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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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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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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Sound the Alarm on Disaster Preparedness for Pets

September is National Preparedness Month, which focuses on how to respond safely in any natural or manmade disaster. This education encompasses what to do in the event of a variety of disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and so on. It also prepares you for the basics of an emergency evacuation.

At Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital, we want to encourage pet families to include their pets in any emergency plan. Here is an overview of disaster preparedness for pets, which will help you to feel more at ease in any emergency involving your furry loved ones.

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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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Why Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month Matters

Berks County dog poison prevention

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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