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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Good Intentions Gone Bad: Home Remedies for Pets

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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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…

Wind, Rain, and Hurricane Preparedness for Pets

Hurricane preparedness for pets is part of pet storm safety and keeping pets safe during a huricane.Hurricane season is upon us here in Florida, which makes being prepared for an emergency more important than ever. Most of us have the essentials on hand and a plan in place in case of evacuation, but not everyone factors the family pet into the equation. Hurricane preparedness for pets is critical for their safety and health, and King’s Trail Animal Hospital can help!

Stick Together

In the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster, the safest place for your pet is with you. Never leave your pet behind if you have to evacuate, as abandoned pets are at serious risk for injury or death. Exchange house keys and evacuation plans with a few trusted neighbors or local friends, and plan to evacuate each other’s pets if one of you is caught outside evacuation lines. 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.

The veterinarians at Kings Trail Animal Hospital are here to help.

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