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…

Pet Dental Health: An Important Link for Overall Wellness

Pet dental health plays a big roll in veterinary wellness careWe’re all looking for ways to enhance health and vitality. Some methods are long-lasting; others explode with novelty, only to fizzle out after a while. One easy, sure-fire way to increase your furry loved one’s longevity is by staying on top of pet dental health.

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During every pet wellness exam, we take a peek inside the mouth to see what’s happening with the teeth and gums. Staying ahead of any developing problems is one of the best ways to prevent infections, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.    

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An alarming majority of cats and dogs over the age of three show early signs of dental issues – even though most problems are entirely preventable. Routine exams, professional cleanings, and regular care and attention at home can stop issues before they get out of hand. Continue…

Protect Your Cat From Common Cat Poisons

Many common household plants are cat poisonsIt’s amazing (and somewhat scary) to realize just how many household and yard hazards there are for your cats. Cats are naturally curious, and many of them have the athletic prowess of Olympic athletes, so it’s important to be especially aware of just what those common cat poisons are.

Your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital love our cat companions, so we thought it high time that we explore this topic a bit further.  

The Cat’s Meow

Many think that cats are finicky eaters and therefore less prone to ingesting a toxic substance. It may surprise you to know that there are several factors that may cause cats to become even more ill than dogs, once exposed to a small amount of a poisonous substance. Here are some of the reasons: Continue…

Pet Boarding: What to Know Before You Go

pet boardingMost 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.

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Itchy and Scratchy: The Damage Caused by Fleas and Ticks

fleas and ticksSpring fever is a common phenomenon shared by people and pets alike. As soon as the first crocus pops up, neighbors begin tidying up their yards, planting flowers, and tuning up their bikes. Pets swoon over the long days and sweet breezes just as we do. Unfortunately, in their eagerness to simply be outside all time, they become targets of fleas and ticks. In their own way, these blood-thirsty bugs are experiencing their own spring fever, and we want to make sure your pet is protected!

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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.

We no longer take a treatment-only approach to health care, and we now view prevention as the key to good health. Veterinary medicine also focuses on preventive care as the best way to increase well-being, decrease the likelihood of certain diseases, and extend quality of life and longevity.

Keep reading to learn more about the merits of good pet wellness care for your four-legged companion!

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