(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…

Worst Day Ever: How to Find a Missing Pet

Missing PetThere are few moments worse than realizing your pet isn’t where they’re supposed to be. Calling their name over and over, driving up and down the streets of your neighborhood, and knocking on doors doesn’t always yield the bright, happy face you’re longing to see – and it’s agonizing.

If you’ve lived through this heart-wrenching experience, you know that the likelihood of seeing your pet again are frighteningly low. But there are ways to increase the chances of reunion, and we are your go-to source for preventing a missing pet scare.

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Pet Poison Prevention in Your Yard

pet poison preventionSpring may seem far off in the distance, but spring will eventually spring! Many of us are wistfully thinking about spring planting and readying our yards for the new season. With more outdoor activity imminent for us and for our pets, we wanted to shed some light on how to protect your pet from potential poisoning in your yard.

It’s amazing (and somewhat scary) how many potential poisons are in yards and gardens. Without further ado, let’s get to the nitty gritty of pet poison prevention in your yard.
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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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A Few of Their Favorite Things: Holiday Gifts for Pets

gifts for petsThe shopping season has begun in earnest, and regardless of whether your pets have been naughty or nice this year, we’re guessing they are on your shopping list. Before you hit the stores for Black Friday, or settle in on your couch for Cyber Monday, allow us to make some suggestions for fun and useful holiday gifts for pets.

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Lurking in the Bushes: Outdoor Gastrointestinal Dangers for Pets

Outdoor Gastrointestinal Dangers for PetsIt finally seems like the weather is changing and spring is here. With the warmer, sunnier weather, you and your pet are probably spending more time outdoors. While getting a little extra sun is great for us all, mentally and physically, it is important for us to be aware of potentially dangerous situations for our frolicking furry friends.

In particular, outdoor gastrointestinal dangers for pets can be worrisome. While you may be focused on grilling the perfect hamburger, Fido can get himself into a situation that could result in you cleaning your carpets later (or worse). Learn which worrisome obstacles you need to steer clear of this spring.

Pesky Parasites

The great outdoors is fraught with many inhabitants, some that we love and others that we could do without. Pets who venture outside are at higher risk of exposure to many parasitic organisms, and precautions should be taken.

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Keeping Flat-Faced Pets Safe in Hot Weather

Boston TerrierIf you’re the proud owner of a brachycephalic breed, you probably adore the unique features of your pug, Boston terrier, Persian cat, or Shih Tzu (to name a few distinctive breeds). To be sure, they’re adorable, but the same endearing characteristics can also lead to serious health issues. This is true year round, but high temperatures and humidity make this time of year especially hard for many flat-faced pets.

The Anatomy

Respiratory issues are caused by the characteristic facial bones and nasal structure of brachycephalic breeds. Other challenges stem from short tracheas, smaller nostrils, and excessive bone and tissue that block airways. Combined, these physical traits result in Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome. Continue…

Going Above and Beyond for Pet Pool Safety

swimming labThe heat index makes it harder for your pet to cool down (thanks, humidity). While certain animals are considered high-risk for heat stroke (young, senior, overweight, ill, or brachycephalic breeds), all pets need an opportunity to cool down during the summer months.

Drowning and near-drowning episodes are more common than you may think. As a result, we want to provide the best in pet pool safety so you and your companion can chillax until the leaves start turning.

Tried and True

Shade trees, fans, and air conditioners go a long way to increasing comfort, but perhaps the most effective method is water. Kiddie pools and sprinklers are great, and there’s no beating an inviting backyard pool. Continue…

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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…

Canine Influenza: How to Protect Your Dog

iStock_000010868657_Large (1)Canine influenza has made a comeback this spring, spreading rapidly across the United States. While canine flu has been in the news since the original outbreak in Chicago in 2015, the illness has actually been around for a few decades.

What makes the recent strain so contagious is that there hasn’t been enough time for dogs to build up resistant antibodies. Therefore, it spreads quickly to pets who remain unvaccinated.

A Brief History of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)

Despite causing alarm over the past two years, canine influenza virus (CIV) was first detected in 2004. What was once an equine-specific virus mutated and affected a group of confined racing greyhounds. This strain is known as CIV H3N8. Continue…

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