No! Don’t Do That! How to Deal with Pet Behavior Problems

A cat scratches the couch.

We’d like to think that there are no bad dogs or chaotic cats out there, only those that have been undersocialized or lack training. It’s true that there are many behaviors our pets engage in that we’d rather them not, yet pet behavior problems are a common complaint. 

As a result, many pets end up in shelters each year because of these issues, rather than pet owners getting to know, understand, and treat them in our pets. Your friends at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital are here to take you through the steps of understanding certain behaviors in cats and dogs. Our goal is to explain that training and socialization are necessary to redirect furry friends from the troubles they cause.

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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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Simple Tips for House Training Your Dog

Berks County house trained dog

One of the very first rules for your pet is where they should “go potty” (and that’s not on the living room floor). This concept seems straightforward, but house training your dog can be a challenge at first. Your pet will have accidents. We must remember what it is like for young children to transition from diaper to potty seat, and that requires training, guidance, and lots of patience.

If you have been training your dog to go outside, here are a few tips from the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital on making the transition easier for everyone!

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Post COVID-19: Avoid Separation Anxiety in Your Pet

COVID-19 dog with separation anxiety

Now that we are beginning to return to a sort of normal after the pandemic lockdown, many adjustments must be made. Obviously, things won’t resume the old normal any time soon, but we are mostly back at work and attending to activities and obligations once more. After weeks, if not months, of being at home, it will be a bit of shock, right? The same is true for our four-legged friends who got used to our 24-7 presence.

Pets sometimes experience separation anxiety when kids go back to school in the fall. In the same way, they will feel the impact of the lack of people in the home.

To help your pet adjust to the new routine, your team at Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital is here with a few helpful tips to avoid separation anxiety in your pet.

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Decoded: What Does It Mean When Your Dog Barks?

Berks County dog barking

The sound of barking dogs are the bane of most people, especially if it is excessive and in the middle of the night. Dogs do bark, though, and the cause of this behavior is varied. Most pet owners will have some inkling about the communication occurring in their pets’ bark. But there are several reasons why a dog feels compelled to sound off.

The team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to decode the mystery of the bark and the purpose it serves our four-legged friends.

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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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The Human-Animal Bond: How Having a Fur Friend can Help Us Cope

As life in the modern world gets faster, busier, and ever more complicated, feeling overwhelmed becomes the norm. Walking in the door after a stressful day to find a familiar doggie face and wagging tail, or hearing a soothing purr as a kitty winds around your legs, can make all your worries melt away. 

What makes the human-animal bond so special? It’s part science, part evolution, and part mystery – and the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital wants to share what we’ve discovered about this special connection.

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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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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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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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