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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Our Favorite Things: Blue Valley Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Blogs of 2019

Winter safety for pets helps keep pets warm during winter

The holidays bring so many of our favorite things, topped by spending time with family and friends. And although we love the joys and celebrations the holidays bring, we can now take a collective breath and pause to reflect back as 2019 winds down. 

Reflection offers us a chance to remember the wonderful times we shared with our pets this past year, and maybe he challenges, too. That’s where Blue Valley Animal Hospital comes in, to offer you ways to keep your pet healthy and happy for a lifetime. 

One way we can offer this is through our pet blog. This is where we share our favorite relevant, interesting, and fun information about pet health and wellness. We hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage as we share our top 5 blogs of 2019.

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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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Identifying and Treating Glaucoma in Dogs

Glaucoma, a condition affecting the eye, is common among dogs. Although it mainly occurs in older pets, this disease can actually impact animals well under age 3. Without diagnosis and treatment, glaucoma can lead to decreased vision and even blindness. 

Vision health is paramount to quality of life. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital want to educate our pet families on the signs of glaucoma in dogs. After all, vision health is paramount to quality of life!

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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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Grooming, Nutrition & More: The Special Needs of Senior Cats

Aging cats are pretty set in their ways. They know exactly when it’s time for a meal and they draw from a cultivated collection of preferred nap zones. They expect attention at certain times, demand action for very specific reasons. In other words, they’ve got it all worked out. 

Of course, the needs of senior cats can change as they grow older, and it’s up to us to figure out the best ways to provide for them. That way, they can enjoy every moment of their golden years without pain, discomfort, or illness.

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Taking Great Care of Your Senior Pet

Whether you already have a senior pet or are considering adoption, a little grey on the muzzle can be a wonderful thing. Senior pets are special; they have lived long enough to know the routine, yet often have years of good health and love yet to give. 

Like humans, pets who are aging need certain adjustments to help keep them comfortable. But because of better pet nutrition, advancements in veterinary medicine, and our better understanding of what pets need to stay healthy, we can all give senior pets the healthy happy golden years they deserve. Read on to find out how. 

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