Recognizing Signs of Pet Cancer

Pet health: a sick cat enjoys head scratches.

With our animal friends living longer than ever historically, the incidence of pet cancer is on the rise. While this is a bit depressing, the good news is that with better pet wellness care and advancements in veterinary medicine, your team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is more prepared than ever to do battle with pet cancer when it occurs. 

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Raising Awareness About Dog Anxiety: How to Alleviate Stress in Your Dog

An anxious dog hides under a blanket.

May 2-8 is Dog Anxiety Awareness Week and the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants to help spread awareness on this common condition. Dogs are reactive to many stimuli in the environment, and they react to it in ways that sometimes can become a phobia or anxiety

The difference between the occasional bout of doggie fear verses full-blown anxiety can be subtle. We want to help you recognize the signs of anxiety so you can help your dog feel his or her best.

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What to Expect When Your Dog Turns One

A dog wearing a birthday hat sits in front of a cake with candles.

Your pup’s first birthday is an important milestone in their life, as they start to transition from puppyhood to adulthood. While every dog is unique, most dogs reach adulthood between the ages of 1-to-2 years old. As your dog grows, you can expect some changes to occur both behaviorally and physically. Continuous wellness care becomes more important than ever as their bodies and needs change. 

The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to break down those changes so you know what to expect when your dog turns one. 

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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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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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Pesky Puddles: Navigating Submissive Urination in Dogs

Almost nothing makes a pet owner’s heart fuller than the enthusiastic way that their dog greets them when they return home. That is, unless their pup’s hello is accompanied by a puddle of piddle. 

Thankfully, Blue Valley Animal Hospital has the tools to help you navigate submissive urination in dogs so that your homecoming can remain happy. 

Out of Control Urine

Submissive urination in dogs tends to be seen in puppies or adolescent animals and results in unexpected (and unwanted) urination, sometimes when you least expect it. 

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Summer Fun: Keeping Your Pet Safe During Parties

Summertime is high time for the high life, and that means grilling, picnics, and parties. Hosting parties when you have a pet can prove to be challenging when you’re not prepared. From toxic food to loud noises, the risks involved for your pet can be many, and some may even surprise you. 

There is no reason why you can’t enjoy the season with some events and gatherings, though. This is why your team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here with some suggestions for keeping your pet safe during parties. Let’s take a closer look!

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Helping Pets Adjust to Life After Lockdown

Considering all the animals that were adopted or fostered prior to lockdowns, their sheer numbers are overwhelming. With so many people forced to stay at home, the calming warmth and reassurance of millions of new pets made all the difference.

Helping pets adjust to their new homes has never been easier, but what happens when we all return to work or school?

Constant Companionship

With everyone at home, the animals in our care have probably never been happier. There’s always something going on (even if it’s just another nap on the couch), and in households with kids, playful activities abound. Helping new pets adjust to a lively household may go easier than imagined.

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Wrapping your Head Around Pet Separation Anxiety

Once a routine is established at home, it’s not unusual for pets to embrace their daily dose of “me time”. That’s not to say they don’t get a little lonely or bored in their owner’s absence, but these normal reactions are a far cry from full-on pet separation anxiety. Instead of temporarily pacing or whining and then settling down to sleep, pet separation anxiety can make a pet simply come unglued at the sight and sound of keys, jackets and shoes. 

Equally distressing for pet owners, pet separation anxiety can be soothed with patience, understanding, and above all, love.

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