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…