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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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

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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.

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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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