Real, Safe, Effective? A Look at Alternative Medicine for Pets

An animal receives acupuncture

The idea of alternative medicine for pets is becoming more popular as a less invasive way to treat various illnesses and injuries. There are numerous modalities under the umbrella of alternative or complementary medicine, and each has the potential to add something of value to the body as a whole. However, as with any approach to your pet’s health and wellness, each modality should be “vetted” by a trusted veterinarian

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Litter Box Basics for Success

Almost nothing is as frustrating as a cat who can’t or won’t use the litter box. Spending hours scrubbing cat urine out of your carpets is enough to make even the most dedicated feline fanatic question their choices in life. 

While there are medical reasons that your kitty might miss the mark when it comes to using the box, many feline inappropriate elimination issues stem from behavioral issues. Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants to help you steer clear of problems by laying out some litter box basics to set you up for success. 

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Question of the Day: Can Humans Catch a Cold From a Cat?

Unlike humans, cats don’t generally catch colds and other illnesses multiple times per year. It can be understandably unsettling when kitty is suddenly dealing with coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, or is lethargic. 

There are certain bacterial and viral infections that can be passed from pets to people in a process called ‘zoonosis’. Because the common cold is so easily transmissible between people, it’s only natural to wonder if we can also catch a cold from a cat. Let’s find out!

Feline Upper Respiratory Virus

Bacteria or viruses, or sometimes both, are to blame for cat colds. In some cases, cats who have suffered a cold will become lifetime carriers of the virus, meaning they can become sick again during times of high stress (such as a move or the introduction of a new pet). Immunocompromised cats are also at greater risk of upper respiratory infections.

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It’s Never too Late to Focus on Pet Wellness!

Most pet owners know that pet wellness exams are important to the overall health of their furry companions. After all, we see the doctor and dentist regularly, so it only makes sense that our pets do the same, right?

If only it were that easy. Often, there are obstacles that prevent pets from seeing their veterinarian. Whether it’s financial constraints or the sheer difficulty of getting an unwilling pet into their carrier, millions of American pets miss out on critical services that could improve the quality and length of their lives.

If you’ve been feeling guilty about your pet’s lack of wellness care, the team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants you to know it’s never too late to improve your pet’s wellness regimen. Let’s get started!

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