How to Stop Your Dog from Chasing Squirrels, Birds, and Other Animals

Wildlife is abundant in Texas, including those that are venomous and carry zoonotic diseases, which are transmittable to humans. While wildlife are beautiful and necessary, domestic dogs still have their innate prey drive that causes thousands of wildlife related emergencies each year.

Many pet owners lament why they can’t stop the family Fido from running after wild animals, which carry disease and threats of injury. This is why the team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to give you some suggestions on how to discourage your dog from chasing squirrels and other wild animals.

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Safely Storing Household Cleaners and Other Pet Toxins

Most of us use a wide variety of chemical-based products in our home and on the lawn and garden. Unless you have switched to eco-friendly and pet safe products, these cleaners, pesticides, and other products can harm your pet if they come into contact with them.

Despite how noxious and unappealing they seem to us, hazardous household products can seem interesting (or even appetizing) to a curious pet.

Your friends at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to help keep your pet safe and protected from harmful chemicals. Here are a few ways to effectively store these pet toxins while not in use.

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The Nutty Mutt: Dogs and Nuts

Most of us know that peanuts and other nuts are something that we need to be careful with around our fellow humans, but what about dogs? Are things like peanut butter safe for your pet? What precautions should you take if giving your pet nut products? 

Dogs and nuts can make a great partnership, but at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital we want you to know how to pamper your pooch safely.

The Thing About Dogs and Nuts

Nuts can make a terrific and tasty treat for your pet. The majority of nuts are safe for pets and nut allergies are uncommon.

There are a few exceptions, however, such as macadamia nuts, which can result in vomiting, fever, tremors, high heart rates, and incoordination when consumed in large quantities. Less common nuts such as English walnuts, ginkgo nuts, and horse chestnuts should also be avoided.

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Frazzled Fido: Stress in Dogs and How to Prevent It

While your pet doesn’t have that terrible commute or bad days at the office, stress in dogs isn’t unheard of. In fact, stress is common among our canine companions and there are several reasons for this. 

You may have noticed that there are changes in your dog’s behavior, from being more clingy or acting out, like digging and chewing. If you suspect your pet is stressed, Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to explain stress in dogs and ways you can decrease their anxiety.

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Sunny Days Ahead: Protect Your Pet with Dog Sunscreen

Are you and your dog planning on some big outdoor adventures this summer? Or, are you more inclined to chill outdoors or poolside?

Either way, if your pet is involved, heat and harsh UV rays need to be factored in for their safety and fun. Many pet owners wonder if they should apply sunscreen to their furry friends, or why they need it at all. 

Your friends at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital are here to give you the lowdown on those sunny days with your pet, and why you should definitely choose dog sunscreen for their skin safety.

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Training Your Cat May Be the Best Thing In the World!

It’s reasonable to assume that training your cat to do tricks could result in the ultimate feline takeover, but that’s not an excuse, is it?

Of course not!

Cats are smart, clever, and resourceful problem solvers. Teaching them how to do certain things that aren’t exactly “cattish” is not only fun but giving them new skills expands their mental capacity. 

Delightfully Feline Skills

Who wouldn’t want a high five from a fluffy, adorable cat? Being on the receiving end of a delightfully feline “trick” is guaranteed to make you swoon. Even better than a cat that does tricks is the one that blinks innocently at you as if whatever they did was just invented by them. 

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That’s Lame! What Causes Limping in Dogs

If your pet has suddenly developed a limp, it can be a worrisome situation. Did they sustain an injury? Is it arthritis? What happened? 

There are many reasons why orthopedic injuries and conditions develop. Your team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to give you the run-down on what causes limping in dogs and what you can do to protect your pet from these problems.

What Causes Limping in Dogs

Most dogs are full of energy and enthusiasm, bounding over rocks and logs, darting here and there in the park, and roughhousing with their canine peers. No wonder they are prone to occasional injury with all of the wear and tear they put on their physiology. Lameness and limping are sure signs that something is amiss and your dog is in pain. 

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What to Do About Abscesses in Pets

A swelling on your pet may sound some alarms. Is it cancer? An infection? Should you be worried?

While there can be a variety of reasons for swellings, abscesses in pets are a common diagnosis here at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital. We want you to learn what an abscess is and what to do if you think your pet has one. 

All About Abscesses in Pets

Abscesses in pets, in a nutshell, are swellings filled with pus. They can pop up just about anywhere on or in the body and are typically caused by the introduction of bacteria into an area where there usually aren’t any. 

Some of the most common reasons that abscesses develop include:

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Is Separation Anxiety in Cats a Real Diagnosis?

Separation anxiety in dogs is one of the most common behavioral issues affecting both pups and their people alike. Unfortunately, dogs share this diagnosis with other pets, including our sweet kitties. 

Perhaps owing to their solitary and quiet natures, cats are perceived as being less demanding of their owner’s time and attention. However, the love you feel for your cat is returned to you tenfold, thus making any episodes of isolation and loneliness that much harder for our feline friends. Separation anxiety in cats is a very real problem today, but there are ways to get through it together.

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Puppy Socialization in a Less Than Social Time

At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital, we are seeing more new puppies than ever! With social restrictions in place it seems like many have decided it’s a great time to grow their furry family. 

While we couldn’t be happier for all the proud, new pet parents out there, raising a puppy during COVID-19 has its challenges. In particular, socialization suffers when your new pet can’t get out into the world and learn about different people, places, and things. That’s not to say it’s impossible, though. You can still do a good job with puppy socialization in a less than social time. 

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