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?
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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 friendContinue…
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.Continue…
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).
If you’ve been at the dog park recently and heard, “What kind of dog is that?” you may be looking at your dog of mixed breed in a new light. And your cat may have a unique look that makes it fun to speculate just what breeds might make up her family tree.
If you find yourself speculating and wanting to know exactly what breed your dog or cat really is, there’s a sure fire way to find out. The answers lie in your pet’s genes.
Pet DNA testing is gaining in popularity, but it’s not just a fun way to learn about your pet’s heritage. Knowing your pet’s breed can also help you tailor her training to her breed tendencies. It can also allow you to be on the watch for breed specific diseases that might crop up.Continue…
The image of a furry feline lapping up a bowl of milk is a common and widely accepted one. Some of us may even have grown up with Garfield going wild over a pan of lasagna. But can cats eat cheese? More specifically, should you be feeding them cheese?
Many cats love cheese, and it’s no surprise. The high protein and fat content as well as the delicious taste of cheese means your kitty will likely gobble it up. But as we learn more about the digestion of our feline friends, it has become clear that they are not designed to eat dairy, no matter how much they may seem to enjoy it.
Keep reading as Blue Valley Animal Hospital explores cats and cheese, and the facts about feline health.Continue…
The holidays bring so many of our favorite things, topped by spending time with family and friends. And although we love the joys and celebrations the holidays bring, we can now take a collective breath and pause to reflect back as 2019 winds down.
Reflection offers us a chance to remember the wonderful times we shared with our pets this past year, and maybe he challenges, too. That’s where Blue Valley Animal Hospital comes in, to offer you ways to keep your pet healthy and happy for a lifetime.
One way we can offer this is through our pet blog. This is where we share our favorite relevant, interesting, and fun information about pet health and wellness. We hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage as we share our top 5 blogs of 2019.Continue…