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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A Look Back: Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center’s Top 5 Blogs of 2018

2019 is upon us, bringing with it all the promise and possibility of a new year. While we’re looking forward to new challenges and new adventures, at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center we’re also are feeling grateful and looking back at all the wonderful things that 2018 brought us. Among the most valuable are the relationships we’ve forged with pet owners, and the pets we were able to help.

Looking back is also a fun thing to do when it includes our monthly blog posts. We’ve tallied up your favorite posts and are sharing our top 5 most popular blogs of 2018, here. Enjoy!

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The Picture Worth a Thousand Words: The Value of Veterinary Ultrasound

Veterinary ultrasound is an important veterinary diagnostic tool

While many people have seen an ultrasound image before (who hasn’t been subjected to in utero baby pics on social media?), most don’t realize how valuable a diagnostic tool this imaging modality can be. Veterinary ultrasound is a staple in what we do here at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center, and a tool we’re not so sure we could live without.

What Veterinary Ultrasound Does

Veterinary ultrasound is a valuable diagnostic tool because it is safe, non-invasive, and provides a wealth of information about the patient. Here’s how it works:

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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…

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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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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Recognizing and Treating Pet Pain

These days veterinarians and animal hospitals are not only better at recognizing pain in our four-legged friends, but we’re better able to prevent and manage it on an everyday basis. Join Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center during the month of September – Pet Pain Awareness Month – to learn more about how we are reducing and preventing any pain that your fur baby may experience.

The Root of the Issue

There are many hidden causes that can lead to pain in pets, some which can be very difficult to recognize. Shorter-lived and sudden acute pain often occurs after an injury or a surgery. Long-term, or chronic pain can be the result of conditions such as osteoarthritis or systemic illness.

We’re continuously learning about how pain can dramatically affect a pet’s quality of life. We know that it also impacts physiological processes, such as healing. As advocates for our pets, it’s also important that we understand how to effectively identify and address the possibility of pain our pets may be experiencing.
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Leptospirosis: What Pet Owners Need to Know

leptospirosisLeptospirosis is something of a mystery to most pet owners, and yet, this bacterial disease is on the rise in many parts of the United States. Leptospirosis is a contagious illness that can affect pets and people. While cases among cats are rare, dogs are more likely to become infected.

With recent outbreaks in cities such as Phoenix, San Francisco, and New York, it’s important to raise awareness about this potentially deadly disease and how owners can protect their pets.

An Overview of Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis among pets (often called canine leptospirosis) is caused by the family of organisms Leptospira interrogans. It’s primarily contracted through contact with the urine of an infected animal but can also be spread through a bite or contact with infected soil or water.
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