Keeping Them Safe: Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Fires, floods, blizzards, hurricanes, and even tornados are a part of life in the Northeast. Although most of us know how to protect our homes and keep our human family members safe, protecting the family pet may be inadvertently left out of the emergency planning.

We know your pets are valued family members, which is why disaster preparedness for pets is something every pet owner should keep in mind when making their family’s plan.

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Retractable Leashes Are Dangerous to Pets and People

Retractable leashes seem like a convenient choice for pet owners. They allow a pet to explore by being able to control the extension of the leash, and they come in a handy plastic case handle that is useful for the owner. Sounds perfect, right? Some of these factors can be tempting, but did you know that retractable leashes pose some serious problems for your pet and even you?

Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to explain the risks in using these leashes and some options for safer alternatives for your fur friend.

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Exponential Fun When Camping Pet Safety Is Priority Number One!

A woman and her dog sit before a campfire

Many of us love taking our dogs with us wherever we go, be it near or far; but there are definite incentives to leaving them at home (or with someone you trust), too. Traveling can be stressful for some pets, but it’s the rare four-legged friend who doesn’t love to camp!

Camping with pets offers unique experiences for animals (and their humans) accustomed to modern living. It’s fun, invigorating and endlessly appealing to many – but only when camping pet safety takes precedence.

Trip Enhancement!

It’s just a matter of fact that pets make life more fun, and camping together is no exception to the rule. Undoubtedly, watching a pet frolic through a meadow, swim in a lake, and hike to new altitudes is a true gift for adventure-seeking pet owners. It’s important to remember, though, that camping takes on a different set of rules when pets are along for the ride.

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Beyond The Scratching Post: Indoor Cat Enrichment

A wide-eyed white cat peeks around a wooden banister in curiosity

It’s no secret that cats have many endearing, and sometimes quirky, behaviors. The more you look into feline behavior, the more you start to realize that we have tiny, predatory lions living with us. They thrive by being able to express their natural instincts to hunt, ambush, and survey their territory. 

However, indoor-only cats sometimes don’t have as many opportunities to practice these instincts. Being confined to an indoor life doesn’t have to mean a life of boredom, though. We have some great ideas for indoor cat enrichment to enhance your cat’s life.

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Fireworks Safety and Pet Anxiety

Hurrah! Fireworks season has begun! But wait…although fireworks can be entertaining for humans, they may be a nightmare for our pets. The bright lights, loud noises, and general chaos can turn even the calmest pet into a shedding, shaking, miserable mess. Even worse, pets may attempt to flee the noise, not knowing they could become lost or injured.

Fortunately, acute pet anxiety can be managed. In the interest of your pet’s health and wellbeing, Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital would like to offer a few techniques you can use to help them through this challenging time of year.

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Your Ultimate Summer Pet Safety Guide

Our summer temperatures may be considered mild when compared with other areas, but make no mistake, summer is here! Because pets are usually (if not always) a part of warm weather  festivities, it makes sense to think about how to prepare for them to have a great time, too.

Let Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital guide you on a journey to ensuring your pet’s health and safety all summer long with our summer pet safety tips.

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Happy Dog Looks: Do Dogs Really Smile?

Do dogs smile? We’ve all seen the helicopter tail when we get home, ask if it’s dinner time, or take our 4 legged pal hiking. This is often accompanied by a bouncy body, soft eyes, and a wide, panting mouth. Is it really a smile, or are we simply translating our human emotions onto our dogs – known as anthropomorphizing?

Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital explored this question, and here’s what we’ve discovered!

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Peanut Butter and Xylitol Dangers for Pets

Have you ever been wondering how to get that medication into your pet, and reached for a jar of peanut butter? You’re not alone! Peanut butter – perhaps for its stickiness and for its general yumminess to dogs – is a common “tool” used among pet owners to give pet medication.

But did you know that certain brands of peanut butter contain a substance that can kill your dog? Sadly, it’s true. A sugar substitute called xylitol is being used more and more often in peanut butter, and it can spell really bad news for your dog or cat.

We’ll explore the hazards of xylitol and which products – in addition to peanut butter – to look out for in your home.

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Are You a Responsible Pet Owner?

Many pet owners come into their role by accident. They meet an animal and unexpectedly fall in love or are convinced by family members to open their home to a pet in need. Others take a different approach, conducting extensive research and exploring compatibility assessments.

Regardless of how a person came to have a pet, there are many different elements of responsible pet ownership that must be taken into account.  

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Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

Memorable moments of the past year abound on social media. For us, it’s a time of reflection and also feeling grateful for all the things that 2018 brought us. Among the most valuable are the moments that we got to spend helping Stroudsburg and Poconos pets and their people.

Our own look back includes a peek at our monthly pet care blog, and by measuring clicks and shares we can determine which topics resonated most with our readers. So, we hope you’ll join us as we share Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital’s top 5 pet care blogs of 2018.

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