Walk Your Pet Month: Why Walking Your Pet is So Important

dog owner walking dog

Owning a pet is a big responsibility. Not only do you have to take care of their physical health, but you also need to make sure they stay mentally healthy and happy. There are different ways to achieve this, but one of the best is simply getting them outside and walking them around your neighborhood.

Walking your pet helps you stay fit too! It’s a great way to burn calories and reduce stress—so you can feel good about yourself while having fun with your dog.

And since January is National Walk Your Dog Month, these are some of the reasons why walking your pet is so important. 

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Pet Diabetes Month: How to Keep Your Pet Healthy

Dog waiting for food bowl.

Blue Valley Animal Hospital is all about pet wellness and helping our clients keep their pets healthy. November is Pet Diabetes Awareness month, and we are all for a little education and awareness. Read on to learn about pet diabetes and how you can prevent problems for your favorite pets. 

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What Should My Dog Be Eating As It Ages?

Dog looking for food.

We all know that puppy food is recommended for dogs that are not fully grown, but after that, things can become a little fuzzy. When it comes to dog diet recommendations, it is a little up in the air how and what to feed. The internet is full of information that may or may not be super accurate. Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to help you better understand the answer to the question, “What should my dog be eating as it ages?”

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Do You Free Feed Your Pet or Have Set Meal Times?

Free feeding vs. scheduled feeding.

The old adage “take it or leave it” used to apply to pet food. Not much thought went into whatever filled a pet’s bowl, and if they didn’t like it at first, they’d come around if they were hungry enough. 

Fortunately, we know more now about what pets need to eat in order to thrive. There are seemingly endless food choices to consider that hinge on a pet’s age, weight, overall health, and lifestyle (not to mention taste preferences). Once you settle on the right food, the choice remains to either adhere to set meal times or free feed your pet throughout the day. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to help you make the right decision for your pet. 

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Walking Your Dog: An Important Step Towards Pet Health

Walking your dog.

At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, we want to help you to ring in the New Year right by celebrating National Walk Your Dog Month this January. Walking your dog is an important part of bonding with your pet as well as a great way to support pet health (and your own). Read on to learn how to do it right!

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How To Identify and Treat Cat Diabetes

pet cat getting shot at vet.

We want our kitties to feel loved and pampered, so we feed them especially tasty foods and treats. We say our cats are finicky and won’t eat anything but specialty foods. Our cats aren’t fat. They’re fluffy, right?

A Fat Cat Could Become a Sick Cat

It’s rare to find type 1 diabetes in cats, but it’s increasingly common to find type 2 in house cats. The main cause of diabetes is diet, although age can be a factor. Your senior cat might not be overweight but could still develop diabetes. Unneutered male cats, eight years of age and older, are also at high risk for developing the disease.

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Pet Obesity and What You Can Do

pet dog sitting outside.

Virtually no one sets out with the intention of having an overweight dog or cat. With over half of our country’s pets being classified as overweight or obese, though, it’s a reality for many of us. 

When it comes to your pet’s weight, however, you don’t need to feel helpless. There are so many things that you can do to prevent and reverse pet obesity, and Blue Valley Animal Hospital is ready to be your partner in the battle against the bulge. 

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Is It Time to Start Feeding Pumpkin To Your Pet? Mmm-hmm!

dog with a pumpkin

Everyone knows it’s decorative gourd season, but not all make it from our entryways to the kitchen. Pumpkins are the product of a seed-bearing, flowering plant, and are actually classified as a fruit. However, because they aren’t sweet many of us lump them in with vegetables. Either way, pumpkins pack a lot of flavor, fiber and vitamins. If you’re wondering about feeding pumpkin to your pet, you’ve come to the right place.

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On the Mend: Providing Exercise for Pets After Surgery

After a medical procedure, it is important to rest and heal, but it is also important to get your body accustomed to moving again. Pets are no different than us when it comes to needing a game plan after a major surgery. 

Our doctors at Blue Valley Animal Hospital want to help your pet return to function as soon as possible after a major procedure. We provide lots of support for them, but we depend on you to help as well. You play a major role in your pet’s recovery, and providing exercise for pets after surgery often falls mostly on the pet parent.

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My Cat Loves Cheese! Get The Facts About Cats and Cheese 

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. 

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