Veterinary Technicians: Who are They? What do They do?

Veterinary technicians are indispensable to veterinarians in the area

If you’ve ever had a pet emergency or brought your pet in to Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital, you’ve probably been thankful for the veterinary technician who helped care for your pet. These experienced and skilled professionals ensure that your pet receives the very best service our team has to offer. But what exactly is a veterinary technician, and what do they do?

National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week is coming up October 14th-20th, and we couldn’t think of a better time to shine a spotlight on these talented individuals.

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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…

The More the Merrier: The Ins and Outs of Adopting a Pet

Adopting a pet is a great way to get a new pet instead of using a cat breeder or dog breederIf your house is feeling a little too empty, and you often wonder what it would be like to have a furry pet companion, adoption may be for you! There’s nothing like adopting a pet to make a house feel more like a home. However, adopting a pet requires careful consideration. Follow our recommendations to ensure your match is a successful one.

Finding Your Perfect Pet

Species and breed are top considerations when it comes to adopting a pet. For many, it’s easy to get lured into believing that a cute or trendy pet is the right choice for them. Unfortunately, this doesn’t take into account whether it’s an appropriate match for your fur friend.

For example, a small backyard may be limiting for a large, energetic breed. If you have a desire for a mellow pet, a young puppy may not be the best choice. Continue…

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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…

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pets

resolutions for your petsAs we start off another new year, you might be looking back at 2017 and thinking about all the resolutions you made. Did you keep any of them? Did you mean to exercise more, eat better, and spend more time outside?

Many of us have difficulty keeping New Year’s resolutions. At Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital, we had an idea. Why not come up with some New Year’s resolutions for your pet!

Some of our own best resolutions are ones that would benefit our pets, too. Before you stop reading for fear we’re going to suggest brushing your pet’s teeth twice a day, here are some fun, achievable resolutions that you can easily incorporate into your routine with your pet.

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The Fab Five: Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Blogs of 2017

As we countdown the final the final days of 2017, we at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital can’t help but to reflect on all we’ve seen and done in the months past. In reviewing out blog, we couldn’t help but wonder which of our posts you liked best. So we ran the numbers – and here are the results.

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Are Your Holiday Guests Allergic to Pets? How to Prepare Your Home

allergic to petsA significant percentage of adults are considered allergic to pets, but this doesn’t stop a majority of them from liking animals! That may offer little relief to a holiday host or hostess who has to prepare for potential itching, scratching, sneezing, wheezing, and more from holiday visitors. Before you feel defeated, there’s a lot you can do to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort for a happy, satisfying visit.

The Deal With Pet Hair

Pet hair can take over a home, which is why most pet owners are routinely vacuuming, sweeping, and wiping down surfaces. Rarely, though, do we truly see our homes the way visitors might – especially the ones who live without pets.

Dander is primarily to blame for allergies, not loose or shedded pet hair. It’s a protein found in the skin, saliva, or urine of pets, and it can cause mild to major symptoms. Luckily, there are things you can do to help those allergic to pets.

Get Some Suds

You can cut down on your guests’ sniffles by bathing your pet prior to their arrival. We can help you find the right pet-safe shampoo that can reduce associated symptoms in your guests. Weekly bathing has been proven to help people allergic to pets.

We recommend Allergroom, a dry shampoo that optimizes your pet’s skin and coat.

Cleaner Air

If you don’t already have an air filter (or 2 or 3) in your house, consider it an easy, affordable way to clean your house of dander. Keeping one on your guest bedrooms and common areas will help filter out allergens and keep everyone breathing clean air.

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Fine, Fit, and Famous: The Best Animal Mascots of All Time

animal mascotsA mascot is “a person or thing that’s supposed to bring good luck or that is used to symbolize a particular event or organization.” Indeed, mascots help fans and community members connect, share in, and promote a team’s excellent sportsmanship – or at least their participation and dedication.

Modern day athletics wouldn’t be the same without the elevation of certain mascots. Many are part of historically-steeped traditions that continue to rile up crowds and sow enthusiasm. While there are numerous fantastical mascots across the nation, there are lots of live animal mascots that truly inspire the masses.

Safety First

Most college mascots are actually people dressed in furry, felted, or feathered costumes. For safety’s sake or the lack of a historical tradition that includes live animal mascots, the few college football teams with real mascots continue to help sell tickets and associated merchandising.

Plus, with live animal mascots, there are always possible hijinks in store…

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Friends ‘Til the End: Exploring the Human-Animal Bond

For many of us, some of our fondest memories as children were connected to time spent with pets. Whether jumping in a mud puddle with Spot at our side, or curling up with Mittens after a long day at school, animals share a space in nostalgia and in our adult lives. They are considered family and are cared for in the way we would care for any loved one – two- or four-legged.

For centuries, mankind has been fascinated by other animals, including domesticating many of them as partners in our evolutionary success. But what is the human-animal bond? And is there any science behind it? Continue…

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