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.

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

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#5: Happy Tails And Pawsome Health: All About Senior Pet Wellness
While there are some realities that come along with aging, aging itself is never a disease, and getting older doesn’t have to mean a life of health complications. Just as we attend to our diets, exercise, and yearly exams, our pets also require ongoing preventive care to stay at their optimum life. Read more…

#4: How To Spot (And Avoid) Poisoning In Dogs
According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, there were over 199,000 calls about pet poisoning in 2017. Many of these were caused by common household items. The top three sources – human prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and human food products – may seem harmless to you, but they can be life-threatening to pets. Continue reading…

#3: Wait Or Go? How To Identify A Pet Emergency
Even though spring hasn’t quite sprung yet in Kansas, we can be sure it’s on the way with many opportunities to get outside with your furriest buddy. You can envision it now: throwing the Frisbee to Fido, watching as he goes running to fetch it…but wait! There’s another dog in the park who suddenly growls at your pet, biting him unexpectedly on the neck. You run over to help and, seeing no blood, realize your pet doesn’t seem hurt. All’s well, right? Not so fast. Read on!

#2: Pet Wellness: What’s It All About?
Each year, it’s likely you get a notice from your doctor to come in for a check-up that probably includes blood work and other tests to ensure you’re in tip-top shape. After all, annual exams are important to your health. Maintaining annual wellness exams for our pets is equally important. Keep reading…

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

#1: Pet Boarding: What To Know Before You Go
Most of us consider our pets full-fledged members of our families, and it can be hard to be away from them when we have to leave town. Because it’s simply not possible to bring our pets everywhere we go (although that would be ideal), many pet owners turn to pet boarding services to provide a safe and secure “home away from home” for their pets. Read more…

A Joyous 2019!

Whether we saw your pet for preventive care or if we treated them for an illness, we want to continue our commitment to healthy pets and happy clients in Overland Park. If there is a topic that we didn’t cover in our pet care blogs, please contact us and we’ll include it in future posts.

We hope that you and your pet family have a joyous and safe New Year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!