The Truth About Pet Anxiety

pet anxiety

Like us, animals feel emotions. Triggered by specific stimuli, emotional responses and physical behaviors can often be predicted. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pets that we share our lives with can experience emotions similar to our very own feelings, including chronic and acute psychological conditions.

Pet anxiety is just one example. For many owners, it can feel insurmountable, but it doesn’t have to be.

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Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center: At Your Service!

animal emergencyThere are certain situations that can make even the most stoic pet owner’s blood run cold, like the sudden need for emergency services for your pet, or the growing realization that he or she may have a serious medical condition. Although no one wants to find themselves in either of these positions, knowing that there’s a place where you can bring your pet to receive the best in emergency or specialty care can offer significant peace of mind.

You can find both 24/7 emergency care and top-of-the-line specialty services at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center. Our mission is to provide exceptional care for your pet and outstanding service to you and to your primary care veterinarian.


Chihuahua Birthday Party!!

The bond between pets and their owners is a special one.  Dogs and cats are part of the family and they are often included in family celebrations.  On some occasions,  THEY are the focus of celebrations!  Take a peek at a video by our own Dr. Michele Saletros.

chihuahua at berks emergency vet

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BAERC Crew at Bark For Life!

Casy and Lola, Ashley, Dr. Saletros and Sayuri, Stacia, Alyssa and Bailey

Casy and Lola, Ashley, Dr. Saletros and Sayuri, Stacia, Alyssa

Bobbi Jo , Utley (in background) Tyler, Alyssa and Bailey

Bobbi Jo, Utley (in background) and Tyler, Alyssa and Bailey


BAERC had a great time at Bark for Life this past Saturday!  A big thank you to everyone who came out to promote awareness about cancer, both in humans and animals.  We remembered those lost to cancer and honored their memory.  We continue to support those who are currently fighting the battle.

It was a bit chilly, but the dogs and their people kept warm by walking!

Looking forward to participating again next year.

Please remember, early detection is key.  If you notice a lump or bump on your dog or cat, have it checked out by your veterinarian.  Annual exams are important, and when your fuzzy friend reaches senior status (7 years and older), biannual exams are advised.

Stay healthy!

River and Roland

River and Roland












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Parker, a Cancer Survivor

parkerbeachThis Saturday, April 25th, is Berks County’s Bark for Life dog walk!  Canine cancer survivors and their owners will be out in force to bring awareness to cancer.  They will be joined by both two legged and four legged supporters.  BAERC will be there lending support to these amazing canines.  We look forward to this event every year because it gives us an opportunity to talk with owners and we get a chance to meet some courageous canines up close and personal.

A diagnosis of cancer in our pets is devastating, however it doesn’t always mean that we have reached the end of the road with our furry companions.  There are different types of cancers, and some may be amenable to chemotherapy.  Yes, you read that correctly.  There ARE chemotherapeutic options for certain types of canine cancers.  You may be thinking, “I don’t want my dog to lose  fur or be nauseated all the time.”  However,  chemotherapy in dogs and people is quite different.  In our pets, we use different doses of chemotherapy drugs and loss of fur/daily nausea is highly uncommon.  Chemotherapy in pets is palliative, not curative.    A good quality of life is the goal while alleviating some of the symptoms of cancer.  When receiving a diagnosis of cancer, a consultation regarding treatment, quality of life and other concerns is an option.  Our own Dr. Carl Veltri, in conjunction with a board certified oncologist,  provides consultations and cancer treatment at BAERC.

Meet Parker, a cancer survivor.

Parker’s owner writes this account of their experience together and how they handled his diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma, a highly aggressive cancer.

“Parker came into my life 7 years ago this May.  He was a 3 year old beagle that I adopted from the Animal Rescue League.  Parker has brought so much joy to my life.  In February, 2014, Parker visited his veterinarian because he was not feeling well and I noticed his gums were pale.  The veterinarian did some bloodwork and tapped his belly.  There was blood in Parker’s abdomen.  She drove Parker and me to Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center.  There it was determined that Parker had a mass on his spleen that had ruptured.  Parker needed emergency surgery as he was bleeding into his belly. It was so scary for me because I did not know if he would survive the surgery, but he did.  A week later, Parker’s pathology report came back with a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma, a highly aggressive cancer.  After Parker had his surgical staples removed, we started a 28 week course of chemotherapy.  Parker did very well with his treatment!  After he was done with his treatment, Parker and I celebrated by going on vacation to the beach.  He is now on a daily chemotherapy pill and gets blood work done every 4 weeks.  He is doing well.  I pray for Parker’s good health every night.  Parker has a very big following on Facebook that also keep him in their prayers.  I must thank Dr. Veltri, Dr. Conklin and the staff at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center for the care they have given Parker.  If it was not for everyone, I would not have my boy with me today.  Parker gives a big beagle AaarrRooOO…..that is beagle for thank you.”

The photo above is from Parker’s celebration beach vacation.  Look at that smile!:)



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Spring Dangers



Spring is here!  As we thaw out from a cold winter, it is time to consider our pets and some dangers that may be present, yet easily avoided.

Easter is just around the corner. Some dangers may be lurking in that Easter basket. Plastic grass is highly attractive to our feline friends. However, ingesting this colorful decoration can cause a life threatening intestinal obstruction. There are paper alternatives that may be found. Use this as an alternative and avoid the risk of an intestinal obstruction which could very likely result in a visit to the ER and surgery.

Easter Lily is highly toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure. Avoid this plant altogether and keep your kitty safe.

Chocolate. It never fails. Fido finds his way to the chocolate bunny and eats it. We know that baker’s chocolate is most potent when it comes to chocolate toxity, however other types of chocolate, depending on the amount ingested, may cause toxicity as well. In addition to an upset stomach, life threatening cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat) and seizures may result. Keep all chocolate up and out of reach and beware of counter surfers!

Plastic eggs. Those cute plastic eggs that hide jelly beans and other goodies look very appetizing to some dogs. They may be eaten and can result in an intestinal obstruction. Keep these far away and out of reach from your puppy.

Xylitol. The sugar substitute may help you keep your calorie count down, however, xylitol can be highly toxic to our little companions and can result in liver failure.

Table food. A few bites of ham won’t hurt your puppy, will it? Actually, it is risky to give your pet ham or other fatty foods. Some pets are highly sensitive to certain types of table food. At minimum, transient diarrhea or even vomiting may occur. However, pancreatitis, a painful inflammation of the pancreas which can be quite serious and require hospitalization, may result. This scenario is easily avoidable.

Being aware of these dangers and avoiding them will decrease the likelihood of a visit to the ER.

Enjoy Spring and spend some quality time with your pet! They will love you for it!

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