Pet Sitters Vs. Kennel: Which Is Right for You?

Dog with leash in its mouth.

Pets are part of the family, and it’s hard to leave them behind during holiday travels—or any time of the year for that matter. The decision to leave your pet in a boarding facility or in the hands of a pet sitter shouldn’t be taken lightly. Our team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital has put together some tips to help you make an informed choice.

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3 Holiday Treats to Keep Away From Your Pets

Dog at kitchen table waiting for food.

From sweet treats to savory meats, holiday celebrations are steeped in food and fellowship. And while it may be tempting to share a bite of fruitcake or a nip of eggnog with your pet, it’s best to keep the people foods on your plate and offer your pet a festive treat made just for him! 

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Our Top Tips for Halloween Pet Safety

Halloween Pet Safety Dog chewing pumpkin.

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays at Blue Valley Animal Hospital. We love to see our favorite people and pets celebrate! We also recognize that Halloween can be fraught with some unique dangers for our four-legged friends. Read on to learn our best pet safety tips for Halloween.

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Pets and Loud Noises: How You Can Help

Dog hiding from loud noise.

Thunderstorms, loud cars, fireworks, and other loud noises can be very starting for your pet. After a loud, unidentified sound, your pet might cower in a corner or squeeze under the couch out of fear, and remain in tight spaces for far too long. While some pets do not have a problem with loud noise, this can be a common anxious behavior in many pets. If you are wondering what you can do to help your pet, the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital has a few tips for you. 

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Ring in the New Year With Pet Safety Measures

New Year pet safety

People are usually excited to close out one year and welcome the next. Pets? Not so much. They don’t abide by the same rituals that we do. And while many animals simply go with the flow, others respond to parties and perceived chaos with an immediate fight or flight instinct. Whether you’re thinking of hosting or celebrating away from home, there are some significant precautions to consider regarding pet safety this time of year.

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Warm, Toasty, Safe: The Best Ways to Share the Holidays With Your Cat

Holidays with your cat.

The news that December is National Cat Lover’s Month may come as a surprise to many cat owners. After all, when it comes to living with a cat (or more), aren’t there countless reasons to celebrate them every month of the year? 

Cats make life more fun and interesting. And while it’s important to give them your all throughout the year, December provides even more reasons to celebrate this special relationship. With our guide to sharing the holidays with your cat, you can be sure to get a few extra head bumps or long gazes all the way to New Year’s Eve.

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A Few Compromises: Celebrating Christmas With Your Cat

Cat owners know that our feline friends like this season of shiny, bright dangly things a little too much. Most of us have to make certain compromises to keep their favorite feline safe and healthy, but foregoing the whole month of December? Not necessary. 

The truth is, your cat can have their tuna-flavored cake and eat it, too. Ready to celebrate Christmas with your cat?

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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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Fireworks, Parties, and Thunderstorms: Understanding Pet Noise Anxiety

Summer can be a wonderful time to slow down, gather with family and friends, and enjoy all the festivities the season has to offer. For many pets, however, the warmer months can be the scariest time of year. 

Fireworks, parties, and thunderstorms can trigger pet noise anxiety and fear. Pets may respond by hiding, shaking, or becoming destructive. The urge to escape the noise can put them at risk for becoming lost or injured. 

Pet noise anxiety is a real problem, but luckily there are a few things you can do to help your pet and manage their fears. Blue Valley Animal Hospital focuses on the techniques and tips you can use to help your pet keep calm this summer.

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