Lost and Found: Why Microchipping Pets Matters

Microchipping is a word many pet owners are familiar with. If you adopted your best fur companion, chances are, they came to you already microchipped. Microchipping is an essential part of pet identification that helps reunite hundreds of thousands of pets each year with their owners.

Since the topic of microchipping is something that comes up often in our practice, the team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to explain the process and why it matters to you.

What Is a Pet Microchip?

When it comes to microchips, there is much ado about a simple device. Microchips are merely a tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) that rely on a corresponding microchip reader or wand. They are not GPS or other forms of tracking device, so they cannot tell you where your pet is located or give information to anyone else who has a GPS. 

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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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The Ten Most Harmful Holiday Pet Hazards

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

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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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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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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Lurking in the Bushes: Outdoor Gastrointestinal Dangers for Pets

Outdoor Gastrointestinal Dangers for PetsIt finally seems like the weather is changing and spring is here. With the warmer, sunnier weather, you and your pet are probably spending more time outdoors. While getting a little extra sun is great for us all, mentally and physically, it is important for us to be aware of potentially dangerous situations for our frolicking furry friends.

In particular, outdoor gastrointestinal dangers for pets can be worrisome. While you may be focused on grilling the perfect hamburger, Fido can get himself into a situation that could result in you cleaning your carpets later (or worse). Learn which worrisome obstacles you need to steer clear of this spring.

Pesky Parasites

The great outdoors is fraught with many inhabitants, some that we love and others that we could do without. Pets who venture outside are at higher risk of exposure to many parasitic organisms, and precautions should be taken.

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Save a Life: Tips for Avoiding Pet Pancreatitis This Holiday Season

Dog is satisfied with the service in own restaurantWe all have foods we want to (or should) avoid, but the holidays make it really, really hard. Savory meats, sweet treats, and buttery goodness abound during the last few weeks of the year, and your pet isn’t immune to all the temptation. Indulgences are just plain difficult to ignore, but we hope the dangers of pet pancreatitis are enough to keep you saying “paws off” to certain dishes.

A Functioning Pancreas

The pancreas doesn’t get much credit – until it’s under attack. The truth is, a healthy, functioning pancreas completes two critical jobs. Primarily, it produces insulin, an integral part of blood glucose regulation. Second, the pancreas makes enzymes that aid in food digestion. Normally, these enzymes are secure inside pancreatic cells until released into the small intestine to do their job. They help breakdown proteins, carbohydrates, and fats so your pet’s body has energy.

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Keeping Flat-Faced Pets Safe in Hot Weather

Boston TerrierIf you’re the proud owner of a brachycephalic breed, you probably adore the unique features of your pug, Boston terrier, Persian cat, or Shih Tzu (to name a few distinctive breeds). To be sure, they’re adorable, but the same endearing characteristics can also lead to serious health issues. This is true year round, but high temperatures and humidity make this time of year especially hard for many flat-faced pets.

The Anatomy

Respiratory issues are caused by the characteristic facial bones and nasal structure of brachycephalic breeds. Other challenges stem from short tracheas, smaller nostrils, and excessive bone and tissue that block airways. Combined, these physical traits result in Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome. Continue…