Not So Flexible: The Dangers of Retractable Leashes

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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Heartworm Disease and Prevention

pet heartworm prevention

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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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.

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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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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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