Understanding, Preventing and Treating Your Pet’s Allergies

A golden dog laying on the floor

When we think of human allergies, sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion typically come to mind. As for a pet’s allergies, however, the symptoms are usually a bit different. While pets are just as sensitive to the same allergens we are – including dust, pollen, mold, and grass – their symptoms tend to manifest as skin issues.

It’s not always straightforward, but the more you know about your pet’s triggers the more you’ll be able to provide them with comforting measures.

Breaking It Down

When animals are exposed to something they’re sensitive to, their immune system launches an attack.

In an attempt to protect the body from the allergen, the immune system produces antibodies that release histamines into the bloodstream. These manifest on the skin, in the eyes, ears, nose or throat, and in the GI tract, causing some obvious reactions.

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All In the Timing: Let’s Celebrate Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month!

A striped cat gnawing on grass

It’s no surprise that Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month happens in March every year. Now that Valentine’s Day is over and Easter is on the horizon chocolate is everywhere! But beyond the risk of chocolate toxicity in pets, there are plants, flowers and fertilizers lining our driveways and pavers, all of which can put your pet at risk. 

But not on our watch! Understanding the dangers, and knowing how to prevent a tragedy is key in protecting your pet, and the team at Barton Heights Animal Hospital is here to help.

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Cat Hairballs: Are They Normal or Signals That Something’s Not Right? 

A white, brown, and black cat on the floor near a hairball

Ah, cats…They win our hearts with their adorable antics and cuddliness. While it can be challenging to narrow down the most appealing feline behaviors, it’s unlikely that their ability to hack up sticky, yellowed, elongated balls of fur would top the list. Instead, it’s something that most cat owners simply grin and bear as though cat hairballs were entirely normal. 

The truth is, hairballs aren’t always “normal”.

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Protecting Your Pet’s Paws During the Winter Months

A very dirty pet on the floor

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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The Ten Most Harmful Holiday Pet Hazards

A cat amongst holiday decorations

Decking the halls and trimming the tree should be a joyous occasion, but the tasty food, decor, holiday plants, and festivities can also spell trouble for our furry family members. Too much “holiday fun” can lead to accidental poisoning, intestinal obstruction, or injury.

The team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is here to spotlight some of these hidden harmful items so that you can keep your pet safe.

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It’s Time For Turkey, And Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

A brown and white dog sitting at the dinner table

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, a fact that has most Americans jumping for joy. Friends, family, and holiday feasts are great fun for us, but Thanksgiving poses some risks to pet safety that we all need to be aware of. 

To avoid a trip to the animal emergency clinic this Thanksgiving, Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital has gathered our best Thanksgiving pet safety tips to keep your pets healthy and well all season long.

Let’s Talk Turkey…

Thanksgiving is centered around food, and it’s tough to resist those puppy dog eyes, we know. But allowing your pet to partake in the holiday spread is not only unhealthy, it can be dangerous. Pets don’t digest high fat or salty foods well, and the results of indulgence can be a painful and potentially life threatening condition called pancreatitis

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Keeping Them Safe: Disaster Preparedness for Pets

A shaggy dog outdoors with a person in boots

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

A dog outside on a leash

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!

Camping with a dog

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 white kitten in a house

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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