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

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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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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That Time of Year: Pine and Oak Pollen Allergies in Pets

Pollen allergies in pets are not fun for anyoneAllergic reactions are common among humans, but our pets may also experience problems caused by allergens in their environment. Along with dust, flea, and food allergies, oak and pine pollen allergies in pets have become more and more common this time of year.

What are Pine and Oak Pollen Allergies in Pets?

In the springtime, different varieties of pine and oak trees release significant amounts of pollen into the air. This can aggravate seasonal allergies in our pets, and it’s difficult to avoid, as the pollen can drift over a large area.   

The pollen released by the trees lands on your pet’s paws, coat, and skin. Specialized immune cells, called mast cells, leap into action on your pet’s behalf. When the immune system is stimulated by allergens, it produces a protein called histamine. Histamine causes an inflammatory response in the tissues, leading to itchy and inflamed skin. Continue…

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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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…