Skin Problems in Pets: Could It Be Allergies?

A dog scratching his neck.

A pet that constantly scratches at themselves can be incredibly hard to deal with, especially if their tags jangle every time. While it can be irritating to people, think about how grating it must be for a pet to live with itchy skin. Skin issues can often be resolved with treatment and time, but we don’t always immediately know the cause of itchy skin. We’ll go into the common causes of skin problems in pets and what can be done to help them.

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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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Can We Stop Pet Cancer Before It Happens?

dog at veterinary hospital.

Preventive medicine is the norm now, a fact that we’re pretty happy about. Instead of waiting for a problem to occur, pet owners have the tools and access to stop health issues from even developing. This means more possible time with your pet and a higher quality of life as they age. Pet cancer is one of the several diseases becoming more common in pets, in part because they are living longer. What can we do to prevent the disease from gaining traction?

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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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The Importance of Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Veterinarian holding cat in their arms.

August 22, 2021 is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, and serves as a great reminder that cats benefit from routine examinations. Because cats age much faster than humans (and they mask symptoms), it’s essential to stay in front of any developing health conditions. While we know it’s not always easy to convince a cat to enter their travel crate, routine appointments contribute to a higher quality of life. 

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How To Keep Your Pet Safe in the Event of a Fire

Pet being rescued from fire.

No one ever expects a fire to start while they’re sleeping safely at home, but making a plan to keep your pet safe in case of a fire can literally be the difference between life or death. With these pet safety tips from Blue Valley Animal Hospital, you will know what to do with your pet in the unlikely instance of a house fire:

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