Cold Weather Do’s and Don’ts for Pet Owners

Here in Willis, Texas, we don’t worry much about bitterly cold winters that dump snow and ice. However, pet owners still need to be aware of potential cold weather hazards that can harm their four-legged friends, and to know how to best protect pets should true winter conditions strike.  DO check the forecast before heading [...]

Hot Dog! How to Help Your Pet Enjoy the Summer Safely

Texas summers are HOT! The sizzling sunshine and muggy humidity can be too miserable for your pet to poke a whisker outside before turning tail and heading back to their favorite spot on the air-conditioning vent. If your fur coat-wearing pal is not a fan of the Willis, Texas, summers, read our Stone Ridge Veterinary [...]

Year-Round Pet Heartworm Prevention: Is it Really Necessary?

In our neck of the woods, we’re no stranger to bugs, but mosquitoes have a particularly bad reputation because they carry a disease that can be life-threatening to our pets. Heartworm disease can affect cats as well as dogs and is prevalent in all 50 states and Canada. The disease results from foot-long worms that [...]

Ah-Choo! Getting a Handle on Allergies in Pets

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know the signs: itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, perhaps a cough, or even a few hives. Unfortunately, allergies aren’t limited to humans. Allergies in pets can be every bit as uncomfortable for them as they are for us. In fact, this is one of the most common [...]

Heartworm Prevention: The Only Way to Truly Protect Your Pet

Mosquitoes have a terrible reputation. While most adult mosquitoes are content to feast on plant nectar, females require blood meals prior to and following egg production. They torture humans with those itchy bites, but worst of all, they’re responsible for spreading diseases like malaria, west Nile, and the Zika virus. And they don’t just stop [...]

Flat Faced Breeds and Heat Intolerance

Brachycephalic breeds are a popular choice as pets – and for good reason. Their unique features (the smooshed face) and adorable personalities hold a lot of appeal for owners of flat faced Breeds. These flat faced breeds, such as the Shih Tzu, Frenchie, Boston terrier, and Persian cat, also come with equally unique physical challenges. [...]

Stormy Weather: Hurricane Pet Safety Tips

While strong weather systems are beneficial to drought-stricken areas, tropical storms and hurricanes threaten our area’s livelihood. When Ike hit land in 2008, it was a Category 2 storm, but the storm surge in its wake was more like a Category 4. Communities near Galveston and Houston were heavily impacted by rain and wind, and [...]