Don’t Let Dog Slobber Get You Down

Dog slobber.

Saliva has a lot going for it. Not only helpful to the process of digestion, but a healthy mouthful of saliva also improves the sense of taste and promotes dental health. But when your floors or furniture endure a thick coating of dog slobber each and every day, the benefits of saliva seem a lot less…beneficial.

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Pet Parasites and How You Can Help Prevent Them

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Ticks, fleas, and worms, along with other parasites, can overwhelm your pet and make them sick. Luckily for your furry loved ones, they live with you, which means you can help them avoid these external parasites. We’re here to help you learn everything you can do to help prevent parasites in and on your pets. 

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Indoor/Outdoor Safety: Pets and Toxic Plants

A cat eating a plant

Pet owners go to great lengths to protect their animals from being exposed to toxic food, chemicals, and medications. But sometimes the most innocuous-seeming item in the house or garden becomes the biggest threat. We’re talking about plants, of course! They’re leafy, flowery and momentarily satisfying to munch on. But the combination of pets and toxic plants deserves careful attention and lots of space.

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What to Know About Traveling With Pets

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It is an amazing feeling when it comes time to hit the road and explore the world. Perhaps the only thing that could make that sensation better would be to share it with a good friend. Whether that friend has four or two legs, Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital won’t judge. 

If you do choose to have a pet accompany you on your travels, though, there is some preparation involved. Much like children, traveling with pets involves some planning and forethought to ensure an ultimate experience. 

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Common Behavioral Problems in Pets

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It’s common to overlook some odd behaviors because we love our pets so much. However, because many behavioral problems in pets are caused by their physical, emotional, or mental states, it is necessary to address them. An understanding of an animal’s needs can go a long way toward their overall health and wellness, and we’re here to help. 

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How Zoonotic Diseases Harm Pets And People

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Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted from animals to humans and from wildlife to domestic pets. After the coronavirus pandemic, more people are aware of how quickly these illnesses can spread through cities and towns, but they might not know how dangerous they can be for pets. 

The team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to help you understand how to protect your furry friends and entire family from these diseases.

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Symptoms and Treatment of Pollen Allergies in Dogs

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As warmer weather begins to emerge, you may notice your dog scratching, biting, and rubbing their face a lot more than usual. This behavior may not seem like allergy symptoms, but in dogs, skin disorders are one of the more common signs you’ll observe. 

Many dogs suffer from seasonal allergies, and it tends to get worse in the spring and summer months. Pollen allergies in dogs is a frequent diagnosis at our clinic. This is why Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is here to address what you need to know about it to better help your furry loved one.

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Okay, That Was Strange! All About the Reverse Sneeze in Dogs

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So, you are sitting down to eat your dinner when all of a sudden your dog starts to go into this bizarre snorting fit. This out of the blue phenomenon is referred to as a reverse sneeze. It can seem like your dog is having an asthma attack or is choking, but the quaintisenstial “goose honk” noises are indicative of a reverse sneeze.

You may wonder if there is any harm in these episodes and what you can do to help curb these spells. The team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is here to explain more about this scary, yet generally normal condition.

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With Patience and Perseverance, Housetraining Your Pet Is Possible – and Fun!

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Millions of people have become new pet owners this year, a fact that’s worth celebrating. Never a decision to be made lightly, adopting a pet requires diligence and determination to align both human and animal preferences and patterns. In other words, housetraining your pet is likely the very first hurdle you’ll face together. 

Fortunately, once you’ve conquered the housetraining challenge you and your new pet are all but guaranteed a long, happy relationship built on mutual understanding and respect.

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Identifying Pain in Pets

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The occasional scrape or boo-boo is something that most pets experience, especially our rambunctious dogs. Pets express their pain differently, and for those who have chronic pain, it takes a toll on the behavior. Unfortunately, pain is not always easy to identify in our animal companions because the behaviors may not be recognized. 

It is important to understand the subtleties of pain experienced in our pets. This is why the team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to help you learn more about identifying pain in pets and what you can do to help them feel better.

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