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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Should I have my cat or dog spayed or neutered?

Should I have my cat or dog spayed or neutered? Are you wondering whether you should neuter or spay your pet? Here are a few of the many reasons why getting your pets spayed and neutered is better for your pet as well as for the general pet population: Preventing pet overpopulation and unwanted pregnancies: […]

Why does my pet need a wellness exam every year?

Why does my pet need a wellness exam every year? Many of us consider our pets to be part of our family. We love and cherish them, we share their photos, we take videos of them doing silly things, and so on. So of course we want to our pets to live long, happy and […]

Helping our pets with arthritis

by Robert B. Duncan, DVM Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital   What is arthritis? Arthritis means inflammation of the joints.   Joints can be inflamed for various reasons but most commonly we associate the term “arthritis” with age related, degenerative changes of the joints. Which pets are most at risk for arthritis? Dogs and cats that are overweight […]