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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New Year’s Resolutions: A Focus on Pet Wellness in 2019

Pet wellness is a great new year's resolution for pets

Each new year is brimming with promise and possibility. We look forward to all we think might happen, and we do our best to embrace the unpredictable. But what about our pets? Given the chance, they might make some healthier choices in the new year, but mostly, they rely on us to make the best choices on their behalf. To that end, we offer some New Year’s resolutions that support overall pet wellness and lifelong health.

Don’t Worry, it’s Easy!

When it comes to pet wellness, your cat or dog depends on you. The good news is that it’s never been easier to achieve a healthier, happier lifestyle together. With the following pet wellness resolutions, we’re sure you and your pet will be blazing new trails in 2019. Enjoy!

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Blue Valley Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

Over the course of the year, we’ve had the pleasure and privilege to meet and reconnect with many of you and your pets. We’ve shared laughter as well as a few tears, and we’ve been grateful for all of it. 2018 was a very full year, full of learning new things and growing together.

Providing you with our weekly pet care blog is another way we share in ongoing learning. We are humbled that many of you are reading our blog, and we hope you’ve enjoyed topics on wellness care, seasonal safety, and specific illnesses that affect pets. In fact, we looked at which blogs resonated with you the most, and we’ve put together Blue Valley Animal Hospital’s top 10 most popular blogs of 2018.

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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Pet Safety – And Fun!

Holiday pet safety can lead to holiday fun for pets!

Are you decking the halls this season? Most of us celebrate one or more of the winter holidays, which usually means partake in the delicious food, beautiful decorations, and friend and family gatherings that the season brings. Of course, we love to include our pets in this special time of year, they’re part of the family, after all!

But some of the things that come with holiday festivities can pose serious health and safety risks to our pets. Awareness, knowledge and attentiveness can go a long way to preventing a pet emergency. So before you get into the full hustle and bustle, let us help make the season merry and bright for your furry loved ones with our holiday pet safety tips.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Winter Pet Safety

Winter safety for pets helps keep pets warm during winter

In our little slice of heaven, it does get downright cold. The dry, windy, and frigid days to come are good reminders that it’s important to keep a pulse on winter pet safety. A basic rule is that if it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for your pets. Read on for more tips for keeping your best friends safe, warm, and happy when winter winds blow.

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