Spread the Love: Strategies for Safely Introducing Your New Pet to Family Members

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Bringing home a new pet is one of life’s greatest moments, but it’s not always free of stress, confusion, and chaos. While your new pet is new to you, everything in their new environment is foreign to them and it takes time to make sense of it all. In addition to slowly revealing parts of their new home that they can freely access, you should develop a plan to slowly present the people in your life. Introducing your new pet to family members can easily go sideways, but not with our safe strategies for a positive outcome. 

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Pinpointing Paw Problems in Pets

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We love our pets, and it’s only natural that we would be worried when something is wrong with any of their moving parts, including their sweet little (or big) paws. Paws can have a lot of normal variations, but there certainly are paw problems in pets that warrant concern. Your team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is here to help discern which are no big deal and which require medical attention. 

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Gentle Ways to Exercise and Entertain Your Pet After Surgery

After a surgery of any kind, your pet will need a specific combination of rest, medications, mental stimulation, and eventually gentle exercise in order to fully recover. This is why your veterinarian gives you careful instruction on how to care for your furry one after a procedure. 

Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to give you some important tips and recommendations for your pet after surgery. This will help keep them occupied while allowing for some activity that is both safe and enjoyable.

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Lost and Found: Why Microchipping Pets Matters

Microchipping is a word many pet owners are familiar with. If you adopted your best fur companion, chances are, they came to you already microchipped. Microchipping is an essential part of pet identification that helps reunite hundreds of thousands of pets each year with their owners.

Since the topic of microchipping is something that comes up often in our practice, the team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to explain the process and why it matters to you.

What Is a Pet Microchip?

When it comes to microchips, there is much ado about a simple device. Microchips are merely a tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) that rely on a corresponding microchip reader or wand. They are not GPS or other forms of tracking device, so they cannot tell you where your pet is located or give information to anyone else who has a GPS. 

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After the Stay at Home Order: How to Prevent Pet Separation Anxiety

If your pet is glued to your side each moment or has behavioral issues every time you leave them, you may have a “velcro pet”. Pets who are overly attached to their owners sometimes have key symptoms of separation anxiety when they are left alone. But now that we’ve been at home for the past several weeks, even pets who are fairly independent might have trouble with the return to work adjustment.

This is why the team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is here with an overview of pet separation anxiety and what you can do to minimize your pet’s risk of developing it.

Life After the Quarantine

If you are like most Americans, the urge to get out of the house is high after weeks of self-isolating. Your four-legged friend, on the other hand, may have enjoyed all this extra cuddle and play time with you being there with them 24/7. This is why we can expect to see more cases of separation anxiety as everyone returns to work and daily life activities.

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Furever Friend: What to Consider When Adopting a New Pet

As most pet lovers will agree, all pets are wonderful and deserve the best home and love anyone of us can give. Each is so deserving in their own special way. But when it comes to finding the right match, there are some differences between pets and people that can make for a match made in heaven (or the other direction). Not every pet is the right fit for you. There are variables to consider that can help make the match a perfect one.

Your friends at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital want to point out some helpful considerations when adopting a new pet for a great addition to your family.

Ready, Set, Adopt!

One of the biggest hurdles to adopting the perfect pet for your family is understanding where you are coming from, what you expect, and whether or not you’re ready. Commiting to a pet is a lifelong decision, and many pets live up to 20 years. Pets are not only time-consuming in the best possible ways, but they are costly. 

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Games to Play with Your Dog – Let the Fun Begin!

Pooches love to play. And for many dogs, the change in season can inspire them to frolic more than usual. 

As the weather warms, it’s hard not to feel the change in our energy levels and interest in being outdoors. The family dog also feels the same. If your dog would like a little more time outside than usual right now, we recommend giving them an assortment of games and activities that will pique their interest, and yours.

To help get your pet moving, the team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital has put together a few fun games to play with your dog. 

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Understanding, Preventing and Treating Your Pet’s Allergies

When we think of human allergies, sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion typically come to mind. As for a pet’s allergies, however, the symptoms are usually a bit different. While pets are just as sensitive to the same allergens we are – including dust, pollen, mold, and grass – their symptoms tend to manifest as skin issues.

It’s not always straightforward, but the more you know about your pet’s triggers the more you’ll be able to provide them with comforting measures.

Breaking It Down

When animals are exposed to something they’re sensitive to, their immune system launches an attack.

In an attempt to protect the body from the allergen, the immune system produces antibodies that release histamines into the bloodstream. These manifest on the skin, in the eyes, ears, nose or throat, and in the GI tract, causing some obvious reactions.

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All In the Timing: Let’s Celebrate Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month!

It’s no surprise that Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month happens in March every year. Now that Valentine’s Day is over and Easter is on the horizon chocolate is everywhere! But beyond the risk of chocolate toxicity in pets, there are plants, flowers and fertilizers lining our driveways and pavers, all of which can put your pet at risk. 

But not on our watch! Understanding the dangers, and knowing how to prevent a tragedy is key in protecting your pet, and the team at Barton Heights Animal Hospital is here to help.

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Cat Hairballs: Are They Normal or Signals That Something’s Not Right? 

Ah, cats…They win our hearts with their adorable antics and cuddliness. While it can be challenging to narrow down the most appealing feline behaviors, it’s unlikely that their ability to hack up sticky, yellowed, elongated balls of fur would top the list. Instead, it’s something that most cat owners simply grin and bear as though cat hairballs were entirely normal. 

The truth is, hairballs aren’t always “normal”.

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