Dog Wellness for Any Age, Breed, or Lifestyle

Dog wellness.

If you’ve owned your dog for a while now, you have likely come to the conclusion that they are the one that owns you. You might have originally thought that your dog would fit right in with you and your family, but it’s your lifestyle that has probably changed to make way for all the dog’s likes/dislikes, needs, and patterns. To that we say, well played, canines. 

There are certain elements of dog “ownership” that take precedence to ensure optimal health. Maintaining dog wellness exams is one of many contributions you can make to their overall health, vitality, and longevity, and we’re here to help.

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Cat Wellness Exams: All About That Base(line)

A cat with a red heart pillow.

Kittens experience rapid growth and development in their first year, and we typically see them every 3-4 weeks to complete vaccinations. Once they are 4-6 months old, they’ve likely received all the preventive care necessary to thrive, including spay/neuter surgery, microchip, and parasite prevention. At this point, annual cat wellness exams are the norm (unless they need emergency care). 

The differences between the first and second year might be subtle, but as cats age, health concerns increase. Some illnesses present obvious clinical signs, others are far more sneaky. This is just part of the reason why annual cat wellness exams are recommended at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital. 

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What is Pet Insurance, and Should I Use It?

A man snuggling with his kitten.

Pets are priceless, and as members of the family, they deserve to receive quality veterinary care. We’re fortunate that advancements in veterinary medicine have led to improved outcomes for pets that suffer an injury or develop a serious illness. But modern medicine comes at a cost. 

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Pet Noise Anxiety Looms Large During the Summer

Cat hiding from loud noise.

Any way you slice it, pet noise anxiety is a problematic, even traumatic, experience for them. While not limited to thunderstorms or firework displays, these are the most common causes of noise-related stress in pets. Animals can also be triggered by sporting events, parades, large trucks, and so much more. It’s time to face pet noise anxiety in order to protect them from harm and preserve their state of mind. 

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Can My Pet Get Skin Cancer?

Cat and dog outside in the sun.

Although they love their time in the sun, pets can be at risk for skin cancer just as humans can. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most common type of cancer diagnosed in dogs is skin. Although cats are less likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer, they can still develop it, especially if they have short hair and frequent sun exposure. It is important to maintain your pet’s annual wellness exams, where they receive head-to-claw examinations, including a skin examination. Skin cancer can be detected at these visits, but it is important for pet owners to be informed and on the lookout as well, especially as their pets get older.

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Why Should I Microchip My Pet?

A family playing with their puppy.

If you have known anyone who has lost a pet, you know the extreme heartbreak that ensues is incomparable to anything else. Because pets are naturally curious and want to explore their surroundings, it is important to ensure that they have a way to be found if they become lost. The quick solution is to apply a pet collar with an ID tag, however, these can easily break, fall off, or can be removed by others. 

Though it is hard to believe, approximately 10 million cats and dogs are lost or stolen each year. Microchips are a permanent ID solution that has helped countless families reunite with their fluffy loved ones. 

Our veterinary team would be happy to help explain more about the benefits of microchipping at your initial visit. In the meantime, here are some of the microchip basics.

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Spaying or Neutering Pets Makes Them Healthier and Happier!

Spay/neuter San Antonio.

There are many known medical benefits of spaying and neutering pets, such as decreased risk of cancer, infection, or urinary incontinence. There are loads of behavioral advantages, too, like reduced roaming or aggression. Plus, who could argue with the positive impact spaying or neutering has on the overpopulation of homeless pets? 

While all of the above are important aspects of this straightforward surgical procedure, spaying or neutering pets can actually affect their overall happiness, too.

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DIY Pet Treats for Valentine’s Day and Beyond!

Pet-safe Valentine's Day.

Your pet doesn’t care about Valentine’s Day, but what doesn’t escape their notice comes in a heart-shaped box. Indeed, chocolates are ubiquitous this time of year and pets have a certain proclivity for seeking them out. Once you put away all the goodies, what’s left? You can still celebrate this annual celebration of love by making your very own DIY pet treats. With our recipes for heart-shaped yummies, your pet can safely participate in the holiday. You might even be surprised at how satisfied your pet will be!

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Plan a Pet-Safe Super Bowl Party

Pet-safe Super Bowl party.

Super Bowl parties are typically full of loud noises, lots of people, and lots of tempting food. While fun for humans, they can be a stressful and hazardous environment for your pets. Even for pets who enjoy spending time around lots of people, too much excitement can be nerve-racking and cause anxiety. For pet owners looking to throw a party, the team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital has put together these pet safety Super Bowl party tips. 

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