Know Their Daily Water Needs, Prevent Pet Dehydration

A cat drinks water from a bowl.

It makes sense that if you leave out a bowl of water for your cat or dog, they’ll drink whenever they feel thirsty. In actuality, however, animals can be as picky about their hydration needs as humans. Some pets need their bowls filled with fresh water a few times every day, whereas other pets aren’t as thirst-driven. The amount of water they drink is largely determined by their species, breed, lifestyle and general pet health, and is critical to support important body functions. Owners of both cats and dogs can maintain proper levels of pet hydration, but what exactly does that mean?

Continue…

Dog Slobber: Spit Happens

A drooling pug.

While in general we at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital regard doggy kisses as the utmost compliment, there are those that do not appreciate them as much. In the words of the great Lucy, “Ugh! I’ve been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!”

That seems a pretty extreme reaction, but some dog kisses are a little sloppier than others, and excessive drool in general can be a bit of a turn off. So what’s with the dog slobber and why are some pups wetter than others?

Continue…

Health Status and the Dog Nose: Correlation or Coincidence?

A closeup of a dog's nose.

At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital we hear it all the time: “I can tell he doesn’t feel well; his nose is dry.” There was no dedicated Dog Nose 101 class in veterinary school so it is easy to wonder if the status of your dog’s nose has anything to do with how your pet is really doing from a health perspective. 

So what can you tell from a dog’s nose? Read on and we will share our knowledge.

Continue…

Ringworm in Pets 101: What You Need to Know

A sad dog rests on the couch.

Whenever a pet has lesions on the skin, pet owners tend to jump to the conclusion that it must be ringworm. While our vets at Leon Valley Veterinary Clinic diagnose ringworm in pets fairly frequently, we have found that most people don’t really know what they are looking for when it comes to this skin infection. 

Ringworm in pets is not an uncommon dermatological diagnosis, but do you know what you are looking for?

Continue…

To Brush Is a Must: Tips for Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

A grumpy cat gets his teeth brushed.

There are probably few things that terrify cat owners more than the thought of bathing their cat, let alone brushing their teeth. You may be surprised, though, that this necessary task will become surprisingly easy with the right techniques, patience, and positive reward. 

The biggest reward, however, is that you are being instrumental in keeping your cat’s teeth healthy, which in turn contributes to overall health. Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here with some tips on brushing your cat’s teeth for optimal at home dental care.

Continue…

Explaining the Reverse Sneeze in Dogs

Small yellow dog staring lovingly at the camera.

A reverse sneeze is something that occurs in certain dogs and can be quite alarming to a pet parent! The episode of a reverse sneeze sounds like a goose honking, wheezing, and snorting. It can come out of the blue, seemingly when your pet isn’t exerting themself. 

This phenomenon is something we get a lot of questions about here at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital. The good news is that, in most cases, the reverse sneeze isn’t something to worry about.

Let’s take a closer look at this respiratory episode. 

Continue…

To Be Within a Whisker Of… Whisker Fatigue?

Of all their beautiful features, your cat’s long whiskers are probably among your favorites.

While they may not get as much credit as the highly capable eyes or ears, whiskers bring a lot to the table. They make your cat look really cool and help them navigate the ever-changing world around them. But since they poke outward from the sides of their face, can these touch receptors suffer from whisker fatigue?

Continue…

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. 

Continue…

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:

Continue…

Does Too Much Time on Your Cell Depress Your Pet?

We spend much of our time connected. Whether that connection is through an iPad, cell, or our busy life in front of computers, there’s no denying, we spend lots of time “plugged in”. But what happens to the rest of our lives, including our time with pets, when we are disengaged from them? 

The emotional lives of animals isn’t a new field of study. Our animals experience a wide range of emotions from joy to fear, grief to even depression.

Since we know from human studies that excessive smartphone use can cause depression, the question is can your cell depress your pet? The team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital is here to take a closer look.

Continue…