At Valley Animal Hospital, we believe that sharing information is its own powerful medicine. That's why Dr. Macmanus has whipped up a few notes on little things you can do at home that will have a big impact on your pet’s health.

Home Oral Care for Your Pet

RGV pet doctorsHome dental care is as important for your pet as it is for you. Periodontal disease affects 85% of adult dogs and cats and can lead to pain, bad breath and tooth loss. Even worse, chronic oral infections can spread harmful bacteria to other parts of the body, including the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys. Routine home dental care should be a part of every pet’s preventive medicine program.

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Socializing Your New Puppy

Since behavioral problems are one of the most common reasons pets are taken to animal shelters and put to sleep, they are an important issue. The problem is preventable in most cases. The saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, holds true here. Let’s talk about how a lovable, 2-month old pet can turn into a problem in just a few short weeks and how it can be avoided with proper socialization.

For more information on a variety of helpful topics, we've also provided a link to PetCARE TV and the American Animal Hospital Association’s newsletter, PetsMatter.

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What is your pet's disaster plan?

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. Click HERE to view a short Public Service Announcement from the Texas Animal Health Commission regarding how to put together a to go kit for small animals in case a disaster strikes.

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