Keeping the Beat: Why Pet Heart Health is Instrumental

Each and every organ in the body is important, each having an essential role in form and function. It is not fair to pick favorites, but if we had to, the vets at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital would rank the heart up at the top of our list. Pet heart health is essential when it comes to caring for your four-legged friends.

The Importance of Pet Heart Health

No bones about it, the heart is central to your pet’s overall health. The heart is the center of the cardiovascular system, pumping blood to every vital organ and tissue in the body. Blood carries oxygen to the cells, providing energy for function. Without the heart, the muscles, the kidneys, and even the brain would not be able to work properly.

When the heart isn’t functioning at top capacity, consequences can be devastating. In most situations, heart problems lead to the heart not being able to propel blood forward as efficiently as normal, resulting the in the accumulation of fluid in the lung tissues and/or abdomen. This is called congestive heart failure.


Puppy as a Present? Things to Consider Before Giving a Pet as a Gift


While it may seem Scrooge-ish to say “no” to a new puppy request from a child, many parents make the mistake of giving in. A few months later, that out-of-control adolescent dog seems less desirable, and the child is no longer that enthusiastic about daily chores and the like.

Each year, well-intentioned people make the mistake of giving a pet as a gift, causing thousands of animals to be surrendered to shelters because of poor planning. This is not to say that pets should never be presents. However, there are many things to consider before bringing a cat, dog, or other animal into someone’s life. Continue…

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Hearing the Issues of Pet Ear Care

dog ears.Your pet’s ears are an important part of their existence. They allow them to hear the surrounding environment. They can alert to danger. They help your pet get oriented. They also help with balance and coordination.

Taking good care of your pet’s ears is an essential part of responsible pet ownership. Read on to learn about pet ear care and what you can do to protect one of your pet’s most vital senses.

Getting to Know You


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Oh, for the Love! The Benefits of Responsible Pet Ownership

Happy Couple at Home with DogOwnership is a noun with a rather serious tone; essentially, it’s the act, state, or right of possessing something. We can “own” various assets, such as a home, car, or boat, but the term “pet ownership” seems inaccurate. Of course, responsible pet owners care for their pets’ needs, but it seems more precise to say that our pets own us.

While a sweet, devoted pet certainly inspires love and affection, there’s more to pet ownership than cuddles and treats. Before you dive in, it’s best to be as prepared as possible. You’ll be a much happier owner – and your pet will definitely thank you.

An Ounce of Prevention

Did you know Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital offers preventative health plans? Choose one of our specially-designed canine plans or feline plans to ensure your pet’s health and longevity. Continue…

The Seasonal Alarm Clock: Protecting Pets From Fleas and Ticks


Dog FleasIs Brodhead Creek Park calling your name?

Like most Stroudsburg residents you may be itching to get outside, but while we’re all enjoying the spring weather, some pretty terrible parasites are waking up from a long winter’s nap.

Although it’s important to keep up a year round prevention schedule, protecting pets from fleas and ticks is critical during the spring and summer months.

A Critical Juncture

Most pet owners understand that parasites should be avoided at all costs, but the reasons for this go far beyond the pesky, irritating nature of fleas and ticks. Both have the propensity to carry and spread disease, making prevention your best bet of all. 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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