Identifying and Treating Glaucoma in Dogs

Glaucoma, a condition affecting the eye, is common among dogs. Although it mainly occurs in older pets, this disease can actually impact animals well under age 3. Without diagnosis and treatment, glaucoma can lead to decreased vision and even blindness. 

Vision health is paramount to quality of life. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital want to educate our pet families on the signs of glaucoma in dogs. After all, vision health is paramount to quality of life!

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Pet Aggression: Is Your Dog Bad or Just Misunderstood?

All pets are capable of acting in an aggressive manner. Growling, snapping, and raising the hackles are all a normal part of communication in the animal world. When that aggression is directed at humans or other furry family members, it can make you question your pet’s place in the home.

Pet aggression often has an underlying cause. Taking some time to understand why your pet may be acting differently can help to prevent problems and keep you and your animals safe and happy. Blue Valley Animal Hospital is all for keeping pets and people living in harmony, and understanding pet aggression is an important part of that. 

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Spooky, Not Scary: Halloween Safety for Pets

Halloween is a beloved time of year for many families. Dressing up, trick-or-treating, passing out candy, and all the fun decorations are what makes the holiday so special year after year. 

For our four-legged family members, however, Halloween can be truly frightening, and may even be dangerous. Read on to learn about how to have a happy Howl-o-ween for all!

Decor Dilemmas

Some humans enjoy being frightened or spooked during this season, but to a pet there is no such thing as a “fun” scare. Many pets find Halloween decorations, especially animatronic displays or creepy lawn decor, truly frightening. 

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Pet Costumes and Halloween Wins

Halloween is right around the corner, and time is growing short to get that perfect costume together for your pet. Of course, your fur friend may want nothing to do with dressing up, but if they are tolerant, pet costumes can be a fun way to join the Halloween fun. 

Pet Costumes 101

Remember to never force your pet into costume. Some pets will only tolerate dressing up for about as long as it takes us to snap a quick picture for your friends. With time, praise, and lots of encouragement, your pet may grow accustomed to wearing a costume, but if it doesn’t work out, don’t be too surprised.

Even if your pet is a willing participant, watch for the following warning signs:

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Grooming, Nutrition & More: The Special Needs of Senior Cats

Aging cats are pretty set in their ways. They know exactly when it’s time for a meal and they draw from a cultivated collection of preferred nap zones. They expect attention at certain times, demand action for very specific reasons. In other words, they’ve got it all worked out. 

Of course, the needs of senior cats can change as they grow older, and it’s up to us to figure out the best ways to provide for them. That way, they can enjoy every moment of their golden years without pain, discomfort, or illness.

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Taking Great Care of Your Senior Pet

Whether you already have a senior pet or are considering adoption, a little grey on the muzzle can be a wonderful thing. Senior pets are special; they have lived long enough to know the routine, yet often have years of good health and love yet to give. 

Like humans, pets who are aging need certain adjustments to help keep them comfortable. But because of better pet nutrition, advancements in veterinary medicine, and our better understanding of what pets need to stay healthy, we can all give senior pets the healthy happy golden years they deserve. Read on to find out how. 

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How Long is too Long to Leave a Pet Home Alone?

A golden lab stares out the window

Having a pet means fulfilling all of their needs –  a huge responsibility! Besides providing food and shelter, there’s grooming, training, along with trips to the veterinarian for wellness exams, vaccines, and parasite protection. Not to mention dealing with the occasional pet illness or injury.

And there’s a pet’s mental and emotional well being to consider. You are your pet’s world, and just knowing that you’re nearby comforts and calms them. But of course, it usually isn’t possible to have our pets by our sides at all times. This begs the question, how long is too long to leave a pet home alone?

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What Every Cat Owner Should Know About FIV and FELV

A cat wakes from a nap

When looking for the right cat to bring home, finding one with a clean bill of health can be a top priority. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Infection (FELV) are cat-only diseases that can thwart a possible connection and adoption. However, the more prospective cat owners know about FIV and FELV, adoptions of these deserving cats can become more common. 

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5 Things Your Cat Wishes You Knew

Ah cats. They alternate between affectionate and aloof, independent, and needy. It can take months or even years for a cat and owner relationship to develop understanding and mutual respect. Trying to guess what your cat friend is telling you is only one part of this puzzle. 

But what if there were a way to understand the things your cat wishes you knew? What would your cat tell you? If you’re wondering what your cat wishes you knew, stay tuned for ideas from Blue Valley Animal Hospital

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Boarding Requirements: The Method Behind the Madness

When you take a look at what is required for your pet before boarding at Blue Valley Animal Hospital, you might feel a little overwhelmed. Your last boarding facility didn’t require flea prevention! Have you ever checked a fecal sample on your pet? Who knew dogs should have an influenza vaccine?

When it comes down to it, there is a good reason that our boarding and grooming clients are expected to meet our strict standards. You trust us with your pet’s care, and we think it’s important to protect our furry wards against those things within our control. Our boarding requirements are in place because we care a lot about your pet’s safety.

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