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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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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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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