Treating Diabetes in Cats

Diabetes in cats.

Diabetes affects many cats (most of them are older, but even young felines can deal with this disease). Being able to recognize the early symptoms of diabetes in cats is one of the best ways to start managing it early. At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital, we want your cat to have access to effective treatment options for diabetes.

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5 Ways to Help Your Dog Live Its Best Life

A woman with her dogs.

All the dogs want to know, will there be bone-broth cake during National Dog Week? Celebrate the week of September 20-27 with special treats for the dogs in your life and learn more about how to keep them happy and healthy. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate one of our favorite weeks of the year:

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Rabies Vaccination for Puppies and Kittens: What You Need to Know

Two kittens at the vet.

While almost everyone has heard of rabies as a disease, most of us have some dramatized concept of what it actually is. In honor of World Rabies Day on September 28, Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital would like to share a little bit about this devastating disease and why rabies vaccination for puppies and kittens (and adult animals as well) is so very important. 

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National Dog Day

Two happy dogs.

In 2004, Colleen Paige founded National Dog Day to celebrate the day her family adopted their dog “Sheltie” from a local animal shelter when she was 10 years old. The spirit of National Dog Day was created in order to celebrate dogs, and spread awareness about adoption. 

This year on National Dog Day (August 26), let’s focus on ways to keep our four-legged friends happy and healthy for many National Dog Days to come. 

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National Immunization Awareness Month: Make Sure Your Pets are Vaccinated!

A white and brown cat receives a vaccine from a veterinarian.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month for everybody, and that means pets, too! Your friends at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital want to help you figure out what you need to know about pet vaccines so you can be sure your furry friends are protected and healthy.

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Microchip Your Pet for Check the Chip day!

Two veterinarians check a dog for microchips.

August 15 is an important day for you and your furry family members. It’s National Check the Chip Day. On this day each year, we are reminded to check our pet’s microchips to make sure they are still functioning properly. It’s also a great day to remember to microchip your pets so they can be returned to you if they’re lost.

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Keeping Your Pet Cool and Hydrated in the Summer

A hydrated dog in the sun, playing with a stick.

Straw hats and sunscreen, and a pitcher of lemon water will keep you cool as a cucumber in the summer. How can you be sure that your pet is cool and hydrated, too? There are lots of ways to keep your pet safe from overheating and dehydration.

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Diarrhea in Dogs: When is it an Emergency?

A sick black dog suffering from diarrhea with a thermometer in his mouth and cooling pack on his head.

Dog diarrhea is not fun for you or for your canine companion. Diarrhea might be a quick remedy. However, chronic diarrhea can require more treatment. Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital wants to help you determine if your dog’s diarrhea is cause for concern:

Cause of Diarrhea in Dogs

Diarrhea is caused by malfunction of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Here are a few reasons your pet might have diarrhea:

Infectious diarrhea: Can be caused by Viral (Parvo, distemper, coronavirus—NOT COVID-19), anthelmintic parasites (roundworm, hookworm, whipworm), protozoal parasites (giardia, coccidia), bacteria (clostridium, leptospirosis, salmonella, E.coli), or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

Trauma: a foreign body, penetrating wound, toxin exposure, or ulceration

Autoimmune: Inflammatory bowel disease

Vascular infarction: blood clot blocking blood flow to the GI tract

Last, but not least:

Iatrogenic: Dietary indiscretion, stress, chocolate, or overfeeding

Human Food: A Lead Suspect

While it might be tempting to give your dog a bite of lasagna, foods high in salt or fat can lead to diarrhea. Human bodies are accustomed to this diet, but we assure you: your dog is not.   

Try feeding your dog some fruits and vegetables such as apples (no seeds), green beans, and carrots instead of a piece of a pizza slice or turkey breast from your sandwich. 

How Your Veterinarian Can Help

If your pet has diarrhea, your veterinarian at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital will be able to help you determine the type and the cause of the issue. We can walk you through the difference between large-bowel diarrhea and small-bowel diarrhea and find the best treatment option to get your dog feeling like his normal self. 

When to Visit the Vet

We know, there is nothing cute about this, but acute diarrhea episodes often resolve on their own. Try giving your dog a bland diet for 48 hours.

However, if the episode is lasting longer than 48 hours or you see blood in the stool, or your dog loses their appetite or begins vomiting, call us for an appointment.

Chronic diarrhea is another reason to visit. 

Your veterinarian can help you determine if the cause is from any of the following:

  • Parasites such as whipworms
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
  • Hyperthyroidism or other metabolic condition
  • Cancer
  • Dysbiosis

We are available to treat pet emergencies during the following times:

  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Please call us before coming at (210) 681‑1391 so we can prepare to treat your pet.

For Emergency Veterinary Care After Hospital Hours

When you have a pet emergency after our hospital has closed, you can call our number for emergency information. Our recording provides contact information for nearby emergency facilities that can help you get the treatment your dog needs.