Good Dog (and Cat)! Behavioral Training for Pets

Pet behavioral training is good helps all pets be good petsThe holidays are upon us, and if you’re like us, you are excited about seeing family, friends, and celebrating the season with delicious foods and parties. But, you also might be a bit apprehensive about all the activity, travel, and guests – and how the excitement might affect your pets.

Dogs and cats are creatures of habit, and sometimes changes in routine and new people that the holidays can bring can cause behavioral issues to arise. If you’re worried about barking, jumping up, spraying, or chewing, you may benefit from learning about behavioral training for pets and how it might make your life (and your pet’s life) easier and less stressful – especially during the busy holiday season. Continue…

Candy: The Truly Frightening Risk to Halloween Pet Safety

animal hospital pet safetyHalloween is great for kids of all ages, but there are many aspects that also pose a threat to our pets. Costumes and decorations notwithstanding, the endless variety of candy and treats is actually a big concern when it comes to Halloween pet safety. In fact, this is the cause of most pet emergencies this time of year. Depending on the type and quantity consumed, candy can really land your pet in a cauldron of hot water.

The Most Dangerous

While it’s safe to assume that all Halloween candy is relatively bad for pets, there are some foods that are worse than others. For example, chocolate candy is one of the worst (and most common) offenders around. Chocolate poisoning can result in vomiting, diarrhea, panting, restlessness, and even heart failure. Continue…

Taking a Closer Look at Pet Insurance: Is it Right for You?

Pet insurance can help defray the cost of veterinary careModern veterinary medicine is literally a lifesaver for millions of pets. Being able to extend and improve the lives of our precious companions is a wonderful thing, but this advanced medical care is not without a cost. In fact, for many pet owners, this can place significant financial strain on a household.

Similar to how health insurance can help offset our medical bills, pet insurance can also provide peace of mind. Pet insurance isn’t necessarily the right choice for everyone, but it may be worth looking into and discovering for yourself whether the benefits outweigh the cost. Continue…

Prevention: The Simple Truth About Pet Wellness

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In their first year or so, pets visit the vet more often to establish overall wellness. They are vaccinated to prevent disease, microchipped, spayed or neutered, and given medication to guard against internal and external parasites. The resulting picture of absolute health can make it seem unnecessary to keep up with routine pet wellness exams. But the best time to take your pet to the vet is when they are feeling their best. Why? Because pet wellness hinges on prevention.

Just Like Us

The foundation of overall, lifelong pet wellness is initiated in the first years of an animal’s life. Just as we commit to annual physicals or dental cleanings, pets need regular attention. Without this proactive approach, health issues can gain a foothold and threaten longevity and quality of life.

Given the opportunity to record normal, or baseline, values, your pet’s veterinarian can track any changes in the future that can lead to early diagnosis – and a better outcome. Continue…

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

shillington vetThis 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.

Following are our best dog swimming safety tips from your Shillington vet. Continue…

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

emergency veterinarian 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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