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Acupuncture for Pets

August 15, 2020

Here at Pipe Creek Animal Clinic, we are proud to offer acupuncture. Acupuncture may be new to the world of veterinary medicine, but it’s been around for thousands of years. This ancient practice can be very beneficial for our furry patients! Here, a Helotes, TX vet discusses acupuncture for pets. Basics As you may know, acupuncture is centered on the use of thin needles, which are inserted into the body at specific points. We know, … Read More »

8 Ways To Celebrate International Lazy Day With Your Pet

August 01, 2020

August 10th is an important, but uneventful day for our furry pals: it’s National Lazy Day! Many of our patients would be more than happy to celebrate this one … as long as they didn’t have to do very much! In this article, a Helotes, TX vet lists some things you and your furry friend can do to honor this (somewhat) special occasion. Special Treat You just can’t have a proper lazy day without some … Read More »

Keeping Your Dog Hydrated

July 15, 2020

Summer is officially here! The next few months can be lots of fun for our canine patients. However, the heat is definitely a concern for dogs. Your furry friend could get in serious trouble if he overheats! The best way to protect your pup from those scorching temperatures is to keep him properly hydrated. A Helotes, TX vet offers some tips on how to do that in this article. Water The most important thing here … Read More »

Posted in Dog Care, General

Keeping Flies Out of Your Barn

July 01, 2020

There are many reasons to love Texas’ warm climate. However, for those of us who work in farms or barns, there’s also a downside: flies, all year long. Here, a local Helotes, TX vet offers some advice on keeping these unwanted guests out of your barn. Commercial Products First and foremost, we have the go-to for stable fly control: the humble fly strip. These may not be the most attractive option, but they definitely help. … Read More »

Barbeque Hazards for Dogs

June 15, 2020

Here in Texas, we definitely love our barbeques. Many of our canine patients also enjoy grilling out. Just be sure to keep your pup’s health and safety in mind. Dogs have a knack for getting into trouble. A Helotes, TX vet lists some key concerns below. Food Dogs are very, very enthusiastic about food, and will often snap up anything that falls to the ground. This is a huge concern at barbeques, as so many … Read More »

Summer Care for Horses

June 01, 2020

Texas summers are no joke! The heat can be hard on both people and horses. Read on for some great tips on summer horse care from a local Helotes, TX veterinarian. Turnout Schedule Making sure your horse gets enough turnout time is very important. Horses really aren’t made to just stand around in their stalls all day! In summer, put him out in the mornings or evenings if you can. Or, better yet, turn him … Read More »

Hug Your Cat Day

May 15, 2020

There’s a special kitty holiday coming up? May 30th is International Hug Your Cat Day! This has been a very hard year, and hugging cats has definitely helped a lot of people get through it. Here, a Helotes, TX vet offers some tips on how to properly cuddle cats. Timing Rule #1: never hug a cat that doesn’t want to be held. At best, your feline buddy will struggle to get down. At worst, she … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Cat Care

Protecting Your Dog From Rattlesnakes

May 01, 2020

Here in Texas, we share our picturesque land with a variety of fascinating and beautiful wildlife. We also share the Lone Star State with a few critters that aren’t particularly friendly, such as rattlesnakes. Dogs can get into serious trouble if they encounter a rattlesnake. A Helotes, TX veterinarian offers some tips on protecting your pet from rattlesnakes below. Training First and foremost, make sure that your canine pal obeys basic obedience commands, like Sit, … Read More »

How to Create a DIY Goat Playground

April 15, 2020

Do you have goats? If so, we probably don’t have to tell you that these guys are both hilarious and, well, a bit rambunctious at times. They’re also highly entertaining! One way to make things more fun for both you and Billy is to build your frisky pals a playground. A local Helotes, TX vet offers a few tips on how to do this below. Cable Spools Those huge cable spools used by utility companies … Read More »

Posted in General

Heartworm Awareness Month

April 01, 2020

April is Heartworm Awareness Month. We know, heartworms aren’t a very pleasant topic. However, they are extremely dangerous to our furry friends, and can even be deadly. A local Helotes, TX vet discusses heartworms in this article. Basics Heartworms are definitely aptly named. These worms are transmitted in as larvae, but rapidly grow to their adult size, which can be up to 12 inches. At this point, they take up residence in dogs’ hearts, lungs, … Read More »