How to Spot (and Avoid) Poisoning in Dogs

Poisoning in dogs should be treated as a pet emergencyAccording to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, there were over 199,000 calls about pet poisoning in 2017. Many of these were caused by common household items. The top three sources – human prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and human food products – may seem harmless to you, but they can be life-threatening to pets.

Because an accident can occur under the watch of even the most diligent owner, it’s important to learn about poisoning in dogs. The experts at Blue Valley Animal Hospital are here to help.

Signs of Poisoning in Dogs

The signs of poisoning in dogs vary tremendously. They can also be delayed for several hours or even days. Some of the most common signs are: Continue…

Protect Your Cat From Common Cat Poisons

Many common household plants are cat poisonsIt’s amazing (and somewhat scary) to realize just how many household and yard hazards there are for your cats. Cats are naturally curious, and many of them have the athletic prowess of Olympic athletes, so it’s important to be especially aware of just what those common cat poisons are.

Your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital love our cat companions, so we thought it high time that we explore this topic a bit further.  

The Cat’s Meow

Many think that cats are finicky eaters and therefore less prone to ingesting a toxic substance. It may surprise you to know that there are several factors that may cause cats to become even more ill than dogs, once exposed to a small amount of a poisonous substance. Here are some of the reasons: Continue…

Summer Pet Safety: Let the Fun Begin!

Summer pet safety is an important part of summer fun with pets!Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… Or, so the old song goes. Summer fun is right around the corner, but along with the good times come things that can hurt your pet and spoil that easy- living feeling. Here’s what you need to know about summer pet safety, so you can both enjoy the good life from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and beyond!

Sun Seekers

Pets may love basking in the warm sunshine, but sun can cause damage to their skin just as it can to ours. Especially if you have a light colored, thin-skinned, or white dog or cat, take care to protect them from sunburn. You may consider a PABA-free zinc oxide pet sunscreen, and apply it to their ear tips, top of the nose, and their face.  Make sure that you don’t get it in their eyes, of course.

Summer pet safety also means considering outside surfaces that your pet might encounter. The sun cooks concrete, metal, and asphalt, and sensitive paws can burn on hot surfaces. Avoid walking over asphalt and always give pets a way to get out of the sun by providing access to shade at all times. Driving with your dog in the bed of a truck is a bad idea. Continue…

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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