When Done Right, Dog Training Can’t Be Beat

Man training his Dalmatian pet

Training your dog has many purposes, including keeping them safe, helping them behave around others, and building skills and confidence. Because they learn by association, it is essential to establish clear lines of communication so they know exactly what you expect of them. With patience, time, and absolute consistency, dog training is fun, straightforward, and rewarding. We know the importance of dog training to both people and dogs alike, and are happy to offer some basic tips to get started. 

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Having Issues Finding Someone to Watch Your Pet?

woman petting laying down dog

Does your work require long hours away from home and your pet? Or maybe you’re planning a vacation and can’t take your pet along?

These situations can make pet owners feel anxious or even guilty. Pets are our family members, and we’d prefer to have them with us. But when that’s not possible, having a trustworthy pet care provider is essential for your pet’s welfare and your peace of mind.

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Pet Sitters Vs. Kennel: Which Is Right for You?

Dog with leash in its mouth.

Pets are part of the family, and it’s hard to leave them behind during holiday travels—or any time of the year for that matter. The decision to leave your pet in a boarding facility or in the hands of a pet sitter shouldn’t be taken lightly. Our team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital has put together some tips to help you make an informed choice.

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National Pet Awareness Month: Ways to Celebrate Our Pets

Dog with party hat and glasses.

November is National Pet Awareness Month, and even though we cherish our pets every day of the year, November marks a month that reminds us to shower our favorite animal companions with a little extra TLC.

At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, we appreciate our pet families and look forward to providing pets with exceptional care and compassion. To celebrate National Pet Awareness Month, our team has compiled some ways for you to show your pets just how much they mean to you.

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Senior Pet Care: Prolonging the Life of Your Best Friend

Senior pet care.

Our pets are often our best friends, and it is important to do right by them. Taking good care of a pet as they enter their golden years is a great way to repay them for all they do for us. Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to help you provide senior pet care that your four-legged companion deserves. 

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The Importance of Microchipping

A dog running in the brush.

It can happen to even the most watchful and caring pet parents: the front door is left open, a loose screen gets pushed out, or an excited dog wriggles his way out of his collar. In the United States, more than 10 million cats and dogs are reported missing each year. When a pet runs away, it’s absolutely heartbreaking, which is why the caring team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants pet parents to understand the benefits of having their pets microchipped.

We know you have questions, so read on to learn more about this important part of pet safety

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Pets and Loud Noises: How You Can Help

Dog hiding from loud noise.

Thunderstorms, loud cars, fireworks, and other loud noises can be very starting for your pet. After a loud, unidentified sound, your pet might cower in a corner or squeeze under the couch out of fear, and remain in tight spaces for far too long. While some pets do not have a problem with loud noise, this can be a common anxious behavior in many pets. If you are wondering what you can do to help your pet, the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital has a few tips for you. 

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In an Emergency, Pet Safety Must Be a Priority

A dog covered in dirt next to a broken planter.

Planning for an emergency may seem like a way of inviting one, but not having a plan isn’t a great alternative. Considering that your pet depends on you for all their health and safety needs, it is vitally important to know what to do to ensure their well-being and security. Pet safety is probably on your mind every day. But if/when an emergency happens in your house or community, there are clear and definite ways to keep your pet free from harm. 

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The Price of Unconditional Love: A Hard Look at the Cost of Pet Ownership

Cost of pet ownership.

Owning a pet is a gigantic responsibility. Not only are pet owners tasked with keeping their pets safe from harm, they must establish and maintain a high quality of life for all animals in their care. That can be a relatively tall order for many that struggle financially. It’s not a question of love or devotion. Taking a look at the bottom line is often enough to discourage impulsive pet adoptions, or result in painful pet surrenders. If you take a detailed look at the true cost of pet ownership before adopting, you can create a loving (and sustainable) home environment for your future furry friends.

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Creepy Cat Behavior, What You Need To Know!

Creepy cat behavior.

Cats can be loveable creatures, and equally mysterious. They may display behavior that has you questioning their intentions. One type of behavior that makes pet owners curious is when their cats start intensely at them. What would this mean? The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to uncover the meaning behind mysterious cat behavior and why they may be staring at you so much. 

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