Honoring Canine Veterans Every Day, Every Year

A canine veteran.

As if dogs couldn’t get any cooler, they went ahead and figured out how to serve and protect soldiers in active war zones. This isn’t a new concept. In fact, the ancient ancestors of today’s modern military pups trained, scouted, and tracked in remarkably similar ways. Civilizations as far back as the mid-seventh century B.C. employed dogs to rush, fight, haul, and protect. Today’s canine veterans are equally capable (if not more so), and are also leaned on for emotional support.

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What Does it Take to be a Responsible Dog Owner?

Responsible dog ownership.

Adding a furry family member is exciting, but if you’ve never had a dog before, it’s important to have a full understanding of what responsible dog ownership entails. Dogs require a substantial time, financial, physical, and emotional commitment, so do not rush into it. 

When you are ready to welcome a new dog into your home, the following tips from Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital can help you enjoy a long, happy, healthy relationship with your canine companion.

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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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No Regrets: Why Adopting a Less Adoptable Dog Is So Worth It

A senior dog.

When it comes to homeless dogs, they’re all adoptable, right? What we mean is, all dogs deserve to be adopted into safe, nurturing, comfortable homes. Unfortunately, the fact remains that there are dogs out there that simply don’t appeal to every prospective dog owner. Whether it’s their age, coat color, health status, breed, or general appearance, a “less adoptable” dog depends on our ability to look beyond what’s on the surface. 

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August 8, 2021: International Cat Day!

For cat owners and people that love the feline species in general, every day is a “cat day.” When we’re not with our cats, we’re probably thinking about them. As far as we’re concerned, kitties rule the roost and we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Even with all the unofficial cat days, there is an International Cat Day to celebrate together. The International Fund for Animal Welfare created this worldwide event as a way to raise awareness. Every August 8th, people unite in order to improve the health and welfare of domestic cats around the world. What could be better than that?

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Dog House Design for Pet Owners

A pug waits in the door of a well-designed dog house.

Your dog deserves the best. You chose that in pet wellness care at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital, in the dog food you selected, and in the people you picked to care for them. Why not their dog house? If you are thinking about DIY’ing dog house design or repair, be sure that you do it right! Here are some of our favorite tips and finds: 

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