After the Stay at Home Order: How to Prevent Pet Separation Anxiety

If your pet is glued to your side each moment or has behavioral issues every time you leave them, you may have a “velcro pet”. Pets who are overly attached to their owners sometimes have key symptoms of separation anxiety when they are left alone. But now that we’ve been at home for the past several weeks, even pets who are fairly independent might have trouble with the return to work adjustment.

This is why the team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is here with an overview of pet separation anxiety and what you can do to minimize your pet’s risk of developing it.

Life After the Quarantine

If you are like most Americans, the urge to get out of the house is high after weeks of self-isolating. Your four-legged friend, on the other hand, may have enjoyed all this extra cuddle and play time with you being there with them 24/7. This is why we can expect to see more cases of separation anxiety as everyone returns to work and daily life activities.

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Games to Play with Your Dog – Let the Fun Begin!

Pooches love to play. And for many dogs, the change in season can inspire them to frolic more than usual. 

As the weather warms, it’s hard not to feel the change in our energy levels and interest in being outdoors. The family dog also feels the same. If your dog would like a little more time outside than usual right now, we recommend giving them an assortment of games and activities that will pique their interest, and yours.

To help get your pet moving, the team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital has put together a few fun games to play with your dog. 

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Retractable Leashes Are Dangerous to Pets and People

Retractable leashes seem like a convenient choice for pet owners. They allow a pet to explore by being able to control the extension of the leash, and they come in a handy plastic case handle that is useful for the owner. Sounds perfect, right? Some of these factors can be tempting, but did you know that retractable leashes pose some serious problems for your pet and even you?

Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to explain the risks in using these leashes and some options for safer alternatives for your fur friend.

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Beyond The Scratching Post: Indoor Cat Enrichment

A wide-eyed white cat peeks around a wooden banister in curiosity

It’s no secret that cats have many endearing, and sometimes quirky, behaviors. The more you look into feline behavior, the more you start to realize that we have tiny, predatory lions living with us. They thrive by being able to express their natural instincts to hunt, ambush, and survey their territory. 

However, indoor-only cats sometimes don’t have as many opportunities to practice these instincts. Being confined to an indoor life doesn’t have to mean a life of boredom, though. We have some great ideas for indoor cat enrichment to enhance your cat’s life.

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Happy Dog Looks: Do Dogs Really Smile?

Do dogs smile? We’ve all seen the helicopter tail when we get home, ask if it’s dinner time, or take our 4 legged pal hiking. This is often accompanied by a bouncy body, soft eyes, and a wide, panting mouth. Is it really a smile, or are we simply translating our human emotions onto our dogs – known as anthropomorphizing?

Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital explored this question, and here’s what we’ve discovered!

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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…

Don’t Fake It: Therapy, Emotional Support, and Service Animals

Our pets have taken a place in our hearts and lives that their predecessors would hardly recognize. For the most part, pets today live in the house and enjoy many luxuries, such as daily toys and treats, and heck, many of them even sleep in bed with us (guilty!).

Many people today look at their pets like their children, and so it’s no surprise that we would love our pets to accompany us everywhere we go. You may have seen service animal vests if you’re out and about, and it’s easy to purchase one online. You can then hop on over to your favorite restaurant or store with your pet. But should you?

Unfortunately, the rise in these fake service animals has costs for those individuals whose independence and even lives depend upon their four-legged companions. Continue…