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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It’s Time For Turkey, And Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, a fact that has most Americans jumping for joy. Friends, family, and holiday feasts are great fun for us, but Thanksgiving poses some risks to pet safety that we all need to be aware of. 

To avoid a trip to the animal emergency clinic this Thanksgiving, Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital has gathered our best Thanksgiving pet safety tips to keep your pets healthy and well all season long.

Let’s Talk Turkey…

Thanksgiving is centered around food, and it’s tough to resist those puppy dog eyes, we know. But allowing your pet to partake in the holiday spread is not only unhealthy, it can be dangerous. Pets don’t digest high fat or salty foods well, and the results of indulgence can be a painful and potentially life threatening condition called pancreatitis

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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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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…

(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…

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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