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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How Your Dog Could Benefit from Doggie Daycare

It wasn’t too many years ago that most pet owners would laugh or roll their eyes at the idea of doggy daycare. Today, though, pet owners of all stripes are discovering the benefits of doggie daycare. 

Whether you’re looking to give your dog an afternoon away from home while you deep clean and run errands, or are looking for sustainable socialization and enrichment for your pet, doggie daycare has a lot to offer and can provide tremendous benefits for your four-legged friend

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Testing Out Pet DNA Testing: Pros and Cons 

If you’ve been at the dog park recently and heard, “What kind of dog is that?” you may be looking at your dog of mixed breed in a new light. And your cat may have a unique look that makes it fun to speculate just what breeds might make up her family tree. 

If you find yourself speculating and wanting to know exactly what breed your dog or cat really is, there’s a sure fire way to find out. The answers lie in your pet’s genes. 

Pet DNA testing is gaining in popularity, but it’s not just a fun way to learn about your pet’s heritage. Knowing your pet’s breed can also help you tailor her training to her breed tendencies. It can also allow you to be on the watch for breed specific diseases that might crop up. 

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