Should You Adopt a Senior Pet?

Stroudsburg, PA senior lab dog.

Senior pets available for adoption are facing big challenges. Their companions, human and animal, are gone. Everything is different now: food, toys, environment, and routine. What they need is a special human to help them feel safe, secure, and loved again.

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Pet Parasites and How You Can Help Prevent Them

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Ticks, fleas, and worms, along with other parasites, can overwhelm your pet and make them sick. Luckily for your furry loved ones, they live with you, which means you can help them avoid these external parasites. We’re here to help you learn everything you can do to help prevent parasites in and on your pets. 

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Indoor/Outdoor Safety: Pets and Toxic Plants

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Pet owners go to great lengths to protect their animals from being exposed to toxic food, chemicals, and medications. But sometimes the most innocuous-seeming item in the house or garden becomes the biggest threat. We’re talking about plants, of course! They’re leafy, flowery and momentarily satisfying to munch on. But the combination of pets and toxic plants deserves careful attention and lots of space.

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What to Know About Traveling With Pets

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It is an amazing feeling when it comes time to hit the road and explore the world. Perhaps the only thing that could make that sensation better would be to share it with a good friend. Whether that friend has four or two legs, Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital won’t judge. 

If you do choose to have a pet accompany you on your travels, though, there is some preparation involved. Much like children, traveling with pets involves some planning and forethought to ensure an ultimate experience. 

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Common Behavioral Problems in Pets

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It’s common to overlook some odd behaviors because we love our pets so much. However, because many behavioral problems in pets are caused by their physical, emotional, or mental states, it is necessary to address them. An understanding of an animal’s needs can go a long way toward their overall health and wellness, and we’re here to help. 

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How Zoonotic Diseases Harm Pets And People

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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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Spread the Love: Strategies for Safely Introducing Your New Pet to Family Members

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Bringing home a new pet is one of life’s greatest moments, but it’s not always free of stress, confusion, and chaos. While your new pet is new to you, everything in their new environment is foreign to them and it takes time to make sense of it all. In addition to slowly revealing parts of their new home that they can freely access, you should develop a plan to slowly present the people in your life. Introducing your new pet to family members can easily go sideways, but not with our safe strategies for a positive outcome. 

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

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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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Furever Friend: What to Consider When Adopting a New Pet

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As most pet lovers will agree, all pets are wonderful and deserve the best home and love anyone of us can give. Each is so deserving in their own special way. But when it comes to finding the right match, there are some differences between pets and people that can make for a match made in heaven (or the other direction). Not every pet is the right fit for you. There are variables to consider that can help make the match a perfect one.

Your friends at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital want to point out some helpful considerations when adopting a new pet for a great addition to your family.

Ready, Set, Adopt!

One of the biggest hurdles to adopting the perfect pet for your family is understanding where you are coming from, what you expect, and whether or not you’re ready. Commiting to a pet is a lifelong decision, and many pets live up to 20 years. Pets are not only time-consuming in the best possible ways, but they are costly. 

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

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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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