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.

Following are our best dog swimming safety tips from your Shillington vet. Continue…

Ice Melt Toxicity: Facts and Fictions

on a footpathWhile the astronomical start of winter is December 21st, the meteorological winter begins December 1st. By then, we may already have been hit by a snow or ice storm, begging the question – are you ready to learn about ice melt toxicity?

Preparing for winter goes beyond digging out your parka and stocking up on blankets and hot chocolate. It also means protecting your pet from the dangers that come with the colder weather. This includes brushing up on ice melt toxicity.

While most owners understand the inherent dangers of antifreeze, there’s a cloud of confusion about whether or not ice melt is toxic to pets. Let’s find out!
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