Does Your Pet Need an Eye Dogtor?

Funny photo of dog wearing eyeglass during an eye exam.

No one expects the family doctor to manage complicated endocrine diseases, clean teeth, and perform open heart surgery. Rather, human physicians tend to be fairly specialized.

In veterinary medicine, we are also lucky to have specialists in various areas. One specialty area of veterinary medicine is ophthalmology, or ocular care. While an eye specialist for dogs may not be necessary for every pet, at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital, we are thankful to have their expertise when needed. 

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The Do’s and Don’ts of How to be a Good Pet Owner

Dog in funny family photo.

Just as it is for human children, pet parenting can be a little tricky. It is important, though, for optimal pet health and well-being that you do your very best. You are not alone in the task, though! As your pet care partners, Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital has all the best information for you so that you can be a good pet owner.

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Feline Wellness: Kitten Care 101

Adopted kitten walking out of a carrier to greet its new owner.

When it comes to the experts in puppy and kitten care, no one in Berks County is a better resource than Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital. Feline wellness is important to us, and teaching our clients how to care for a kitten properly helps set them up for a long, purr-fect life.

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Reasons Your Healthy Pet Needs to See the Vet

A puppy holds a stethoscope.

When it comes to veterinary care and pets, it can be hard to tell when they need a trip to the doctor and when they are completely healthy and happy. Since our animals cannot verbally tell us when they’re feeling off, we have to be especially aware of the slight signals they might be sending. Sometimes it is even important for healthy pets to visit the veterinarian, and we are always happy to schedule a pet wellness care visit for your furry friend. 

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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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Pet Pancreatitis: Avoid This Serious Holiday Health Threat

Pet holiday safety.

Pancreatitis can strike pets any time of year, but veterinarians see a sharp uptick in cases around the holidays. While it’s hard to resist indulging your pets in some turkey with all the trimmings (after all, we’re indulging ourselves, right?), your pet’s health and safety must remain a top priority.

Much is written about the dangers of sharing potentially toxic people foods like chocolate and xylitol with pets, but did you know that there are plenty of holiday favorites that can lead to a very serious condition called pancreatitis? 

At Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital, We want your holidays to be merry and bright, so here’s an overview of pet pancreatitis and what you can do to protect your pets. 

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Household Pet Toxins

Berks County cat with toxic plant.

Pets can get into a lot more inside the home than we realize. Some pets are clever enough to get into the food bin with the secure lid or into the cleaning closet with all the household cleaning supplies. Sometimes they get into the garbage bag when you are not looking. It is important to stay diligent to ensure your pets are actually safe from pet toxins in the home.

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Paw Infections in Pets

An older dog with worn paws

Is your dog limping, chewing his feet, or licking her paws? Is your cat limping? Is her foot swollen or bleeding? If you have noticed any of the above behavior, your pet may have a serious paw or pad infection.

Causes of Paw Infections in Cats

Indoor cats do not often experience paw infections, but they can happen, and when they do, they will have the following symptoms:

  • Red or swollen paws
  • Bleeding, cracked pads
  • Limping
  • Licking
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Helpful Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets

Dog in car traveling in Lancaster.

With more travel destinations loosening COVID-19 related restrictions, humans are energized and ready to travel. After spending all of that time home with your pet in 2020, it’s hard to imagine leaving them for an extended amount of time. It sounds like much more fun to bring them along, right by your side. 

If your pet is healthy and fit enough to travel, follow these tips to make the most of your trip:

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