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. 


Teaching Children How To Interact With Pets

pet with child.

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.


3 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Shelter Dog

dog wearing "adopt me" scarf.

If you’ve been thinking about adding a dog to your life and home, perhaps you’ve started a mental list. Whether you’re new to pet ownership or not, a pro’s/con’s list can help align your emotions with logic. 

There are truly exponential rationales that motivate people to adopt dogs. They help us connect and feel a sense of belonging, keep us healthy (mentally and physically), and add so much value to our lives it’s impossible to sum up here. When you adopt a shelter dog (as opposed to from a breeder or private party), the benefits go way beyond expectations.


Pet Boarding at Leon Valley Vet vs. Pet Sitter 

dog standing on travel crate.

Now, more than ever before, pets are welcome to accompany their owners on shopping trips, at restaurants (with outdoor patios), and at hotels. Despite the veritable welcome mat, it’s not always easy on pets to travel or stay away from home. It’s very far from their comfort zone and this stress can negatively impact the entire endeavor. 

Whether you’re traveling for fun or work, it might make sense to leave your pet behind. This could mean hiring a pet sitter, but at Leon Valley Vet Kennel, your pet is our priority.


Importance Of Senior Pet Care

old black dog resting.

Every pet ages a little differently. Some might not show any signs of slowing down until well beyond their 10th birthday; others have a gray muzzle by age 6. Their breed, health history, and lifestyle all play important roles in the aging process, and it’s important to know how to recognize the changing needs of senior pets. There are many components to successful, effective senior pet care, and we’re happy to help you prepare. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


Summer Grooming

women grooming a dog.

Summer is a time for fun in the sun and spending quality time with your furry friends. But as the temperatures rise, so does the importance of pet grooming. 

Proper grooming can help your pet stay cool and comfortable during the summer months while also preventing skin problems and other health issues. In this blog post, the Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital team discusses the importance of keeping your pet groomed during the summer and offers some tips to make it a bit easier.