In This Confusing Time, Pet Owners Are Still Waiting for Veterinary Appointments

A brown and white dog waiting for a veterinarian appointment with its owner.

Many businesses have adapted incredibly well to changes presented to their industries, but the widespread, long-lasting effects of Covid-19 are still being tallied. As essential businesses, veterinary hospitals have made important strides over the last year. Every day we must find a balance between promptly serving our patients and meeting all the necessary safety protocols per our local and federal leaders. As a result, pet owners end up waiting for veterinary appointments longer than ever before. 

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Keeping Pets Safe from Dangerous Decorating Trends

A black cat sits precariously upon a potentially dangerous decoration against a green wall.

By now, most of us are aware of the many risks to our pets associated with traditional home decor, but did you know that many of the latest decorating trends can also put pets at risk? 

From macrame to decorative grasses and succulents, home decor is trending in some dangerous directions, at least where our pets are concerned. Our team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to provide some guidance.

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Home Alone: Should You Hire a Pet Sitter or Board Your Pet?

A small dog getting ready to go to the pet boarding facility in a dog carrier.

No matter what, it is always tough to leave our favorite furry loves behind when we travel. In many cases, though, it is much less stress for your pet to not be a part of holiday chaos. If you are wondering whether you should hire a sitter or board your pet, we are here to help!

There are many reasons for either option, and it depends on your pet’s individual needs. Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital offers some things to consider before making the decision.

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A Gift that Lasts a Lifetime: Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet for Christmas

A puppy sits among some Christmas gifts and tree next to a fireplace. Adopting a pet for Christmas is a big step, so be sure to consider all that's involved before making that choice.

Christmas and other holidays are popular times of year for pet adoptions. What could be better than seeing someone’s eyes light up when they get the gift of a sweet puppy, cat, or other furry friend, after all? Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when many pets are promptly returned  to shelters. 

Adopting a pet for Christmas isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there are many factors to consider ahead of time. The team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital wants you to make the best decision for your family and a potential adoptee. Here are some important considerations. 

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Undoing the Damage: Untraining Bad Habits in Dogs

Small yellow dog standing on hind legs next to his owner and barking, which is a bad habit to untrain.

Dogs are smart. Their ability to recognize patterns and to anticipate cause and effect relationships is almost humbling to us humans at times. It is easy to harness these traits for good, but sometimes these qualities in our canid friends can backfire, too.

Most pet dogs have picked up some bad habits along the way. Your friends at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital want you to know that if you have inadvertently taught your pup some poorly received tricks, all hope is not lost. While it can take a lot of work, untraining bad habits in dogs is possible under most circumstances.

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The Question Remains… Harness, Leash, or Both?

A puppy wearing a harness and leash.
Proper leashes, harnesses, and collars are indispensable for dog safety.

Many dog owners have a preference for certain types of leashes that work best for their pets. Some claim to love the traditional nylon leash, while others feel that a harness type leash is safer for their squirrely dog. Then you add to the mix the wide variety of styles, colors, materials, and so on, and it can be exceptionally hard to determine the right one for your furry friend. 

The good news is that there is no one correct answer, but there are some suggestions to keeping your pet safe. The team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to explain why the harness, leash, or both question is a great one. Let’s take a closer look.

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Kitty Conundrum: Is Your Cat a Bush or Tree Dweller?

A black cat with yellow eyes stares from its perch in a cat tree. "Tree dweller" cats like to have a high vantage point.
“Tree dweller” cats like to have a high vantage point, it helps them feel secure.

If you have watched an episode of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell by cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy, you probably have heard the term bush dweller or tree dweller. These distinct terms describe those cats that prefer being high in the air or those who want to be close to the ground and hidden. In the wild, your typical tree dwelling cat, such as leopards and cheetahs, want to hang out in trees and bush dwellers, like bobcats, need to be in dens, bushes, and other low lying places.

So, if you are curious about your favorite furry friend, you are in luck! The team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to answer your questions about whether your cat is a bush or tree dweller. 

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Is There Such a Thing as Dogs Being Too Treat Motivated?

A black and white dog focuses on a treat in front of his nose.
“Come to papa.”

Most dogs live to eat. A healthy interest in food is not a bad thing, however,  and a dog who likes to eat makes it easier to select a good food since they are less likely to have strong preferences. 

The diets of many dogs include both treats and kibble. While being treat-motivated can often make training a breeze, too much of a good thing can certainly exist. So what is a pet owner to do when a pet is just too treat motivated? Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital has your answers. 

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Destructive Cat Behavior Is Frustrating, but It Doesn’t Have to Last Forever

A grey cat engaged in some destructive behavior.
Destructive cat behavior can be a sign that your feline friend needs physical and mental stimulation.

Cats with access to the great outdoors may have more feline fun, but this freedom can come at a high price. The potential for serious falls, car accidents, and fights with other animals leads many owners to keep their fluffy buddies strictly indoors. Many cats are content to hang around the house, but depend on their indoor environment to keep them busy, engaged and entertained. However, without daily physical and mental stimulation, owners can possibly expect some destructive cat behavior.

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High Fives: The Super Special Characteristics of Polydactyl Cats

Adorable polydactyl cats, like this friendly orange striped cat, deserve special care and love!
“Hello there!”

Cats are already cute to the max, but what if you added an extra furry toe or two? Without a doubt, polydactyl cats take adorableness to a whole new level, but their extra toes deliver more than looks. A cat with “kitty mitties” has even better balance, greater climbing capabilities, and finer predatory skills. If you have a polydactyl cat, our team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is ready to serve their unique cat wellness needs.

Thanks to their wider, larger paws, polydactyl cats come equipped to handle life’s challenges!

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