Hitting the Road: Pro Tips for Traveling with Pets

Summer is peak vacation time, and many of us are in the midst of firming up our travel plans. Whether you’re taking a cross country drive or jetting off to a far away land, taking your pet along for the adventure is a big undertaking that takes a lot of preparation. That’s why the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital has compiled some pro tips for traveling with pets.

Planning Tips for Traveling with Pets

There are many factors that come into play when deciding whether or not to travel with your pet.

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Caring for Kitty: Cat Wellness Basics

Dogs may have earned the title of man’s best friend, but cat owners everywhere will tell you that the feline species is tops. These lovable little lions that we share our homes with may not seem to need much, but despite their proud posturing we know there’s a lot we can do to help them live their best lives.

Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants our cat-loving clients to know all the secrets to creating a purr-fect existence for our feline friends.

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Making Your Skin Crawl: Common Pet Skin Problems and Their Causes

You might think that besides annual wellness visits, the next most common reason that pets visit us at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is to say hello to our wonderful team! While we wish that were the case, unfortunately we see pets for a lot of other reasons – dermatologic issues being one of the top motivations for a trip to the vet.

Learn about the most commonly diagnosed pet skin problems, what causes them, and what you can do to keep your visits to see us to a minimum.

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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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Achoo! Can Pets Catch Colds from Humans?

We can all easily recall the stuffy nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat, and more that comes with having a cold. If we’re lucky, the virus only hangs on for a couple days before moving on to the next unsuspecting victim, but in some cases, colds can last for a week or more.

Dogs and cats are also susceptible to a variety of contagious illnesses. But as cold and flu season drags on, pet owners may be wondering: Can pets catch colds from humans?

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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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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Pet Safety – And Fun!

Holiday pet safety can lead to holiday fun for pets!

Are you decking the halls this season? Most of us celebrate one or more of the winter holidays, which usually means partake in the delicious food, beautiful decorations, and friend and family gatherings that the season brings. Of course, we love to include our pets in this special time of year, they’re part of the family, after all!

But some of the things that come with holiday festivities can pose serious health and safety risks to our pets. Awareness, knowledge and attentiveness can go a long way to preventing a pet emergency. So before you get into the full hustle and bustle, let us help make the season merry and bright for your furry loved ones with our holiday pet safety tips.

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Delicious But Safe? Holiday Food Safety for Pets

Delicious But Safe? Holiday Food Safety for Pets is Important to Pet Safety and Pet Nutrition

The holidays are here, and for many of us, that means cozying up in the kitchen with our favorite recipes to share. Holiday tables and meals often mean family, and with 70% of pet owners considering pets a part of the family, sharing our favorite foods with them is the next logical step. But it this safe?

We’re all human, and it’s tough to resist those puppy dog eyes, but some traditional fare can pose serious risks to your pet’s health. Aside from adding a lot of calories and fat to your pet’s diet, over indulgence in high fat foods can trigger a condition called pancreatitis, which is painful and potentially life threatening.

Before you pull up a chair for your pet at the table, let’s explore holiday food safety for pets, and give you some pet friendly choices that you can feel good about.

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Halloween For Pets Spooktacular! Pet Safety on Halloween

Pet safety on Halloween is important for a pet safe holiday

Many of us anticipate the celebration of Halloween all year long. For children and adults alike, the costumes, treats, and parties surrounding Halloween can be great fun. But this holiday can be particularly spooky for our pets. Blue Valley Animal Hospital looks at some ways to make “Fright Night” both safe and fun for pets as well as the entire family.

Pet Safety on Halloween


Here are a few tips and tricks to think about when it comes to pet safety on Halloween.

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Knowing When It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Your Pet

It's hard to know when it's time to say goodbye to your pet through pet euthanasia.

As pet owners, some of the hardest decisions we ever make are surrounding end of life care for our pets. Sadly, pets never outlive us – so these are conversations and decisions we will all at some point have to face.

Knowing when it’s time to say goodbye to your pet is difficult as well because, of course, our pets can’t talk. It would be so much easier if our beloved friend could say, “it’s okay, I’m ready.” Since we regularly hear the question, “how will I know when it’s time to say goodbye?” we thought it would be a good time to give some guidelines and thoughts on making this difficult decision.

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