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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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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