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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Recognizing Signs of Pet Cancer

Pet health: a sick cat enjoys head scratches.

With our animal friends living longer than ever historically, the incidence of pet cancer is on the rise. While this is a bit depressing, the good news is that with better pet wellness care and advancements in veterinary medicine, your team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is more prepared than ever to do battle with pet cancer when it occurs. 

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There’s a Fungus Among Us and It’s Called Ringworm

A dog bites at its leg.

Unlike parasites with a similar sounding name like hookworms and tapeworms, ringworm is actually a fungal infection that can infect domesticated animals like dogs. A dog can get infected with ringworm from simply touching a contaminated item like a rug, which is why it is important to know the signs of this infection so you can get the medical attention you need to clear it up.

Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants to help you avoid issues with ringworm for your dogs. Here’s what you need to know about this fungal infection:

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Brushing A Cat’s Teeth: Why and How it Should be Done

A black cat gets its teeth brushed.

Like humans, cats’ teeth need to be taken care of on a daily basis to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. In fact, the majority of cats have some form of dental disease by the time they reach the age of three. Dental disease can cause pain, tooth loss, infection, and can even shorten your cat’s lifespan if bacteria from an oral infection enters the bloodstream. 

The absolute best way to protect your pet’s oral health is by brushing their teeth daily or at least three times per week. Brushing a cat’s teeth probably sounds like an impossible task, but with the right approach (along with a healthy dose of patience and persistence) most cats can learn to accept and even enjoy toothbrushing.

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The Principles of Winter Paw Protection

dog running in snow

Winter is here, and dog owners know that this is no excuse to stay indoors – dogs still need to go out every day, after all! Protecting them from the elements is important to their health and safety, and while you may have already invested in waterproof outerwear for your pup it’s easy to overlook those sweet paws.

Winter paw protection is a crucial part of caring for your dog during the winter months, and the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to get you started!

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Is It Time to Start Feeding Pumpkin To Your Pet? Mmm-hmm!

dog with a pumpkin

Everyone knows it’s decorative gourd season, but not all make it from our entryways to the kitchen. Pumpkins are the product of a seed-bearing, flowering plant, and are actually classified as a fruit. However, because they aren’t sweet many of us lump them in with vegetables. Either way, pumpkins pack a lot of flavor, fiber and vitamins. If you’re wondering about feeding pumpkin to your pet, you’ve come to the right place.

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Are Pets That Eat Bugs Unhealthy or Just a Little Gross?

Our messaging on parasites is pretty strong – and for good reason. Vector-borne illness from mosquitoes, fleas and ticks are flat-out terrible. But just because bugs can be bad for pets, it doesn’t mean we can always stop them from playing with or hunting them. 

Pets that eat bugs are sometimes okay, but otherwise the experience can be painful (ever watched a dog try to eat a wasp?), not to mention disgusting and unsettling. So, what should a concerned owner do?

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