Household Pet Toxins

Berks County cat with toxic plant.

Pets can get into a lot more inside the home than we realize. Some pets are clever enough to get into the food bin with the secure lid or into the cleaning closet with all the household cleaning supplies. Sometimes they get into the garbage bag when you are not looking. It is important to stay diligent to ensure your pets are actually safe from pet toxins in the home.

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Paw Infections in Pets

Is your dog limping, chewing his feet, or licking her paws? Is your cat limping? Is her foot swollen or bleeding? If you have noticed any of the above behavior, your pet may have a serious paw or pad infection.

Causes of Paw Infections in Cats

Indoor cats do not often experience paw infections, but they can happen, and when they do, they will have the following symptoms:

  • Red or swollen paws
  • Bleeding, cracked pads
  • Limping
  • Licking
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Helpful Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets

Dog in car traveling in Lancaster.

With more travel destinations loosening COVID-19 related restrictions, humans are energized and ready to travel. After spending all of that time home with your pet in 2020, it’s hard to imagine leaving them for an extended amount of time. It sounds like much more fun to bring them along, right by your side. 

If your pet is healthy and fit enough to travel, follow these tips to make the most of your trip:

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Pet Wellness: Why Dogs Slobber

Womelsdorf dog slobbering

Slobbering is usually a completely normal occurrence for dogs. For many breeds, drooling is just part of their daily lives. Certain breeds with big jowls tend to drool more, picture: mastiffs, bloodhounds, St. Bernards, and bulldogs. The way their mouths and heads are shaped makes it completely unavoidable for some slobber to dribble down their chins. The saliva pools in those lovable faces and just pours out. 

For these breeds, it’s best to have a jowl towel handy for wiping off your shoulder after a big drooly hug—especially after they drink water! While dog dog drool is usually normal, it is also normal to worry about it. How do you know when slobber isn’t normal?

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How to Identify External Pet Parasites

American Dog Tick
American Dog Tick

At any given moment, creepy-crawly, blood-sucking, ittty-bitty parasites can be all over your pet. In order to tackle them, you must learn what they are, what they look like, and where to find them on your pet’s skin. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital wants to help you learn more about pet parasites so you can keep them away from your furry friends.

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What Are the Most Common Dog Allergens?

Berks County dog with allergies.

Living with a dog that experiences allergic reactions can be hard for everyone involved. Not only is it agonizing to see them suffer, but it’s maddening for them to feel like they can’t stop scratching at their skin. In contrast to most human symptoms of allergies (such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and watery eyes), dog allergies primarily affect their skin. Dog allergens, or triggers, vary and it can take some time to identify them. One thing is certain—the quicker they get help, the better.

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How To Tell If Your Dog Has Pollen Allergies

A dog sneezes among some tress.

Seasonal allergies affect many of us and while we enjoy the blooms and beauty of springtime, these plants greatly contribute to allergy attacks in people and dogs. While dogs can also have an array of allergies, their symptoms manifest differently than they do in humans.

If you suspect your dog has pollen allergies, the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital can help you find the cause and a solution. We can also give you some tips on how to relieve the symptoms for a healthier, happier pet. 

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No! Don’t Do That! How to Deal with Pet Behavior Problems

A cat scratches the couch.

We’d like to think that there are no bad dogs or chaotic cats out there, only those that have been undersocialized or lack training. It’s true that there are many behaviors our pets engage in that we’d rather them not, yet pet behavior problems are a common complaint. 

As a result, many pets end up in shelters each year because of these issues, rather than pet owners getting to know, understand, and treat them in our pets. Your friends at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital are here to take you through the steps of understanding certain behaviors in cats and dogs. Our goal is to explain that training and socialization are necessary to redirect furry friends from the troubles they cause.

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Achoo? Breaking Down the Reverse Sneeze

A dog sneezes.

Our pets have a cacophony of sounds that are puzzling to their owners. From grunts to groans, some of these noises are just a part of your pet’s personality. There are others, however, that can be startling and might even make you think something is wrong with your beloved animal.

Reverse sneezing in pets is often one of the sounds that can be alarming for dog owners in particular. This type of sneeze can sound like a gag or a honk, which is upsetting if you are not sure what it is or why it is happening. The team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to help you learn the ropes of the reverse sneeze so you know if and when you need to worry:

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Wildlife, Pets, and People: A Closer Look at Zoonotic Diseases

Dog with zoonotic disease

Zoonotic diseases or illnesses are those that can be transmitted to other species, including humans. This type of disease is alarming, especially in areas where humans and animals are housed close together. Most of us recognize some of the more infamous zoonoses, such as rabies and Lyme disease.

Your team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to give you a better understanding of zoonotic disease and your pets. We hope to protect you and your loved ones, including the furry family members, through this important information.

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