Ticks and Pets: A Creepy-Crawly Danger

Ticks and pets don't mix when it comes to keeping your pet safe outdoorsSpring means the emergence of tiny, crawling critters. Just like pets and people, ticks are happy to be out and about in the warm weather. Unfortunately, these eight-legged creatures can do serious damage to our pets, as well as ourselves.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases, but there are other dangers associated with ticks and pets. At Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital, raising awareness about ticks is important to us, and we want to help you protect your furry friend this spring and throughout the year.

Berks, Reading, Lebanon and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania, all have deer ticks and American dog ticks. Deer ticks actively feed at temperatures 40 degrees and above, making them active here 10 to 12 months of the year. We see American dog ticks here from April to the end of August.

In the summer, deer ticks are so small that we hardly notice them on ourselves or our on our pets. By default, any tick you can see in the summer is an American dog tick. Continue…

How Flea Prevention Affects the Health and Safety of Your Pet

flea preventionFinding out that your pet has fleas is something every dog or cat owner dreads. Not only can they cause serious irritation and health issues for pets and people, a flea infestation is notoriously hard to eradicate.

As with most of life’s problems, controlling fleas is best done by preventing them from becoming a problem in the first place! The ongoing responsibility of flea prevention is multi-faceted, and involves preventive medication, close observation, and making your home and property as inhospitable to fleas as possible.

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Not for the Faint of Heart: Heartworm Disease and Prevention

heartworm preventionHeartworm disease has long been a known problem that affects dogs, and recently it is becoming apparent that cats are infected with heartworm more frequently than originally thought. In fact, it has been reported that up to 15% of cats in some areas are now testing positive for this disease.

In the U.S., heartworm disease was once limited to the south and southeast regions, but, for a number of reasons, it is now found in all 50 states. Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital thought it an opportune time to bring you the facts about heartworm prevention.

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Open Wide: Supporting Pet Dental Health at Home and at our Hospital

pet dental healthIf you had to choose between taking a shower every day or brushing your teeth, would you vote for a clean mouth? To be sure, there’s nothing better than that fresh feeling, but have you ever skipped a day, week, month, or longer? Probably not. If it’s unacceptable for us, then it makes sense for pet dental health to take its turn in the spotlight.

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Bringing Home Baby: The Keys to Successful Pet Adoption

A dog poking through a chain link fenceWe 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.

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Looking Back and Ahead: Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2017

yard safety for petsAs 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.

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Growing Old Gracefully: A Focus on Senior Pet Wellness

An older dog looking up thoughtfullyDespite 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.

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Holiday Pet Safety You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into

holiday pet safetyHave 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.

Paying Attention

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.

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Getting In The Swing Of Things: Back To School Pet Safety And More

back to schoolIt’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.

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Pet Immunization: Preventing the Spread of Disease and Keeping Your Pet Healthy

A microscopic examinationThis 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.

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