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…

Summer Pet Safety Tips That Keep Furry Friends Out Of Hot Water

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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.

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Are You Prepared For Winter Pet Safety?

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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. 

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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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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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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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