Common Issues

Heartworm Treatment in Dogs


Heartworm treatment in dogs has come a long way in the past decade. So your dog has tested positive for heartworms. What next? We’ve learned much about treating dogs successfully for heartworms. But not everything you read online can be relied upon. Every dog in the 48 states should be tested yearly for heartworms. It […]



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Dog food myths: raw diets


There are many dog food myths, some of which are about raw food diets. It’s a myth: Many pet owners think feeding their dogs and cats foods that mimic the raw diet of wild animals is the right thing to do. Nothing could be further than the truth. The facts: Raw diets may contain bacteria. […]



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ACL Injuries in Dogs


ACL injuries in Dogs “Dr. Rannals, Fido has been limping on his back leg for over two weeks now. It happened all at once. We thought it was going to get better on it’s own, but it hasn’t.”   This is a typical scenario for ACL injuries in dogs. We frequently hear words very similar […]



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Dog Food Myths


Dog Food Myths The pet food industry is worth big bucks these days. Everyone is reaching for their angle to sell dog and cat food. Let’s look at a couple of dog food myths that are currently taken as “gospel”. Grain Free Diets are Healthier That’s really not right. Contrary to what is going around […]



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Heartworm Update in Dogs and Cats


Heartworm update in Dogs and Cats We’ve known about heartworms in dogs for years, how pervasive the incidence is, especially in the South, and how deadly it is if left untreated. Today, there are numerous, very effective products used in dogs that will prevent heartworm infection. Dog owners have more choices than ever before to […]



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Breaking the Flea Life Cycle


“Dr. Rannals, I used a flea topical a couple of months ago, but my dog’s fleas are just as bad. This stuff doesn’t work.” Here in East Texas and all of the South, breaking the flea life cycle isn’t like cooking popcorn in a microwave. It’s a process that takes some time and diligence The […]



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Dogs in Cold Weather


Dogs in Cold Weather Thank goodness that in East Texas we don’t experience sub zero temperatures in the winter. Still, we need to take precautions for our dogs in cold weather. If your dog is a Siberian husky or other breed built for northern climates, he may love winter days in the 20’s and 30’s. […]



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A New Pup for Christmas?


A New Pup for Christmas? There’s nothing more heartwarming than to see the excitement, smiles, and even tears when the family first lays eyes on the new pup that Santa brought them for Christmas. That cute bundle of fuzzy joy will bring years of joy for you and your family. But… they aren’t just stuffed […]



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Home Dental Care in Dogs


Home dental care in dogs “Fido, it’s time for bed. Now go to the bathroom and brush your teeth.” Wouldn’t it be nice if that was all we had to say about home dental care in dogs? But unless you have the smartest dog in the universe (and we know you have), chances are that […]



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Ear Hematoma in Dogs


“Dr. Rannals, my dog came up today with a fat, swollen ear. It happened all of a sudden.” Ear hematomas in dogs are somewhat common. We see them several times yearly here at the Rannals Small Animal Hospital. Fortunately, they can be repaired. What Happens An aural hematoma is a condition where a small blood […]



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