Leptospirosis, a Deadly Risk to Dogs in Texas

Leptospirosis is a deadly disease that poses a serious risk to dogs in this area of Texas.  People can also catch Leptospirosis.   What is Leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is caused by a bacterial infection with the Leptospira bacteria.  This bacteria is found word wide in the urine of infected animals and in the soil and water.  […]

Arthritis in Pets

Did you know that 20% of middle aged pets and 90% of geriatric pets suffer from arthritis?  Arthritis causes pain and limited mobility in pets.  It is important to recognize the signs of arthritis in pets as well as understand prevention and management.   What is Arthritis? Arthritis, also referred to as osteoarthritis or degenerative […]

5 Ways to Prevent Tick Borne Disease in Pets

Ticks are an unsightly nuisance to pets, that are also capable of transmitting some deadly diseases to both pets and people.  Ticks are arachnids, similar to spiders and mites.  Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of a host.  Ticks that embed in a pet’s skin can transmit a variety of serious and even life threatening […]

Flea Facts for Pet Owners

Fleas are a problem all year in Texas, however they flourish in the spring time with perfect temperatures and humidity levels.  Fleas thrive in temperatures between 65-80 Fahrenheit and 75-85% humidity.  This makes spring and fall ideal times for flea infestations on our pets in Texas.   The Flea Life Cycle: Fleas are tiny parasites […]

Pet Dental Health Month

During the month of February Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital is offering: -FREE dental exams with a veterinary technician -10% OFF DENTAL CLEANINGS -FREE dental toothbrush kits while supplies last     Can you imagine what your mouth would feel like if you stopped brushing your teeth? Good oral health is very important to your health, […]

Recognize Signs of Diabetes in Pets

It is important to recognize the signs of diabetes in pets before the disease progresses.  Without proper treatment pets with diabetes become very sick.  November is National Pet Diabetes Month so it’s appropriate to help pet parents understand this disease better.   What is Diabetes? Diabetes mellitus  is a condition that occurs when the body […]

Heartworm Infections Increasing Across the United States

Studies by the American Heartworm Society have found that heartworm infections are increasing across the United States. What is Heartworm Disease? Heartworm disease is caused by the parasite Dirofilaria immitis, a type of worm that lives inside the pulmonary arteries (blood vessels in the lungs) and heart. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. When a mosquito […]

What Pet Owners Need to Know About the Dog Flu

  There have been 5 recent confirmed cases of the dog flu, or canine influenza, in Texas.  This article has information that pet owners need to know about the dog flu to prevent the infection in pets.   The Spread of Canine Influenza Canine influenza, or the dog flu, is a highly contagious viral infection […]

Take These Steps to Prevent Heatstroke in Pets

It is important to take these steps to prevent heatstroke in pets.  Heatstroke (Hyperthermia) occurs when the body’s mechanisms cannot keep the body temperature in a safe range.   In general, hot conditions that cause a body temperature above 103 F is dangerous, and a body temperature above 106 can cause multiple organ failure and death. […]

Are You Missing These Signs That Your Pet Is In Pain?

It can be very easy to miss the signs that your pet is in pain or sick. Dogs and cats have a tendency to hide their pain, making it difficult to properly care for them when they need it the most. But if you know the signs to look for, you can recognize symptoms of […]