Do Expiration Dates on Pet Medications Matter?

veterinarianLet’s face it, our medicine cabinets and bathroom shelves likely have an array of old medications, prescriptions, ointments, and other expired health items. The question is whether you still use them or not.

The same quandary is faced when you look at your pet’s old medications. Do expiration dates on pet medications really matter? Are they still effective? Is it safe? To clear up the confusion around this issue, the team at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center is here to explain expiration dates on pet medications and the risks.

The Importance of Expiration Dates on Pet Medications

Each over-the-counter and prescribed medication contains a date that lets the consumer know when the product is no longer effective. This date is determined at the time of manufacturing and depends on the type and form (liquid vs. pill) of medication, as well as storage requirements. Continue…

Dog Swimming Safety

Dog swimming safety is part of summer pet safety and outdoor fun with pets!This summer, many of us are looking forward to spending time with our dogs on the water. There’s nothing quite so fun as going to the local pond, beach, or just as far as your backyard pool for a swim with your dog. But keep in mind there are some safety precautions to be aware of when it comes to dog swimming safety. Not all dogs are great swimmers, and it’s important to be prepared, be aware, and take proper precautions when swimming with your dog.

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All the Way Home: The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

microchippingAh, the first taste of spring! Fine weather is finally here, and we’re all ready to get outside with our dogs. Our cats, too, are anxious to get out – whether or not that’s allowed.

Of course, before we get too excited, safety first! That means taking a look at whether or not your pet could be found if the spring in their step finds them wandering away. Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center explores the very big importance of that tiny device, the microchip, and why microchipping is essential to your pet’s safety.

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Preventing Lyme Disease in Dogs: What Pet Owners Need to Know

Lyme Disease in DogsAfter a long winter, it’s hard to be anything other than delighted by the arrival of spring, and the dangers associated with warm weather are probably the farthest thing from most pet owners’ minds. Before we turn our attention to dusting off the patio furniture and firing up the grill, your team at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center would like to turn your attention to a very real springtime risk to your pet: Lyme disease.

April is National Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month. At Berks, we want to bring awareness and education to pet owners regarding this dangerous, and surprisingly common, disease.

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Don’t Let a Pet Poisoning Happen in Your Home

pet poisoningBetween Valentine’s Day, Easter, and spring cleaning, the risk of a pet poisoning occurring at home increases tenfold. Ironically, home is the one place that’s supposed to be the safest for your pet. However, with some practical pet safety tips, you can still enjoy this time of year – and protect your pet.

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Puppy and Kitten Emergencies: How to Know When to Go

Adopting a new puppy or kitten can be one of the most delightful experiences in life. Although they are a lot of work, young pets captivate us with their curiosity, playfulness, and, of course, their cuteness. Unfortunately, the very characteristics that make puppies and kittens so wonderful can also lead them into danger.

Rushing a new pet to the ER probably isn’t on the forefront of our minds, but veterinary hospitals see their share of puppy and kitten emergencies each day. Knowing how to recognize and prevent common puppy and kitten emergencies will help you to ensure the ongoing health and wellness of your sweet pet.

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Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2017

The holidays are over! How did they come and go so quickly? 2017 is now just a memory, and we are gearing up for another wonderful year. Looking ahead, we’re excited to continue to share relevant, fun, and educational information with our friends and pet owners through our monthly pet care blog.

In order to be successful in the new year, it’s important to review what we have learned in the past. With that said, we are looking back at the blogs that our readers found most informational and interesting last year, and we’re sharing them here with you. So, without further ado, here are our top 5 pet care blogs of 2017!

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Being the Cool Cat During Feline Emergencies

The difficult part about caring for animals is that it isn’t always crystal clear when they don’t feel well. From an evolutionary standpoint, showing weakness is not a good thing, so pets tend to hide illness and pain.

Perhaps no species is quite so cryptic as the cat. Feline fanatics will be the first to admit that these guys are hard to read. Some things, though, are unmistakable emergencies. That’s why Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center wants to help all cat owners know how to spot a feline emergency so they can respond quickly and appropriately.

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Toxic Foods and the Holidays: Avoid a Pet Poisoning This Year

pet poisoningThe last thing pet owners want during the holidays is an emergency, and yet the weeks between Halloween and New Year’s are chock full of potential hazards. This can make even the most relaxed pet owner fall into a cycle of fear and anxiety about a potential pet calamity.  However, when you know how to best prevent a pet poisoning, everyone can enjoy the festivities together.

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Up a Creek? Outdoor Pet Safety You Can Count On

outdoor pet safetyPennsylvania has some spectacular natural wonders that thrill many local owners and their pets. With cooler weather rolling in, it’s a great time of year to take advantage of the fact that it doesn’t take very long to be completely immersed in the Pennsylvania wilderness. Autumn is a great time for hiking, camping, or even hunting alongside your pet. Since the wilderness is so close, this means that if you ever need help, you’re not too far from it.  But it’s important not to be lulled into a false sense of security while on these outdoor adventures with your pet. Indeed, without careful preparation and a nod to outdoor pet safety, you could be – literally and metaphorically – up a creek.

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Before getting out there, do your due diligence to ensure you and your pet aren’t surprised by a variety of nature’s obstacles. Weather can turn quickly, temperatures can change, winds can pick up, wild animals can appear, and even rain can soak a pet’s coat in no time.
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