Right At Home: Your Guide To At-Home Pet Dental Care 

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Even though we all know that Benjamin Franklin’s quote “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true, procrastination is simply human nature. This is certainly the case with pets when it comes to dental care. Most of the time, daily tooth brushing is a task that falls off our to-do list, until we snuggle up with our pet and notice their stinky breath – but by that time, dental disease may be unavoidable.

Instead, let Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center guide you through at-home pet dental care so that you can keep this at the top of mind. With dental exams, x-rays, professional dental cleanings, and at-home pet dental care, you can really give your pet better health for the long haul. 

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Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center’s Most-Read Blogs of 2019

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The holidays have passed and you may be hearing and joining in a collective sigh of relief. We hope you had a wonderful and joyful season with your family and friends, and of course, your pets! 

As we prepare and look ahead to an exciting new year, we at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center enjoy the chance to pause and look back at the accomplishments and special moments of 2019. 

One of the things we review on a regular basis is our pet care blog. If you’ve been following our blog for awhile, you know that we endeavor to bring pet owners relevant information on pet safety, fun with your pet, and optimum pet health. To that end, we are sharing our Top Blogs of 2019, here, and we hope you enjoy! 

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Is a Grain-Free Diet Right for Your Pet?

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There are a multitude of options when it comes to pet food – from boutique whole foods nutrition to grain-free, to exotic ingredients like duck and wild boar. It can be downright confusing to know what kind of diet is right for your pet! 

Grain-free diets are popular among pet owners for many reasons, the first of which is that grain-free or gluten-free is a trend among humans. But is eliminating grains from your pet’s diet good for your furry companion? Is it necessary for good health, or is it detrimental to most pets?

The team at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center is here to discuss a few things to consider before you jump on the grain-free diet bandwagon.

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Cancer in Pets: The Importance of Early Detection

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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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