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

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

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

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?

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

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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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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