parks, shops, and more. In spite of this, however, there are some folks that simply don’t want to share environments with them, and see them as threats to safety or sanitation. Continue…

Entering Dangerous Waters: Saltwater Toxicity in Dogs

Saltwater toxicity in dogs can result after going to the beach with your dog.One of the best parts of living in Jacksonville is the beach. Most of us enjoy this perk of local living at least periodically, and who can resist bringing their dog along to one of our many dog-friendly beaches?

We must remember, though, that some planning is required to ensure that Fido stays safe during these outings. Saltwater toxicity in dogs is a real issue, and one that has recently hit close to home. At King’s Trail Animal Hospital, we want to make sure all of our pet patients stay safe while enjoying the surf.

Saltwater Toxicity in Dogs

We all need water, and on a hot summer day, our dogs may need even more than usual. Saltwater and freshwater are two very different things, however. In fact, if enough is ingested, the amount of sodium in ocean water can actually be toxic to both pets and people.

An excess of sodium draws fluid into the intestines and away from the organs through osmosis. This outflux of fluid can lead to: Continue…

Pet Food and Treats: The Good, the Bad, and the Dangerous

Jacksonville veterinarianProviding our pet with nourishing food and delicious treats is a big part of how we show them our love. Feeding our pets connects us to them in a fundamental way, and consistently giving them what they need to survive and thrive builds their trust and deepens the bond we share with them.

Unfortunately, not all pet foods and treats are created equal. Besides being extremely low quality, some imported commercial food and treats have sickened and even killed hundreds of pets in the United States. This leaves many pet owners understandably angry and confused about which food and treats are safe for their animals.

What to Watch Out For

Commercially available pet foods and treats, especially those imported from China and certain other countries, can pose a surprising number of health risks. Some of the dangers that have cropped up and led to recalls over the past decade and beyond include: Continue…