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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You Dig? What To Do About Your Dog Or Puppy Digging 

If your lawn or garden is regularly being sacrificed to your dog or puppy’s paws, you may be throwing your hands up in frustration. 

Aside from the holes in the ground and a subsequent lack of foliage, dog or puppy digging is one of the more difficult behaviors to fix. A thorough understanding of why dogs dig is in order before trying to break the habit.

Keep reading as your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital elaborate on this common dog behavioral problem. 

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We Beg to Differ: Begging in Dogs Isn’t Cute 

Okay, sure those sad eyes, furrowed brows, and the unrelenting attention may be a little endearing, but Blue Valley Animal Hospital maintains that begging in dogs is not a desirable behavior. 

From those doe-like eyes earning a compromise in good nutrition and extra calories to the drool on your rug, there are many reasons to discourage it. 

We have your back when it comes to discouraging begging behavior in dogs.

Nipping Begging in the Bud

As with many things, begging in dogs is best stopped before it starts. 

Begging is a natural canine behavior, and while it may indicate that your dog’s diet is lacking, it is just as likely to be a ploy for attention from the person your pet loves most (psst, that’s you).

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