Common Issues

Hookworms in Dogs and Cats


Hookworms in Dogs and Cats Are Hookworms in Dogs and Cats a Big Deal? Hookworms in dogs and cats can be a nuisance that’s easily fixed, but can also become a life threatening, even fatal problem.   It is a fairly common intestinal parasite that is so small, pet owners will never see them.  In […]



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Can My Pet Get COVID-19?


Can My Pet Get COVID-19? “Dr. Rannals, can my pet get COVID-19, that new virus?  My daughter was worried her dog was going to make her sick.” New Questions: emerging answers We’ve had a few questions about whether pets can get or spread the new Coronavirus, called COVID-19. The following are current key points regarding […]



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Toxic Foods for Cats and Dogs


Toxic Foods for Cats and Dogs Although a food may be safe and even healthy for you, the same is not always true for your pets and may even be toxic to them. Many foods we eat daily pose the risk for serious illness and even death in dogs and cats.  Some foods we enjoy […]



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Demodectic Mange in Dogs


Demodectic Mange in Dogs One of the more common skin diseases we see here at the clinic is demodectic mange in dogs. Unlike what my dear old dad told me when I was a kid, it is NOT caused by eating too much starch. And unlike what many clients used to tell me when our […]



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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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