As 2018 draws to a close, Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is looking back to reflect on the year we shared with you, our patients and clients. We feel fortunate to have shared great times with you – from new pets, to healthy results, to recoveries and more. We shared a few tears with you, too, and we’re grateful for those as well. Ultimately, we love being a part of the lives of Berks county pets.
Part of looking back is reviewing our most popular posts on our monthly pet care blog. Writing and publishing this educational tool for you is so rewarding, as we get to share fun topics as well as information you might not know about. So, drumroll, please, for Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital’s top 5 pet care blogs of 2018.
Keeping your pet free of parasites year round is a responsibility of pet ownership. We all know that parasites can make your pet uncomfortable, but did you know they can also cause serious illness in both your pet and – at times – in your family? Some parasites can be transmitted to humans, so keeping your pet parasite free all year means a healthier pet, healthier family, and healthier home. Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital explores the why and how.
Winter Parasite Prevention
Many pet owners mistakenly believe that once cold temperatures arrive they can skip a few months of flea, tick, heartworm, and intestinal parasite prevention. Nothing could be further from the truth! Here are a few reasons why:
As an inherited approach to self-preservation, animals are hardwired to mask any signs of weakness. Certainly, modern pets aren’t at risk of being attacked or eaten in their own homes, but that doesn’t stop them from hiding symptoms that would land them anywhere near the crosshairs. Without a doubt, pet pain can be very confusing to observe or decipher. Knowing what to look for can lead to early detection of an illness or injury, resulting in a better outcome for your pet.
The Pain Is The Same
Pet pain is just like human pain, except they cannot tell us where they hurt. Various conditions cause pet pain, but when it’s identified early on and treated, effective methods have an even greater impact on quality and length of life.
There may be nothing more distracting than your dog incessantly dragging his rear end over your carpet while you try to concentrate on your latest Netflix binge. Why on Earth do animals do this? More importantly, how can you stop it from happening so you can get back to season 4, episode 3?
Scooting pets may be a problem, but you are not doomed to helplessness. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is going to help you learn all about the dreaded butt drag and what you can do about it.
A Lesson in Anal Glands
Before delving into the finer details of scooting pets, a small anatomy lesson is in order. One of the main culprits behind this problem is the anal gland, a unique organ that humans do not possess. Continue…
For those who suffer from seasonal, environmental, or food allergies, we know how troubling the symptoms can be. Whether it’s watery eyes, a runny nose, or intestinal distress, allergies in any form are no fun, and they can even threaten our health.
Pets can also suffer from allergies, which cause just as much misery for them as they do for us. Because the symptoms of allergies in pets tend to be quite different from what humans experience, they often go undetected. Learning how to recognize the signs of allergies in pets and knowing what to do are the first steps you can take to make your furry family member feel better.
Know the Signs
Allergies in pets most commonly manifest as skin issues. If your pet is suffering from an allergy, you may notice some of the following signs: Continue…
One of the biggest mistakes a pet parent can make when it comes to camping and hiking with their dog is to not thoroughly research their destination in advance. Most major parks, trails, and campgrounds have individual policies regarding pets, and many don’t allow pets at all.
At Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital we want you and your pet to enjoy the outdoors together as much as possible, which is why we’ve done the research for you! Pennsylvania is chock full of dog friendly outdoor opportunities, and we’ve found some woof-tastic options right here in our neck of the woods. Enjoy! Continue…
With outdoor season officially underway, you may be spending more and more time on the go with your dog. If that’s the case, it’s important to think about the very best way to locate and identify your dog in case they ever get lost.
Many of us know our dogs are – shall we say – fireworks averse? This is the time of year when shelters fill up with lost dogs who have panicked due to noisy fireworks and have escaped their yards and homes. Let Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital show you how microchipping in dogs can be one of the very best ways to ensure a happy reunion.
What is a Microchip?
Microchips are tiny devices that are implanted under your dog’s skin. About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is injected between the shoulder blades in a procedure much like a vaccination. When a scanner is passed over the chip, it emits a radio signal and a unique ID number comes up on the scanner. The microchip company is contacted, and they let you know your dog’s location. Continue…
Spring means the emergence of tiny, crawling critters. Just like pets and people, ticks are happy to be out and about in the warm weather. Unfortunately, these eight-legged creatures can do serious damage to our pets, as well as ourselves.
Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases, but there are other dangers associated with ticks and pets. At Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital, raising awareness about ticks is important to us, and we want to help you protect your furry friend this spring and throughout the year.
Berks, Reading, Lebanon and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania, all have deer ticks and American dog ticks. Deer ticks actively feed at temperatures 40 degrees and above, making them active here 10 to 12 months of the year. We see American dog ticks here from April to the end of August.
In the summer, deer ticks are so small that we hardly notice them on ourselves or our on our pets. By default, any tick you can see in the summer is an American dog tick. Continue…
Finding out that your pet has fleas is something every dog or cat owner dreads. Not only can they cause serious irritation and health issues for pets and people, a flea infestation is notoriously hard to eradicate.
As with most of life’s problems, controlling fleas is best done by preventing them from becoming a problem in the first place! The ongoing responsibility of flea prevention is multi-faceted, and involves preventive medication, close observation, and making your home and property as inhospitable to fleas as possible.
Heartworm disease has long been a known problem that affects dogs, and recently it is becoming apparent that cats are infected with heartworm more frequently than originally thought. In fact, it has been reported that up to 15% of cats in some areas are now testing positive for this disease.
In the U.S., heartworm disease was once limited to the south and southeast regions, but, for a number of reasons, it is now found in all 50 states. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital thought it an opportune time to bring you the facts about heartworm prevention.
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