Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center’s Most-Read Blogs of 2019

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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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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The Fortified Feline: A Quick Guide to Cat Enrichment

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Cats have predatory natures. They need to survey their territory and ambush interlopers, and they thrive when acting upon their innate feline behaviors.

Unfortunately, many indoor-only cats succumb to a sort of humdrum existence that involves little else besides eating, sleeping, and grooming. Improve your pet’s quality of life with these ideas for cat enrichment at home.

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Indoor-outdoor cats may have more opportunities to climb, stalk, pounce, and frolic than indoor-only pets, but allowing cats to roam increases their risk of accidental injury, illness, or death. However, while indoor-only cats may lead longer, safer lives, they may not always have their needs fulfilled.

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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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A Look Back: Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center’s Top 5 Blogs of 2018

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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Good Dog (and Cat)! Behavioral Training for Pets

Pet behavioral training is good helps all pets be good petsThe holidays are upon us, and if you’re like us, you are excited about seeing family, friends, and celebrating the season with delicious foods and parties. But, you also might be a bit apprehensive about all the activity, travel, and guests – and how the excitement might affect your pets.

Dogs and cats are creatures of habit, and sometimes changes in routine and new people that the holidays can bring can cause behavioral issues to arise. If you’re worried about barking, jumping up, spraying, or chewing, you may benefit from learning about behavioral training for pets and how it might make your life (and your pet’s life) easier and less stressful – especially during the busy holiday season. Continue…

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…

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…