Keeping Outdoor Cats Safe & Warm

Winter outdoor cat safety.

Whether they are stray or just indoor/outdoor cats, felines are pretty independent in most cases. When the temperatures start to drop in the winter, however, some of these outdoor cats might need a little help to stay warm and avoid issues like frostbite and hypothermia, both of which can be deadly. 

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! Holiday Food Dangers for Pets

Holiday food dangers for pets.

The season is upon us where we often enjoy festive and indulgent meals amongst our family and friends. While your pets may not be directly included in your holiday meal plans, oftentimes they are a part of the event. Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital wants to be sure that you know how to safely include your furry family member and what holiday food dangers for pets you should be aware of. 

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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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How to Choose the Right Pet Sitter for the Job

Pet sitter.

If you have to leave town and can’t take your pet with you, you need to make alternative arrangements. Boarding can be a practical choice, but for many pets, there’s just no place like home. If you’re lucky, a friend or relative might volunteer to stay with your four-legged friend, but this can be a huge imposition. As a result, you may be left to figure out the best way to hire just the right pet sitter for this super important job.

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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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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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Pets and Fireworks: Keeping Everyone Calm and Happy

Two small dogs hide from firework sounds under a bed. .

You may be excited to wish America a happy birthday, but chances are that your pets are not so stoked. Pets and fireworks tend to go together like oil and water. Here is Leon Valley Veterinary Clinic’s advice for keeping everyone calm, cool, and collected this fireworks season. 

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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.