Caring for Kitty: Cat Wellness Basics

Dogs may have earned the title of man’s best friend, but cat owners everywhere will tell you that the feline species is tops. These lovable little lions that we share our homes with may not seem to need much, but despite their proud posturing we know there’s a lot we can do to help them live their best lives.

Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants our cat-loving clients to know all the secrets to creating a purr-fect existence for our feline friends.

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Making Your Skin Crawl: Common Pet Skin Problems and Their Causes

You might think that besides annual wellness visits, the next most common reason that pets visit us at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is to say hello to our wonderful team! While we wish that were the case, unfortunately we see pets for a lot of other reasons – dermatologic issues being one of the top motivations for a trip to the vet.

Learn about the most commonly diagnosed pet skin problems, what causes them, and what you can do to keep your visits to see us to a minimum.

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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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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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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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How to Manage Pet Allergies

Pet allergies are common and manifest as pet skin issues

Just like humans, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies or allergies that persist throughout the year. In fact, allergies in pets is one of the most common issues we see in our patients. The symptoms can be intense and can severely impact your pet’s quality of life (and yours).

Pet allergies can be overwhelming, but armed with a little knowledge and support, they don’t have to be. Let the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital help you every step of the way!

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Understanding Pet Vaccinations

Pet vaccinations can have a huge impact on pet health

Getting your pet his or her “shots” is a traditional part of pet ownership. Vaccines, however, can be a touchy topic in modern society, especially in the realm of our human population.

While there are risks to vaccinating our pets, serious consequences are fortunately rare and there is overwhelming evidence that the protection pet vaccinations offer both our four-legged friends as well as ourselves far outweigh any potential negatives.

That being said, it is important for us at Blue Valley Animal Hospital to be sure that we are vaccinating pets in a smart manner and educating our pet parents about why we recommend the vaccines that we do. Pet vaccinations are an important part of animal care, and we want our clients to be an active part of the process.

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Happy Tails and Pawsome Health: All About Senior Pet Wellness

With proper senior pet wellness your pet can be happy and healthy into their golden years. 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.

Senior pets, or those typically 7 years and older, also can experience amazing vitality, energy, and quality of life. And just like with us, they need health care that is tailored to their advanced age. Get to know more about how you can give your pet the very best life and longevity through senior pet wellness. Continue…