These Unique Dog Breeds Belong On Your Radar

different dog breeds sitting together for a photograph

Who doesn’t love to play “name that breed”? Dog lovers may not always hit the bull’s eye when it comes to guessing a dog’s breed (or a combination of several different breeds), but you can usually pick out certain traits if you are seasoned. Many canine breeds are quite old, while others have only just begun to gain popularity. Either way, there’s great variety in unique dog breeds that simply make life more interesting. 

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Dog Collars And The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

A dog with a collar.

Whether you are a new dog owner or have had the pleasure of owning a few canines in your time, these furry friends quickly become another member of the family. Young pupppies and older adopted dogs need your help when it comes to their health and safety.

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Reasons Your Healthy Pet Needs to See the Vet

A puppy holds a stethoscope.

When it comes to veterinary care and pets, it can be hard to tell when they need a trip to the doctor and when they are completely healthy and happy. Since our animals cannot verbally tell us when they’re feeling off, we have to be especially aware of the slight signals they might be sending. Sometimes it is even important for healthy pets to visit the veterinarian, and we are always happy to schedule a pet wellness care visit for your furry friend. 

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We’ll Fix You Up: Dog Surgery at Conrad Weiser

Dog in veterinary clinic after surgery.

Sometimes pets need to have surgery. While no pet owner looks forward to having their beloved family member go through any type of procedure, if you are at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital, you’re in luck. When it comes to dog surgery, we are experts.

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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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Should You Adopt a Senior Pet? Absolutely!

Adopt a senior dog.

All pets are worthy and deserving of stable, safe, comfortable homes regardless of their species, breed, gender, or age. That being said, however, younger pets generally enjoy faster adoption rates than older ones. And while most of us are helpless against the overwhelming cute factor attached to kittens and puppies, there is truly nothing like living with an older pet who knows themselves and anticipates when certain things are about to happen. If you’ve been wondering about what it’s like to adopt a senior pet, we’d like to welcome you to one of life’s greatest gifts. 

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Pet Pancreatitis: Avoid This Serious Holiday Health Threat

Pet holiday safety.

Pancreatitis can strike pets any time of year, but veterinarians see a sharp uptick in cases around the holidays. While it’s hard to resist indulging your pets in some turkey with all the trimmings (after all, we’re indulging ourselves, right?), your pet’s health and safety must remain a top priority.

Much is written about the dangers of sharing potentially toxic people foods like chocolate and xylitol with pets, but did you know that there are plenty of holiday favorites that can lead to a very serious condition called pancreatitis? 

At Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital, We want your holidays to be merry and bright, so here’s an overview of pet pancreatitis and what you can do to protect your pets. 

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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

An older dog with worn paws

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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