How Zoonotic Diseases Harm Pets And People

A dog sits near a person with a tick on their finger.

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted from animals to humans and from wildlife to domestic pets. After the coronavirus pandemic, more people are aware of how quickly these illnesses can spread through cities and towns, but they might not know how dangerous they can be for pets. 

The team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to help you understand how to protect your furry friends and entire family from these diseases.

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Symptoms and Treatment of Pollen Allergies in Dogs

A dog looks through some flowers.

As warmer weather begins to emerge, you may notice your dog scratching, biting, and rubbing their face a lot more than usual. This behavior may not seem like allergy symptoms, but in dogs, skin disorders are one of the more common signs you’ll observe. 

Many dogs suffer from seasonal allergies, and it tends to get worse in the spring and summer months. Pollen allergies in dogs is a frequent diagnosis at our clinic. This is why Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is here to address what you need to know about it to better help your furry loved one.

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Lost and Found: Why Microchipping Pets Matters

Microchipping is a word many pet owners are familiar with. If you adopted your best fur companion, chances are, they came to you already microchipped. Microchipping is an essential part of pet identification that helps reunite hundreds of thousands of pets each year with their owners.

Since the topic of microchipping is something that comes up often in our practice, the team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to explain the process and why it matters to you.

What Is a Pet Microchip?

When it comes to microchips, there is much ado about a simple device. Microchips are merely a tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) that rely on a corresponding microchip reader or wand. They are not GPS or other forms of tracking device, so they cannot tell you where your pet is located or give information to anyone else who has a GPS. 

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Protecting Your Pet’s Paws During the Winter Months

While summer paw safety relies on avoiding scorched paw pads, winter offers other risks  to your pet’s feet. These snow and ice dangers can harm a pet’s paws without some precautions being taken. Learn to keep your pet’s feet in tip-top shape this season by practicing these essential paw tips.

Be Wary of Winter When It Comes to Your Pet’s Paws

How can you ensure the safety of your pet’s feet and paw pads? First, it is good to know what can harm them. Common risks to the well-being of pet paws include:

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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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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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(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…

Outward Hound: Tips for Hiking With Your Dog  

Hiking with your dog is a great way to get in some pet exercise and to spend time with pets.If your idea of a good time is packing up the car and hitting the trails, then weekend hikes in the summer are a must. The only thing that could add to this perfection is bringing your best four-legged friend along for the adventure.

Hiking with your dog is a great option for exercise and bonding, but there are some precautions to keep in mind. Let the loving team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital share some important safety tips for hiking with your dog.

Get Geared Up!

Are you and your dog a new hiking duo? No problem. There are some basics to invest in before heading out. We suggest the following gear for safety and comfort: 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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