Are There Any Holiday Plants That Are Safe For Pets to Sniff or Taste?

cat and a plant

This time of year there are plenty of warnings specific to pet owners. Between toxic holiday foods, hazardous decor, choking risks, gastrointestinal obstruction or lost or missing pets, responsible owners really have their work cut out for them. 

The good news is that once you have an understanding of the potential problems facing animals at home, everyone can enjoy the holiday season without incident. As for holiday plants that are safe for pets, we have some helpful hints to help you prepare a festive, yet secure, environment for all to enjoy.

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Is It Time to Start Feeding Pumpkin To Your Pet? Mmm-hmm!

dog with a pumpkin

Everyone knows it’s decorative gourd season, but not all make it from our entryways to the kitchen. Pumpkins are the product of a seed-bearing, flowering plant, and are actually classified as a fruit. However, because they aren’t sweet many of us lump them in with vegetables. Either way, pumpkins pack a lot of flavor, fiber and vitamins. If you’re wondering about feeding pumpkin to your pet, you’ve come to the right place.

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Are Pets That Eat Bugs Unhealthy or Just a Little Gross?

Our messaging on parasites is pretty strong – and for good reason. Vector-borne illness from mosquitoes, fleas and ticks are flat-out terrible. But just because bugs can be bad for pets, it doesn’t mean we can always stop them from playing with or hunting them. 

Pets that eat bugs are sometimes okay, but otherwise the experience can be painful (ever watched a dog try to eat a wasp?), not to mention disgusting and unsettling. So, what should a concerned owner do?

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The Circus is NOT in Town: Fall Flea Control Tips for Pet Owners

As much as we all love pets, none of us want to unintentionally add a few hundred non-human houseguests to our family. Fleas can quickly and quietly hit this mark before you even know what’s going on.

At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, we firmly believe that when it comes to fleas and other external parasites, a good defense is the best offense. This time of year, these pesky ectoparasites are at their peak. No worries, though, because we are here to share our best fall flea control strategies.

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Dog Urine Doesn’t Have to Stain Your Green Grass

For people with lush, green lawns, dog urine can be an affront to curb appeal. On a walk, you might steer clear of a property that is especially well cared for.

But what about at home? Are you resigned to living with crusty yellow circles all over your backyard? If you’re like most dog owners, you want to do something about dog urine in the grass, but what?

Why Does Dog Pee Stain Grass?

Dog urine has a unique chemical makeup, but contrary to popular belief it’s not the acidic compounds that kills grass. Instead, the highly concentrated amounts of salts and nitrogen are to blame.

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Pesky Puddles: Navigating Submissive Urination in Dogs

Almost nothing makes a pet owner’s heart fuller than the enthusiastic way that their dog greets them when they return home. That is, unless their pup’s hello is accompanied by a puddle of piddle. 

Thankfully, Blue Valley Animal Hospital has the tools to help you navigate submissive urination in dogs so that your homecoming can remain happy. 

Out of Control Urine

Submissive urination in dogs tends to be seen in puppies or adolescent animals and results in unexpected (and unwanted) urination, sometimes when you least expect it. 

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On the Mend: Providing Exercise for Pets After Surgery

After a medical procedure, it is important to rest and heal, but it is also important to get your body accustomed to moving again. Pets are no different than us when it comes to needing a game plan after a major surgery. 

Our doctors at Blue Valley Animal Hospital want to help your pet return to function as soon as possible after a major procedure. We provide lots of support for them, but we depend on you to help as well. You play a major role in your pet’s recovery, and providing exercise for pets after surgery often falls mostly on the pet parent.

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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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