Tips On Preparing Your Dog For Summer

A dog in summer.

It’s almost summer, which calls for some fun in the sun–not just for you, but for your furry best friend, too. It is important to take precautions to ensure your dog stays healthy while engaging in all of the exciting summer canine activities. Summertime provides us with more hours of daylight, but it also gifts us with more hours of heat and potential exposure to various allergens. We all want to spend more time outside in the summer, so our team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital presents this list of tips for protecting and preparing your dog to have a healthy and happy time outside this summer. 

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Skin Problems in Pets: Could It Be Allergies?

A dog scratching his neck.

A pet that constantly scratches at themselves can be incredibly hard to deal with, especially if their tags jangle every time. While it can be irritating to people, think about how grating it must be for a pet to live with itchy skin. Skin issues can often be resolved with treatment and time, but we don’t always immediately know the cause of itchy skin. We’ll go into the common causes of skin problems in pets and what can be done to help them.

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Ring in the New Year With Pet Safety Measures

New Year pet safety

People are usually excited to close out one year and welcome the next. Pets? Not so much. They don’t abide by the same rituals that we do. And while many animals simply go with the flow, others respond to parties and perceived chaos with an immediate fight or flight instinct. Whether you’re thinking of hosting or celebrating away from home, there are some significant precautions to consider regarding pet safety this time of year.

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Warm, Toasty, Safe: The Best Ways to Share the Holidays With Your Cat

Holidays with your cat.

The news that December is National Cat Lover’s Month may come as a surprise to many cat owners. After all, when it comes to living with a cat (or more), aren’t there countless reasons to celebrate them every month of the year? 

Cats make life more fun and interesting. And while it’s important to give them your all throughout the year, December provides even more reasons to celebrate this special relationship. With our guide to sharing the holidays with your cat, you can be sure to get a few extra head bumps or long gazes all the way to New Year’s Eve.

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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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The Circus is NOT in Town: Fall Flea Control Tips for Pet Owners

As much as we all love pets, none of us want to unintentionally add a few hundred non-human houseguests to our family. Fleas can quickly and quietly hit this mark before you even know what’s going on.

At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, we firmly believe that when it comes to fleas and other external parasites, a good defense is the best offense. This time of year, these pesky ectoparasites are at their peak. No worries, though, because we are here to share our best fall flea control strategies.

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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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