Hitting the Road: Pro Tips for Traveling with Pets

Summer is peak vacation time, and many of us are in the midst of firming up our travel plans. Whether you’re taking a cross country drive or jetting off to a far away land, taking your pet along for the adventure is a big undertaking that takes a lot of preparation. That’s why the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital has compiled some pro tips for traveling with pets.

Planning Tips for Traveling with Pets

There are many factors that come into play when deciding whether or not to travel with your pet.

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Caring for Kitty: Cat Wellness Basics

Dogs may have earned the title of man’s best friend, but cat owners everywhere will tell you that the feline species is tops. These lovable little lions that we share our homes with may not seem to need much, but despite their proud posturing we know there’s a lot we can do to help them live their best lives.

Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants our cat-loving clients to know all the secrets to creating a purr-fect existence for our feline friends.

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Making Your Skin Crawl: Common Pet Skin Problems and Their Causes

You might think that besides annual wellness visits, the next most common reason that pets visit us at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is to say hello to our wonderful team! While we wish that were the case, unfortunately we see pets for a lot of other reasons – dermatologic issues being one of the top motivations for a trip to the vet.

Learn about the most commonly diagnosed pet skin problems, what causes them, and what you can do to keep your visits to see us to a minimum.

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How To Remove A Tick – And Why You Shouldn’t Delay

With the advent of warmer weather, your thoughts may be turning to backyard barbecues, hiking with your dog, and longer, warmer days spent outdoors. Ours, too! But you may also be noticing more things creepy and crawly – yes, we’re talking about bugs.

Chief among these threats are ticks. Ticks live in all 50 states and are intent on one thing: taking a blood meal from your pet. Ticks that have attached to your pet are gross, but they pose an even more serious threat than a bite. Tick borne disease can even be deadly for your pet, and many of these diseases can affect you, too.

To keep your pets, your family, and yourself safe, follow these guidelines for how to remove a tick safely and quickly.

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How To Build Your Pet First Aid Kit, Step by Step

No one likes to think about an emergency situation, but they can and do happen. When you have pets, things come up that you might not expect, and it can be a great comfort to be prepared. If you can respond quickly to an emergency with your pet, you can stabilize them while you prepare to come to the veterinary hospital or emergency clinic. For this reason, a pet first aid kit is a great tool to have at the ready.

Your Pet First Aid Kit

Every pet needs a first aid kit, even if they’re a homebody! Here are the basics you need for general pet first aid.

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Right Around the Corner: Spring Pet Allergies

Do you suffer from a runny nose, sneezing, and a scratchy throat when spring arrives? Chances are, you aren’t alone – your pet may experience spring allergy symptoms, as well. Allergies are relatively common in animals, but you may not know what to look for or how to help.

Although spring pet allergies may be a challenge, the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital can help you develop a plan to support your pet through whatever the season brings!

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Beyond The Monthly Preventives: Flea, Tick and Heartworm Prevention Away From Home

Flea, tick and heartworm prevention is important when traveling

Spring is getting ready to, well, spring, in our neck of the woods! And although we believe that year round parasite prevention is important to good health for pets, we know that warmer weather brings about more thoughts of the creepy crawlies and how to prevent them from attacking our best friends.

Monthly flea, tick, and heartworm prevention is an important part of the process, but there are further precautions we can take to make sure our pets have an extra layer of protection.

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Achoo! Can Pets Catch Colds from Humans?

We can all easily recall the stuffy nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat, and more that comes with having a cold. If we’re lucky, the virus only hangs on for a couple days before moving on to the next unsuspecting victim, but in some cases, colds can last for a week or more.

Dogs and cats are also susceptible to a variety of contagious illnesses. But as cold and flu season drags on, pet owners may be wondering: Can pets catch colds from humans?

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Decoding the Pet Dental Exam

If you’ve cuddled up on the couch with your pet lately and noticed that his breath was less than fresh, it might be time for a pet dental exam. Bad breath is often the first sign of dental disease, a common but preventable condition in pets.

So common, in fact, that it is cited as the most common health problem in pets, according to the American Veterinary Dental College. By the time pets are 4 years of age, over 85% of them have some form of dental disease, whether it be gingivitis or periodontitis. More than bad breath, dental disease can cause significant pain, tooth loss, and even systemic disease of major organs when bacteria from your pet’s mouth enter the bloodstream.

A pet dental exam is the first step in determining the extent of the problem, and normally occurs as a part of your pet’s annual wellness visit. But what exactly happens at a pet dental exam, and what can it show? Blue Valley Animal Hospital is decoding the pet dental exam, here.

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Tips for Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

Did you know that by the time a pet is 4 years old, 85% have some form of dental disease? It’s a sad fact that most of us don’t know what’s going on in our pet’s mouths. After all, who really wants to go poking around in there with all those sharp teeth?

Because one of the best ways to prevent plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth and gums is daily toothbrushing, getting familiar with the inside of your pet’s mouth is exactly what we are encouraging you to do! You may be rolling your eyes or giggling at that, but bear with us! Brushing your pet’s teeth is not as hard as you think. And Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to give you the dish on exactly how to do it.

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