Tips On Preparing Your Dog For Summer

A dog in summer.

It’s almost summer, which calls for some fun in the sun–not just for you, but for your furry best friend, too. It is important to take precautions to ensure your dog stays healthy while engaging in all of the exciting summer canine activities. Summertime provides us with more hours of daylight, but it also gifts us with more hours of heat and potential exposure to various allergens. We all want to spend more time outside in the summer, so our team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital presents this list of tips for protecting and preparing your dog to have a healthy and happy time outside this summer. 

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What to Do About Your Dog’s Red Rocket?

Dog's red rocket.

A male dog’s special anatomy might go unnoticed until something draws your attention to their lower abdominal region. In other words, you know they have a penis. You see them using it to urinate, but it’s not something you dwell on unless you absolutely have to. A dog’s red rocket, or an erection that won’t go down, might seem like it will resolve itself. Sometimes, unfortunately, a dog’s penis can get stuck in this position and it’s cause for immediate concern. 

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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 Better Train Your Dog and Improve Their Behavior

An owner training a dog.

Dogs give us unconditional love and companionship, and in return, we owe them a lifetime of belly rubs, playdates at the dog park, and optimal mental and physical health. Cultivating good manners in your dog can enrich the relationship you have with him and help him interact appropriately with the world around him.

Try these useful strategies for promoting positive dog behavior from the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital!

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What Kind of Dog is the Right Dog For You?

Woman holding puppy in her arms.

Have you ever met a puppy you didn’t like? No one has! Puppies are the best movers and shakers when it comes to winning our hearts. A spontaneous adoption can definitely work out well. But if a dog owner isn’t fully prepared to handle the needs of a dog, the outcome may not be positive. That’s why we always recommend considering your lifestyle and the needs of your household before adopting to make sure you find the right dog.

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Why Socialization Is Necessary for Your Adopted Dog

A group of dogs in the park.

In a perfect canine friendly world, all adult dogs would have had the early training and socialization that makes them a well-mannered dog without any behavior problems. Unfortunately, many dogs, and especially those who end up in shelters, lack several of the essential life skills to keep them safe, happy, and trained. This is one of the primary reasons for dogs being surrendered.

Many pet owners are enthused about bringing home an adopted dog, only to realize that they have some work ahead of them. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital can offer you some great tips on how to socialize your adopted dog for a lifetime of happiness.

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What to Expect When Your Dog Turns One

A dog wearing a birthday hat sits in front of a cake with candles.

Your pup’s first birthday is an important milestone in their life, as they start to transition from puppyhood to adulthood. While every dog is unique, most dogs reach adulthood between the ages of 1-to-2 years old. As your dog grows, you can expect some changes to occur both behaviorally and physically. Continuous wellness care becomes more important than ever as their bodies and needs change. 

The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to break down those changes so you know what to expect when your dog turns one. 

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There’s a Fungus Among Us and It’s Called Ringworm

A dog bites at its leg.

Unlike parasites with a similar sounding name like hookworms and tapeworms, ringworm is actually a fungal infection that can infect domesticated animals like dogs. A dog can get infected with ringworm from simply touching a contaminated item like a rug, which is why it is important to know the signs of this infection so you can get the medical attention you need to clear it up.

Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants to help you avoid issues with ringworm for your dogs. Here’s what you need to know about this fungal infection:

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