The Not-So-Sweet Details of Diabetes in Pets

Diabetes in pets is a serious pet health condition, especially for senior pets

November is National Diabetes Month. While this was originally intended to raise awareness of the disease among people, veterinarians and animal lovers are also turning their attention to the seriousness of diabetes in pets. Studies show that 1 in 300 dogs and 1 in 230 cats in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes – and those numbers are rising steadily.

National Pet Diabetes Month now occurs alongside the human version in an effort to help pet owners everywhere understand more about the disease and how to prevent it in pets.

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Veterinary Technicians: Who are They? What do They do?

Veterinary technicians are indispensable to veterinarians in the area

If you’ve ever had a pet emergency or brought your pet in to Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital, you’ve probably been thankful for the veterinary technician who helped care for your pet. These experienced and skilled professionals ensure that your pet receives the very best service our team has to offer. But what exactly is a veterinary technician, and what do they do?

National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week is coming up October 14th-20th, and we couldn’t think of a better time to shine a spotlight on these talented individuals.

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Understanding Kidney Disease in Cats

Kidney disease in cats must be treated by a veterinarian.Cats are amazing creatures. When it comes down to sheer biology, they are really just small tigers who hang out in our homes!

Despite their insistence otherwise, though, cats are not invincible. They can be injured, succumb to toxin exposure, and grow old just like the rest of us. As cats age they are prone to several conditions that affect their health and well-being.

At Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital we feel that it is important that our feline loving clientele know what these problems are and how they can help their pets. Kidney disease in cats is one of the most diagnosed issues affecting our patients of the feline persuasion, and knowing what to watch for and how to help your pet is the key to their continued health and well being. Continue…

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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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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The Itch You Just Can’t Scratch: Answers to your Burning Questions About Pet Dermatology

Pets with skin trouble are among some of our most frequent flyers here at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital. Itchy, red, scaly, stinky, bald; we see it all. Because pet dermatology problems are so common, questions about them are also common. Keep reading to learn all you need to know about your pet’s skin and what happens when it goes awry.

Skin Problems

Skin is the largest organ of the body, and so it is only natural that it has its fair share of trouble.

The skin is made up of the outer epidermis, dermis, and the underlying subcutis. The epidermis is the most frequently affected portion of the skin when it comes to pet dermatology, containing hair follicles and the sebaceous oil glands. The skin functions as a very important part of your pet’s immune system and provides protection from the elements, helps maintain body temperature and hydration, and stores several important nutrients.

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Keeping the Beat: Why Pet Heart Health is Instrumental

Each and every organ in the body is important, each having an essential role in form and function. It is not fair to pick favorites, but if we had to, the vets at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital would rank the heart up at the top of our list. Pet heart health is essential when it comes to caring for your four-legged friends.

The Importance of Pet Heart Health

No bones about it, the heart is central to your pet’s overall health. The heart is the center of the cardiovascular system, pumping blood to every vital organ and tissue in the body. Blood carries oxygen to the cells, providing energy for function. Without the heart, the muscles, the kidneys, and even the brain would not be able to work properly.

When the heart isn’t functioning at top capacity, consequences can be devastating. In most situations, heart problems lead to the heart not being able to propel blood forward as efficiently as normal, resulting the in the accumulation of fluid in the lung tissues and/or abdomen. This is called congestive heart failure.

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Hearing the Issues of Pet Ear Care

dog ears.Your pet’s ears are an important part of their existence. They allow them to hear the surrounding environment. They can alert to danger. They help your pet get oriented. They also help with balance and coordination.

Taking good care of your pet’s ears is an essential part of responsible pet ownership. Read on to learn about pet ear care and what you can do to protect one of your pet’s most vital senses.

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Oh, for the Love! The Benefits of Responsible Pet Ownership

Happy Couple at Home with DogOwnership is a noun with a rather serious tone; essentially, it’s the act, state, or right of possessing something. We can “own” various assets, such as a home, car, or boat, but the term “pet ownership” seems inaccurate. Of course, responsible pet owners care for their pets’ needs, but it seems more precise to say that our pets own us.

While a sweet, devoted pet certainly inspires love and affection, there’s more to pet ownership than cuddles and treats. Before you dive in, it’s best to be as prepared as possible. You’ll be a much happier owner – and your pet will definitely thank you.

An Ounce of Prevention

Did you know Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital offers preventative health plans? Choose one of our specially-designed canine plans or feline plans to ensure your pet’s health and longevity. Continue…

All Better: Putting Together A Pet First Aid Kit

Cute border collie puppy with an emergency kitYou probably have plenty of first aid supplies in your medicine cabinet, especially if you have children. Bandages, antibiotic ointment, thermometer, and over-the-counter pain relievers are among the most common first aid items found in our homes.

But what if your pet were to be injured? Would your home contain the necessary pet first aid items to help your pet if he or she is hurt? Fortunately, putting together a simple first aid kit for your furry friends is as easy as making a trip to the store to gather supplies. Your pet will thank you! Continue…