Without Halloween Pet Safety, Fright Night Can Be Terrifying

dog with costume

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

dog on retractable leash

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

A dog peeps into a yellow tent

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

dog licking peanut butter dangers of xylitol

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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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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