When Cat Meowing Indicates a Medical Problem

Tortoiseshell cat sitting by window door meowing.

Cats meow, howl, chirp, and chatter for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they’re just begrudgingly acknowledging our existence or letting us know that it’s time for us to wake up. But there are times when a cat meowing and yowling means that something is medically amiss and it’s time to call the doctor. 

At Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital, we love helping you keep your felines happy and healthy throughout their lives, and our team is here to explain strange cat behaviors and when they might indicate a medical problem.

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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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These Unique Dog Breeds Belong On Your Radar

different dog breeds sitting together for a photograph

Who doesn’t love to play “name that breed”? Dog lovers may not always hit the bull’s eye when it comes to guessing a dog’s breed (or a combination of several different breeds), but you can usually pick out certain traits if you are seasoned. Many canine breeds are quite old, while others have only just begun to gain popularity. Either way, there’s great variety in unique dog breeds that simply make life more interesting. 

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Dog Collars And The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

A dog with a collar.

Whether you are a new dog owner or have had the pleasure of owning a few canines in your time, these furry friends quickly become another member of the family. Young pupppies and older adopted dogs need your help when it comes to their health and safety.

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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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Should You Adopt a Senior Pet? Absolutely!

Adopt a senior dog.

All pets are worthy and deserving of stable, safe, comfortable homes regardless of their species, breed, gender, or age. That being said, however, younger pets generally enjoy faster adoption rates than older ones. And while most of us are helpless against the overwhelming cute factor attached to kittens and puppies, there is truly nothing like living with an older pet who knows themselves and anticipates when certain things are about to happen. If you’ve been wondering about what it’s like to adopt a senior pet, we’d like to welcome you to one of life’s greatest gifts. 

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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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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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