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. 


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:


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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?


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: