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30 August
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Microchipping: What You Should Know About It and Why It’s Beneficial for Your Pet – Part 2

In our previous piece, we discussed what microchipping was, how it helped owners locate their pets and the many benefits in adopting the product. In this blog, we’d like to go into much more detail regarding the most interesting tidbits of microchipping, specifically the HomeAgain® brand of microchip and how it works to identify you as your pet’s owner. As we’ve mentioned before, losing a pet or dealing with one that’s run away from home can really take an emotional…

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09 August
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Microchipping: What You Should Know About It and Why It’s Beneficial for Your Pet – Part 1

According to the American Humane Association, it’s estimated that around 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen each year in the United States. This means that about one-in-three pets will go missing during their lifetime. Although missing pets can be recovered through a number of means, imagine how many can be reunited with their loved ones with the help of a microchip. Dogs with microchips are more than twice as likely to be returned to their owners, and…

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03 July
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Celebrating with Caution: How to Prevent Your Pets from Fearing This Year’s Fourth of July Celebration

It’s that time of year when fireworks are purchased, flags are hoisted and barbecues begin. The Fourth of July is one of the most popular American holidays, so it’s a given that millions across the nation will be celebrating to their heart’s content. Although most will be celebrating outside, it’s important to care for that special, furry member of your family. Many cats and dogs will be relaxing indoors while their owners will be outdoors. One thing that many pet…

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20 June
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Fleas in the Summer: What You Should be Doing to Spot and Treat an Infestation on Your Pet Cat

Cats are unique pets, to say the least. Considering how independent they tend to be, many may believe that they require little to no care or supervision if one’s to be kept as a pet. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Although cats have unique personalities and traits compared to dogs, they still require a substantial level of care to be healthy. One of the many problems cat owners face are flea infestations. Since we’re now in the summer,…

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19 May
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Help Your Lovable Pet Dog Win the War Against Fleas During the Summer!

The Rio Grande Valley is notorious for its hot and humid weather. Do you know which particular insect loves and thrives in our southern environment? The pesky flea. A flea’s preferred temperature for survival is between 65 and 80 degrees with a humidity level of around 75% and 85%. This can be worrisome and hindering for pet owners. For most that have tried everything and feel as if there’s no hope left, no need to worry! We have a few…

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25 April
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A Few Facts You Should Know About Spaying or Neutering Your Pet Cat

In our last blog, we discussed the importance of spaying and neutering dogs. It’s a beneficial decision for your pet’s health and overall happiness! Like dogs, cats can also reproduce just as quickly as well as face multiple illnesses. Choosing to spay and neuter your cat can be a decision that may take some research and contemplation, but know that it’s a very common procedure and only takes a short time to recover from. Below, you’ll find information on the…

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15 March
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A Few Facts You Should Know About Spaying or Neutering Your Pet Dog

Responsible pet owners understand that spaying or neutering their dogs is important and has many medical and behavioral benefits. This surgical procedure prevents females from becoming pregnant and males from having too much testosterone. On top of that, the procedure can also prevent a few serious illnesses, which we’ll detail below. In America, millions of homeless dogs populate and roam our neighborhoods. Sadly, countless of these adorable animals are euthanized due to overpopulation and lack of suitable homes every day….

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09 February
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What You Can Do to Help Your Pet Stay Lean and Healthy

We try to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle through exercise and eating better. Our pampered kitties and pups no longer have to hunt for their meals, which means that their calorie requirements are not very high and, as with humans, extra calories equal extra pounds. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), obese pets in America have surpassed 160 million! What can you do to help prevent your furry loved ones from putting on too much weight?…

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20 January
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Three Diseases to Look Out for in Your Dogs, Cats and Birds

We do the most we can to love and keep our pets healthy. Buying the right foods, scheduling regular vet visits and, most importantly, giving them as much attention as possible all help to keep them living long and happy. Unfortunately, keeping your pet indoors or safely in cages doesn’t always mean that they’ll be safe from contracting an illness. At Valley Animal Hospital, we try to do what we can to keep your furry loved ones in great shape….

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29 December
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4 Important Symptoms of Feline Heart Disease to Keep an Eye Out For

Cats are known for being active and playful, but some of these adorable feline pets can possibly harbor a silent illness. Studies show that 16% of apparently healthy cats will experience heart disease in their lifetime. The disease is more often found in cats between the ages of five to seven years. Heart disease, in most cases, shows symptoms that cannot be ignored, and for that reason, it’s important to reach out to our animal doctors for help and answers….