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.Continue…
As we move into the final months of the year, reminders to safeguard animal health and wellness become more pressing. Between Halloween and New Year’s Eve, pets have immeasurable access to all things savory and sweet. Sure, many pets have incredible impulse control. Others? Well, let’s just say they can’t even be in the same room as a gravy boat. Holiday indulgences cause cases of pancreatitis in pets to rise sharply, but it is entirely avoidable.
You Can Still Celebrate
Many animals won’t jump on the table or countertops on their own volition, but few can resist a tempting morsel if it’s being offered by a human hand. Planning on hosting a family dinner sometime this holiday season? Please be sure that your pet isn’t lingering beneath the table for any fallen bits, and ask your guests not to feed your pets even if they beg for a taste.
If you think your pet would be safer this holiday season, please consider boarding them with us for a night or two.Continue…
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.Continue…
Just like humans, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies or allergies that persist throughout the year. In fact, allergies in pets is one of the most common issues we see in our patients. The symptoms can be intense and can severely impact your pet’s quality of life (and yours).
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…