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 […]

Halloween Pet Costume Contest!

Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital will have a Halloween Pet Costume Contest at 12 pm on Saturday, October 28th, 2017.   Entry fee for the contest is $20 per pet and all proceeds will benefit the Bulverde Area Humane Society.  We will have judges pick 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!  Winners will receive pet gift […]

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 […]

4th of July Pet Safety Tips

Did you know that more pets go missing on July 4th than any other holiday? Fireworks, BBQ’s and other 4th of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Fireworks are very scary for pets and they will often try to escape […]

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. […]

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