Dangers for Pets

Protect Your Pets at Halloween with These Handy Tips

Halloween is not always fun for the entire family, especially your furry family members. Take extra precautions to keep your fur babies safe this year as you might find that danger lurks in the shadows in more ways than one on October 31st. So how exactly do you keep your pet out of harm’s way

September 24th, 2017|All Posts, Dangers for Pets|

The Dangers of Tapeworms and Parasites

Many pet parents believe their dogs are safer from worms and parasites when the weather is cooler outside. The truth is that these hazards exist year-round, especially in mild, humid climates like central North Carolina. Some of these parasites and worms can even threaten your human loved ones.  Luckily, most parasite dangers can be avoided

February 16th, 2017|Dangers for Pets, Dogs|

The Risks of Summer Heat Stroke for Your Pets

By Dr. Jaime Barta, DVM With summer fast approaching, we will soon be swimming in pools, having backyard picnics and enjoying outdoor sports. When we get too hot, we will be able to take a break and cool off inside in the air conditioning. We need to remember to also think about our furry little

Pet First Aid: The Heimlich Maneuver and Other Emergency Methods

  Many people don’t realize that first aid for pets is a real thing. There are pet first-aid kits, courses, and classes, just like there are for humans. And just like for humans, the goal is to treat any immediate medical emergencies and stabilize the patient long enough to get professional medical treatment. While it’s

Pet Poisoning: It CAN Happen to You!

By Eve Boggs, DVM If there’s one thing I can say about every single case of pet poisoning I’ve treated, it’s that the owners of the pet were responsible, caring, careful people that never imagined they’d ever need to seek treatment for poisoning. It's a pet owner’s worst nightmare: arriving home to an empty bag of

Salt on Paws: Protect Your Dog’s Feet from Winter Chemicals

Sir Walter Wally may not have seen his shadow this year, and it may seem as though winter is over but you never can tell for sure, and Old Man Winter may yet have some snow and ice up his sleeve. That means more grit, salt and chemicals on sidewalks and roads, which can be bad

Train Your Dog to Come on Call – Every Time!

January is both National Walk Your Dog month and Train Your Dog month, and if you’re giving your furbaby an appropriate amount of exercise, you may occasionally visit off-leash areas where he or she can run free and play with other dogs. In that case, one of the most important things you can teach is to respond reliably to a recall command. Whether danger

Pet Fire Safety: How to Keep Your Furbabies Safe from a House Fire

One of the worst nightmares of any pet parent is the prospect of your beloved furry friend getting injured or killed in a house fire. Each year, July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day, and we at Harmony Animal Hospital wanted to take the opportunity to explain a few crucial tips on how you

Summer Safety for Pets

By Dr. Jodi Reed, DVM With summer approaching quickly, the most important thing to remember is that the scorching heat can cause problems for both you and your pets. Please make sure that there is a place for your pets to go to get out of the heat, and that there is always plenty of

5 Plants Most Dangerous to Your Pet

March is Poison Awareness Month, with the third week being National Poison Prevention Week. If you’re the proud pet parent of a dog or a cat, it’s relevant to you. And if you’re taking to heart our advice to walk your dog daily, it’s vital that you learn to recognize plants that are poisonous to dogs or