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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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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Dog Urine Doesn’t Have to Stain Your Green Grass

For people with lush, green lawns, dog urine can be an affront to curb appeal. On a walk, you might steer clear of a property that is especially well cared for.

But what about at home? Are you resigned to living with crusty yellow circles all over your backyard? If you’re like most dog owners, you want to do something about dog urine in the grass, but what?

Why Does Dog Pee Stain Grass?

Dog urine has a unique chemical makeup, but contrary to popular belief it’s not the acidic compounds that kills grass. Instead, the highly concentrated amounts of salts and nitrogen are to blame.

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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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You Dig? What To Do About Your Dog Or Puppy Digging 

If your lawn or garden is regularly being sacrificed to your dog or puppy’s paws, you may be throwing your hands up in frustration. 

Aside from the holes in the ground and a subsequent lack of foliage, dog or puppy digging is one of the more difficult behaviors to fix. A thorough understanding of why dogs dig is in order before trying to break the habit.

Keep reading as your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital elaborate on this common dog behavioral problem. 

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How To Remove A Tick – And Why You Shouldn’t Delay

With the advent of warmer weather, your thoughts may be turning to backyard barbecues, hiking with your dog, and longer, warmer days spent outdoors. Ours, too! But you may also be noticing more things creepy and crawly – yes, we’re talking about bugs.

Chief among these threats are ticks. Ticks live in all 50 states and are intent on one thing: taking a blood meal from your pet. Ticks that have attached to your pet are gross, but they pose an even more serious threat than a bite. Tick borne disease can even be deadly for your pet, and many of these diseases can affect you, too.

To keep your pets, your family, and yourself safe, follow these guidelines for how to remove a tick safely and quickly.

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How To Build Your Pet First Aid Kit, Step by Step

No one likes to think about an emergency situation, but they can and do happen. When you have pets, things come up that you might not expect, and it can be a great comfort to be prepared. If you can respond quickly to an emergency with your pet, you can stabilize them while you prepare to come to the veterinary hospital or emergency clinic. For this reason, a pet first aid kit is a great tool to have at the ready.

Your Pet First Aid Kit

Every pet needs a first aid kit, even if they’re a homebody! Here are the basics you need for general pet first aid.

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Beyond The Monthly Preventives: Flea, Tick and Heartworm Prevention Away From Home

Flea, tick and heartworm prevention is important when traveling

Spring is getting ready to, well, spring, in our neck of the woods! And although we believe that year round parasite prevention is important to good health for pets, we know that warmer weather brings about more thoughts of the creepy crawlies and how to prevent them from attacking our best friends.

Monthly flea, tick, and heartworm prevention is an important part of the process, but there are further precautions we can take to make sure our pets have an extra layer of protection.

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