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We are  excited to announce we are merging and building a new boarding and grooming facility!

Please check out Dr. Bullock’s letter about the move!

 

Dear Valued Canyonvet Clients:

 

We are very excited to bring you news about our Canyon Lake Hospitals. We have made the decision to combine Canyon Animal Clinic in Sattler into Canyon City Animal Hospital in Canyon City on FM 306. The combination of the clinics will take effect October 2nd, 2017.

The reasons for this decision are many: We feel we can provide each of our outstanding clients and patients with even better veterinary care and customer service under one roof. There have been times when, depending on the schedule, we have been overstaffed at one facility and understaffed at another because that just happened to be the busier location that day. Putting all of our highly trained, professional staff into one location will insure that we will be able to provide the over the top customer service you have come to expect from Canyonvet.

Built in the 1970’s, Canyon Animal Clinic has served the Canyon Lake’s veterinary needs at an exceptional level for 40 years. As we would all expect, the building has developed substantial wear and tear during that time frame. We feel the newer, state of the art, facility at Canyon City Animal Hospital can provide more current care and amenities for our valued clients and patients.

I know some of you have concerns over the added distance you may have to drive to reach the Canyon City location on FM 306. While I know this may be a burden for some of you, please realize that this location is less than 3 miles from Canyon Animal Clinic and is normally driven in less than 5 minutes. We truly hope the added distance doesn’t cause you to look elsewhere and miss out on the exceptional veterinary care and customer service we can provide.

For those of you who are long time clients of Dr. Jeff Quinn, the original founder of Canyon Animal Clinic, you will be pleased to know that he will continue to practice from the Canyon City location two days a week as he has been doing for the past few years. Dr. Quinn fully supports this decision and hopes that all of his longtime clients will be able to continue to bring him their pets for his expert care.

New Boarding and Grooming Facility: More exciting news! Plans are in place and construction will start soon on a new boarding and grooming facility directly behind Canyon City Animal Hospital. Phase 1 of the facility will add 16 more luxury runs that will have private indoor to outdoor access for your beloved pets. Additional play yards and an expanded grooming facility will also be added. We hope to have this project done by Summer of 2018. Please check our Facebook page for additional updates.

We truly hope that everyone is excited as we are about the combination of these two great hospitals and the future that lays ahead of us. If anyone has any concerns or further questions please do not hesitate to email me directly.

Sincerely,

Ryan Bullock,DVM

President, Co-Owner, Veterinarian

RBULLOCK@CANYONVET.COM

 

 


 

Canyon City Animal Hospital

Meet Molly! Molly is a very sweet 12 year old Lab Mix. She came to see Dr. Leakey in April to check a suspicious lump on her shoulder. Dr. Leakey decided to perform surgery to remove the growth and sent it in for histopathology. The results came back as a Fibrosarcoma; which is a type of cancer. Fortunately, this type has low metastatic potential and we were able to excise all of the mass. We will continue to monitor Molly closely for any more lumps or bumps. Molly recovered from her surgery very well! Shortly after, she had to make another trip to see Dr. Leakey when she developed lameness in her rear legs. After an exam, it turns out she had tarsal luxation or a ligament injury in her rear leg! She is currently going under further testing with specialists to rule out a possible endocrine issue causing the problem. She is currently sporting some cool splints to help support while she heals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canyon Animal Clinic

Cricket! Cricket is a very sweet 12 year old Shi Tzu. She has been one of our patients for several years and her mama takes perfect care of her! Recently she had to go through several surgical procedures to get back into tip top shape. She received both a cruciate repair and luxating patella repair to her knee (similar to an ACL tear a football player might have) by a specialty surgeon that traveled to our hospital! Along with those two surgeries she also got her teeth cleaned; a dental, also called oral surgery, a procedure that has to be performed under anesthesia. Cricket was very brave and is recovering well! We just absolutely adore her!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunters Canyon Animal Hospital

Rusty is a very sweet boy, but in his free time he likes to get himself into trouble!  He recently visited us with a swollen face due to a not so friendly confrontation with a snake!! After some loving care from the staff, a little medication, and an overnight stay he was feeling better! He is now back to his happy, loving self always wagging his tail! Take his advice and do not play with snakes! They can be very dangerous! Luckily, Rusty was able to avoid some much worse complications. Be sure to protect your kiddos and ask about our Rattlesnake Vaccine!


 


By: Dr. Ryan Bullock

Found in the Mid-April Issue of The Canyon Lake Views

Spring has sprung in the Texas Hill Country and I’ll bet that many of you have taken advantage of the nice weather to do a little gardening. But, did you know that some of the plants you may be planting are poisonous to your pets if eaten? Here is a list of some plants commonly used in landscaping that are toxic to cats and dogs.

