Too Hot To Trot: The Principles of Summer Paw Safety

A man holds the paw of a yellow lab, as if he's helping the dog with something

For pet owners and nature lovers, enjoying summer’s splendor with your pet is a no-brainer. Most of us understand the risks associated with heat – never leave your pet in a parked car, make sure they have access to water and shade, and stop for lots of breaks while outdoors are all important rules of thumb. However, many pet owners don’t realize the risks that hot weather poses to their pet’s paws.

Although your pet’s four paws take them everywhere they need to go, sans shoes, the pads are far more delicate than most pet owners realize. Keeping summer paw safety in mind is a must for your pet’s comfort and health.

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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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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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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…