Genius Pup? A Glance at Canine IQ

Enjoying SchoolA lot of good work has been done on the subject of canine intelligence. This is welcome news for consummate dog lovers, following decades of speculation that consistently placed Fido on the top of the heap. However, while testing has revealed the most (and least) intelligent breeds, environmental and social learning analytics are individually specific. If you’ve ever wondered what’s at the root of canine IQ and how to test your own pup’s intelligence, look no further! Continue…

Basic Commands Every Well-Behaved Dog Should Know

Woman Telling Dog To StayIn a perfect world, our clever canines would innately understand what we want them to do and respond accordingly. However, training and socialization are crucial tasks to be undertaken during puppyhood and reinforced throughout your dog’s life.

Having an understanding of basic commands and the rules of the home (and the world) can keep your dog safe and makes him or her more enjoyable. Teaching your dog basic commands can also help prevent an accident or tragedy from befalling your fur friend. Continue…

Top 10 Hot Weather Bucket List: Enjoy Each Moment With Your Pet This Summer!

Playing with dogWe love San Antonio all year round, but summer really takes the cake for fun activities. Sure, it’s hot and humid, but that only makes our suggestions for your pet this summer even more enjoyable! Without further adieu, let’s get this jerky-scented ball rolling…

Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital’s Summer Top 10:

Explore! San Antonio is the 7th largest city in America, but walking around our different neighborhoods, it doesn’t really feel that big. Downtown and River Walk areas, Tobin Hill, Five Points, Lavaca, and King William are excellent walking neighborhoods. Be sure to bring along extra water for your pet and take breaks to reduce heat-induced exhaustion.

Visit Public Spaces! If your pet is socialized, encourage extra time in any of our fine city’s open spaces. We have a variety of wonderful farmer’s markets around town, and El Mercado is a prime spot for people watching. Another option for your pet this summer may be a visit to a local dog park. Your pet should be vaccinated, microchipped, current with parasite prevention, and trained to come to you when you call before unleashing.

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Can’t We All Just Get Along? How to Deal With Fighting Pets

Fighting cats. Concept - the tense situationIt’s not uncommon for responsible pet owners and animal lovers to adopt again (and again and again!). More than 40% of people live in multi-pet households, but that doesn’t mean everyone gets along all the time. Cohabitation can be challenging for well-meaning pet owners, and fighting pets can turn any dream home into a nightmare. Continue…

Pet Pain Management as a Focus

Dog on the bedIn the last 100 years or so, veterinary medicine has come a long way in recognizing, firstly, that pets experience pain and, subsequently, in developing and practicing ways to prevent and treat that pain. Research continues to teach us more every day about how our pets feel pain and how it affects them. We now know that discomfort can affect quality and longevity of life as well as the ability to heal.

At Deer Creek Animal Hospital, pet pain management is a major focus for us. We strive to prevent it where possible and treat it aggressively when it is present. Learn how our focus on pet pain management benefits your furry friends. Continue…