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Helping A Rescue Dog Adjust

September 15, 2022
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September 23rd is Adopted Dog Day. Adopting a rescue dog can be a very rewarding experience. However, dogs need some time to adjust and feel safe! Here, a Helotes, TX vet offers some advice on helping your canine companion settle in. Coming Home Before bringing your pooch inside, take him for a long walk around the block. This is important because it will help him reset and let him get his bearings. Doggy Luxuries Make … Read More »

4 Pet Safety Tips for “Home Alone” Dogs

April 01, 2022
Collie leaning on wall

As a pet parent, it can be hard to leave your dog at home alone, wondering if something might happen to him while you’re away. Considering Fido is, after all, just an innocent pooch, leaving him home alone can be a recipe for disaster under the right circumstances. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure your pet’s safety when you’re away. In this post, a veterinarian shares some safety tips for “home alone” … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Dog Care

Signs of Arthritis in Cats

March 15, 2022
Black and white cat looking at camera

Just like people, cats can be prone to developing arthritis as they age. This painful condition develops when the tendons and ligaments that cushion and connect Fluffy’s bones get worn out. Over time, they can thin and lose elasticity, causing a lot of pain and discomfort. While arthritis isn’t curable, it can be managed. However, treatments may be more successful if the issue is caught and addressed early. Here are some signs to watch for: … Read More »

Dog Collar or Harness? – The Pros and Cons

January 15, 2022
Child Petting Dogs

If you enjoy walks with Fido as much as he does, ensuring he wears the most comfortable and maneuverable attire can help make your daily adventures together all the more enjoyable. While collars may be the more traditional and convenient option, some dogs are better off wearing a harness. Read on to find out the pros and cons of dog collars vs harnesses and see which one is best for you and your canine pal.  … Read More »

Introducing a Dog to Your Resident Cat

June 15, 2021

Are you adopting a dog? Congratulations! Of course, if you have a cat, your kitty probably won’t be as enthusiastic as we are. First impressions are a very big deal to pets, so it’s important to handle introductions properly. Here, a vet discusses getting Fido and Fluffy started out on the right paw. Sniff Before bringing Fido in, put Fluffy in a quiet back room with kitty essentials. After your pup has sniffed everything, let … Read More »

How to Make Your Puppy’s Training Stick

June 01, 2021

Have you recently added a puppy to your household? Congratulations on your new addition! Puppies are a lot of work, but they’re also loads of fun. One of the most important aspects of raising a well-mannered and well-adjusted puppy is proper training. The question is, how do you make your puppy’s training stick? There’s no sense in training your puppy when they’re young only for your hard work to go to waste.  Use these simple … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Dog Care

Making Friends With a Hedgehog

February 01, 2021

Are you considering adopting a hedgehog? These prickly little guys make adorable pets! However, they can be quite timid. It’s important for you to help your pet feel safe and secure. How does one do that? A Helotes, TX vet lists a few options below. Knowing The Signs As you may know, Hedgie tends to roll himself into a little ball when he’s scared. Hedgehogs may also scratch out of nervousness, and may twitch their … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, General

Hug Your Cat Day

May 15, 2020

There’s a special kitty holiday coming up? May 30th is International Hug Your Cat Day! This has been a very hard year, and hugging cats has definitely helped a lot of people get through it. Here, a Helotes, TX vet offers some tips on how to properly cuddle cats. Timing Rule #1: never hug a cat that doesn’t want to be held. At best, your feline buddy will struggle to get down. At worst, she … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Cat Care

If Pets Had Thumbs Day

March 01, 2020

There’s a pretty fun pet holiday coming up. If Pets Had Thumbs Day is March 3rd! What do you think your pet would do if they suddenly grew opposable thumbs? We suspect that many of our furry patients would wreak some havoc. A Helotes, TX vet makes a few petucated guesses in this article. Raid The Fridge One of the first things your pets would probably do would be to raid the fridge. Dogs would … Read More »

Things Your Cat Wants To Know Right Meow

January 15, 2020

Answer your Cat’s Questions Day is coming up January 22nd! Our feline friends are known for being curious. (They’re also known for being adorable, opinionated, and quirky, but that’s beside the point.) If your pet could voice her most pressing questions, what do you think that she would really want to know about? A Helotes, TX vet lists some ‘pawsibilities’ in this article. What’s In That? Cats are very curious, and love to stick their … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Cat Care