Seasonal Allergies – Your Pets can get them too!

Have the coughing, wheezing, sneezing, and watery eyes set in among the human members of your family. This time of year, many folks endure a little bit of short term misery as the flowers bloom and the spring winds kick up dust. While it seems a bit ironic since they’re often the source of allergic reactions, pets can experience seasonal allergies as well! In fact, they can feel downright miserable like we can as the pollen count climbs. In this post we’ll discuss the impacts of seasonal allergies on dogs and cats, the ways you spot allergy-related symptoms, and how you can help relieve your pet of the discomfort associated with them.

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Off-leash Etiquette for you and your Canine Companion

As we near the end of a long chilly and snowy season, the promise of lighter evenings and warmer, drier days is getting everyone at BNAH excited to visit Colorado’s trails and beautiful wilderness areas. Hiking or running on open lands is a great way to relieve stress, get some physical activity, and clear your mind. The majority of Colorado’s open areas also permit you to bring your favorite canine friend along so he or she can enjoy nature with you and get some exercise. Many of these places also permit your dog to be off-leash. In this post we’ll discuss the pros and cons of off-leash activities on trails and in open spaces, and we’ll also give you some helpful tips for making your off-leash experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.

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Preventing and Treating Pet Dental Problems

Dental health is a much overlooked but incredibly important aspect of your furry friend’s wellness. Because some pet parents’ tend to be undereducated or just de-prioritize their pet’s dental care, dental related health conditions are among the most common ailments seen by veterinarians. In fact, it’s estimated that roughly 85% of adult dogs and cats have some form of dental illness or complication. Complications resulting from poor dental hygiene in pets can range from mild discomfort to tooth loss and even heart failure. Therefore, at BNAH we provide frequent pet-ucation to our human clients on the importance of dental health maintenance in their furry friends. We also offer state-of-the art routine dental care at our hospital and can make referrals to excellent specialists in the event that they’re needed. In this post we’ll discuss some of the most common types of dental complications in dogs and cats, when to contact your veterinarian, and how you can help your pet avoid them in the first place.

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The Basics of Pet Insurance and Tips on Selecting a Plan

As the field of veterinary medicine continues to advance, we are able to offer increasingly sophisticated methods of treatment to help prolong the health and happy life of your favorite furry friend. For instance, vets can now conduct MRI scans and administer chemotherapy to dogs and cats in need. However, with these technical and medical advancements in treatment comes increased costs. In 2013, pet parents spent $14.4 billion on veterinary care, an increase of 54% since 2006. The rising cost of care has caused many people to look for options to help them manage the costs of Fido or Fluffy’s care, from routine examinations to unplanned surgeries. But unlike the people insurance industry, there aren’t pet insurance agents available to help guide you through the process of selecting the right kind of coverage and carrier for your needs. If pet insurance has been in your mind but you’re not sure where to start and want to learn more, this blog post is for you.

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Fur the Love of your Pet’s Coat

The first day of spring is just one week away! As you begin to see the hints of a warmer weather on the horizon, you may have also noticed an increase in your dog or cat’s shedding. Those clumps of hair all over the house (and getting matted in your pet’s fur) can really be a drag. So we’re taking this opportunity to discuss your pet’s coat a fur as well as the underlying skin and how you can keep it healthy and well groomed, thus cutting back on fur-covered furniture, floors, and clothes and the side effects of such a problem. So put your lint roller down for just a minute and read on.

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What you Need to Know about Canine Parvovirus

You may have heard about ‘parvo’ or parvovirus in dogs, particularly if you’ve owned a puppy. Parvo is a highly contagious, resilient virus that can take hold quickly within a dog of any age and cause severe illness or even death. In fact, parvo is one of the more deadly viruses in dogs. To make things even more complicated, it’s also fairly prevalent in most parts of the country. In this post we’ll give you the facts about canine parvovirus and teach you how to best defend your canine companion from this nasty bug.

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Caring for your Pet During the Spring Months

It’s almost March, and that means that – with any luck – a winter which has been extra harsh for many people across the country is about to come to an end. We are so excited to get out with our pets and enjoy the sunshine, blooming flowers, and dry hiking paths! As the cold months start to transition into the warmer ones, our minds are turning to that pesky (but fulfilling) spring cleaning session. It’s very refreshing to clear out some of the cobwebs and dispel cabin fever. As you sort through your closets and make your other preparations for spring, we invite you to participate in a few activities with your pet that will help him or her get of on the right paw this spring as well. Read on for some timely suggestions and tips.

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Say What? The Lowdown on your Cat’s Ears

Cats never cease us to impress us with their athleticism, funny moods, and silly eccentricities. There’s so much complexity in our feline friends and those of us who own cats know that they really are just as impressive as they are cute. Every part of a cat from nose to tail is covered in nerves and capable of experiencing health complications. In this post we’ll discuss a cat’s ears, including all their cool characteristics as well as how to keep them in ship shape and what signs of illness you want to be on the lookout for. So listen up!

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Perfect Gifts for your Favorite Dog Lover

Valentines day is tomorrow! Have you picked out a gift for your special someone? Maybe you’ve got Cupid’s Day all taken care of but your favorite dog lover is having a birthday soon. Or maybe you just plan really far ahead for the holidays! Regardless of your reasons and timing, we thought you’d enjoy a list of gift giving suggestions for the dog lovers in your life. Here are some ideas, both traditional and unique, compliments of BNAH!

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Perky Paws: the Lowdown on Exercising your Dog

Whether they’re big or small, old or young, a Labrador or a Chihuahua, dogs need exercise. Getting a regular amount of exercise helps dogs to maintain a healthy weight, sleep better, and behave better on a daily basis. Providing your pup with opportunities to get the right amount of physical activity every day will lead to a happier, healthier, more well behaved dog. So what kinds of exercise can your dog participate in? How can you keep them safe during physical activity? How much is enough? And how much is too much? We’ll answer all of these questions in this weeks post, and hopefully you’ll come away with some helpful new ideas for helping your pup bring out their inner athlete.

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