How To Tell If Your Dog Has Pollen Allergies

A dog sneezes among some tress.

Seasonal allergies affect many of us and while we enjoy the blooms and beauty of springtime, these plants greatly contribute to allergy attacks in people and dogs. While dogs can also have an array of allergies, their symptoms manifest differently than they do in humans.

If you suspect your dog has pollen allergies, the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital can help you find the cause and a solution. We can also give you some tips on how to relieve the symptoms for a healthier, happier pet. 

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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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Wildlife, Pets, and People: A Closer Look at Zoonotic Diseases

Dog with zoonotic disease

Zoonotic diseases or illnesses are those that can be transmitted to other species, including humans. This type of disease is alarming, especially in areas where humans and animals are housed close together. Most of us recognize some of the more infamous zoonoses, such as rabies and Lyme disease.

Your team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to give you a better understanding of zoonotic disease and your pets. We hope to protect you and your loved ones, including the furry family members, through this important information.

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Being an Animal Advocate By Recognizing Pain in Pets

Berks County dog in pain

When it comes to recognizing pain in animals, we kind of stink. We are learning more and more all the time, but even in the veterinary medicine field, identifying and treating pain in pets is just beginning to be aggressively studied and understood.

As a pet owner, you can help our team at Conrad Weiser Veterinary Hospital by advocating for your furry family and letting us know when help is necessary. To help, though, you need to understand pain in pets and how to recognize it. 

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How to Manage a Busy Body: Post-Op Entertainment Pets

Post-op Berks County dog

Whether you’re facing a planned or emergency surgical procedure, there’s a lot to prepare for. Each pet owner faces different levels of stress and anxiety, but one thing is true for everyone: Good post-op care is the key to a successful recovery. 

It’s no small feat to care for a pet in the days and weeks after a surgery. Even after they shake the anesthesia, several days may pass before they resemble their pre-surgery self. 

But wait! There’s so much they can’t do yet! 

The recovery process can be long and boring, but with our ideas for post-op entertainment petst, the time will fly by!

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The Big Bang: Noise Anxiety in Pets

If you’ve observed your pet around the Fourth of July or during a thunderstorm, chances are, they were scared. They may have clung to you the entire time or made attempts to get out of the home. This level of fear can lead to a condition called noise anxiety. 

Noise anxiety in pets is common and can cause safety concerns as well as decreased quality of life, especially if it progresses into a phobia. Your friends at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital are here to help decrease the chances of your pet developing noise anxiety with an overview and recommendations. 

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An Overview of Asthma in Pets

Berks County dog with asthma

From allergies to environmental pollution, asthma is something that impacts hundreds of thousands, but did you know it can also be diagnosed in pets. Asthma in pets causes health problems and can decrease both the quality and longevity of life for cats and dogs. For some pets, asthma can become life-threatening without treatment.

If you suspect your pet is dealing with asthma or allergies that lead to asthma, we hope this overview will help clarify this condition. Our goal at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is to identify the symptoms of asthma in pets and helps to manage the condition for a better quality of life for our fur friends. Let’s take a closer look.

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

Berks County dog with pet allergies

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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Nature’s Gift? The Meaning Behind Cat Hairballs

Berks County cat with hairball

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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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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