Ring in the New: Amazing Things We’ve Learned About Pets This Year

learned about petsOur pets never cease to astound us, whether they’re learning a new trick, accompanying us on a hike, or greeting us at home after a long day. They are funny, smart, adorable, endearing and loving, and so it’s fun to find out what new things we’ve learned about pets this year.

At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital, we’re ringing in 2018 by checking out some of these great facts about our four-legged friends and sharing them with you. Enjoy!

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Dogs Like to Work! Your Dog Wants to Earn Their Treat

dog earns treatDo you enjoy giving your pup a treat now and then – or more often? Treating the ones we love makes us feel good, but did you know your dog may get more satisfaction from having to work a bit to earn that treat? It’s true!

Many of us have experienced the satisfaction and pleasure of figuring out a difficult problem and reaping the reward of our hard work. It turns out that dogs are no different. A dog that earns treats also receives satisfaction from learning and earning their rewards.

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Rejoice in a New Year: Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2017

After the shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, feasting, parties, and other holiday craziness, it’s time to kick back and relax! And what better way to unwind than with a little pet-friendly reading from our blog?

The start of a new year is the perfect time to take stock of our blessings and to reflect on how to create an even better tomorrow for ourselves and our families, including our four-legged pals. We hope our blog has been a source of inspiration as you strive to improve the health and wellness of your pet. On that note, allow us to present our top 10 most popular blogs of 2017!

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A Case Of The Zoomies: What Are They And Why Do They Happen?

the zoomiesIf you’ve spent any time around a puppy, or bathed a dog of any age, you are probably familiar with the zoomies. It’s that crazy burst of energy that causes a dog to tear around the house or yard at top speed, sometimes…

If you’ve ever wondered why your dog gets the zoomies, you’ve come to the right place. The team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital has delved into the intricacies of this lovable (yet sometimes annoying) dog behavior!

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Pets and the Holidays… A Perfect Match?

pets and the holidaysWhen it comes to pets and the holidays, we try to have all the bases covered. In fact, we’ve written a bit about it before. With that in mind, it’s clear the combination of pets and the holidays – especially with regard to safety – is powerful enough to warrant ongoing attention.

The holiday season provides an opportunity to reflect on what matters most. Certainly, holiday pet safety is a top priority, but if you were to spend an entire day with your pet, would it include favorite holiday movies and some scrumptious food? We thought so!

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Traveling With Your Pet This Winter? What to Know About Cold Weather Care

traveling with your petSan Antonio isn’t the coldest place in North America during the winter, but our location allows for travel to chillier climates fairly quickly. Whatever your mode of transportation, traveling with your pet can be a fun alternative to the holiday humdrum of previous yuletides. As much fun as you’re bound to have, there are preparations that, once in place, assure your pet’s safety and happiness.

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Is Holiday Cat Safety a Real Thing?

We are swiftly sliding toward year-end, a fact that many cat owners brace themselves for. Is Fluffy going to bring down the Christmas tree again this year? Burn their whiskers from getting too close to festive candles?

With our holiday cat safety measures firmly in place, you won’t have to worry quite as much. And Fluffy? Ringing in the new year in style, comfort, and top health.

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Is it True? Debunking Common Dog Myths

dog mythsDogs can be quirky, that’s for sure. Just like cats, dogs have their own idiosyncrasies and behaviors that lend themselves to some pretty unusual myths. Over time, some of these ideas about dogs became facts. But are they really facts or just long-standing fictions that have readily been embraced?

Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to separate fact from fiction by debunking common dog myths that can actually be detrimental to your pet.

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A Friendly Reminder for a Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving

If you’ve followed our blog over the years (and, of course, we hope you have!), then you probably know all about pet toxins. You might even have a list of all the no-no’s that can cause pet poisoning. Still, most holidays that involve lots of food go hand-in-hand with increased calls to the Pet Poison Helpline and visits to veterinary emergency clinics.

Along with gratitude, there’s no doubt that Thanksgiving is all about the food and lots of it. Because many pet owners still don’t know about some of the foods that are dangerous to pets, it’s important to remind everyone about these risks. Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital has some great suggestions on how to create a pet-friendly Thanksgiving to keep your furry friend safe this season – and throughout the year!

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A Salute to Our Canine Veterans

canine veteransVeterans Day is a time of remembrance, to pause and pay our respects to the courageous men and women who have served in the military. These incredible individuals have made significant sacrifices to ensure our rights, freedoms, and livelihood. Their dedication and sense of duty is felt and appreciated as we honor our veterans.

Also among these honorable individuals are our canine veterans! Canine veterans (or K9 veterans) are unsung heroes, often unknown to most people (although they’re starting to get the notice they deserve). At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital, we want to salute these amazing dogs who also serve this country with dedication and bravery.

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