Friend or Foe? What Pet Owners Need to Know About Snake Safety for Dogs

snake safety for dogsRegardless of how long you’ve lived in Duval County, you have likely encountered your share of wildlife in your yard, on a trail, at the park, or on the beach. The countless species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects certainly make life more beautiful. But sometimes these species can make life more difficult for humans and pets who share their space.

With over 30 species of snakes in the Jacksonville area, several of which are poisonous, bumping into a snake while you’re with your dog can pose a unique challenge. Many dogs don’t have a natural aversion to snakes, and their curiosity and eagerness to investigate could put them, and you, at risk. Understanding and applying the principles of snake safety for dogs is key to preventing a tragedy.

Your team at Kings Trail Animal Hospital is here to help.

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Have a Heart, and Protect Your Pet from Heartworm

A mosquito poised to bite. Mosquitos are carriers of heartworm disease.As pet owners, we do everything we can to keep our pets happy and healthy, even in the midst of our busy lives. Our focus on preventive care, daily exercise and play, and lots of snuggles makes it easy to overlook year-round heartworm prevention. Unfortunately, our busy schedules, along with a proliferation of false information about heartworm, have led to the steady rise of heartworm among U.S. pets over the past 5 years.

Annual screening and year-round prevention of heartworm should be essential components of your pet care plan.

Heartworm 101

Heartworm disease is caused by parasitic worms, Dirofilaria immitis, which are transmitted to pets by mosquitos. Mosquitos can pick up the parasite by feeding on an infected animal, such as a dog, cat, raccoon, coyote, or opossum.

Once inside your pet’s body, the immature worms travel throughout the bloodstream, eventually taking up residence in the heart, lungs, and accompanying blood vessels. Over a period of several months to a year, worms can grow up to a foot in length and cause pain, discomfort, and significant damage to important internal organs. Continue…

When Is It a Pet Emergency?

A striped cat with its ears down partially hiding behind a white cloth like it's in pain. This may be a behavior associated with a pet emergency.As a pet owner, few things are as frightening as a pet emergency. Whether your pet has been hit by a car, is vomiting unexpectedly, or something just seems off, it can send even the calmest pet parent into a tailspin.

Knowing whether or not your pet needs immediate medical attention isn’t always easy. Some emergencies are obvious, but many are not. It can be hard not to panic when a pet suddenly seems ill or is behaving differently, which is why it’s so important to understand what constitutes a pet emergency.

Know Their Normals

Pets are naturally skilled at hiding signs of illness or injury, which is why it’s so important for you to pay close attention to their normal habits and behaviors. Changes in the following can signal a need for a trip to the veterinarian: Continue…

Healthy and Happy: Why Pet Wellness is the Key to Good Health

Brown and black dog with purple collar looks like it's laughing and is a picture-perfect example of pet wellness in action.Words like wellness, holistic, and prevention are all the buzz these days as we approach health and modern medicine in a more integrated way. No longer do we just treat the disease, but we also aspire to identify and curtail risks that could lead to disease.

Thankfully, this trend has extended itself to the veterinary world, too. Pet wellness encompasses a wide range of services and at-home care that encourage complete health for our furry friends. The team at Kings Trail Animal Hospital would like to provide an overview of our approach to pet wellness in hopes that it helps you to give your pet the best life possible.

What is Pet Wellness?

Pet wellness covers all elements of physical, behavioral, and emotional health with an emphasis on prevention. At Kings Trail, we include the following services as part of your pet’s annual/bi-annual wellness visit: Continue…