The Cutest Care of All: Puppy and Kitten Care

Puppy and kitten care.

There may be nothing more adorable and exciting than welcoming a new baby into your home. While human babies are cute as well, at Blue Valley Animal Hospital, puppies and kittens are more our speed. Getting your new pet off on the right paw is important. Keep reading to learn more about good kitten and puppy care:

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How to Recognize the Symptoms of a Sick Bird

A veterinarian looking at a sick bird.

It’s pretty easy to spot a healthy bird just from their physical appearance. They may appear bright-eyed and alert, engaging, clean, and active. While the signs of illness or injury might be noted by someone with extensive avian experience, birds are unlikely to reveal symptoms as a method of self-preservation. By the time you start to wonder if you have a sick bird, they may be in dire need of medical help.

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Pets and Loud Noises: How You Can Help

Dog hiding from loud noise.

Thunderstorms, loud cars, fireworks, and other loud noises can be very starting for your pet. After a loud, unidentified sound, your pet might cower in a corner or squeeze under the couch out of fear, and remain in tight spaces for far too long. While some pets do not have a problem with loud noise, this can be a common anxious behavior in many pets. If you are wondering what you can do to help your pet, the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital has a few tips for you. 

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Pet Cancer Spotlight: Can My Pet Get Skin Cancer?

Dog outside in the sun.

Although no one likes to hear the word “cancer,” is is unfortunately a common diagnosis, especially in older patients. There are many types of pet cancer that can affect our furry friends in a multitude of ways, with each type behaving somewhat differently. At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, we are often asked about skin cancer and skin cancer symptoms in pets. Read on to learn about the signs to watch out for and ways to avoid skin cancer in your four-legged family member.

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In an Emergency, Pet Safety Must Be a Priority

A dog covered in dirt next to a broken planter.

Planning for an emergency may seem like a way of inviting one, but not having a plan isn’t a great alternative. Considering that your pet depends on you for all their health and safety needs, it is vitally important to know what to do to ensure their well-being and security. Pet safety is probably on your mind every day. But if/when an emergency happens in your house or community, there are clear and definite ways to keep your pet free from harm. 

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What to Do About Your Dog’s Red Rocket?

Dog's red rocket.

A male dog’s special anatomy might go unnoticed until something draws your attention to their lower abdominal region. In other words, you know they have a penis. You see them using it to urinate, but it’s not something you dwell on unless you absolutely have to. A dog’s red rocket, or an erection that won’t go down, might seem like it will resolve itself. Sometimes, unfortunately, a dog’s penis can get stuck in this position and it’s cause for immediate concern. 

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Can We Stop Pet Cancer Before It Happens?

dog at veterinary hospital.

Preventive medicine is the norm now, a fact that we’re pretty happy about. Instead of waiting for a problem to occur, pet owners have the tools and access to stop health issues from even developing. This means more possible time with your pet and a higher quality of life as they age. Pet cancer is one of the several diseases becoming more common in pets, in part because they are living longer. What can we do to prevent the disease from gaining traction?

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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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