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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Furever Friend: What to Consider When Adopting a New Pet

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!

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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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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Keeping Them Safe: Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Fires, floods, blizzards, hurricanes, and even tornados are a part of life in the Northeast. Although most of us know how to protect our homes and keep our human family members safe, protecting the family pet may be inadvertently left out of the emergency planning.

We know your pets are valued family members, which is why disaster preparedness for pets is something every pet owner should keep in mind when making their family’s plan.

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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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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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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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Fireworks Safety and Pet Anxiety

Hurrah! Fireworks season has begun! But wait…although fireworks can be entertaining for humans, they may be a nightmare for our pets. The bright lights, loud noises, and general chaos can turn even the calmest pet into a shedding, shaking, miserable mess. Even worse, pets may attempt to flee the noise, not knowing they could become lost or injured.

Fortunately, acute pet anxiety can be managed. In the interest of your pet’s health and wellbeing, Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital would like to offer a few techniques you can use to help them through this challenging time of year.

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Are You a Responsible Pet Owner?

Many pet owners come into their role by accident. They meet an animal and unexpectedly fall in love or are convinced by family members to open their home to a pet in need. Others take a different approach, conducting extensive research and exploring compatibility assessments.

Regardless of how a person came to have a pet, there are many different elements of responsible pet ownership that must be taken into account.  

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