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Choosing a proper chew toy for your dog

Dog toys are an essential part of your dog’s health and well-being. Selecting a toy that is suitable and one that will appease them is extremely important. Your dog’s chew toy not only benefits their dental health, but also provides entertainment or can easily become a distraction during bouts of nervousness or anxiety.


At Crestway Animal Clinic, we understand that all dogs need toys. They need them from the time they are puppies, well into adulthood. All too often, people purchase whatever is convenient, or appealing to the eye. On this page, you will find a few suggestions to really make your next chew toy purchase count.
Toys are essential for puppies to learn and explore, for teething, to prevent boredom and to teach a puppy how to appropriately play with humans. Toys are needed during the transition from puppyhood into adulthood, taking precaution in selecting teething appropriate toys during the teething stage.


Important guide lines:

•Replace toys when you notice signs of wear and tear.

•Recognize your dog’s chewing habits before providing them any dog toy or treat.

•Combine an assortment of toys with the right training to prevent destructive behavior.

•To prevent boredom, give your dog four to five toys at a time, and then swap them out weekly.

Questions to ask when selecting the proper toy:

Does your dog like to chew?

•Rope toys, bone-hard chew toys and dental chew toys are constructed for low- to medium-grade chewers.

•Dog toys made of rubber are great for aggressive chewers because of their durability. These toys are built to last and give your dog a good chewing workout. Plus, their interesting shapes will cause them to bounce unpredictably for additional amusement.

•If your dog is a moderate to heavy chewer, select extremely resilient dog toys that are long- lasting and made for durability. Make sure the toy is incapable of being rapidly chewed into bits creating a hazard to your pet.

•Soft, smooth and squishy, vinyl or latex toys are great for older dogs because they are much easier on sensitive teeth and gums. Smaller dogs who are non-aggressive chewers will also benefit from them.

Does your dog like to chase?

•Select retrieving toys that fly or bounce erratically to exercise and entertain your dog without exhausting their owners.

•Invest in a flying disc made exclusively for pets that is composed of soft plastic or cloth. These are easier on your dog’s sensitive mouth, teeth, and gums. This is particularly important when you have an athletic puppy that enjoys catching flying discs in mid air!

•Retrieving dog toys designed with rope (or floss) are excellent for teeth and gums.

Does your dog like to carry & cuddle?

•Select soft toys composed of fleece or plush fabric.

•The more frequently your dog plays with these toys, the more familiar their lingering scent attracts them to the toy and enhances their enjoyment while playing.

•These toys also make wonderful companions when your dog is in the mood for quiet, cuddle time. Soft toys often squeak or make other noises capturing and keeping your dog’s attention.

Does your dog like to be rewarded?

•Select interactive toys that are perfect for busting their boredom

•Balls or additional shapes designed with hollow areas can be filled with treats. They can occupy your dog for long periods of time. Most dogs will not give up until every last bit of their treat is retrieved. Pets love to work for their treats.

•Interactive toys provide mental and physical stimulation.

•Dog toys that disguise one or more smaller toys can challenge, in addition to rewarding your dog.


Crestway Animal Clinic understands that selecting a proper chew toy is central to your dog’s well being. However, chew toys should never take the place of regular human interaction with your beloved pet. Toys are intended to enhance your dog’s happiness, especially during their most formative years.


How to give your pet Insulin for Diabetes

At Crestway Animal Clinic, we will help you gain confidence and expertise in managing your pets diabetes.

If your pet has been diagnosed with diabetes, please don’t despair. While diabetes is truly a complicated and harmful disease, it is equally true that, in most cases, the disease can be controlled.

In dogs and cats, like in people, diabetes is a lack of insulin (or inadequate effect of insulin) in the body. The treatment for diabetes, therefore, is to give insulin. One of the easiest ways to ensure successful at-home treatment of a pet that has diabetes is to become comfortable handling and delivering insulin by simple injection.

