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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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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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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No Dogs In Breweries? For Now, But Change Is On the Horizon

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The state of Florida does permit well-behaved dogs to join their owners on adjoining or adjacent patios of establishments that serve food, but the idea of dogs in breweries is currently under attack. Citing code 64E-11, the Department of Health recently issued a statement to all Florida breweries that, in essence, qualified beer as food. To that end, dogs in breweries are no longer allowed. It might not seem fair to exclude dogs, but does this rule makes sense from a health perspective?

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Dogs are everywhere we go. They’re in our homes, at the beach, parks, shops, and more. In spite of this, however, there are some folks that simply don’t want to share environments with them, and see them as threats to safety or sanitation. Continue…