We love animals of all sizes, breeds, and ages, but puppies and kittens are pretty irresistible. They’re so innocent, wide-eyed, adorable, playful, and silly, it’s easy to overlook the more challenging aspects of raising one in your home.
There’s certainly a fair amount of effort that goes into the rearing of a well-behaved pet, but pet adoption is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. When the following tasks and considerations are carried out, you and your young pet will be on the long, healthy, and joyful road to fulfilling companionship.
As 2017 comes to a close, many of us are making resolutions. We’re going to exercise more, eat better, be more mindful. Perhaps some of our resolutions include our pets, too. If you’re making lists of resolutions, we hope to be able to help you keep any pet resolutions you make, and one way we can do that is through our blog.
Over the course of the past 12 months, Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital has attempted to give you relevant, fun, and educational blog posts that help you keep your pet healthy and happy. From seasonal pet safety, to keeping your pet in good health, to just a dose of fun, we hope our blog has kept you entertained and given you some things to think about.
We’d like to share our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2017 here, comprised of the topics you found most interesting. If you have any feedback about what topics you’d like to see in the coming year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. And, let’s make those pet resolutions come to reality together, this coming year.
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.
Have 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.
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.
It’s that time of year again! With the turning of the leaves and crisp air comes a flurry of activity as kids begin a new school year or leave for college. The start of a new school year also means a change in your pet’s home environment, daily routine, and may also mean less overall supervision for him or her.
Changes in schedules, different people in the home, and an influx of potentially dangerous foods and school supplies can create unexpected back to school pet issues that need to be managed.
Pet Separation Anxiety
Homework, activities, and shorter days at home mean kids and families are spending less time focusing on the family pet. Many pets thrive on a schedule, and the sudden change in routine and attention can be confusing and may lead to separation anxiety. Some signs of separation anxiety include excessive chewing or scratching, barking and howling, pacing, and potty accidents in the house. Be on the lookout for unusual behavior from your furry friend.
This past month we have observed National Pet Immunization Month – a month devoted to educating and raising awareness about the importance of immunizing our furry friends. Infectious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses like parvovirus and distemper can present serious risk to any unvaccinated pet, even if they primarily live indoors.
Diseases that used to be more prevalent, such as the fatal and zoonotic (meaning transmissible to humans) rabies virus, have significantly decreased in the number of cases since the vaccine became available and is required by law. There are many more illnesses, however, which have not diminished and can be serious and life-threatening if your pet catches them.
Read on to learn more about why pet immunization is so important to your pet’s health and also helps protect other pets and people.
Core Vaccines and Why They’re Necessary
Vaccines (or vaccinations) consist of antigens which resemble the disease(s) that are being vaccinated against, but do not actually cause the disease. This slight introduction of an invading organism causes the body’s immune defenses to “prepare to fight.” By introducing these antigens in minute doses, the immune system becomes better equipped to fight off the actual virus should the pet come into contact with it.
An example of why immunizing your pet is so necessary when preventing the spread of disease was the outbreak of the canine influenza virus in 2015. While canine flu isn’t as serious as parvo, the reason for the rapid spread of the illness was that it was a new virus and dogs hadn’t been vaccinated against it.
Whether your yard is a carefully manicured work of art, a relaxing retreat after a long day of work, or your kids’ favorite playground, your personal green space is an important part of your life. For pets, the yard is their window to the world, and practicing the principles of yard safety for pets will ensure their enjoyment for years to come.
Beat the Heat
Spending time outdoors is one of the best parts of summer for people and pets, but the heat and humidity can be a real threat to our furry friends.
There’s no doubt that fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are an annoying nuisance, but the diseases they can spread may fly under the radar for many pet owners. This makes year-round pet parasite prevention a cornerstone of responsible pet ownership.
Fleas thrive in warm, humid environments. All dogs and cats are susceptible to flea infestations, even those who live exclusively indoors.
Besides causing significant discomfort for pets, fleas can transmit diseases such as Bartonella (cat scratch fever), tapeworms, and Plague. Fleas are notoriously difficult to treat, and eradication can be exhausting and time-consuming.
Opening your home and heart to a new puppy or kitten is a time filled with excitement, trepidation, worry, and joy. Those first weeks can feel like a blur as your family gets used to the new pet, and vice versa.
Having a new pet is a big job and a huge commitment, but the rewards of responsible pet ownership far outweigh the work involved. Your team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here for you every step of the way as you navigate the waters of new pet care!
Have you ever wondered why we schedule your pet’s wellness exams at least once per year (or more often for older pets)? It’s easy to try and put off these routine visits, especially if your pet seems healthy or there haven’t been any changes since the last time you visited the veterinarian.
As it turns out, many health issues can be detected early during wellness exams, making treatment that much more effective. One of the keys to optimal health and longevity for our pets is to take a proactive approach, and annual pet wellness exams aim to do just that.
Nose to Tail
After collecting a thorough medical history of your pet, the next thing your veterinarian will do during your pet’s wellness visit is conduct a full physical exam. Your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, skin, coat, and abdomen will be evaluated, and recommendations will be made from there. Just a quick glance at these areas of your pet’s body can tell an expert a great deal about your pet’s overall health and wellness. Continue…
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