Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2015

iStock_000046798998_Large.jpg2016 is right around the corner, perhaps better put, it’s just a paw away. Resolutions creep into the mind this time of year and many of those evaporate wistfully with guiltless abandon. We hope that some of those fantastic resolutions have their way to sticking around for success in the coming year.

Super exciting material with a multitude of useful knowledge, our blog is meant to help keep you and your pet healthy, happy, and wise.

Within this last year, there has been a great deal of happiness and a little sadness within the Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital.

Like the man on late night TV used to say, “let’s look at the top ten” of 2015.

A Countdown From #10 to #1

10. NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY – REMEMBERING YOUR PET’S BEAUTIFUL LIFE

The loss of a beloved pet leaves an indelible imprint on our hearts and an empty space in our homes. Truly, our pets become family members, sharing some of our more joyous occasions, as well as providing comfort during life’s rough patches.  Letting go can seem an impossible feat, no matter what the circumstances that led to the understandable grace of parting ways. Read more…

9. HUNTING SAFETY FOR DOGS

Dog personalities vary far and wide, but one thing is common across the board: they love being outside in the fresh air – especially during the crisp fall weather. After all, the myriad scents of the harvest are intriguing to the sniffers of backyard pooches and hunting dogs alike. Read more…

8. BASELINE OF HEALTH, WELLNESS CARE, AND PET DISEASE PREVENTION

Chances are when you go to see your physician, basic baseline information gathering, such as blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and weight, are a part of your physical examination. This information can act as a baseline or your normal state of health, which in turn can alert your doctor to any changes. This same idea is applied when it comes to pet disease prevention and overall wellness. Read more…Vizsla dog pointing in Badlands central desert of Utah eroded di

7. HEARTWORM DISEASE AND CATS: MORE PREVALENT THAN COMMONLY THOUGHT

Many pet owners often associate heartworm disease with dogs since they are much more likely to be infected become infected than cats (1 cat for every 10 dogs infected). This is due to the fact that the physiological makeup of felines is more resistant to the invading parasites.

However, both cats and dogs are susceptible to the infection. And, in fact, an estimated 10-14% of tested shelter cats are affected. This alarming statistic has us questioning whether or not it is more prevalence than previously thought. Because heartworm disease is deadly to cats, routine screening and a monthly heartworm preventive are strongly advised. Read more…

6. NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN: THE BASICS OF PET FIRST AID

In the middle of the night, you abruptly wake up to the sounds of your pet in painful agony. He or she might be sick, injured, or both, and you may react in a panic. You aren’t alone in wondering what to do next, but to avoid that cold sweat (and a terrible outcome for your pet), we suggest brushing up on the basics of pet first aid. Read more…

5. PET ADOPTION: SAVING LIVES ONE ANIMAL AT A TIME

So you’ve made the big decision to become a pet owner. For many of us, nothing is more rewarding than owning a pet and being a responsible participant in ensuring your faithful companion remains healthy and happy, except maybe taking that extra step to adopt your pooch or kitty from a shelter.

Shelter pets need loving homes, sometimes more so than those you see in the pet shop window or for sale by a breeder. As October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, there is no better time to acknowledge the importance of adoption, or bask in the enjoyment of giving an adoring and deserving animal a forever home and family. Continue…

4. THE IMPORTANCE OF PET VACCINATIONS

Vaccinations have garnered a lot of media attention lately, and there is quite a bit of misinformation being driven by the negative attention. Because of this, there is an array of general misconceptions among pet owners about whether or not certain pet vaccinations are necessary, or whether vaccinations compromise the health of their pet. Unfortunately, this kind of misinformation can create health risks for unvaccinated pets. Read more…

Cat and dog on the window3. RAISING AWARENESS TO PREVENT PET POISONING

The entire month March honors the importance of Pet Poison Awareness and, because of the topic’s importance, March 15 – 21 is Pet Poison Prevention Week. We treat many pets accidentally exposed to toxic household items or ingredients and strive to encourage preventive measures to protect the pets we all love. Below is a review that aims to help you prevent or manage a pet poisoning. Continue…

2. BENEFITS OF SPAYING AND NEUTERING YOUR PETS

There are so many myths and anecdotes about getting the family pet fixed that it can be challenging to find the real facts. Besides the most obvious bonus of not having a surprise litter of puppies or kittens on your hands, there are other stressors of having an unfixed animal that can be avoided by this simple surgery, too. The truth is that spaying and neutering can have many medical and behavioral benefits. Read on…

1. A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS: THE BEST PET WEBSITES

Whether you are the type of person who can view cute kitten video after cute kitten video or are looking for the most up to date information about pet care, read on. We have compiled a list of the best pet websites out there for your enjoyment. Continue…

A Thank You and Things to Come

Our hopes and best wishes for the new year for all of your furry friends and family members this coming year. We’ve been blessed with our animals’ companionship, help take care of his or her veterinary needs by reading some of these articles. Amazing as it may be, another year has passed in awesome fashion, catch up with the last years articles to keep you and your pet moving forward for many more to come.

From Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital we wish you a Happy New Year.

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