Why Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month Matters

Exposure to toxic chemicals is one of the most common reasons pets wind up at the emergency veterinary hospital. Statistically most cases occur at home – even on the watch of responsible pet owners. As a result, the best defense is heightened pet poison prevention awareness.

A Pet’s Eye View

The entire month of March is slated for pet poison prevention awareness for a variety of reasons. Whether it has to do with holiday candy or seasonal gardening, your friends at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital have you covered.

Things that escape our attention easily come into focus for our pets, especially if they land on the floor. Conduct a daily floor sweep for any dropped items. Pick up backpacks, purses, and jackets off the floor to ensure your pet doesn’t go looking for snacks. 

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It’s a Jungle In There: Your Pet and Toxic Plants in Your Home

A pop of green is often just the thing needed to brighten up a room and bring a sense of life into the home. When you have pets, though, you may need to think twice about the foliage you choose in your decor. Some plants can be hazardous to pets, and others are downright dangerous. 

Before you choose to redecorate, let your friendly veterinary staff at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital shed a little light on which toxic plants to steer clear of, and which get a green light from us.

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The ABCs and 123s of Introducing Your Pets to a New Baby

When introducing your pets to a new baby there are right and wrong ways to go about it. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital wants to make sure that you have all the tools you need to grow your family successfully. 

Preparation is Key

Chances are that your pets have been a part of your life for some time before a new family member enters the home. This means that your house is about to be flooded with all sorts of changes – new schedules, new sounds, new objects, and a new person!

To make some of these changes less shocking for your pet, consider the following:

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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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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…

How Flea Prevention Affects the Health and Safety of Your Pet

flea preventionFinding out that your pet has fleas is something every dog or cat owner dreads. Not only can they cause serious irritation and health issues for pets and people, a flea infestation is notoriously hard to eradicate.

As with most of life’s problems, controlling fleas is best done by preventing them from becoming a problem in the first place! The ongoing responsibility of flea prevention is multi-faceted, and involves preventive medication, close observation, and making your home and property as inhospitable to fleas as possible.

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Not for the Faint of Heart: Heartworm Disease and Prevention

heartworm preventionHeartworm disease has long been a known problem that affects dogs, and recently it is becoming apparent that cats are infected with heartworm more frequently than originally thought. In fact, it has been reported that up to 15% of cats in some areas are now testing positive for this disease.

In the U.S., heartworm disease was once limited to the south and southeast regions, but, for a number of reasons, it is now found in all 50 states. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital thought it an opportune time to bring you the facts about heartworm prevention.

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Growing Old Gracefully: A Focus on Senior Pet Wellness

Despite the fact that aging brings certain changes to health and well-being, the idea that aging itself is a disease is a misconception. Many health issues associated with aging are avoidable with proper veterinary care and prevention.

November is senior pet wellness month! If you want the best life for your very best friend, the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to help.

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Holiday Pet Safety You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into

holiday pet safetyHave you ever wanted something so badly, but you weren’t allowed to have it? Well, your pet probably has, too – and will most likely experience that again this holiday season. Sure, it’s the most wonderful time of year for us, but for pets the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be punctuated with longing that’s hardly ever satisfied. Turkey, gravy, and sweets galore make it all the more important to observe holiday pet safety.

Paying Attention

It’s one thing to not offer your pet some of the season’s spoils, but perhaps it’s more important to limit their access entirely. It’s easy to assume that your pet would never jump up on the table or go through the trash can, but given the opportunity, most animals cannot help themselves.

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