Dog Flu: What You Need to Know About Canine Influenza

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.

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Candy, Candy Everywhere: A Big Risk To Halloween Pet Safety

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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.

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Your Pet and the Dreaded Reverse Sneeze

If you want to see staff at King’s Trail Animal Hospital make some funny noises, tell them that you think that your pet is gagging at times. Often, if you are lucky, you will see us do our best impression of a reverse sneeze in an attempt to confirm what we think is likely happening with your pet. 

When pets reverse sneeze, it can sound pretty scary. Thankfully most times it is no major pet emergency. Learn why a reverse sneeze happens and when you need to worry.

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Listen Up… What Are Those Cat Tails Trying to Tell You?

People communicate non-verbally all the time, but it’s rare for us to consciously calculate what all those shrugs, tics, eye movements, and postures mean. Add various levels of verbal communications to the mix and there’s no end to the possible misunderstandings that potentially arise between us. 

What if things could be simplified by a single part of the body? Taking inspiration from fluffy feline tails, for instance, we can learn so much about what’s really going on. Indeed, cat tails tell stories about how felines feel, what they need, and how we can impact their moods. 

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The Heat is On: Avoiding Heat Stroke in Pets

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It’s mid day, and you take your dog to the dog park for some fun. He joyfully romps around with another dog for about 5 minutes, then comes back to you panting and drooling. He seems a little out of it, so you decide to take him home. He has trouble jumping into the back of your truck like he normally does. On the way home, he’s quiet and subdued. 

Is your dog in trouble? You bet. He has some of the classic early warning signs of heat stroke in pets, a dangerous and potentially fatal condition. 

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Facing the Task at Hand: How Pet CPR Saves Lives

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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

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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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