Outward Hound: Tips for Hiking With Your Dog  

Hiking with your dog is a great way to get in some pet exercise and to spend time with pets.If your idea of a good time is packing up the car and hitting the trails, then weekend hikes in the summer are a must. The only thing that could add to this perfection is bringing your best four-legged friend along for the adventure.

Hiking with your dog is a great option for exercise and bonding, but there are some precautions to keep in mind. Let the loving team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital share some important safety tips for hiking with your dog.

Get Geared Up!

Are you and your dog a new hiking duo? No problem. There are some basics to invest in before heading out. We suggest the following gear for safety and comfort: Continue…

Steering Clear of Lyme Disease in Dogs

BartonHeights_iStock_000039999632_LargeWhile it may seem a little early in the year, springtime is prime tick season. Besides the fact that ticks are just gross, they can carry several nasty diseases that can be transmitted to your pets (and you).

One of the more common tick-borne diseases in this neck of the woods is Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that certain species of ticks can carry. While it is not possible to eliminate ticks from Pennsylvania, it is possible to prevent the effects of Lyme disease in dogs. Keep reading to learn how to protect your pet.

Learning About Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi that is carried in the tick’s digestive system. Not just any tick can carry this infection, it is specifically transmitted by the Ixodes, or deer, tick. Continue…