A Tummy in Knots: Understanding Bloat in Dogs

Bloat, also known as gastric dilation volvulus (GDV) complex, is one of the scariest and most deadly pet emergencies. Although it kills around 30% of affected dogs, most owners are unaware that the condition exists.

Knowing how to recognize bloat in dogs is critical for giving your pet the best chance at a full recovery.

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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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