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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Hitting the Road: Pro Tips for Traveling with Pets

Summer is peak vacation time, and many of us are in the midst of firming up our travel plans. Whether you’re taking a cross country drive or jetting off to a far away land, taking your pet along for the adventure is a big undertaking that takes a lot of preparation. That’s why the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital has compiled some pro tips for traveling with pets.

Planning Tips for Traveling with Pets

There are many factors that come into play when deciding whether or not to travel with your pet.

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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Pet Safety – And Fun!

Holiday pet safety can lead to holiday fun for pets!

Are you decking the halls this season? Most of us celebrate one or more of the winter holidays, which usually means partake in the delicious food, beautiful decorations, and friend and family gatherings that the season brings. Of course, we love to include our pets in this special time of year, they’re part of the family, after all!

But some of the things that come with holiday festivities can pose serious health and safety risks to our pets. Awareness, knowledge and attentiveness can go a long way to preventing a pet emergency. So before you get into the full hustle and bustle, let us help make the season merry and bright for your furry loved ones with our holiday pet safety tips.

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Halloween For Pets Spooktacular! Pet Safety on Halloween

Pet safety on Halloween is important for a pet safe holiday

Many of us anticipate the celebration of Halloween all year long. For children and adults alike, the costumes, treats, and parties surrounding Halloween can be great fun. But this holiday can be particularly spooky for our pets. Blue Valley Animal Hospital looks at some ways to make “Fright Night” both safe and fun for pets as well as the entire family.

Pet Safety on Halloween


Here are a few tips and tricks to think about when it comes to pet safety on Halloween.

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Summer Pet Safety: Let the Fun Begin!

Summer pet safety is an important part of summer fun with pets!Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… Or, so the old song goes. Summer fun is right around the corner, but along with the good times come things that can hurt your pet and spoil that easy- living feeling. Here’s what you need to know about summer pet safety, so you can both enjoy the good life from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and beyond!

Sun Seekers

Pets may love basking in the warm sunshine, but sun can cause damage to their skin just as it can to ours. Especially if you have a light colored, thin-skinned, or white dog or cat, take care to protect them from sunburn. You may consider a PABA-free zinc oxide pet sunscreen, and apply it to their ear tips, top of the nose, and their face.  Make sure that you don’t get it in their eyes, of course.

Summer pet safety also means considering outside surfaces that your pet might encounter. The sun cooks concrete, metal, and asphalt, and sensitive paws can burn on hot surfaces. Avoid walking over asphalt and always give pets a way to get out of the sun by providing access to shade at all times. Driving with your dog in the bed of a truck is a bad idea. Continue…

Pet Boarding: What to Know Before You Go

pet boardingMost of us consider our pets full-fledged members of our families, and it can be hard to be away from them when we have to leave town. Because it’s simply not possible to bring our pets everywhere we go (although that would be ideal), many pet owners turn to pet boarding services to provide a safe and secure “home away from home” for their pets.

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