Sago Palms: This has become a very popular plant for landscaping in this area because they are low maintenance and the deer don’t seem to eat them. Unfortunately, they are extremely poisonous to dogs and cats. The seeds or “nuts” contain the highest concentration of the toxin and ingestion of just 1 or 2 seeds can have serious effects. Vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and liver failure are likely outcomes to ingestion of these seeds. I have seen 3 dogs poisoned by this plant over the past 3 months. One seems to be doing OK, but unfortunately the other 2 have died of liver failure. If you have pets I highly recommend you remove your Sago Palms from your landscaping.

Lilies: Members of the Lilium and Hemerocallis species are considered highly toxic to cats. Ingestion of just 1 leaf can result in severe kidney damage and death in cats. If you have cats, do not have lilies! Its just too risky that your curious cat may try a leaf or two.

Oleander: All parts of this plant are considered toxic for pets. Results of ingestion are GI irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia, and death.

Castor Bean: These beans are commonly made into necklaces. The poisonous component here is Ricin. Chewing on these necklaces can cause severe abdominal pain, vomiting, seizures, coma and death.

Some other plants that are toxic to pets include Tulips, Azaleas, Cyclamen, Kalanchoe, Yew, Chrysanthemum, Amaryllis, English Ivy, Autumn crocus, Pothos, and Schefflera. I don’t have enough room to list EVERY toxic plant in this article, but a more information is available with the Animal Poison Control Center at: www.napcc.aspca.org or 1-888-4-ANI-HELP.

I would be especially careful if you are or plan to be the proud new owner of a puppy or kitten as these youngsters will literally eat anything and have a higher risk of getting into trouble. Take a list of toxic plants for pets with you next time you go to the nursery to spruce up your landscaping.

 


January 2016

By Dr. Ryan Bullock

The Holidays are a popular time for families to acquire new pets, so I thought it would be a good time to go over a few pointers for new puppy and kitten owners. Whether you purchased your puppy from a breeder or adopted it from an animal shelter, the advice given to pet owners from breeders and shelters isn’t always as accurate as we would like.

  • Take your new pet to be examined by your veterinarian as soon as you can after adoption. This should be done even if vaccines are not due or if you are told that vaccines are “current”. There are many more things a veterinarian checks on your pet other than vaccines. Plus, many times breeders or shelters are not correct with their vaccine protocol or unable to offer all vaccines needed. Besides making sure your pet is healthy, your veterinarian will also have a lot of great advice about raising a puppy / kitten.
  • Have your veterinarian to perform an intestinal parasite test (fecal test) even if the breeder or shelter has “dewormed” your pet or performed their own testing. Intestinal parasites are very common in puppies and kittens (50% are positive) and the over the counter dewormers used by breeders/shelters don’t usually work as well as something your veterinarian uses. Hookworms and roundworms are very common and can infect people usually small children who forget to wash their hands. Puppies and kittens many times also have intestinal infections with protozoal organisms such as coccidia and giardia that are not treatable with dewormers. Oh, and help your new little buddy out and try to remember to bring a fresh fecal sample to the vet. This will save the clinic staff from having to “get” the sample.
  • Feed a high quality “puppy / kitten” food. Puppies and kittens need a higher fat content than adults because they are growing so fast. Adult foods are not ideal in supplying puppies and kittens what they need during this critical developmental period. Don’t worry about getting a grain free, gluten free, etc diet as it is virtually impossible for a puppy or kitten to have developed an allergy to these ingredients. Three brands that I recommend are Hill’s Science Diet, Eukanuba, and Royal Canin.

Congrats on your new puppy or kitten, follow these tips and those of your veterinarian and you’ll be starting off on the right paw!

 


 

Dr. Ryan Bullock

Over the past 30 years, our pet’s average life expectancy has jumped from 10-11 years to 13-15 years. While advances in veterinary medicine have certainly played an important role in this improvement, education of pet owners has been equally important. Here are 4 things you can do to allow your pet to live as long as possible.

Preventative medicine by your veterinarian: This includes annual exams by your vet to catch ailments early. It also includes having your veterinarian give the recommended vaccinations for viruses such as distemper, parvo, and rabies. Annual testing for common infections such as heartworms and intestinal parasites is also important.

Parasite prevention: It is most important to prevent heartworms, but other parasites such as ticks, fleas, and intestinal worms can spread disease, cause weight loss, decrease immunity, and cause secondary problems such as skin disease and diarrhea. There are many great products available now that prevent almost all of these parasites. Examples are Trifexis, Revolution, and Advantage Multi.

Dental care: Pet’s mouths are a very important part of their body. The mouth is where the digestion process starts and problems with the mouth and teeth can lead to many problems. Infection under the tartar you may see on your pet’s teeth will allow bacteria to enter your pet’s bloodstream and lodge in important areas of the body such as heart valves, kidneys, and the liver. Routine dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian are a key component to your pet living a long and high quality life.

Diet: Feeding a consistent, high quality diet and maintaining your pet at a healthy weight are very important. Some of the very inexpensive diets are very high is sugar and lack some essential vitamins and antioxidants. Feeding human food is not a balanced diet for dogs and cats, but more importantly, it many times leads to obesity. Obesity causes a myriad of health problems such as back injuries, worsened arthritis, and ACL knee ligament tears to list a few. Three high quality diets I recommend to clients are Hill’s Science Diet, Eukanuba, and Royal Canin.

