Don’t Fake It: Therapy, Emotional Support, and Service Animals

Please don't fake service animalsOur pets have taken a place in our hearts and lives that their predecessors would hardly recognize. For the most part, pets today live in the house and enjoy many luxuries, such as daily toys and treats, and heck, many of them even sleep in bed with us (guilty!).

Many people today look at their pets like their children, and so it’s no surprise that we would love our pets to accompany us everywhere we go. You may have seen service animal vests if you’re out and about, and it’s easy to purchase one online. You can then hop on over to your favorite restaurant or store with your pet. But should you?

Unfortunately, the rise in these fake service animals has costs for those individuals whose independence and even lives depend upon their four-legged companions. Continue…

Worst Day Ever: How to Find a Missing Pet

Missing PetThere are few moments worse than realizing your pet isn’t where they’re supposed to be. Calling their name over and over, driving up and down the streets of your neighborhood, and knocking on doors doesn’t always yield the bright, happy face you’re longing to see – and it’s agonizing.

If you’ve lived through this heart-wrenching experience, you know that the likelihood of seeing your pet again are frighteningly low. But there are ways to increase the chances of reunion, and we are your go-to source for preventing a missing pet scare.

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Pet Poison Prevention in Your Yard

pet poison preventionSpring may seem far off in the distance, but spring will eventually spring! Many of us are wistfully thinking about spring planting and readying our yards for the new season. With more outdoor activity imminent for us and for our pets, we wanted to shed some light on how to protect your pet from potential poisoning in your yard.

It’s amazing (and somewhat scary) how many potential poisons are in yards and gardens. Without further ado, let’s get to the nitty gritty of pet poison prevention in your yard.
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Protecting Your Pet from Antifreeze Poisoning

antifreezeAt this point during the Pennsylvania winter, many of us are wondering if the cold, snow, and ice will ever end. Logically, we know that spring will come eventually, but there is still a good chunk of winter to go, and no reason to start packing up the snow boots anytime soon.

With such cold temperatures, our cars rely on antifreeze to keep them running smoothly, but this chemical can pose a serious risk to our pets. Learn all about this dangerous compound and what you can do to keep your pet safe from antifreeze poisoning.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pets

resolutions for your petsAs we start off another new year, you might be looking back at 2017 and thinking about all the resolutions you made. Did you keep any of them? Did you mean to exercise more, eat better, and spend more time outside?

Many of us have difficulty keeping New Year’s resolutions. At Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital, we had an idea. Why not come up with some New Year’s resolutions for your pet!

Some of our own best resolutions are ones that would benefit our pets, too. Before you stop reading for fear we’re going to suggest brushing your pet’s teeth twice a day, here are some fun, achievable resolutions that you can easily incorporate into your routine with your pet.

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The Fab Five: Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Blogs of 2017

As we countdown the final the final days of 2017, we at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital can’t help but to reflect on all we’ve seen and done in the months past. In reviewing out blog, we couldn’t help but wonder which of our posts you liked best. So we ran the numbers – and here are the results.

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A Few of Their Favorite Things: Holiday Gifts for Pets

gifts for petsThe shopping season has begun in earnest, and regardless of whether your pets have been naughty or nice this year, we’re guessing they are on your shopping list. Before you hit the stores for Black Friday, or settle in on your couch for Cyber Monday, allow us to make some suggestions for fun and useful holiday gifts for pets.

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Are Your Holiday Guests Allergic to Pets? How to Prepare Your Home

allergic to petsA significant percentage of adults are considered allergic to pets, but this doesn’t stop a majority of them from liking animals! That may offer little relief to a holiday host or hostess who has to prepare for potential itching, scratching, sneezing, wheezing, and more from holiday visitors. Before you feel defeated, there’s a lot you can do to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort for a happy, satisfying visit.

The Deal With Pet Hair

Pet hair can take over a home, which is why most pet owners are routinely vacuuming, sweeping, and wiping down surfaces. Rarely, though, do we truly see our homes the way visitors might – especially the ones who live without pets.

Dander is primarily to blame for allergies, not loose or shedded pet hair. It’s a protein found in the skin, saliva, or urine of pets, and it can cause mild to major symptoms. Luckily, there are things you can do to help those allergic to pets.

Get Some Suds

You can cut down on your guests’ sniffles by bathing your pet prior to their arrival. We can help you find the right pet-safe shampoo that can reduce associated symptoms in your guests. Weekly bathing has been proven to help people allergic to pets.

We recommend Allergroom, a dry shampoo that optimizes your pet’s skin and coat.

Cleaner Air

If you don’t already have an air filter (or 2 or 3) in your house, consider it an easy, affordable way to clean your house of dander. Keeping one on your guest bedrooms and common areas will help filter out allergens and keep everyone breathing clean air.

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Fine, Fit, and Famous: The Best Animal Mascots of All Time

animal mascotsA mascot is “a person or thing that’s supposed to bring good luck or that is used to symbolize a particular event or organization.” Indeed, mascots help fans and community members connect, share in, and promote a team’s excellent sportsmanship – or at least their participation and dedication.

Modern day athletics wouldn’t be the same without the elevation of certain mascots. Many are part of historically-steeped traditions that continue to rile up crowds and sow enthusiasm. While there are numerous fantastical mascots across the nation, there are lots of live animal mascots that truly inspire the masses.

Safety First

Most college mascots are actually people dressed in furry, felted, or feathered costumes. For safety’s sake or the lack of a historical tradition that includes live animal mascots, the few college football teams with real mascots continue to help sell tickets and associated merchandising.

Plus, with live animal mascots, there are always possible hijinks in store…

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Is it the End of the World? Coping With Pet Loss

pet lossWhen a pet approaches life’s end, there isn’t a single owner out there who easily embraces the change. While we know the chances of outliving our pets is extremely high, we still walk along the path enjoying life’s moments together, paw in hand. Even if we know death is around the corner (as in the case of a long illness), pet loss continues to challenge people who have loved and cared for a best friend.

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