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Hypoallergenic Pets: Is it a Myth, or Not?

We’ve all heard the stories of hypoallergenic pets  – dogs or cats who purportedly can live in harmony with pet allergy sufferers due to their lack of shedding/dander. Shying away from pet ownership due to allergies is a reality for so many animal lovers, but are hypoallergenic pets just another marketing ploy aimed at taking…

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Taking a Dip: Do Cats Hate Water?

The feline aversion to water is a widely accepted fact, but is it true? If it is, why do cats hate water? Understanding this nuance of feline behavior caught our attention. Let’s separate fact from fiction. Not all cats hate water, and there are even some breeds, such as the Turkish Van cat and the…

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Yes, Your Dog’s Feet (Might) Smell Like Fritos – Here’s Why

If you are like us, you love to cuddle and pet your dog. Studies show this helps us bond with our dog and is even good for our health. And, if you get close enough on a regular basis, you might notice a distinct odor emanating from your dog’s feet.  Some owners describe this as…

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When do Hairballs Turn From Normal to Worrisome?

There are “holidays” for almost everything these days. From “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” (September 19) to “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” (February 3), there’s an endless variety of things to celebrate. The last Friday in April is just one of those days: National Hairball Awareness Day. You’d think with a country-wide drive…

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Dog Grooming at Home: A Little Goes a Long Way

Has your dog been looking a little…shall we say, shaggy, lately? It may be time for some dog grooming at home. Dog grooming at home can be enjoyable for both of you and can go a long way to supporting good health. Grooming not only reduces shedding, it also keeps you in touch with your…

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Splish-Splash: Giving Your Pet a Bath

Giving your pet a bath may not make the list of great ways to spend a Saturday morning, but bathing is important to skin and coat health (and helps eliminate that doggy smell). For most pets, a biweekly or monthly bath, along with daily brushing, is part of good pet care. Even our feline friends…

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The Wonder of Whiskers (And Why They’re Necessary)

Cats have them, dogs have them, and we may even jokingly refer to human chin stubble as whiskers, but did you know that whiskers play an important role in the life of your pet? While most people appreciate the aesthetics of long, wispy cat whiskers, they may not realize what their function is for both…

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Is Bathing Your Pet Like a Day at the Spa?

Giving the family dog an overly sudsy bath might be comedic gold in the movies, but the experience can also be fraught with frustration, fear, and overwhelming discomfort. Of course, you could wait until Fido gets sprayed by a skunk to figure out how to bathe him, but then you’d really have your work cut…

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When Good Ears Go Bad: Common Pet Ear Problems

Pet ear problems come in all shapes and forms. Whether they be stinky, itchy, swollen, painful, red, or all of the above, learn all about ear issues and how you and Schertz Animal Hospital can work together as a team to stop pet ear problems in their tracks. Common Pet Ear Problems There is a…

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How to Clean Dog Ears with Confidence

Most pet owners are a little apprehensive when it comes to cleaning ears. How do I do it? What if I hurt him? Do I need an ear cleaner? How do I know what is normal? Thankfully, knowing how to clean dog ears isn’t rocket science. At Schertz Animal Hospital, we are confident that you…

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