Common Issues

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 […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

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. […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More

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 […]



Read More
Call Now Button