Walking Your Dog: An Important Step Towards Pet Health

Walking your dog.

At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, we want to help you to ring in the New Year right by celebrating National Walk Your Dog Month this January. Walking your dog is an important part of bonding with your pet as well as a great way to support pet health (and your own). Read on to learn how to do it right!

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Can We Stop Pet Cancer Before It Happens?

dog at veterinary hospital.

Preventive medicine is the norm now, a fact that we’re pretty happy about. Instead of waiting for a problem to occur, pet owners have the tools and access to stop health issues from even developing. This means more possible time with your pet and a higher quality of life as they age. Pet cancer is one of the several diseases becoming more common in pets, in part because they are living longer. What can we do to prevent the disease from gaining traction?

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How To Keep Your Pet Safe in the Event of a Fire

Pet being rescued from fire.

No one ever expects a fire to start while they’re sleeping safely at home, but making a plan to keep your pet safe in case of a fire can literally be the difference between life or death. With these pet safety tips from Blue Valley Animal Hospital, you will know what to do with your pet in the unlikely instance of a house fire:

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Recognizing Signs of Pet Cancer

Pet health: a sick cat enjoys head scratches.

With our animal friends living longer than ever historically, the incidence of pet cancer is on the rise. While this is a bit depressing, the good news is that with better pet wellness care and advancements in veterinary medicine, your team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is more prepared than ever to do battle with pet cancer when it occurs. 

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The Principles of Winter Paw Protection

dog running in snow

Winter is here, and dog owners know that this is no excuse to stay indoors – dogs still need to go out every day, after all! Protecting them from the elements is important to their health and safety, and while you may have already invested in waterproof outerwear for your pup it’s easy to overlook those sweet paws.

Winter paw protection is a crucial part of caring for your dog during the winter months, and the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to get you started!

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Dr. Pimple Popper, DVM: Abscesses in Pets

If you are one of those people who enjoy watching others express ooze from living things, you might consider veterinary medicine as a career path.

While obviously there is a lot more to the field of veterinary medicine, Blue Valley Animal Hospital treats more than our fair share of abscesses. While they are often satisfying to treat, abscesses in pets can be painful and even cause serious complications, though. They are important for animal lovers to understand.

The Anatomy of an Abscess

An abscess, by definition, is a confined swelling within the tissue of the body that contains pus. Pus is the body’s response to infection and contains dead white blood cells, bacteria, remnants of body tissues, and serum. Sounds great, right?

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Pet Wellness: What’s it All About?

Each year, it’s likely you get a notice from your doctor to come in for a check-up that probably includes blood work and other tests to ensure you’re in tip-top shape. After all, annual exams are important to your health. Maintaining annual wellness exams for our pets is equally important.

We no longer take a treatment-only approach to health care, and we now view prevention as the key to good health. Veterinary medicine also focuses on preventive care as the best way to increase well-being, decrease the likelihood of certain diseases, and extend quality of life and longevity.

Keep reading to learn more about the merits of good pet wellness care for your four-legged companion!

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