(Don’t) Bite Me! …Rattlesnake Safety for Pets

Rattlesnake safety for pets is an important part of outdoor pet safety, especially when hiking with pets.When spending time outdoors with your pet in the great state of Pennsylvania, hazards like bears and ticks probably come to mind. However, did you know there are some venomous snakes that live in our neck of the woods?

Rattlesnake safety is important for pets and owners alike when venturing into the great outdoors. Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is here to help our clients understand how to avoid encounters with venomous reptiles in our home state.

Snakes 101

Pennsylvania is home to a few species of venomous snakes, most notably the timber rattlesnake. These creatures reside in more heavily forested regions of the state, and while greatly misunderstood, they are an important part of our ecosystem. Continue…

Kennel Cough


Kennel Cough

We have been seeing a large number of cases of “kennel cough” over the past 1-2 weeks.  Kennel cough is a bronchitis that causes a honking type of a cough and can be severe enough to lead to a pneumonia.  Kennel cough is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS between dogs.  Kennel cough can be caused by a bacteria or a virus or sometimes both.  We do have vaccines that can prevent 2 major pathogens that cause kennel cough, the bordatella vaccine and the canine flu vaccine.  If you have plans to take your dog to the kennel or groomer, please make sure your dog has these vaccines.  They should be vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to needing the immunity.  If your pet has never had these vaccines, it is usually a 2 part initial series spaced 3-4 weeks apart to develop the maximum immunity.  If you have further questions, please call us at 570-424-6773.


Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital

Jeremy Wentz, VMD



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