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

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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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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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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