What You Need to Know About Flying With Your Dog

Air travel for dogs has long been a hotly debated topic among pet owners. While some swear they would never ship their beloved pets like cargo, others counter that it sometimes simply cannot be avoided.

Airlines cater to animal-friendly travel with special programs, ranging from JetBlue’s JetPaws to United Airlines’ PetSafe. In October, the Department of Transportation ruled airports that service more than 10,000 passengers annually must install one animal relief area in each terminal after security, and New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport is opening a “Pet Oasis” in the ARK, a $65-million “terminal for animals.”

But even with modern advances, accidents do happen. They’re very rare, with 23 deaths, 20 injuries, and zero losses reported in the U.S. from January to October 2016 (the last month for which data is available), according to the Department of Transportation. That’s a small number of the estimated 2 million pets that travel on commercial flights each year. But as any animal lover knows, it only takes one tragic incident to turn a family upside down.

 

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People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435

Our Animal Poison Control Center experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Alcohol
Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.

Avocado
Avocado is primarily a problem for birds, rabbits, donkeys, horses, and ruminants including sheep and goats. The biggest concern is for cardiovascular damage and death in birds.  Horses, donkeys and ruminants frequently get swollen, edematous head and neck.

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee, and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.

Citrus
The stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants contain varying amounts of citric acid, essential oils that can cause irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts. Small doses, such as eating the fruit, are not likely to present problems beyond minor stomach upset.

 

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We Strive to Be Your Go To Pet Hospital

Our Mission
Our mission is to enhance the experience of the love our pets provide us by maximizing their health. To achieve that, we hope to provide an atmosphere that encourages client and staff education. Our goal will be achieved when we have exceeded our clients’ expectations and they are comfortable referring family and friends to us.

Our Services
Surf City Pet Hospital is committed to providing excellent full-service veterinary care for all your family pet healthcare needs. We offer a full-service animal hosptial and general veterinary care clinic serving pets of all kinds in addition to wellness care, dental care, a laboratory, X-ray equipment and cat and kitten rescue and adoption services.

Our Location
We are conveniently located just off Topsail Island in the Treasure Coast Landing Shopping Center on Highway 50 in Surf City, NC. We serve the Pender and Onslow County areas, in addition to the greater Holly Ridge and Hampstead, NC area. Let us be your new home for pet care!