In an Emergency, Pet Safety Must Be a Priority

A dog covered in dirt next to a broken planter.

Planning for an emergency may seem like a way of inviting one, but not having a plan isn’t a great alternative. Considering that your pet depends on you for all their health and safety needs, it is vitally important to know what to do to ensure their well-being and security. Pet safety is probably on your mind every day. But if/when an emergency happens in your house or community, there are clear and definite ways to keep your pet free from harm. 

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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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Ring in the New Year With Pet Safety Measures

New Year pet safety

People are usually excited to close out one year and welcome the next. Pets? Not so much. They don’t abide by the same rituals that we do. And while many animals simply go with the flow, others respond to parties and perceived chaos with an immediate fight or flight instinct. Whether you’re thinking of hosting or celebrating away from home, there are some significant precautions to consider regarding pet safety this time of year.

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Warm, Toasty, Safe: The Best Ways to Share the Holidays With Your Cat

Holidays with your cat.

The news that December is National Cat Lover’s Month may come as a surprise to many cat owners. After all, when it comes to living with a cat (or more), aren’t there countless reasons to celebrate them every month of the year? 

Cats make life more fun and interesting. And while it’s important to give them your all throughout the year, December provides even more reasons to celebrate this special relationship. With our guide to sharing the holidays with your cat, you can be sure to get a few extra head bumps or long gazes all the way to New Year’s Eve.

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Why You Should Consider Adopting a Senior Pet

senior dog standing on grass.

A lot of people are drawn to puppies and younger dogs when they consider adding a new furry friend to the family. Younger dogs have a tendency to chew up shoes, bite fingers, and knock things off the counters, however. They might be cute, but they can kind of wreak havoc on your home.

Senior pets need just as much love as younger ones, and they have already outgrown their rambunctious periods, which means they will be much kinder to your house and your belongings.

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How to Better Train Your Dog and Improve Their Behavior

An owner training a dog.

Dogs give us unconditional love and companionship, and in return, we owe them a lifetime of belly rubs, playdates at the dog park, and optimal mental and physical health. Cultivating good manners in your dog can enrich the relationship you have with him and help him interact appropriately with the world around him.

Try these useful strategies for promoting positive dog behavior from the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital!

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Tips on Teaching Your Cat to Do Tricks

Owner training pet cat.

Your kitten or adopted cat may surprise you with clever antics like fetching or slam-dunking toys. Is it possible to teach cats to do other tricks? Here are some tips on cat trick training!

Why Teach Your Cat to Do Tricks?

Aside from your enjoyment of cat antics, teaching cats to do tricks or follow commands helps keep your pet active, engaged, and responsive. These are all good things for kitty’s mental and emotional health. Pets who are bored can become destructive and even aggressive. The more you can keep your kitty entertained; the happier and healthier your pet will be. 

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