Household Hazards That Threaten Overall Pet Safety

Every household has their fair share of potential risks to pets. Pet proofing is essential before adopting a new best friend, but it’s equally important to continue the habit throughout their life, too.

Without a daily approach to pet safety, unfortunate accidents can occur that result in emergency care, long term health ramifications, or worse.

Tour the House

Establish pet safety in and around the home by taking a close look. Get down on the floor to see possible risks at your pet’s eye and nose level. After all, since your pet experiences their world through their sense of smell, it makes sense to try and control what’s available to them at all times.

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Dr. Pimple Popper, DVM: Abscesses in Pets

If you are one of those people who enjoy watching others express ooze from living things, you might consider veterinary medicine as a career path.

While obviously there is a lot more to the field of veterinary medicine, Blue Valley Animal Hospital treats more than our fair share of abscesses. While they are often satisfying to treat, abscesses in pets can be painful and even cause serious complications, though. They are important for animal lovers to understand.

The Anatomy of an Abscess

An abscess, by definition, is a confined swelling within the tissue of the body that contains pus. Pus is the body’s response to infection and contains dead white blood cells, bacteria, remnants of body tissues, and serum. Sounds great, right?

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Summer Fun: Keeping Your Pet Safe During Parties

Summertime is high time for the high life, and that means grilling, picnics, and parties. Hosting parties when you have a pet can prove to be challenging when you’re not prepared. From toxic food to loud noises, the risks involved for your pet can be many, and some may even surprise you. 

There is no reason why you can’t enjoy the season with some events and gatherings, though. This is why your team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here with some suggestions for keeping your pet safe during parties. Let’s take a closer look!

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When Roughhousing Goes too Far: How Puppies and Dogs Play

One of the best ways puppies learn the ropes is by modeling the behaviors of their parents and older dogs.

This mock-fighting and roughhousing teaches them several things that can be useful later in life. This instinct for an adult dog to play-fight with puppies in an old one, deeply embedded in their DNA from the days of when they were wild.

Unfortunately, sometimes this form of play can become dangerous for a puppy when it is too aggressive. Your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital have a few tips for a safer way for puppies and dogs to play together. Let’s begin!

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On the Prowl: Improving Cat Safety When They Want to Go Out at Night

If you have a fluffy, furry, whiskered friend, you may find that they sleep all day. Contrary to popular opinion, cats are crepuscular, not nocturnal, and are most active around dawn and dusk. They are both recovering from intense activity at sunrise, and preparing for their evening romp. 

Depending on the cat, nightly activities may simply involve a patrol around the fenced yard. But they may also take in a roof walk, a crossing of a busy road, a fight with another cat, or even an entry into another home. Either way, cat safety is at stake.

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Helping Pets Adjust to Life After Lockdown

Considering all the animals that were adopted or fostered prior to lockdowns, their sheer numbers are overwhelming. With so many people forced to stay at home, the calming warmth and reassurance of millions of new pets made all the difference.

Helping pets adjust to their new homes has never been easier, but what happens when we all return to work or school?

Constant Companionship

With everyone at home, the animals in our care have probably never been happier. There’s always something going on (even if it’s just another nap on the couch), and in households with kids, playful activities abound. Helping new pets adjust to a lively household may go easier than imagined.

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Wrapping your Head Around Pet Separation Anxiety

Once a routine is established at home, it’s not unusual for pets to embrace their daily dose of “me time”. That’s not to say they don’t get a little lonely or bored in their owner’s absence, but these normal reactions are a far cry from full-on pet separation anxiety. Instead of temporarily pacing or whining and then settling down to sleep, pet separation anxiety can make a pet simply come unglued at the sight and sound of keys, jackets and shoes. 

Equally distressing for pet owners, pet separation anxiety can be soothed with patience, understanding, and above all, love.

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What to Look for When Choosing a Pet Friendly Hotel

As many of us who travel with our pets know, there are more options these days in pet friendly establishments. From cafes and restaurants, to museums and amusement parks, our four-legged family members are often welcome. If you are considering booking a hotel for you and your pet companion, you may just assume a hotel that is pet friendly actually is. But there is more than meets the eye to what is truly a pet friendly hotel.

Your team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital have some suggestions for finding the right lodging that will make you and your furry one happy.

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From Frisky to Foul: A Look at Feline Aggression (and How to Deal With It)

Taut whiskers. Pinned-back ears. Thrashing tail. Dilated pupils. Any of these signs of feline aggression are powerful warnings, but when combined with a fierce growl or hiss, an attack is imminent. 

There are no questions about a cat’s ability to defend themselves, but when they act out of character around their loved ones, it can be extremely worrisome. What’s behind feline aggression, and how should owners respond to it?

Big and Bad

Cats are experts at efficiently communicating using specific elements of body language. A close look at tail positioning can reveal their mental state. For instance, when they are scared or feel threatened, they will hold their tail close to the ground. Whipping it side to side may also be seen.

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How Your Dog Could Benefit from Doggie Daycare

It wasn’t too many years ago that most pet owners would laugh or roll their eyes at the idea of doggy daycare. Today, though, pet owners of all stripes are discovering the benefits of doggie daycare. 

Whether you’re looking to give your dog an afternoon away from home while you deep clean and run errands, or are looking for sustainable socialization and enrichment for your pet, doggie daycare has a lot to offer and can provide tremendous benefits for your four-legged friend

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