Getting your pet his or her “shots” is a traditional part of pet ownership. Vaccines, however, can be a touchy topic in modern society, especially in the realm of our human population.
While there are risks to vaccinating our pets, serious consequences are fortunately rare and there is overwhelming evidence that the protection pet vaccinations offer both our four-legged friends as well as ourselves far outweigh any potential negatives.
That being said, it is important for us at Blue Valley Animal Hospital to be sure that we are vaccinating pets in a smart manner and educating our pet parents about why we recommend the vaccines that we do. Pet vaccinations are an important part of animal care, and we want our clients to be an active part of the process.
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.
Veterinary medicine has a lot to do with diagnosing, treating, and preventing problems that affect the different body systems. Most veterinarians are adept at managing chronic kidney disease, allergic dermatitis, or an upper respiratory infection. Not all veterinarians are equipped to handle orthopedic issues, though, especially when it comes to those that are best addressed surgically.
At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, our doctors are here to help your furry family friend even when it comes to orthopedic issues. We are equipped to do orthopedic surgery in pets in many situations. It is our pleasure to offer excellent care in this arena for our clients. Continue…
While there are some realities that come along with aging, aging itself is never a disease, and getting older doesn’t have to mean a life of health complications. Just as we attend to our diets, exercise, and yearly exams, our pets also require ongoing preventive care to stay at their optimum life.
Senior pets, or those typically 7 years and older, also can experience amazing vitality, energy, and quality of life. And just like with us, they need health care that is tailored to their advanced age. Get to know more about how you can give your pet the very best life and longevity through senior pet wellness. Continue…
We’re all looking for ways to enhance health and vitality. Some methods are long-lasting; others explode with novelty, only to fizzle out after a while. One easy, sure-fire way to increase your furry loved one’s longevity is by staying on top of pet dental health.
During every pet wellness exam, we take a peek inside the mouth to see what’s happening with the teeth and gums. Staying ahead of any developing problems is one of the best ways to prevent infections, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
An alarming majority of cats and dogs over the age of three show early signs of dental issues – even though most problems are entirely preventable. Routine exams, professional cleanings, and regular care and attention at home can stop issues before they get out of hand. Continue…
According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, there were over 199,000 calls about pet poisoning in 2017. Many of these were caused by common household items. The top three sources – human prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and human food products – may seem harmless to you, but they can be life-threatening to pets.
Because an accident can occur under the watch of even the most diligent owner, it’s important to learn about poisoning in dogs. The experts at Blue Valley Animal Hospital are here to help.
Signs of Poisoning in Dogs
The signs of poisoning in dogs vary tremendously. They can also be delayed for several hours or even days. Some of the most common signs are: Continue…
It’s amazing (and somewhat scary) to realize just how many household and yard hazards there are for your cats. Cats are naturally curious, and many of them have the athletic prowess of Olympic athletes, so it’s important to be especially aware of just what those common cat poisons are.
Your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital love our cat companions, so we thought it high time that we explore this topic a bit further.
The Cat’s Meow
Many think that cats are finicky eaters and therefore less prone to ingesting a toxic substance. It may surprise you to know that there are several factors that may cause cats to become even more ill than dogs, once exposed to a small amount of a poisonous substance. Here are some of the reasons: Continue…
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… Or, so the old song goes. Summer fun is right around the corner, but along with the good times come things that can hurt your pet and spoil that easy- living feeling. Here’s what you need to know about summer pet safety, so you can both enjoy the good life from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and beyond!
Pets may love basking in the warm sunshine, but sun can cause damage to their skin just as it can to ours. Especially if you have a light colored, thin-skinned, or white dog or cat, take care to protect them from sunburn. You may consider a PABA-free zinc oxide pet sunscreen, and apply it to their ear tips, top of the nose, and their face. Make sure that you don’t get it in their eyes, of course.
Summer pet safety also means considering outside surfaces that your pet might encounter. The sun cooks concrete, metal, and asphalt, and sensitive paws can burn on hot surfaces. Avoid walking over asphalt and always give pets a way to get out of the sun by providing access to shade at all times. Driving with your dog in the bed of a truck is a bad idea. Continue…
Most of us consider our pets full-fledged members of our families, and it can be hard to be away from them when we have to leave town. Because it’s simply not possible to bring our pets everywhere we go (although that would be ideal), many pet owners turn to pet boarding services to provide a safe and secure “home away from home” for their pets.
As the weather begins to warm up, our thoughts turn to outdoor picnics, yard work, and trips to the dog park. But outdoor weather also brings disease-carrying mosquitoes. One disease of particular concern to pet owners is heartworm disease.
A type of roundworm, the heartworm will infect any size, breed, and shape of dog or cat. Left untreated, heartworm disease is fatal. Even with treatment, it can wreak havoc on your pet’s heart and lungs by the time it’s diagnosed. Let Blue Valley Animal Hospital tell you why heartworm prevention is your pet’s best friend.