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Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Hypothyroidism is a condition that causes low thyroid function, most commonly among dogs (although cats can also be affected). Most notably synonymous with weight gain, hypothyroidism in dogs can also produce behavioral changes, which are often observed before any physical symptoms can be detected. Hypothyroidism in dogs is primarily diagnosed among medium to large breeds,…

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Chow Hounds and Curious Kitties: GI Obstructions in Pets

Just like babies, our pets tend to explore the world with their mouths, especially puppies. No wonder one of the most useful commands to teach your dog is “drop it!” However, besides ruining an expensive pair of Jimmy Choo’s, gastrointestinal (GI) obstructions in pets can also lead to an emergency situation. Why Do They Do…

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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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Summertime Paw Care and Safety

Despite how much we rely on them, feet are often taken for granted. The same can be true of your pet’s paws – they’re sensitive and subject to a lot of rough surfaces and rowdy activity. When most owners consider sun and heat safety, it often centers on dehydration, sunburn, and heatstroke. While these conditions…

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The Often Misunderstood Symptoms of Pet Allergies

When you think of allergy symptoms, what comes to mind? Sneezing is likely at the top of the list. However, symptoms in our pets are often overlooked, mainly because of our association with human allergies. When it comes to pet allergies, symptoms vary greatly depending on the animal and type of allergy.   Flea Allergy…

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How to Help a Reluctant Pet Take Medication

Aside from the dreaded task of tooth brushing, many pet owners struggle with administering medications. Most animals don’t like their mouths touched, and there are times when no amount of treats or promises will convince a pet to take medication. However,understanding your options and learning simple tips for pills and capsules can be useful. What…

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Trimming Pet Nails Like a Pro

Many owners find the idea of trimming pet nails intimidating (if not downright terrifying!). That’s because the blood vessel that runs through the nail, referred to as the “quick,” can be accidentally grazed, causing pain in our fur friends. However, trimming pet nails to the correct length is important for overall health. Nails that grow…

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The Search is On: The Best Pets for Allergy Sufferers

For those who adore fur companions, there are few things more devastating than finding out you’re allergic to animals. In the United States, roughly 3 out of every 10 people suffer from pet allergies, begging the question: what are the options when it comes to pets for allergy sufferers? The Hypoallergenic Pet: Fact or Fiction?…

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A Pain in the Rear: Anal Gland Problems in Pets

Many of us can identify the familiar stench of a skunk, but did you know your pet has anal gland sacs that can produce an equally strong aroma? Anal sacs are found in the rectum and contain a liquid that’s secreted during bowel movements or when a pet is scared. This substance defines the animal’s…

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Dog Bite Awareness

When you consider a dog who is likely to bite, what comes to mind? If you thought of aggressive behavior, you would not be the only one with this idea. However, the truth about dog bite scenarios is more complicated, and the warning signs are often more subtle. Fearful Dogs and Breed Discrimination Whether it…

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