Chow Hounds and Curious Kitties: GI Obstructions in Pets

JLabrador dog laying on a grey rug looking upust 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 It?

It may baffle us as to us why our pets insist on ingesting strange items,yet GI emergencies are common. While there’s no one reason, obstructions in pets is often the outcome of illness, boredom, anxiety, or youth.   Continue…

How to Clean Dog Ears with Confidence

Earwax removalMost 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 can keep your pet’s ears pretty without any trouble.

Get Your Anatomy On

Half of the battle is knowing what’s what when it comes to your pet’s ears. Those furry flaps look a little different than our own ears, but we have all of the same parts. Continue…

Summertime Paw Care and Safety

A brown dog receiving a medical injectionDespite 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 are certainly important, pet paw care should also be a concern during the hot summer months.

To keep your pet’s tootsies free of burns and injuries, practice these essential paw care tips. Continue…

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The Often Misunderstood Symptoms of Pet Allergies

Cali's Last DayWhen 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 Dermatitis

If your dog suffers from chronic scratching or itchy skin, he or she may be experiencing an allergic reaction to fleas – specifically, their saliva. Continue…