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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A Beginner’s Guide to Pet Nutrition

Let’s begin by congratulating you on your new pet! Becoming a pet owner for the first time can be both thrilling and overwhelming. For the most part, feelings of love and joy prevail as you and your new pet get to know each other. But don’t forget, their health and happiness ultimately depends on you!

Pet nutrition is an area that tends to be particularly confusing for new pet owners, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Like humans, pets have specific nutritional requirements that must be met in order to thrive. Fortunately, the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to help you make the best choices for your new addition!

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The Fab Five: Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

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.

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Skip Winter Parasite Prevention? Not A Chance!

Don't skip winter parasite prevention if you're going to keep pets safe from ticks and fleas!

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:

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The Truth About – and Consequences of – Pet Pain

Pet pain has lasting effects on pet wellness

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.

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The Almighty Anal Gland and the Truth About Scooting Pets

Scooting pets could be a sign of an anal gland problem in pets.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…