Posts in Category: The Great Outdoors
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.
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.Continue…
Just like humans, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies or allergies that persist throughout the year. In fact, allergies in pets is one of the most common issues we see in our patients. The symptoms can be intense and can severely impact your pet’s quality of life (and yours).
Getting your pet his or her “shots” is a traditional part of pet ownership. Vaccines, however, can be a touchy topic in modern society, especially in the realm of our human population.
While there are risks to vaccinating our pets, serious consequences are fortunately rare and there is overwhelming evidence that the protection pet vaccinations offer both our four-legged friends as well as ourselves far outweigh any potential negatives.
That being said, it is important for us at Blue Valley Animal Hospital to be sure that we are vaccinating pets in a smart manner and educating our pet parents about why we recommend the vaccines that we do. Pet vaccinations are an important part of animal care, and we want our clients to be an active part of the process.
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!
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…
As the weather begins to warm up, our thoughts turn to outdoor picnics, yard work, and trips to the dog park. But outdoor weather also brings disease-carrying mosquitoes. One disease of particular concern to pet owners is heartworm disease.
A type of roundworm, the heartworm will infect any size, breed, and shape of dog or cat. Left untreated, heartworm disease is fatal. Even with treatment, it can wreak havoc on your pet’s heart and lungs by the time it’s diagnosed. Let Blue Valley Animal Hospital tell you why heartworm prevention is your pet’s best friend.
Having your pet microchipped may seem like an unnecessary step because, after all, your pet is always supervised by you and they’d never stray, right? Unfortunately, the statistics show that over 10 million cats and dogs go missing each year, many of whom end up in shelters, rehomed, or worse, euthanized.
While we don’t wish to scare you, accidents do happen. Doors get left ajar, windows remain open, a screen pops out, or a dog who’s prone to dig gets under the fence. These are common scenarios that can happen to even the most vigilant of pet owners.