Sound the Alarm on Disaster Preparedness for Pets

September is National Preparedness Month, which focuses on how to respond safely in any natural or manmade disaster. This education encompasses what to do in the event of a variety of disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and so on. It also prepares you for the basics of an emergency evacuation.

At Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital, we want to encourage pet families to include their pets in any emergency plan. Here is an overview of disaster preparedness for pets, which will help you to feel more at ease in any emergency involving your furry loved ones.

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The Big Bang: Noise Anxiety in Pets

If you’ve observed your pet around the Fourth of July or during a thunderstorm, chances are, they were scared. They may have clung to you the entire time or made attempts to get out of the home. This level of fear can lead to a condition called noise anxiety. 

Noise anxiety in pets is common and can cause safety concerns as well as decreased quality of life, especially if it progresses into a phobia. Your friends at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital are here to help decrease the chances of your pet developing noise anxiety with an overview and recommendations. 

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An Overview of Asthma in Pets

Berks County dog with asthma

From allergies to environmental pollution, asthma is something that impacts hundreds of thousands, but did you know it can also be diagnosed in pets. Asthma in pets causes health problems and can decrease both the quality and longevity of life for cats and dogs. For some pets, asthma can become life-threatening without treatment.

If you suspect your pet is dealing with asthma or allergies that lead to asthma, we hope this overview will help clarify this condition. Our goal at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is to identify the symptoms of asthma in pets and helps to manage the condition for a better quality of life for our fur friends. Let’s take a closer look.

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Post COVID-19: Avoid Separation Anxiety in Your Pet

COVID-19 dog with separation anxiety

Now that we are beginning to return to a sort of normal after the pandemic lockdown, many adjustments must be made. Obviously, things won’t resume the old normal any time soon, but we are mostly back at work and attending to activities and obligations once more. After weeks, if not months, of being at home, it will be a bit of shock, right? The same is true for our four-legged friends who got used to our 24-7 presence.

Pets sometimes experience separation anxiety when kids go back to school in the fall. In the same way, they will feel the impact of the lack of people in the home.

To help your pet adjust to the new routine, your team at Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital is here with a few helpful tips to avoid separation anxiety in your pet.

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Allergy Testing for Pets: Do You Need to Consider It?

Berks County dog with pet allergies

Pets who suffer from allergies can have it pretty rough. While some animals might have an annoying few weeks during ragweed season, others can have symptoms that last for a large portion of the year. 

Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is all too familiar with managing allergic pets. In fact, patients suffering from allergy symptoms are frequent flyers in our exam rooms much of the year. While there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for every pet affected, there are some standard diagnostics and treatments that are often done. 

Read on to learn about allergy testing for pets and whether your furry friend is a good candidate.  

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The Importance of Routine Pet Blood Work

Berks County dog getting blood work

If you take your pet to all of their regularly scheduled wellness exams (and we certainly hope you do!) you’ve likely noticed we place a high value on prevention.

Establishing a “health baseline” for your pet through physical examinations, health history, and diagnostic testing. Routine pet blood work is a huge part of making sure your pet is healthy and catching and treating any health problems early.

Pet Blood Work 101

Routine pet blood work consists of two parts, the complete blood count (CBC) and chemistry panel. The CBC tells us everything about your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

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Why Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month Matters

Berks County dog poison prevention

Exposure to toxic chemicals is one of the most common reasons pets wind up at the emergency veterinary hospital. Statistically most cases occur at home – even on the watch of responsible pet owners. As a result, the best defense is heightened pet poison prevention awareness.

A Pet’s Eye View

The entire month of March is slated for pet poison prevention awareness for a variety of reasons. Whether it has to do with holiday candy or seasonal gardening, your friends at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital have you covered.

Things that escape our attention easily come into focus for our pets, especially if they land on the floor. Conduct a daily floor sweep for any dropped items. Pick up backpacks, purses, and jackets off the floor to ensure your pet doesn’t go looking for snacks. 

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Decoded: What Does It Mean When Your Dog Barks?

Berks County dog barking

The sound of barking dogs are the bane of most people, especially if it is excessive and in the middle of the night. Dogs do bark, though, and the cause of this behavior is varied. Most pet owners will have some inkling about the communication occurring in their pets’ bark. But there are several reasons why a dog feels compelled to sound off.

The team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to decode the mystery of the bark and the purpose it serves our four-legged friends.

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Nature’s Gift? The Meaning Behind Cat Hairballs

Berks County cat with hairball

Despite many years of living together, cats rarely lack the ability to surprise their owners.

Sure, we know when they’d enjoy a meal or a bathroom break, and we can sort of anticipate when they’re looking for a warm lap, but even seasoned cat owners may be hard-pressed to know exactly when hairballs might come up.

Instead, we’re shocked to hear the retching sounds in the middle of the night and stunned to step into cat hairballs left on the floor. 

What is this madness all abound for?

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It’s a Jungle In There: Your Pet and Toxic Plants in Your Home

A pop of green is often just the thing needed to brighten up a room and bring a sense of life into the home. When you have pets, though, you may need to think twice about the foliage you choose in your decor. Some plants can be hazardous to pets, and others are downright dangerous. 

Before you choose to redecorate, let your friendly veterinary staff at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital shed a little light on which toxic plants to steer clear of, and which get a green light from us.

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