January 21 is National Hug Day National Hug Day was first celebrated in 1986, and was created to encourage family and friends to hug often. And while it’s not an official holiday in terms of getting the day off from school or work, it is widely recognized throughout the US and even internationally. Hugs
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Fear Free Certified® Veterinary Teams: How They Help Your Pet When you bring your dog or cat to see the vet, the whole team does their best to make your pal feel comfortable—and that should include preventing fear or stress. However, some practices go above and beyond by completing a special certification known as
It’s the start of a new year—a chance to reflect on all that’s happened in the last 12 months, and visualize what you want 2020 to look like. For many people, that involves a new year’s resolution. If an active lifestyle is one of your goals, your pet may be able to join you.
Wound Care in Dogs and Cats Lacerations, Scrapes, Bites, Wound Repair, and More If your furry friend gets a wound, how do you know whether to manage it at home or bring them for a veterinary visit? How do you clean a wound? And, what can you put on a wound to help it
Vomiting and Diarrhea: Can It Wait Until Morning? No pet parents want to face this situation… You get home from work, ready to have dinner and then relax. But, as soon as you open the door to your home, you notice there’s a funny smell. Upon a little searching, you realize your furry best
End of Life Care for Your Dog or Cat How to Make Important Decisions about Quality of Life and Euthanasia It’s hard to watch our furry friends get old or suffer from diseases. And making the decision to euthanize a pet can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, nowadays, there are a lot of options available to
The holiday season should be a time full of joy, friends and family, beautiful decorations, and amazing food. But to curious dogs and cats, it may also mean tempting table scraps and upset stomachs, and dangerous décor items. Plus, noises from gatherings and fireworks can be scary to pets. With a little planning, you
We're in the full swing of summer, and with that comes a lot of fun activities and opportunities to be outside. And by now you know that you should never leave a pet in your car during a warm day, even for a few moments. Seventy degrees and sunshine outside can become stifling and
North Carolina is beautiful in the summer, but the summer heat also provides some dangers. Like humans, dogs and cats can become overheated. Unlike humans, our pets aren’t able to effectively reduce their body temperature by sweating. But, just because your furry pal can’t tell you when he’s too hot, doesn’t mean you can’t protect
We love celebrating the Fourth of July in Belmont, Fort Mill, and Westchase! Who doesn't love a good fireworks display? Well, for starters, your pet. While we understand and expect the loud bangs and booms of the Fourth, your pet doesn’t, and the typical noises of the holiday are often terrifying for animals. Not to