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Feared Or Revered? The Complicated History of Black Cats

Cat fanciers recognize the lustrous beauty and implicit intelligence of silky black-coated felines. Without a doubt, their handsomeness precedes them. But they haven’t always been perceived as the elegant creatures many people admire today. The fear, judgement and persecution of black cats lasted for a long time and in some ways persists to this day. …

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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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Dog Training Tips to Reduce a High Prey Drive

Every dog should know at least a handful of commands like “sit”, “stay”, “down”, and “leave it”. Not only can commands help owners stay in charge of their dogs, but mastering obedience can keep dogs safe.  But what about the safety of local wildlife, such as birds, rabbits, squirrels, and rodents? For dogs with a…

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Cat Behavior: What Your Cat Wishes You Knew

We love our cats. They keep us entertained, challenged, and inspire us with their beauty. They can also be confusing creatures, aloof one minute and affectionate the next. It can take years to understand cat behavior and what your cat is trying to tell you; but once you do, there is no denying that cats…

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Is My Pet Happy?

We all know what it takes to look after a pet: food, fresh water, shelter, basic medical care and, of course, lots of love and attention. For many pet owners, modern life makes it easier than ever to provide these basic necessities for the animals in our lives, giving us much more time to devote…

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Leaving Your Dog Home Alone: A Practical Guide

Many of us would take our dogs with us wherever we go… And it’s relatively easy to do in our fair city. But there are some instances where we can’t take our best fur pals along, as work, social gatherings, and certain restaurants may not allow pets.  Leaving your dog home alone doesn’t make you…

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Reasons To Use Dog Diapers

If you’ve had kids or have friends who do, you have likely been through a diaper experience. Did you know there are a variety of reasons for pets to wear diapers, too? Believe it or not, there are products made especially for dogs.  At Schertz Animal Hospital, we want all of our pet patients to…

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So, Your Dog Eats Cat Poop?

Do you have a peaceable kingdom made up of dogs and cats in your household? If so, you may not mind the cats sleeping on the dog beds, and the dogs playing with cat toys. All in all, the joys of having a mixed household of dogs and cats is great.  Except for when your…

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Think Twice About Leaving Dogs in Parked Cars

You’re driving in the car with your dog and realize you need to pick up a loaf of bread on your way home. Obviously you can’t bring your dog into the store, and you really don’t want to have to make another trip.  “It’s not too hot out…” you reason.  “I’ll park in the shade.”…

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The Dangers of Leaving Your Dog in the Car

It may seem innocuous enough to leave your pet in the car while you run into the store for a few minutes… You hunt the parking lot for a shady spot and even leave the windows open so the air flows through. But, don’t fool yourself—leaving your dog in the car is never OK.  Every…

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