Category: by Megan Hughes DVM

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

  Can you imagine what your mouth would feel like if you stopped brushing your teeth? Good oral health is very important to your health and the same is true for your pets. Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy will help prevent periodontal disease. Up to 85% of pets over the age of 3 will have […]


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10 New Years Resolutions for Pet Owners

The New Year is the perfect time for setting goals and starting fresh. For pet owners out there, shouldn’t we be including our furry family members among our top priorities for the New Year? Having pets has been shown to improve both our physical and mental health, so it is only fair to return the […]


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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

  The holiday season is upon us, and as you gear up for festivities it is important to remember to keep these tips in mind to make sure your furry family members stay safe. Be Careful with Seasonal Plants and Decorations – Avoid having any mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, or lilies near your pets. These plants […]


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Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Don’t Let Your Pet Feast on Thanksgiving – It’s tempting to want to treat your pet on Thanksgiving, however human food can make your pet sick. Fatty or spicy food, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry family members. Turkey can cause pancreatitis which is a very serious disease in dogs. […]


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How to Trim Your Pet’s Toenails

  The Importance of Regular Pet Toenail Trimming It is important to keep your pet’s toenails short to avoid offsetting their natural posture and gait. Long toenails will affect their balance and their movement which can even lead to increased joint disease. Overgrown toenails can more easily get broken or catch on something. Ingrown toenails […]


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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time for children and families but it can be very scary for pets! Follow these tips to keep your furry family members safe and healthy this Halloween. Trick-or-treat candy is not for pets All forms of chocolate are dangerous for dogs and cats. Baking chocolate and dark chocolate are even more […]


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Chagas Disease, A Deadly Threat to Texas Dogs

Overview of Chagas Disease Chagas disease is a very serious deadly and increasingly common disease in dogs in Texas. Chagas disease is caused by an infection by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. The infection is transmitted to dogs, people, and other mammals by the kissing bug. Kissing bugs are nocturnal, blood-feeding insects that are members of […]


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Sago Palm: The Deadly Plant In Your Yard!

 Sago Palms Sago palms are very common ornamental yard plants in Texas and are extremely deadly to pets! All parts of sago palms are considered poisonous, with the seeds (nuts) being the most toxic part of the plant. Sago palms contain cycasin, which is the primary active toxic agent resulting in severe liver failure in […]


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Pets Get Allergies Too!

Pet Allergies Yes, dogs and cats can have allergies just like humans do! In fact, allergic skin disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed skin problems in dogs! It is especially common in Texas. Pets can be allergic to environmental allergens including: pollen, weeds, trees, grasses, plants, animal dander, dust mites, and many other […]


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What To Do If Your Pet Is Poisoned

Pet Poisoning Unfortunately many pets experience poisoning or toxicity every year. Most cases are accidental because dogs will put almost anything in their mouth. Many household substances, pesticides, medications, foods and plants are toxic to pets. Toxins can affect many body systems including gastrointestinal damage, internal bleeding, liver damage, kidney damage, neurologic damage, and even […]


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