Why the Long Wait Times for Veterinary Appointments: The Covid Addition

Cat in a pet carrier on the way to his veterinary appointment.

At this point in the pandemic, everyone has experienced some level of frustrating change to the daily life they previously took for granted. The world certainly seems more full of uncertainty than it did last year at this time, and for pet owners that uncertainty extends to caring for a sick pet. 

Long wait times for veterinary appointments across the country are taking a toll on pet care. Here at Blue Valley Animal Hospital, many of our clients have asked a lot of questions regarding this phenomenon, like why it’s happening and what you can do about it, so we’re taking the time to answer some of those for our readers.

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Blue Valley Animal Hospital’s Top Blogs of 2020!

While 2020 has been… unpredictable, we have been able to reliably count on two things: the final page of the calendar will turn to 2021, and the boundless love of our fuzzy little weirdos will see us through whatever may come.

Indeed, our pets have been steadfast in their support this past year just as the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital has been steadfast in our commitment to your pets’ health and well-being through all the ups and downs.

As you know, part of our ongoing commitment to you and your pets’ health and happiness is our blog. And, as we do every year, we are excited to celebrate the date change with our annual top blogs list! Hopefully you enjoy a look back at our most-read blogs of 2020!

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Our Favorite Things: Blue Valley Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Blogs of 2019

Winter safety for pets helps keep pets warm during winter

The holidays bring so many of our favorite things, topped by spending time with family and friends. And although we love the joys and celebrations the holidays bring, we can now take a collective breath and pause to reflect back as 2019 winds down. 

Reflection offers us a chance to remember the wonderful times we shared with our pets this past year, and maybe he challenges, too. That’s where Blue Valley Animal Hospital comes in, to offer you ways to keep your pet healthy and happy for a lifetime. 

One way we can offer this is through our pet blog. This is where we share our favorite relevant, interesting, and fun information about pet health and wellness. We hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage as we share our top 5 blogs of 2019.

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Decoding the Pet Dental Exam

If you’ve cuddled up on the couch with your pet lately and noticed that his breath was less than fresh, it might be time for a pet dental exam. Bad breath is often the first sign of dental disease, a common but preventable condition in pets.

So common, in fact, that it is cited as the most common health problem in pets, according to the American Veterinary Dental College. By the time pets are 4 years of age, over 85% of them have some form of dental disease, whether it be gingivitis or periodontitis. More than bad breath, dental disease can cause significant pain, tooth loss, and even systemic disease of major organs when bacteria from your pet’s mouth enter the bloodstream.

A pet dental exam is the first step in determining the extent of the problem, and normally occurs as a part of your pet’s annual wellness visit. But what exactly happens at a pet dental exam, and what can it show? Blue Valley Animal Hospital is decoding the pet dental exam, here.

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Blue Valley Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

Over the course of the year, we’ve had the pleasure and privilege to meet and reconnect with many of you and your pets. We’ve shared laughter as well as a few tears, and we’ve been grateful for all of it. 2018 was a very full year, full of learning new things and growing together.

Providing you with our weekly pet care blog is another way we share in ongoing learning. We are humbled that many of you are reading our blog, and we hope you’ve enjoyed topics on wellness care, seasonal safety, and specific illnesses that affect pets. In fact, we looked at which blogs resonated with you the most, and we’ve put together Blue Valley Animal Hospital’s top 10 most popular blogs of 2018.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Winter Pet Safety

Winter safety for pets helps keep pets warm during winter

In our little slice of heaven, it does get downright cold. The dry, windy, and frigid days to come are good reminders that it’s important to keep a pulse on winter pet safety. A basic rule is that if it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for your pets. Read on for more tips for keeping your best friends safe, warm, and happy when winter winds blow.

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