Are There Any Holiday Plants That Are Safe For Pets to Sniff or Taste?

cat and a plant

This time of year there are plenty of warnings specific to pet owners. Between toxic holiday foods, hazardous decor, choking risks, gastrointestinal obstruction or lost or missing pets, responsible owners really have their work cut out for them. 

The good news is that once you have an understanding of the potential problems facing animals at home, everyone can enjoy the holiday season without incident. As for holiday plants that are safe for pets, we have some helpful hints to help you prepare a festive, yet secure, environment for all to enjoy.

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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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Household Hazards That Threaten Overall Pet Safety

Every household has their fair share of potential risks to pets. Pet proofing is essential before adopting a new best friend, but it’s equally important to continue the habit throughout their life, too.

Without a daily approach to pet safety, unfortunate accidents can occur that result in emergency care, long term health ramifications, or worse.

Tour the House

Establish pet safety in and around the home by taking a close look. Get down on the floor to see possible risks at your pet’s eye and nose level. After all, since your pet experiences their world through their sense of smell, it makes sense to try and control what’s available to them at all times.

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Summer Fun: Keeping Your Pet Safe During Parties

Summertime is high time for the high life, and that means grilling, picnics, and parties. Hosting parties when you have a pet can prove to be challenging when you’re not prepared. From toxic food to loud noises, the risks involved for your pet can be many, and some may even surprise you. 

There is no reason why you can’t enjoy the season with some events and gatherings, though. This is why your team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here with some suggestions for keeping your pet safe during parties. Let’s take a closer look!

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On the Prowl: Improving Cat Safety When They Want to Go Out at Night

If you have a fluffy, furry, whiskered friend, you may find that they sleep all day. Contrary to popular opinion, cats are crepuscular, not nocturnal, and are most active around dawn and dusk. They are both recovering from intense activity at sunrise, and preparing for their evening romp. 

Depending on the cat, nightly activities may simply involve a patrol around the fenced yard. But they may also take in a roof walk, a crossing of a busy road, a fight with another cat, or even an entry into another home. Either way, cat safety is at stake.

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Spooky, Not Scary: Halloween Safety for Pets

Halloween is a beloved time of year for many families. Dressing up, trick-or-treating, passing out candy, and all the fun decorations are what makes the holiday so special year after year. 

For our four-legged family members, however, Halloween can be truly frightening, and may even be dangerous. Read on to learn about how to have a happy Howl-o-ween for all!

Decor Dilemmas

Some humans enjoy being frightened or spooked during this season, but to a pet there is no such thing as a “fun” scare. Many pets find Halloween decorations, especially animatronic displays or creepy lawn decor, truly frightening. 

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Pet Costumes and Halloween Wins

Halloween is right around the corner, and time is growing short to get that perfect costume together for your pet. Of course, your fur friend may want nothing to do with dressing up, but if they are tolerant, pet costumes can be a fun way to join the Halloween fun. 

Pet Costumes 101

Remember to never force your pet into costume. Some pets will only tolerate dressing up for about as long as it takes us to snap a quick picture for your friends. With time, praise, and lots of encouragement, your pet may grow accustomed to wearing a costume, but if it doesn’t work out, don’t be too surprised.

Even if your pet is a willing participant, watch for the following warning signs:

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How Long is too Long to Leave a Pet Home Alone?

A golden lab stares out the window

Having a pet means fulfilling all of their needs –  a huge responsibility! Besides providing food and shelter, there’s grooming, training, along with trips to the veterinarian for wellness exams, vaccines, and parasite protection. Not to mention dealing with the occasional pet illness or injury.

And there’s a pet’s mental and emotional well being to consider. You are your pet’s world, and just knowing that you’re nearby comforts and calms them. But of course, it usually isn’t possible to have our pets by our sides at all times. This begs the question, how long is too long to leave a pet home alone?

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Boarding Requirements: The Method Behind the Madness

When you take a look at what is required for your pet before boarding at Blue Valley Animal Hospital, you might feel a little overwhelmed. Your last boarding facility didn’t require flea prevention! Have you ever checked a fecal sample on your pet? Who knew dogs should have an influenza vaccine?

When it comes down to it, there is a good reason that our boarding and grooming clients are expected to meet our strict standards. You trust us with your pet’s care, and we think it’s important to protect our furry wards against those things within our control. Our boarding requirements are in place because we care a lot about your pet’s safety.

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Fireworks, Parties, and Thunderstorms: Understanding Pet Noise Anxiety

Summer can be a wonderful time to slow down, gather with family and friends, and enjoy all the festivities the season has to offer. For many pets, however, the warmer months can be the scariest time of year. 

Fireworks, parties, and thunderstorms can trigger pet noise anxiety and fear. Pets may respond by hiding, shaking, or becoming destructive. The urge to escape the noise can put them at risk for becoming lost or injured. 

Pet noise anxiety is a real problem, but luckily there are a few things you can do to help your pet and manage their fears. Blue Valley Animal Hospital focuses on the techniques and tips you can use to help your pet keep calm this summer.

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