The Golden Years and Beyond: The Importance Of Regular Senior Pet Exams

A dog standing in a fieldAlthough your pet may hold fast to the passing vestiges of his or her youth, the truth is that time keeps marching on – for all of us. While some breeds have longer lifespans than others, your pet averages about seven years to every one of your’s.

Getting your aging or senior dog or cat checked twice a year may seem superfluous – especially in the absence of obvious symptoms – but regular senior pet exams are an excellent opportunity to identify age-related disease early, address behavioral issues, nutritional needs, and guarantee your pet’s health wellness for the remaining years.  

The Big Deal

If we’ve been fortunate enough to know your senior pet since his or her infancy, checking in every 6 months allows us to consistently monitor – and compare –all the facets of health. We often refer to your aging pet’s medical history which can, in turn, illuminate certain health risks connected to his or her individual lifestyle and activities that change with age. Continue…

Prevention Is Everything: The Benefits Of Pet Wellness Plans

A golden retriever in the vet office with familyIf you’re like most pet owners, you consider your dog or cat a member of the family and believe that he or she deserves the best care possible. Bringing your pet to the veterinarian for routine wellness exams, vaccinations, etc., is an important part of pet ownership, but the costs associated with pet medical care can be daunting. That’s where pet wellness plans come in. 

What Is A Wellness Plan?

A wellness plan is a wonderful way to prepay for veterinary care, think of it as a frequent buyers club for pets.

For a monthly fee, your pet will receive a set of routine veterinary services that include: Continue…

Holiday Travel and Your Pet

A woman with her small dogWith holiday travel at its peak the next few weeks, you may be preparing to hit the road in the days ahead. Whether you’re headed over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house or plan to speed down the interstate to meet your in-law’s for the first time, holiday travel can be an adventure in and of itself.

Add in your dog as your co-pilot, however, and the holiday travel adventure just got real. From pit stops to muddy paws, there is a lot to consider when it comes to traveling with pets, especially around the holidays. Continue…

Holiday Stress in Pets: How to Prevent Anxiety and Other Problems

A fluffy dog in a pile of leaves with a pumpkinJust as you finish the mile-long list of tasks before the big holiday gathering, you notice something amiss with your pet. Maybe he or she is hidden deep within the back of the closet or has decided to use the laundry basket as a litter box.

Unfortunately, holiday stress can manifest in many ways in your pet. Strangers or disruptions in their routines can create anxiety, and the holidays can create behavioral issues in pets who may not otherwise display such challenges. Continue…

Trips to the Vet: Helping Your Cat Adjust

A tabby cat sniffing a stethoscopeFor many cat parents, it’s not unusual to worry about the dreaded trip to the vet (over 2/3 of all cat owners report this fear). Despite knowing annual wellness exams are essential to good health, the fuss over the cat carrier or the car ride can cause a bit of panic. The good news is that we can help your cat overcome these fears with some kitty-calming strategies. Continue…

Trusting In Your Cat’s Annual Exam

Veterinary surveyIt’s not unusual to assume that a cat is healthy based on a lack of visible symptoms. While this may be credited to a cat’s superior achievements in the fitness department, it’s more likely that any tell-tale signs – if any – are expertly masked.

Because of this, we believe that cat owners should make a point of routinely scheduling their cat’s annual exam. Not only do these important exams serve to catch any illnesses before symptoms get out of hand, but they also support overall feline health, wellness, and longevity. Continue…

Canine Influenza: What’s All the Bark About? | Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital Blog

A dog wearing a maskOver the last six months or so, canine influenza has ripped across the nation without warning. Being a relatively new disease (in this form, at least), the media has latched on to it and pet owners everywhere are raising a fuss. So what’s one to think about this very contagious disease? Read on to learn what’s going on with canine influenza.

The Basics of Canine Influenza

This past April, veterinarians in the Chicago area started to report seeing an outbreak of kennel cough like none other. The typical upper respiratory symptoms normally caused by the Bordetella bacteria along with a few other bugs, however, typically looks a little different. Continue…

Pet Wellness for Life

Little kitten jumping with widely spread pawsOur pets are more than just our furry friends – they are our family and our partners in life. At Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital, we are your partners in your pet’s lifelong health and wellbeing. Keeping your pets healthy is what we do best. By bringing your furry friends to us for regular annual or semi-annual wellness exams, we can catch small health problems before they turn into big ones, and can often stop big ones right in their tracks.

Our pets age differently than we do – they age somewhere between four and ten years for every calendar year, depending on the breed – and an exam once a year for your pet is like an exam every six years for us. While most adult pets do fine with annual exams, we recommend exams twice a year to keep on top of senior health issues such as arthritis, hearing or vision loss, and other physical and mental changes.
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Hit The Road: Tips For Traveling With Pets

White cat sitting in a bag for the animals on the benchMany of us travel during the summer. And, whether you are taking a cross-country drive, a weekend camping trip, or are hopping a plane to some far-off location, you may be planning on bringing your furry companion along for the ride. But traveling with pets does take some special planning and consideration. Here is what you need to know to make traveling with your pet safe, fun, and enjoyable for all.

Things To Consider

Making the decision to bring a pet along on a trip isn’t always easy.  Before you hit the road, you’ll want to consider the following: Continue…

Summer Pet Safety Checklist


west highland terrierSummer in the Poconos, what could be better? And, then of course there’s antique walks, a vacay with the kiddos, and backyard shindigs. Whether we’re packing up the car for that epic road trip or putting on the BBQ fixings, as pet owners, we may also be pondering whether or not to include our pets. Pet safety, after all, seems to play a part in our planned pet activities.

To help keep your furry family member protected while you enjoy this beautiful season, we’ve compiled the most common seasonal precautions. Continue…