Keeping Cool Paws: Prepping Pets For San Antonio’s Sizzling Summers

Hydration

At Leon Valley Hospital, we understand that San Antonio’s summers are a concern for humans and pets alike. As the mercury rises, so does the challenge of keeping our furry friends cool and comfortable. But with some knowledge and preparation, your beloved companions can enjoy the sunny season just as much as you do.

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San Antonio Pet Surgery: Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital

pet surgery.

Pet surgery is a large part of the services we offer at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital. Almost every pet will need to have some kind of procedure at some point, even if it’s just spay and neuter. It’s important to us that our pet parents know how much we care. Pet health and safety are what we do, and it shows through in our veterinary surgery offerings every step of the way. 

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Holiday Hazards: Foods Your Pet Needs to Stay Away From

cat waiting for food.

As we enter the most wonderful time of the year, Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure that the season stays enjoyable for our animal friends. The holidays are fraught with unique hazards and toxic pet foods, and knowing what things to steer clear of might be the greatest gift of all. 

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Teaching Children How To Interact With Pets

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Teaching children how to interact with pets is vital for households with kids and animals. Creating a harmonious relationship between your furry family members and the little ones in your life is crucial for everyone’s safety and happiness. Let’s dive in and explore some common questions on this subject.

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The Importance of Pet Immunizations

cat getting immunized.

We all want the best for our furry friends. As pet owners, we prioritize the health and well-being of our beloved companions. Just as humans benefit from vaccinations, so do our pets. Pet immunizations play a crucial role in safeguarding the health of dogs and cats, which prevents the spread of contagious diseases, and promotes long and healthy lives. Leon Valley Animal Hospital understands how important preventive care is, and if you are wondering about what shots your pet needs, we can help.

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Pet Hydration is Key!

bulldog drinking water from a bowl.

If there is one thing we know in Texas, it is heat. Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital understands how important it is to monitor the temperature and hydration status of our furry friends. Pets, just like people, rely on adequate water intake and proper body temperature to maintain optimal health. Read on to learn about the best way to keep your pets hydrated. 

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How to Avoid Losing Your Pet During Warmer Months

lost dog.

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend, but it’s also a time to be especially mindful of your pet’s safety. The warmer months can increase the likelihood of your pet getting lost or suffering from heat-related illnesses. 

How can you keep your pet safe during the summer months? This post will cover lost pet prevention, July 4th safety, and other summer tips to keep your pets safe.

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Heartworm Disease Prevention 101

heartworm disease diagram.

If there is one pet problem that every owner should be aware of, the team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital thinks heartworm disease should definitely be in the top five. This deadly disease is very preventable, which makes education all the more important. Do you know how to prevent heartworm disease? If not, keep reading to find out.

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More Than Meets the Eye: The Unseen Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet

Dog with a microchip.

As a general rule, pets adopted from animal shelters are already microchipped. Because the practice occurs prior to adoption, and the chip is hidden beneath the skin, it’s possible to forget that it exists. Until, that is, a pet’s chip is called upon to identify their owner. A practice with an enormous impact on both pets and people, microchipping your pet sets the standard for responsible pet ownership.

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Pet Safety Tips for a Texas Summer

Girl outside at a park with her dog.

If there’s one thing that Texans know, it’s how to survive the heat. Learn how to prepare your pet for hot days, too, with Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital’s favorite tips for summer pet safety. 

Summer Pet Safety Considerations

When enjoying time with your pet this summer, it is a good idea to be aware of potential pitfalls that can ruin your good time. Take notice of:

  • Table scraps at outing and barbeques
  • Motor vehicles
  • Unattended swimming spots that can be drowning hazards or harbor algae
  • Dirty water that can irritate the skin or cause gastrointestinal problems
  • Parasites like fleas and heartworms
  • Sunburn
  • Damage to paws from hot pavement, sand, etc.
  • Overheating

How to Prepare Your Pet for Hot Days

Pets can become acclimated to the heat. Allowing them to have short, supervised stints outdoors can help them to gradually tolerate longer outings.

If you are wondering how long your pet can stay out in the sun, the answer can vary quite a bite among individuals. Pets that are overweight, very old, very young, have a short nose, or have health problems are at greatest risk of heat exhaustion. Choosing to center your activities around the cooler parts of the day is helpful. 


Avoid shaving your double-coated pet. Fur provides protection from the sun, and, believe it or not, actually insulates against the heat.

Any time you head outdoors with your pet, be sure that they have access to shade or shelter and a supply of cool, fresh water. Never leave your pet outdoors unattended for any length of time and remember that even a minute alone in a vehicle is too long.

Heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, is a very real danger for pets in the summer months. It can have devastating consequences.

It is important to recognize early signs that your pet may be overheating. As body temperature rises, animals often:

  • Become restless 
  • Pant
  • Have increased heart and respiratory rates 
  • Drool
  • Experience vomiting or diarrhea

If you notice these things, it is definitely time to get your pet out of the heat. Unchecked, these symptoms can progress to weakness, incoordination, gasping for air, seizures, coma, and even death.

It is important to contact us immediately if you are concerned that your pet may be overheated. Cool towels may be placed under the belly and on the paws to help bring the body’s temperature down, but the animal must be treated by a professional as soon as possible.

Keep yourself and your pets cool this summer and avoid an emergency situation. A little planning can help to avert a major crisis.

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