What You Don’t Know About Cat Whiskers May Surprise You

The way a cat looks is part of what makes them so appealing. A thick, shiny feline coat is downright splendid, and we love to run a hand from their perky ears all the way to the tail. But another feature that draws us in lines the sides of the nose, dots the spots above the eyes, emphasizes the bottom of the chin and scores the backs of their front legs. 

Indeed, cat whiskers are inexorably part of a feline’s handsome aesthetic, but they offer more than looks alone.

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Tapeworms in Cats and Dogs

Parasites are an unfortunate topic, but a necessary one if we are to keep our pets parasite free. Tapeworms in cats and dogs are common, but luckily easy to prevent. Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital has the skinny on these nasty parasites, including how to get rid of them once and for all. 

What Are Tapeworms in Cats and Dogs?

Tapeworms in cats and dogs are parasites that set up shop in the intestinal tract. The worms are flat and segmented with a head that attaches to the intestinal wall. Several species of tapeworms can affect pets but by far the most common is Dipylidium caninum. 

An adult tapeworm can reach 6 inches in length and has the appearance of a white piece of tape or ribbon. Tapeworm segments detach from the worm and are shed in your pet’s feces. Once in the environment, the tapeworm segments break apart, releasing the eggs, which eventually become tapeworm larvae.

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Did Your Pet Have a Stroke?

Any type of medical emergency affecting your pet is frightening and confusing. If your pet collapses, is struggling to breathe, or is bleeding, trying to get them help quickly while wrapping your head around what’s going on is undeniably difficult.

Strokes do occur in our four-legged companions and it is not as uncommon as you might think. However, most pet owners are unaware of the signs of stroke, their pets’ risk, and what can be done to minimize risks.

The team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital want to educate our readers on stroke in pets to better protect your pet.

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Five Years in Review: Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs 2014-2019

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In the grand scheme of things, five years is a very small period of time. But a lot can change in 1,825 days. Think about how much incredible growth a baby experiences in the first five years! 

Not unlike a happy, easy-going tot, our veterinary hospital has had the good fortune to encounter lots of new furry faces and wet noses over the years. We’ve scratched a lot of ears, and shook more than a few paws. In other words, we love our jobs and appreciate the community of responsible pet owners that surround us. 

To thank you, we reached back all the way to our very first published blog. Since May of 2014, we’ve tried to top ourselves every week with more interesting, relevant, and timely content aimed at making your ownership experience even more meaningful. 

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