The Cutest Care of All: Puppy and Kitten Care

Puppy and kitten care.

There may be nothing more adorable and exciting than welcoming a new baby into your home. While human babies are cute as well, at Blue Valley Animal Hospital, puppies and kittens are more our speed. Getting your new pet off on the right paw is important. Keep reading to learn more about good kitten and puppy care:

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Senior Pet Care: Prolonging the Life of Your Best Friend

Senior pet care.

Our pets are often our best friends, and it is important to do right by them. Taking good care of a pet as they enter their golden years is a great way to repay them for all they do for us. Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to help you provide senior pet care that your four-legged companion deserves. 

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The Importance of Microchipping

A dog running in the brush.

It can happen to even the most watchful and caring pet parents: the front door is left open, a loose screen gets pushed out, or an excited dog wriggles his way out of his collar. In the United States, more than 10 million cats and dogs are reported missing each year. When a pet runs away, it’s absolutely heartbreaking, which is why the caring team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants pet parents to understand the benefits of having their pets microchipped.

We know you have questions, so read on to learn more about this important part of pet safety

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How to Recognize the Symptoms of a Sick Bird

A veterinarian looking at a sick bird.

It’s pretty easy to spot a healthy bird just from their physical appearance. They may appear bright-eyed and alert, engaging, clean, and active. While the signs of illness or injury might be noted by someone with extensive avian experience, birds are unlikely to reveal symptoms as a method of self-preservation. By the time you start to wonder if you have a sick bird, they may be in dire need of medical help.

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Pet Cancer Spotlight: Can My Pet Get Skin Cancer?

Dog outside in the sun.

Although no one likes to hear the word “cancer,” is is unfortunately a common diagnosis, especially in older patients. There are many types of pet cancer that can affect our furry friends in a multitude of ways, with each type behaving somewhat differently. At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, we are often asked about skin cancer and skin cancer symptoms in pets. Read on to learn about the signs to watch out for and ways to avoid skin cancer in your four-legged family member.

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The Importance of Vaccinations for Cats

Cat vaccine

At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, vaccinations in one form or another are an important wellness recommendation for almost any pet patient we see. While most of our dog owners follow our recommendations, our feline patients are much less likely to receive the wellness care that they need. That doesn’t make vaccinations for cats or other wellness care any less essential for them, though. 

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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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