Pet Boarding: What to Know Before You Go

pet boardingMost of us consider our pets full-fledged members of our families, and it can be hard to be away from them when we have to leave town. Because it’s simply not possible to bring our pets everywhere we go (although that would be ideal), many pet owners turn to pet boarding services to provide a safe and secure “home away from home” for their pets.

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Have a Heart: Heartworm Prevention for Your Pet

heartworm preventionAs the weather begins to warm up, our thoughts turn to outdoor picnics, yard work, and trips to the dog park. But outdoor weather also brings disease-carrying mosquitoes. One disease of particular concern to pet owners is heartworm disease.

A type of roundworm, the heartworm will infect any size, breed, and shape of dog or cat. Left untreated, heartworm disease is fatal. Even with treatment, it can wreak havoc on your pet’s heart and lungs by the time it’s diagnosed. Let Blue Valley Animal Hospital tell you why heartworm prevention is your pet’s best friend.

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Itchy and Scratchy: The Damage Caused by Fleas and Ticks

fleas and ticksSpring fever is a common phenomenon shared by people and pets alike. As soon as the first crocus pops up, neighbors begin tidying up their yards, planting flowers, and tuning up their bikes. Pets swoon over the long days and sweet breezes just as we do. Unfortunately, in their eagerness to simply be outside all time, they become targets of fleas and ticks. In their own way, these blood-thirsty bugs are experiencing their own spring fever, and we want to make sure your pet is protected!

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Safe and Found: Why You Should Have Your Pet Microchipped

pet microchipped

Having your pet microchipped may seem like an unnecessary step because, after all, your pet is always supervised by you and they’d never stray, right? Unfortunately, the statistics show that over 10 million cats and dogs go missing each year, many of whom end up in shelters, rehomed, or worse, euthanized.

While we don’t wish to scare you, accidents do happen. Doors get left ajar, windows remain open, a screen pops out, or a dog who’s prone to dig gets under the fence. These are common scenarios that can happen to even the most vigilant of pet owners.

The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to champion how important it is to have your pet microchipped. Read on to learn more!

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Pet Wellness: What’s it All About?

Each year, it’s likely you get a notice from your doctor to come in for a check-up that probably includes blood work and other tests to ensure you’re in tip-top shape. After all, annual exams are important to your health. Maintaining annual wellness exams for our pets is equally important.

We no longer take a treatment-only approach to health care, and we now view prevention as the key to good health. Veterinary medicine also focuses on preventive care as the best way to increase well-being, decrease the likelihood of certain diseases, and extend quality of life and longevity.

Keep reading to learn more about the merits of good pet wellness care for your four-legged companion!

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Wait or Go? How to Identify a Pet Emergency

Even though spring hasn’t quite sprung yet in Kansas, we can be sure it’s on the way with many opportunities to get outside with your furriest buddy. You can envision it now: throwing the Frisbee to Fido, watching as he goes running to fetch it…but wait! There’s another dog in the park who suddenly growls at your pet, biting him unexpectedly on the neck. You run over to help and, seeing no blood, realize your pet doesn’t seem hurt. All’s well, right? Not so fast.

While there are many times when rushing your pet to the hospital may seem like a false alarm, there are definite times you should! The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital can help you distinguish between an actual pet emergency and a “wait and see” scenario.

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