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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Raising Awareness About Dog Anxiety: How to Alleviate Stress in Your Dog

An anxious dog hides under a blanket.

May 2-8 is Dog Anxiety Awareness Week and the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants to help spread awareness on this common condition. Dogs are reactive to many stimuli in the environment, and they react to it in ways that sometimes can become a phobia or anxiety

The difference between the occasional bout of doggie fear verses full-blown anxiety can be subtle. We want to help you recognize the signs of anxiety so you can help your dog feel his or her best.

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What Your Veterinarian Wants You To Know About Lyme Disease

A dog stands next to a person holding a tick.

People who have been affected by Lyme disease know what a devastating condition it can be. With one in 500 pets in Kansas testing positive for it, Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants our clients to be aware that it affects animals as well. 

While Lyme Disease in pets is on the rise, there is no need to feel helpless. Learn how being a proactive pet owner can help prevent this tick-borne disease.

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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.

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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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