Take Your Pet to Work Week: Risks and Benefits to Pet Wellness

A dog with her human visiting the office for Take Your Pet to Work Week.

One positive thing that came out of 2020 was all of that time with our pets! How great was it to be sitting on a call and seeing everyone’s pets in the background or having them nuzzle you for a treat. It was good for both human and pet wellness.

Now that things are trending with humans going back into the office, you may be excited for the opportunity for everyone to meet your pet in real life. 

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Adopting a Cat in San Antonio? Where to Look and What to Prepare For

An adopted kitten with her new family in San Antonio.

If you’re looking for a furry new feline baby to take home, there are plenty of options for adoption in our beautiful city of San Antonio. We have some tips on getting prepared to bring your new family member home and a few possible locations where your cat could possibly be at this very moment!

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Securing Your Home Against Pet Poisons

Pet poison prevention tips.

We love our pets and want them to be happy and healthy. We provide them with good food, fresh water, and any pet medications they might need. Their toy bins are overflowing. Their beds are clean, soft, and almost as comfortable as our human beds. We snuggle and cuddle with our pets as often as we can. We know their every cue that tells us what they want next from us. But how much do we know about dangerous poisons that pets could access in our homes?

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Preventing Pet Cancer: Is it Possible?

Pet cancer awareness: a family researches pet cancer with their dog.

It’s pet cancer awareness month, and the burning question here at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is whether we stand a chance when it comes to preventing pet cancer. The long and short of it is that we can’t entirely, but with some diligent wellness care, we are not totally helpless when it comes to pet cancer. 

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Spaying or Neutering Contributes to Better Health and an Increased Lifespan

Cat getting health exam before spay or neuter procedure.

As loving pet owners, we all want our pets to be as healthy as possible throughout their lives. When you think of spaying or neutering, you may just think of it as a way to prevent unwanted pregnancies in your dog or cat. This is only just one small benefit of these procedures. Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to show you how spaying or neutering your pet in San Antonio is beneficial for your pet:

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Does My Dog Suffer From Anxiety?

An anxious dog sits on a chair he ripped up.

May 2-8 is Dog Anxiety Awareness Week, and the team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital wants to help you recognize signs of anxiety in canines so you can help to ease it when it occurs. Keep reading to find out if your dog is suffering from anxiety and how you can help them feel calmer and happier on a daily basis.

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Know Their Daily Water Needs, Prevent Pet Dehydration

A cat drinks water from a bowl.

It makes sense that if you leave out a bowl of water for your cat or dog, they’ll drink whenever they feel thirsty. In actuality, however, animals can be as picky about their hydration needs as humans. Some pets need their bowls filled with fresh water a few times every day, whereas other pets aren’t as thirst-driven. The amount of water they drink is largely determined by their species, breed, lifestyle and general pet health, and is critical to support important body functions. Owners of both cats and dogs can maintain proper levels of pet hydration, but what exactly does that mean?

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Dog Slobber: Spit Happens

A drooling pug.

While in general we at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital regard doggy kisses as the utmost compliment, there are those that do not appreciate them as much. In the words of the great Lucy, “Ugh! I’ve been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!”

That seems a pretty extreme reaction, but some dog kisses are a little sloppier than others, and excessive drool in general can be a bit of a turn off. So what’s with the dog slobber and why are some pups wetter than others?

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Health Status and the Dog Nose: Correlation or Coincidence?

A closeup of a dog's nose.

At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital we hear it all the time: “I can tell he doesn’t feel well; his nose is dry.” There was no dedicated Dog Nose 101 class in veterinary school so it is easy to wonder if the status of your dog’s nose has anything to do with how your pet is really doing from a health perspective. 

So what can you tell from a dog’s nose? Read on and we will share our knowledge.

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Take Back Your Power: How to Handle Your Bossy Dog

Living with a bossy dog means that you are not in the driver’s seat when it comes to your daily routines. When your dog thinks he is the boss, he might bark a lot to get his way, mark his territory by urinating inside your house, or even bite when he feels like he is not being heard. 

While this can cause some tension at home, there are ways to exert your own dominance over your dog and show him who is the true boss of your household:

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