To learn more, please visit us at Crestway Animal Clinic

How to give your pet eye medication

Eye problems are, unfortunately, very common, especially in our short nosed, round faced canine friends like Pugs and Pekingese and also with some pedigreed kitties like Persians and Himalayans. Typical problems result from injuries and/or infections and may involve the globe itself as well as the eyelids and surrounding facial tissue. Infections are likely bacterial and/or viral in origin. Occasionally, a fungus can be the culprit.

Dr. Nichols and the Crestway staff always urge you to call immediately if you suspect that your pet has an eye problem. Please contact our office today at 210-657-6747

Taking your pets temperature

The body temp of a dog can easily be used at home and could be crucial while monitoring the sick affected individual. A person’s temperature can be elevated on account of stress or possibly a bacterial or even viral disease. Rectal thermometers would be the most precise thermometers available and they are easily obtainable. Ear canal thermometers are also available regarding pets; they just don’t, however, supply as correct results.
Please visit Crestway Animal Clinic with veterinarian Dr. Ed Nichols. Click here for great animal advice



How to Clean the Ears

   Some cats and dogs never seem to need their ears cleaned. For those of us with pets who go outdoors, along with dogs that swim, regular ear checks are a great idea! The staff at Crestway Animal Clinic is happily available to show our pet owners techniques of ear care.

Ear infections are common in pets, and an important way to help eliminate these infections is to clean the ears. It is important to treat the ear canal correctly, ensuring the solution reaches the target location. With practice, instilling solutions into the ear canal is easy and can be done at home as needed.

Please visit Crestway Animal Clinic for more information.

How to Collect a Urine Sample

How to Collect a Urine Sample

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There are many important reasons for needing to examine a dog or     cat’s urine sample, including detecting bladder infections, diabetes, and many     other health problems. Usually the urine sample will be analyzed for     concentration, red blood cells, white blood cells, bacteria, crystal content,     and sugar. Additional tests, such as bacterial culture and sensitivity, can be     performed as needed.

Come by today or visit Crestway Animal Clinic for more information.

How to Collect a Fecal Sample

Many times, Crestway clients call us with concerns about their pets’ bowel movements. Sometimes, the complaint may be diarrhea or a change in normal consistency or frequency. Sometimes, a worm-like object may be observed. Whatever the concern, if your pet is not actually sick, we may ask you to bring us a stool sample.

We may be able to help without an actual office visit. Please bear in mind that dispensing a prescription medication does, by Federal and State law, require a valid doctor/patient/client relationship.  Please visit our site for more information on how to collect a fecal sample at home.  click here

Removing Skunk Scent From Your Pet

Removing Skunk Scent From Your Pet

Here’s an article explaining a better method. Don’t forget to have your pets eyes examined if you think they were sprayed directly in the face.

Please go to our site at to view more information on having you pet cleaned from a skunk spray

Pet Laser Therapy

Crestway Animal Clinic – Dr. Edward J. Nichols DVM

Class IV Companion Therapy Laser

Crestway Animal Clinic is happy to announce the addition of laser therapy to our practice. The Class IV Companion Therapy Laser produces laser light that penetrates and photostimulates living tissue, promoting and enhancing healing. A partial list of conditions that have benefitted from Class IV laser therapy are as follows

  • Osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Ligament/tendon injury
  • Muscle disease
  • Neurologic disease
  • Back, leg and neck pain
  • Trauma
  • Wound healing
  • Surgical wound healing
  • Selective dermal diseases

The Class IV Companion Therapy Laser is FDA approved.

Welcome to Crestway Animal Clinic

Welcome to Crestway Animal Clinic blog in San Antonio, Texas where our mission is to provide professional and compassionate care to your loving animal. We have been practicing in San Antonio for over 31 years, and look forward to taking care of your pet and building a family relationship with you. We have an astonishing support staff with special interests in variety of pet care. Our family-oriented staff is committed to providing quality veterinary care while maintaining an atmosphere of respect, and support.

We offer a complete range of veterinary services, including vaccinations, medical, surgical, and dental services, hospitalization, and
pet grooming. We are associated with Emergency Pet Centers and Dr. Ed Nichols is a co – founder and past president of the first Emergency Pet Clinic.

Please come by and see us or visit our site for more information at: