Pet Wellness: Why Dogs Slobber

Womelsdorf dog slobbering

Slobbering is usually a completely normal occurrence for dogs. For many breeds, drooling is just part of their daily lives. Certain breeds with big jowls tend to drool more, picture: mastiffs, bloodhounds, St. Bernards, and bulldogs. The way their mouths and heads are shaped makes it completely unavoidable for some slobber to dribble down their chins. The saliva pools in those lovable faces and just pours out. 

For these breeds, it’s best to have a jowl towel handy for wiping off your shoulder after a big drooly hug—especially after they drink water! While dog dog drool is usually normal, it is also normal to worry about it. How do you know when slobber isn’t normal?

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How to Identify External Pet Parasites

American Dog Tick
American Dog Tick

At any given moment, creepy-crawly, blood-sucking, ittty-bitty parasites can be all over your pet. In order to tackle them, you must learn what they are, what they look like, and where to find them on your pet’s skin. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital wants to help you learn more about pet parasites so you can keep them away from your furry friends.

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What Are the Most Common Dog Allergens?

Berks County dog with allergies.

Living with a dog that experiences allergic reactions can be hard for everyone involved. Not only is it agonizing to see them suffer, but it’s maddening for them to feel like they can’t stop scratching at their skin. In contrast to most human symptoms of allergies (such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and watery eyes), dog allergies primarily affect their skin. Dog allergens, or triggers, vary and it can take some time to identify them. One thing is certain—the quicker they get help, the better.

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Achoo? Breaking Down the Reverse Sneeze

A dog sneezes.

Our pets have a cacophony of sounds that are puzzling to their owners. From grunts to groans, some of these noises are just a part of your pet’s personality. There are others, however, that can be startling and might even make you think something is wrong with your beloved animal.

Reverse sneezing in pets is often one of the sounds that can be alarming for dog owners in particular. This type of sneeze can sound like a gag or a honk, which is upsetting if you are not sure what it is or why it is happening. The team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to help you learn the ropes of the reverse sneeze so you know if and when you need to worry:

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Simple Tips for House Training Your Dog

Berks County house trained dog

One of the very first rules for your pet is where they should “go potty” (and that’s not on the living room floor). This concept seems straightforward, but house training your dog can be a challenge at first. Your pet will have accidents. We must remember what it is like for young children to transition from diaper to potty seat, and that requires training, guidance, and lots of patience.

If you have been training your dog to go outside, here are a few tips from the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital on making the transition easier for everyone!

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Decoded: What Does It Mean When Your Dog Barks?

Berks County dog barking

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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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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The Almighty Anal Gland and the Truth About Scooting Pets

Berks County dog and anal gland

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.

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Your Guide To Dog Friendly Camping And Hiking In The Womelsdorf Area

Dog Friendly Camping And Hiking In The Womelsdorf Area can be yours this fallOne 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…

All the Way Home: Microchipping in Dogs

Microchipping in dogs helps lost dogs become found dogsWith 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…