Cancer in Pets: The Importance of Early Detection

Cancer is an unfortunate part of life for many people, and the same is true for our pets. Cancer is the main cause of death in close to 50% of all dogs and more than 30% of cats, according to the Veterinary Cancer Society. Dogs experience cancer at the same rate as humans, in fact, and can be difficult to detect until the cancer has progressed.

While cancer is a scary topic for most of us who love our pets, it is important to know the signs and ways you can catch the disease early. The good news is that we have come a long way in diagnosing and treating cancer in pets and can give hope to those pet parents affected.

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Without Halloween Pet Safety, Fright Night Can Be Terrifying

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Between costumes, candy, and decor Americans spend billions (yes, billions) of dollars on Halloween every year. With pet culture gaining in popularity, it’s estimated that pet owners spend over $400 million on pet costumes alone. Depending on where you stand, this can seem a bit excessive. Until, that is, you see an adorable little Chihuahua all gussied up, or a cat strutting their stuff outfitted like a diva. 

Pets who enjoy playing dress-up are the exceptions, but with attention to Halloween pet safety, you too can achieve some truly memorable moments. 

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Not So Flexible: The Dangers of Retractable Leashes

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Retractable leashes are popular with many dog owners for their ability to allow your dog flexibility in movement. Sometimes, you want to pull your pet close when a passing dog comes along, or allow greater distance when your pet wants to explore. So, the convenient solution, it would seem, is the retractable leash. 

Unfortunately, the convenience we may find can result in disaster. Let’s take a closer look at why these leashes are dangerous and some suggestions on safe pet walking. 

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Camping Safety With Dogs

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For many of us, camping is the ultimate outdoor experience, with plenty of options for adventure and relaxation in nature. Of course, camping wouldn’t be camping without our four-legged best friends along. But how to keep them safe in the wild? 

With a little awareness and some advance preparation, you can make sure your camping adventure with pets is safe and fun. Let Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center be your guide when it comes to camping safety with dogs.

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Peanut Butter and Xylitol Danger for Pets

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If you’ve wondered how to give your pet their medication, and reached for a jar of peanut butter, you’re not alone. Peanut butter is commonly used among pet owners to get pets to eat their meds -both because of its stickiness and its yumminess!

But sadly, some brands of peanut butter contain a substance that can kill your dog. Xylitol is a sugar substitute being used more often in peanut butter and in many other household products that you might not even know about. 

Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center believes one of our jobs is to raise awareness of potential hazards to your pet. Hopefully giving you some information on what Xylitol is and where it is used can help you keep your pets safe at home.  

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The Truth About Pet Anxiety

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Like us, animals feel emotions. Triggered by specific stimuli, emotional responses and physical behaviors can often be predicted. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pets that we share our lives with can experience emotions similar to our very own feelings, including chronic and acute psychological conditions.

Pet anxiety is just one example. For many owners, it can feel insurmountable, but it doesn’t have to be.

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The Fortified Feline: A Quick Guide to Cat Enrichment

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Cats have predatory natures. They need to survey their territory and ambush interlopers, and they thrive when acting upon their innate feline behaviors.

Unfortunately, many indoor-only cats succumb to a sort of humdrum existence that involves little else besides eating, sleeping, and grooming. Improve your pet’s quality of life with these ideas for cat enrichment at home.

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Indoor-outdoor cats may have more opportunities to climb, stalk, pounce, and frolic than indoor-only pets, but allowing cats to roam increases their risk of accidental injury, illness, or death. However, while indoor-only cats may lead longer, safer lives, they may not always have their needs fulfilled.

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Heartworm Disease and Prevention

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Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes warmer weather, more outdoor time – and of course, creepy, crawly bugs. Among the most annoying can be the flying variety, namely, mosquitoes. And although the bite of a mosquito can be uncomfortable, it can also pose serious and even deadly risks for your pet.

All is takes is one mosquito bite to transmit heartworm to pets. Once thought of as only a problem in the southern states, heartworm disease is now found in all 50 states and Canada. An infected pet faces permanent organ damage to the heart and lungs, or death. So what’s a conscientious pet owner to do?

Let Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center walk you through the basics of heartworm disease and prevention.

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All Good or Pass On Grass? The Reasons Why Pot and Pets Don’t Mix

Marijuana and pets

The issue of pot and pets isn’t new but since the legalization of medical marijuana in 2016, the frequency of toxic episodes in Pennsylvania has increased.

No matter where you stand on the topic of legalization, the fact is pets have more access to cannabis products than ever before. Together, we can work towards preventing a pet emergency. It’s equally important to be able to recognize the signs of an accidental poisoning and how to seek help.

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Taking One Heartbeat at a Time: Veterinary Cardiology

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Some may argue that lots of snuggles, excellent nutrition, or long, leisurely walks are be the most important part of making a pet feel loved. At Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center, though, we know the fastest way to a pet’s heart is good heart health!

While good pet cardiac care may not make your pet knowingly love you anymore, it is an important part of a long and quality lifetime with your furry friend. Our veterinary cardiology services are here to ensure that you get as much time as possible with your beloved pet.

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