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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Candy: The Truly Frightening Risk to Halloween Pet Safety

animal hospital pet safetyHalloween is great for kids of all ages, but there are many aspects that also pose a threat to our pets. Costumes and decorations notwithstanding, the endless variety of candy and treats is actually a big concern when it comes to Halloween pet safety. In fact, this is the cause of most pet emergencies this time of year. Depending on the type and quantity consumed, candy can really land your pet in a cauldron of hot water.

The Most Dangerous

While it’s safe to assume that all Halloween candy is relatively bad for pets, there are some foods that are worse than others. For example, chocolate candy is one of the worst (and most common) offenders around. Chocolate poisoning can result in vomiting, diarrhea, panting, restlessness, and even heart failure. Continue…

Do Expiration Dates on Pet Medications Matter?

veterinarianLet’s face it, our medicine cabinets and bathroom shelves likely have an array of old medications, prescriptions, ointments, and other expired health items. The question is whether you still use them or not.

The same quandary is faced when you look at your pet’s old medications. Do expiration dates on pet medications really matter? Are they still effective? Is it safe? To clear up the confusion around this issue, the team at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center is here to explain expiration dates on pet medications and the risks.

The Importance of Expiration Dates on Pet Medications

Each over-the-counter and prescribed medication contains a date that lets the consumer know when the product is no longer effective. This date is determined at the time of manufacturing and depends on the type and form (liquid vs. pill) of medication, as well as storage requirements. Continue…

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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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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Puppy and Kitten Emergencies: How to Know When to Go

emergency veterinarian Adopting a new puppy or kitten can be one of the most delightful experiences in life. Although they are a lot of work, young pets captivate us with their curiosity, playfulness, and, of course, their cuteness. Unfortunately, the very characteristics that make puppies and kittens so wonderful can also lead them into danger.

Rushing a new pet to the ER probably isn’t on the forefront of our minds, but veterinary hospitals see their share of puppy and kitten emergencies each day. Knowing how to recognize and prevent common puppy and kitten emergencies will help you to ensure the ongoing health and wellness of your sweet pet.

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Being the Cool Cat During Feline Emergencies

The difficult part about caring for animals is that it isn’t always crystal clear when they don’t feel well. From an evolutionary standpoint, showing weakness is not a good thing, so pets tend to hide illness and pain.

Perhaps no species is quite so cryptic as the cat. Feline fanatics will be the first to admit that these guys are hard to read. Some things, though, are unmistakable emergencies. That’s why Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center wants to help all cat owners know how to spot a feline emergency so they can respond quickly and appropriately.

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A Dehydrated Pet? Not With These Prevention Tips!

Making sure your pet drinks enough water every day is important year-round, but when the heat index spikes during the summer, it becomes vital. Sure, most pets are instinctively drawn to their water dishes or fountains when hot and thirsty. However, an imbalance between water consumption and activity levels or heat exposure is not uncommon. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of a dehydrated pet and how to help.

Agua Fresca

Oh, the ways people can make simple water more delicious! Why is this? Because we know that we have to stay hydrated or suffer the effects of dehydration and heatstroke.

Pets may not necessarily agree with our additions of watermelon or rosemary sprigs, but they do tend to be drawn to water in the same way when the temperatures are scorching. Left to their own devices outdoors, pets may find bird baths, puddles, or other standing water, placing them at risk of exposure to harmful bacteria or parasites.

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