The Good Wait: Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette

A black and white dog on her owner's lap sitting next to a cat, wearing an Elizabethan collar, in a pet carrier show proper veterinary lobby etiquette

During a busy day, the veterinary hospital lobby here at Fairview can be hectic. Pets are being checked in for their annual exams, ill pets are here waiting for treatment, and tensions can sometimes run high in all of this. It’s safe to say, there is no “usual” day at a clinic.

One thing we do know is that good lobby etiquette among pet owners and staff make an enormous difference in keeping things smooth and relaxed. Good manners even helps our small patients, especially those in pain or dealing with chronic conditions. Here are some things to keep in mind in practicing great hospital lobby etiquette.

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A Bundle of Joy: Helpful Hints for Introducing Your Pet to Your New Baby

If you’re getting ready to bring home a new baby, chances are your life is full of planning for how to make this transition run as smoothly as possible. Amidst the birth planning, gathering all the essentials, and taking care of yourself, you may be wondering how your pets will adjust to a new baby as well. 

A new baby can be exciting for everyone, but for pets, it may also cause some anxiety. Pets are creatures of habit, and any change in their routine may be stressful for them. When it comes to this process, it’s smart to start early! Planning and preparation are key.

To that end, Fairview Veterinary Hospital has helpful hints for introducing your pets to your new baby. If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact us

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Who’s The Top Chef For Pets? Pet Nutrition Guidelines

If you’ve been a pet owner or even if you have a brand new pet, you may have noticed a plethora of information out there (especially online) about pet food and pet nutrition. The internet abounds with advice, marketing, and guidance for pet owners about what they should feed their pets. How is a conscientious pet owner to make a decision about what to feed?

But wait. It should be easy, right? Pour the food into their bowl and that’s it? Not quite. Pets have specific nutritional requirements that need to be met in order for them to thrive.


Before your throw up your hands in confusion, have no fear. Fairview Veterinary Hospital has the scoop (no pun intended) on pet nutrition.

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Keep Chocolate Where it Belongs and Prevent a Pet Poisoning

Chocolate toxicity in pets can cause a pet poisoning emergency

Preventing a pet poisoning is important throughout the year, but as we head toward Valentine’s Day and Easter, providing a few safety reminders is always a good idea. While we all do our best to protect our pets accidents do happen. Knowing the red flags of toxicity is a must, as well as training ourselves on how to react when a pet is in peril.

It’s Chemistry

The reason that chocolate is toxic to animals is because it contains the compound theobromine. Different chocolates have different concentrations of theobromine. For example, the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate, and products with a high percentage of cacao are particularly dangerous. Milk chocolate has less, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to leave out for your pet to sample!

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Fairview Veterinary Hospital Reflects on the Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

Urgent Care

The bedrock of any successful business is, of course, the people. Without the friendly, caring, and compassionate folks that keep us going strong each day, our medical expertise and years of experience wouldn’t have as much impact.

Indeed, our team strives each day to help animals in our ever-growing community. We are rewarded tenfold for our efforts with enthusiastic tail wags, face licks, purrs, and head bumps. To the pet owners of Erie, Pennsylvania, we thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for your companion.

We also want to thank you for reading our pet care blogs. Each month, we discuss topics and address common questions facing many pet owners. From dispelling myths to raising awareness, our pet care blogs are meant to help and inform readers.

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Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping your pet helps a lost pet become a found pet! Even with the most diligent of owners, pet escapes can and do happen. All it takes is a gardener accidentally leaving the back gate open, or the front door being opened just enough for your pet to scoot through.

Statistics show that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their lifetime. And without identification, 90% will not return home. Those are some scary statistics! Microchipping your pet is not only easy, safe, and inexpensive, it also affords lost pets their best chance of being reunited with their owner.

How Does A Microchip Work?

A microchip is a rice-sized device that is implanted under your pet’s skin during their annual wellness exam. The microchip stores a unique ID number that can be used to retrieve your contact information if your pet is ever lost.

Once the microchip is placed, it is registered with the national pet recovery database with your contact information. If your pet is lost, any veterinary hospital, shelter, or rescue organization can scan your pet for the microchip, pull up the ID code, and call the microchip company, who then contacts you with your pet’s location.

Microchips work with radio frequency, so there are no moving parts or batteries. The radio frequency is only activated when a microchip scanner is waved over your pet’s body. Continue…