Facing the Task at Hand: How Pet CPR Saves Lives

Many pet owners say that their pets saved their lives in one way or another. It could be their constant companionship and unconditional love that turned life around, or perhaps it’s the daily exercise and time spent outdoors that helped correct health problems.

Whatever the case may be, we owe our pets a great deal. And while no pet owner wants to imagine having to save their pet’s life, knowing how to perform pet CPR can make all the difference in an emergency.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Exercising with Pets

All pets need daily exercise to thrive. Just like with humans, regular physical activity provides incredible physical, mental, and emotional benefits for dogs and cats. Our pets rely on us for literally everything so ensuring this basic need is being met is one of our many responsibilities as loving, caring pet owners.

The team at  King’s Trail Animal Hospital wants to make exercising with pets safe, easy, and fun. Keep reading to learn more tips for success!

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

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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…