If you are already doing all of 4 of these things, then pat yourself on the back! You are an excellent pet owner! Hopefully this simplifies the basics of what you need to do to allow your pet to live the longest and happiest life possible!


January 2015

by Dr. Keith Leakey

If you own a pet then the familiar scene of a poor mutilated trash bag
with the innards strewn throughout the house has crossed your path. Chewy
was our trash diver and the best I had ever seen. You could leave the
house and be gone 30 seconds just to return to her hind end, tail wagging,
nose deep in the best treasure our house had to offer.

When my wife and I were having our house built in Dallas, we would go
almost every day to look at what had been done. We would often take our
labs because, at the time, they were our kids. I soon realized that Chewy
became so excited every time we would pull up to the curb only to scour
the job site for the foil ball of left over burrito or other
unidentifiable morsel that she had been dreaming about since her last
visit. All said and done Chewy survived her escapades of trash diving but
not without issues. There were many times that she would become sick and
we would have to treat her for issues.

What should you be worried about in your trash diver? The things we see on
a daily basis associated with our clients pets can range from abdominal
pain and vomiting/diarrhea to very colorful wrappers and whatnot in their
bowel movements. There is a very serious condition known as Pancreatitis
that can be life threatening in many cases and causes severe vomiting and
diarrhea. This condition can be caused by the consumption of high fat
table foods or trash.

The pancreas is responsible for releasing digestive enzymes into the small
intestines where they can breakdown sugar and digest nutrients. In
Pancreatitis the digestive enzymes cause severe inflammation of the
pancreas. This condition is usually diagnosed with a specific test and
blood work along with a very depressed and lethargic patient. Most of
these patients have to be hospitalized and placed on intravenous fluids to
prevent dehydration and manage their symptoms. Subsequent bouts of
Pancreatitis can make them more susceptible to recurrence and permanent
damage.

Please take the proper precautions to protect your families from the trash
diving Chewys in your household. If the vandals do strike, please consult
your local veterinarian and monitor them for any gastrointestinal
issues. Timing is everything when dealing with the post trash diving
patient.


The holidays are an exciting time of year for all of us! Special times with friends and family, gifts and goodies to share and special plants and trees to brighten the atmosphere!

During all of the hustle and bustle, it is easy for our 4 legged pals to sneak past us and get into trouble while we are not looking! Here is a list of the Top 5 Holiday Toxins you should be aware of this season.

1. Chocolate-Everyone, including dogs, love chocolate and all of its decadence! However, chocolate can cause big problems if too much is ingested by your sweet pooch. There are 3 main chocolates that tend to cause the most problems: milk chocolate, semi-sweet and baker’s chocolate being the worst.
Symptoms of toxicity: vomiting, diarrhea, increased body temperature, muscle rigity, increased breathing and heart rate, seizures. Toxicity can lead to heart failure, coma or death.
2. Alcohol-Let’s face it, It’s around this time of year, and it may be hidden in places you didn’t even know! Alcohol has many of the same effects on pets as it does in humans but greatly intensified. But, did you know that the yeast in raw bread dough can ferment and result in alcohol poisoing? Unbaked bread dough will expand quickly in a warm, moist environment and cause a bloated stomach which can lead to a GDV (gastric dilitation volvulus or twisted stomach) and lead to a life threatening situation.
Symptoms of alcohol toxicity: Staggering, drooling, retching, vomiting, weakness, elevated heart rate, collapse, low blood pressure, hypothermia and seizures. Severe toxicity can lead to respiratory failure, coma and death.
3. Human Medications-With colder weather, sickness usually comes along. Also, holidays tend to bring lots of guests around. It is likely that more medications will be on hand this time of year. Be sure to keep all of your medications stored up high or in a locked cabinet, as they can potentially be very harmful. Pets that ingest human medications can be affected in many different ways that range in severity.
4. Poinsettias-Beautiful plants that everyone loves to decorate with and kitties love to chew on! But, these bright colored plants can cause cats some gastrointestinal upset. Common signs include excessive drooling and vomiting. Although we don’t see many lilies this time of year, keep in mind that these are more toxic than poinsettias. Please keep these away from your cats and never let them chew on!
5. Tree Preservatives-Most people add preservatives to their live trees to keep them healthy and hydrated throughout the Holiday season. These preservatives usually contain sugars and chemicals of some sort. Please keep your pets away as ingesting will commonly cause vomiting.

If your pet has ingested any toxins, please call us immediately at (830) 964-3696 or, you can call Animal Poison Control Center at 855-764-7661 (there is a $39 per incident fee for APCC).

We hope that your family and your pets stay healthy and enjoy the Holidays this season!

Happy Paw-li-days!

From the loving and caring staff at,
Canyon Animal Clinic & Canyon City Animal Hospital