Pesky Puddles: Navigating Submissive Urination in Dogs

Almost nothing makes a pet owner’s heart fuller than the enthusiastic way that their dog greets them when they return home. That is, unless their pup’s hello is accompanied by a puddle of piddle. 

Thankfully, Blue Valley Animal Hospital has the tools to help you navigate submissive urination in dogs so that your homecoming can remain happy. 

Out of Control Urine

Submissive urination in dogs tends to be seen in puppies or adolescent animals and results in unexpected (and unwanted) urination, sometimes when you least expect it. 

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Dr. Pimple Popper, DVM: Abscesses in Pets

If you are one of those people who enjoy watching others express ooze from living things, you might consider veterinary medicine as a career path.

While obviously there is a lot more to the field of veterinary medicine, Blue Valley Animal Hospital treats more than our fair share of abscesses. While they are often satisfying to treat, abscesses in pets can be painful and even cause serious complications, though. They are important for animal lovers to understand.

The Anatomy of an Abscess

An abscess, by definition, is a confined swelling within the tissue of the body that contains pus. Pus is the body’s response to infection and contains dead white blood cells, bacteria, remnants of body tissues, and serum. Sounds great, right?

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Testing Out Pet DNA Testing: Pros and Cons 

If you’ve been at the dog park recently and heard, “What kind of dog is that?” you may be looking at your dog of mixed breed in a new light. And your cat may have a unique look that makes it fun to speculate just what breeds might make up her family tree. 

If you find yourself speculating and wanting to know exactly what breed your dog or cat really is, there’s a sure fire way to find out. The answers lie in your pet’s genes. 

Pet DNA testing is gaining in popularity, but it’s not just a fun way to learn about your pet’s heritage. Knowing your pet’s breed can also help you tailor her training to her breed tendencies. It can also allow you to be on the watch for breed specific diseases that might crop up. 

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My Cat Loves Cheese! Get The Facts About Cats and Cheese 

The image of a furry feline lapping up a bowl of milk is a common and widely accepted one. Some of us may even have grown up with Garfield going wild over a pan of lasagna. But can cats eat cheese? More specifically, should you be feeding them cheese?

Many cats love cheese, and it’s no surprise. The high protein and fat content as well as the delicious taste of cheese means your kitty will likely gobble it up. But as we learn more about the digestion of our feline friends, it has become clear that they are not designed to eat dairy, no matter how much they may seem to enjoy it. 

Keep reading as Blue Valley Animal Hospital explores cats and cheese, and the facts about feline health. 

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Identifying and Treating Glaucoma in Dogs

Glaucoma, a condition affecting the eye, is common among dogs. Although it mainly occurs in older pets, this disease can actually impact animals well under age 3. Without diagnosis and treatment, glaucoma can lead to decreased vision and even blindness. 

Vision health is paramount to quality of life. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital want to educate our pet families on the signs of glaucoma in dogs. After all, vision health is paramount to quality of life!

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Grooming, Nutrition & More: The Special Needs of Senior Cats

Aging cats are pretty set in their ways. They know exactly when it’s time for a meal and they draw from a cultivated collection of preferred nap zones. They expect attention at certain times, demand action for very specific reasons. In other words, they’ve got it all worked out. 

Of course, the needs of senior cats can change as they grow older, and it’s up to us to figure out the best ways to provide for them. That way, they can enjoy every moment of their golden years without pain, discomfort, or illness.

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Taking Great Care of Your Senior Pet

Whether you already have a senior pet or are considering adoption, a little grey on the muzzle can be a wonderful thing. Senior pets are special; they have lived long enough to know the routine, yet often have years of good health and love yet to give. 

Like humans, pets who are aging need certain adjustments to help keep them comfortable. But because of better pet nutrition, advancements in veterinary medicine, and our better understanding of what pets need to stay healthy, we can all give senior pets the healthy happy golden years they deserve. Read on to find out how. 

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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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