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The Case of Janus the Greyhound


4 Ways to Be Kind to Animals this May

Earlier this month was 'Be Kind to Animals Week'. According to the American Humane Society, "On the first week of May every year, millions of Americans come together to voice their concern for and improve the wellness, welfare, and well-being of the nation’s animals by celebrating American Humane’s “Be Kind to Animals Week®,” the oldest commemorative week in American history. " Even though the week has past, we wanted to share some tips to be kind to animals - all year long!

Pet IDs and Why They're Important

April marks National Pet ID Week - April 17-24, 2021. But what is a Pet ID and why is it so important to make sure your pet has one? In this blog, we'll talk about the different types of Pet IDs and why you should make sure your pets are in the system!

The Weather's Getting Warmer...Walk Your Pet!

It's common sense that walks are beneficial for your dogs (and cats sometimes too)! But, in case you need a little more convincing to get yourself off of the couch a little more often to get your dog his or her steps in, here are a few reasons why you should! 

What is Congestive Heart Failure (or CHF)?

Congestive heart failure (also called heart failure) is when the heart’s ability to pump is so poor that fluid collects in different parts of the body.  In pets, the most common type of heart failure causes fluid buildup in or around the lungs.  The most common signs in pets are coughing, trouble breathing, less energy, less interest in eating, or fainting. We sometimes also see fluid that makes the belly get swollen.  Heart failure can be from many types of heart disease, mostly in older pets. This is a problem that we treat every day and most pets enjoy a good quality of life once they are treated.

Meet the 2021 CVCA Calendar Contest Winners!

January 2021

We've already announced our 2021 Calendar Contest winners on social media, but we'd like to share their stories and help you get to know them better today.

Is My Dog Having a Heart Attack?

December 2020

Canine Chagas Disease

November 2020

Imagine a plot from a horror story…a few months 

after the bite of a seemingly innocent looking bug, your dog develops palpitations, heart muscle weakness and even fluid build-up in the belly. Think this sounds too crazy to be real? Think again. Chagas myocarditis is a parasitic disease that affects dogs in the gulf coast states and adjacent areas. Texas is a hot spot.

Our CVCA Team - A Day in the Life

October 2020

"Some days I'm a cat wrangler. Some days I get to snuggle puppies. Other days I console sad owners that just received bad news. On a day like today, I am able to give owners peace of mind in knowing that a heart murmur is not going to impact their pets life. Every day is a different day. " -Shannah P., Team Leader, Austin Shoal Creek, Texas

Nicole T., Veterinary Assistant at CVCA Vienna, Virginia, with patient (Pre-COVID)

5 Doggy Workouts to Promote a Healthy Heart!

September 2020


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