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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My Cat Loves Cheese! Get The Facts About Cats and Cheese 

The image of a furry feline lapping up a bowl of milk is a common and widely accepted one. Some of us may even have grown up with Garfield going wild over a pan of lasagna. But can cats eat cheese? More specifically, should you be feeding them cheese?

Many cats love cheese, and it’s no surprise. The high protein and fat content as well as the delicious taste of cheese means your kitty will likely gobble it up. But as we learn more about the digestion of our feline friends, it has become clear that they are not designed to eat dairy, no matter how much they may seem to enjoy it. 

Keep reading as Blue Valley Animal Hospital explores cats and cheese, and the facts about feline health. 

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A Few Compromises: Celebrating Christmas With Your Cat

Cat owners know that our feline friends like this season of shiny, bright dangly things a little too much. Most of us have to make certain compromises to keep their favorite feline safe and healthy, but foregoing the whole month of December? Not necessary. 

The truth is, your cat can have their tuna-flavored cake and eat it, too. Ready to celebrate Christmas with your cat?

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Pet Aggression: Is Your Dog Bad or Just Misunderstood?

All pets are capable of acting in an aggressive manner. Growling, snapping, and raising the hackles are all a normal part of communication in the animal world. When that aggression is directed at humans or other furry family members, it can make you question your pet’s place in the home.

Pet aggression often has an underlying cause. Taking some time to understand why your pet may be acting differently can help to prevent problems and keep you and your animals safe and happy. Blue Valley Animal Hospital is all for keeping pets and people living in harmony, and understanding pet aggression is an important part of that. 

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Spooky, Not Scary: Halloween Safety for Pets

Halloween is a beloved time of year for many families. Dressing up, trick-or-treating, passing out candy, and all the fun decorations are what makes the holiday so special year after year. 

For our four-legged family members, however, Halloween can be truly frightening, and may even be dangerous. Read on to learn about how to have a happy Howl-o-ween for all!

Decor Dilemmas

Some humans enjoy being frightened or spooked during this season, but to a pet there is no such thing as a “fun” scare. Many pets find Halloween decorations, especially animatronic displays or creepy lawn decor, truly frightening. 

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Pet Costumes and Halloween Wins

Halloween is right around the corner, and time is growing short to get that perfect costume together for your pet. Of course, your fur friend may want nothing to do with dressing up, but if they are tolerant, pet costumes can be a fun way to join the Halloween fun. 

Pet Costumes 101

Remember to never force your pet into costume. Some pets will only tolerate dressing up for about as long as it takes us to snap a quick picture for your friends. With time, praise, and lots of encouragement, your pet may grow accustomed to wearing a costume, but if it doesn’t work out, don’t be too surprised.

Even if your pet is a willing participant, watch for the following warning signs:

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How Long is too Long to Leave a Pet Home Alone?

A golden lab stares out the window

Having a pet means fulfilling all of their needs –  a huge responsibility! Besides providing food and shelter, there’s grooming, training, along with trips to the veterinarian for wellness exams, vaccines, and parasite protection. Not to mention dealing with the occasional pet illness or injury.

And there’s a pet’s mental and emotional well being to consider. You are your pet’s world, and just knowing that you’re nearby comforts and calms them. But of course, it usually isn’t possible to have our pets by our sides at all times. This begs the question, how long is too long to leave a pet home alone?

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5 Things Your Cat Wishes You Knew

Ah cats. They alternate between affectionate and aloof, independent, and needy. It can take months or even years for a cat and owner relationship to develop understanding and mutual respect. Trying to guess what your cat friend is telling you is only one part of this puzzle. 

But what if there were a way to understand the things your cat wishes you knew? What would your cat tell you? If you’re wondering what your cat wishes you knew, stay tuned for ideas from Blue Valley Animal Hospital

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Fireworks, Parties, and Thunderstorms: Understanding Pet Noise Anxiety

Summer can be a wonderful time to slow down, gather with family and friends, and enjoy all the festivities the season has to offer. For many pets, however, the warmer months can be the scariest time of year. 

Fireworks, parties, and thunderstorms can trigger pet noise anxiety and fear. Pets may respond by hiding, shaking, or becoming destructive. The urge to escape the noise can put them at risk for becoming lost or injured. 

Pet noise anxiety is a real problem, but luckily there are a few things you can do to help your pet and manage their fears. Blue Valley Animal Hospital focuses on the techniques and tips you can use to help your pet keep calm this summer.

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