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30 October
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Heartworms: What You Should be Looking Out for in Your Pet

At Valley Animal Hospital, we know that you want what’s best for your pet, and while they rely on you to advocate for their health, it’s up to us to make sure that you’re aware of all of the ways that your pet can be protected from preventable illnesses and diseases. One condition that all pet owners should be aware of is heartworm disease. Microscopic baby heartworms are transmitted by mosquito bites, and it only takes one bite to create…

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21 June
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Preventing the Dangers of Lyme Disease in Your Pet

Chances are you’ve spent some post-walk afternoons digging through your dog’s fur in search of those nasty little bugs known as ticks. These external parasites spend their lives feeding on the blood of unfortunate host animals, which, in many cases, happen to be our furry best friends. Unfortunately, ticks can additionally be more than just an itchy and annoying presence in our lives. Their feeding frenzies can potentially give way to Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that can affect humans…

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15 June
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Hiking Guide: Tips for Summertime Dog Treks

The hot summer months are just about here, which means more and more people will be gearing up for the great outdoors in search of a hiking adventure with their families! If you are one of these active individuals and are thinking about taking your pup out with you, then make sure you’re completely ready. While a trip with your best friend can be an amazing experience, it requires you to be completely aware and knowledgeable of your pup’s boundaries….

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06 June
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What to do After Finding an Animal Locked in a Vehicle

Summer has officially arrived in the Rio Grande Valley. We can already expect rising temperatures and sunny skies. This also means staying out of the sun to avoid sunburn and remaining hydrated. The same applies to our four-legged, furry family members. We do our best to take care of our pets, and this includes doing what we can to ensure that they remain safe and healthy in hot temperatures. Unfortunately, there are a few people who either don’t realize the…

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27 April
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Keeping Your Pet Cool During the Summer

Summer is almost here and you’ll more than likely make plans to take your dogs or cats on road trips to the beach, a few backyard barbecues and maybe even to the big family reunion. But it’s going to get hot outside and your pet may not be completely equipped to handle the South Texas heat. Here are numerous guidelines to keep your cat or dog cool in the summer. Valley Animal Hospital in McAllen is available if you have…

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05 April
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Why is My Dog Barking So Much?

Why is My Dog Barking so Much? First and foremost, barking is one of the many natural ways dogs communicate. But sometimes it can be excessive, leaving you wondering what the problem might be. You feel like you’ve done everything for your furry loved one, but perhaps it’s time to recognize one of the potential reasons your dog is barking so much. If you feel like your pet has a problem that needs to be checked out by our veterinarians,…

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30 March
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5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Caring for Your Furry Loved One

If you own a pet, then you know the joy they bring into your life. The unconditional love between a dog or cat and its owner can help relieve symptoms of depression, reduce anxiety and ease loneliness. But as they help to keep you mentally healthy, it’s your job to return that favor and make sure your furry friend leads a happy life as well. Here are some basic tips to help ensure your pet is on the right track…

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22 March
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Celebrate National Puppy Day by Adopting One!

March 23rd is National Puppy Day and puppy lovers are encouraged to celebrate by giving puppies a new home. The day was created to raise awareness about the importance of adopting orphaned animals from local shelters. Founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige, an animal behaviorist, author and pet lifestyle expert, the day hopes to shed some light on the dangers of puppy mills. Paige is also responsible for founding National Dog Day and National Cat Day. If you already have…

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14 March
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Make Sure Your Dog is Ready for Spring Break

Spring Break is here and you’re ready to hit South Padre Island for some rest and relaxation. You’ve got your sunscreen, beach umbrella and flip flops ready to go and you’re thinking of taking along your dog for the first time. After all, what’s better than having your furry best friend by your side? Sandy beaches, warm waters and ample space for playtime are fun for all dogs. But if this is your pet’s first beach outing, it’s important you…

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09 March
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3 Ways to Make the Vet’s Visit a Pleasant One

It’s time for a visit to Valley Animal Hospital and Fluffy is nowhere to be found! This isn’t the first time this has happened. You’ve realized that he dreads his visits to the vet. Why is he so anxious about going? Imagine it from his point of view. Your dog or cat is entering a foreign environment filled with other equally anxious animals and he’s about to be touched in funny places by complete strangers. The experience can be a…