The ABCs and 123s of Introducing Your Pets to a New Baby

When introducing your pets to a new baby there are right and wrong ways to go about it. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital wants to make sure that you have all the tools you need to grow your family successfully. 

Preparation is Key

Chances are that your pets have been a part of your life for some time before a new family member enters the home. This means that your house is about to be flooded with all sorts of changes – new schedules, new sounds, new objects, and a new person!

To make some of these changes less shocking for your pet, consider the following:

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The Human-Animal Bond: How Having a Fur Friend can Help Us Cope

As life in the modern world gets faster, busier, and ever more complicated, feeling overwhelmed becomes the norm. Walking in the door after a stressful day to find a familiar doggie face and wagging tail, or hearing a soothing purr as a kitty winds around your legs, can make all your worries melt away. 

What makes the human-animal bond so special? It’s part science, part evolution, and part mystery – and the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital wants to share what we’ve discovered about this special connection.

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Excellent Pet Dental Health Is Something to Smile About

The health of your pet’s teeth is directly related to overall physical health, from the heart to the kidneys to the liver. Yet, pet dental health is relegated to back burner so many times. At Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital, we are committed to your pet’s dental care, and believe it is a cornerstone of good health and longevity.

In order to help support your pet’s oral hygiene and health, we are here to explain how great your pet will feel when you take care of that beautiful (goofy) smile.

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Exercise Your Pet!

A man running with his dog on a city sidewalk

It’s time to walk the dog… Again. But it seems as if your feet are getting tired of the same path every day and that your dog is definitely getting bored with endlessly sniffing the same patch of grass. So you wonder – is there a better way to exercise you pet?

There is! In fact, there is a growing consensus that there are dozens of ways to exercise your pet aside from the daily walk. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital has some ideas for ways to have fun with your pet while upping your physical conditioning game as well. 

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Too Hot To Trot: The Principles of Summer Paw Safety

A man holds the paw of a yellow lab, as if he's helping the dog with something

For pet owners and nature lovers, enjoying summer’s splendor with your pet is a no-brainer. Most of us understand the risks associated with heat – never leave your pet in a parked car, make sure they have access to water and shade, and stop for lots of breaks while outdoors are all important rules of thumb. However, many pet owners don’t realize the risks that hot weather poses to their pet’s paws.

Although your pet’s four paws take them everywhere they need to go, sans shoes, the pads are far more delicate than most pet owners realize. Keeping summer paw safety in mind is a must for your pet’s comfort and health.

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Pet Dehydration and The Importance of Water for Pets

Water is what we’re made of – whether human, cat, or dog. Depending on age and species, 60 to 80 of body mass is comprised of water.

Hot weather is has arrived, and July has been designated Pet Hydration Awareness Month. We thought it high time for some guidance about the importance of water for pets along with a few tips and tricks to keep pets hydrated.

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Tick Check! Protecting Your Pet Against Ticks and Tick-Borne Illness

As spring gives way to summer, pet owners in Berks County and beyond are preparing for a season of fun and frolic. But sunny days and slip-and-slides aren’t the only summer attractions that you should be planning for. After a particularly wet and wild spring, pet owners throughout Pennsylvania should also be prepared for a heavier-than-usual tick season.

At Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital, we believe that year-round pet parasite prevention is a crucial component to your pet’s overall health and wellness. However, we also understand that many pet owners can (and do) let their pet’s parasite preventives lapse during the winter months.

If your four-legged friend fall into this category, or if you’ve never explored the need for parasite preventives before, now is the time to take the plunge. Here’s why…

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Common Pet Skin Problems: A Primer

Want to know the most common pet problems most veterinarians see? It turns out that pet skin problems top the list. Because there are so many different types and causes of skin issues, it can be difficult to make a diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan quickly. Skin problems often require some investigation and a lot of finesse.

At Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital, our team certainly sees its fair share of patients with skin problems. These pets are often very uncomfortable, and it’s our goal to get them feeling better as soon as possible. With this in mind, let’s review some common skin problems and what owners can do to support their pets.  

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Pet Approved: Human Food That is Safe (And Good!) for Pets

Can you resist puppy dog eyes? We didn’t think so. We have a hard time with that one, too. And as much as we all know and respect the dangers of certain human foods – like chocolate, Xylitol, onions, and grapes – for pets, we still love to show our love to our pets by sharing the gift of food.

So this begs the question: is there any human food that is safe for pets? Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital explores.

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Right At Home: Your Guide to At Home Dental Care for Pets

At home dental care for pets is part of pet health

If you can’t imagine going a day without brushing your own teeth, think about what it would feel like to never brush or floss, or see your dentist. Inconceivable? For many pets, it’s a fact of life. Bu this doesn’t have to be the case.

Good dental health can contribute to a longer and healthier life for your pet. A team approach with regular dental exams, professional cleanings, and at home dental care is a wonderful way to give your pet a lifetime of health.

But what exactly is involved? Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to help, with your guide to at home dental care for pets.

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