Common Issues

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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Viral Infections in Cats, Rabies, Felv, and FIV


There are a handful of viral infections in cats that are particularly dangerous because they usually cause near 100% mortality. Most of these viral infections can be prevented simply by keeping your pet indoors. In fact, indoor cats have nearly twice the life expectancy of outdoor cats. In part, that is because they are not […]



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Diabetes in Cats


You’ve got that lazy house cat that has gained more and more weight over the years.  She’s the perfect lap cat.  But lately, you’ve noticed she’s started losing weight.  And you cannot keep her water bowl filled.  And that litter box!  It’s always soaked!  Diabetes in cats is an all too common problem now, especially […]



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Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats


Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats So you come home from work to find your dog’s face is swollen twice it’s size and he’s been in your back yard all afternoon. Bad news..,. It means you’ve got a snake in your yard. More bad news… your dog found it and got bit. Snake bites in […]



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Aging in Dogs


So, your dog seems to be slowing down as he gets older. Aging in dogs is a big topic in veterinary medicine today because dogs are living longer than in years past. In fact, average life expectancy in dogs is almost double what it was decades ago. Thanks to better wellness care, vaccinations, heartworm preventions, […]



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Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats


Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats So you come home from work to find your dog’s face is swollen twice it’s size and he’s been in your back yard all afternoon. Bad news..,. It means you’ve got a snake in your yard. More bad news… your dog found it and got bit. Snake bites in […]



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Urinary Bladder Stones in Dogs


Believe it or now, dogs can get urinary bladder stones. In fact, it’s fairly common. Owners often bring their pet in for frequent urination, accidents in the house, or they are seeing obvious blood in the urine. While these symptoms often just indicate an inflamed or infected urinary bladder, they can also be signs of […]



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