Prevention: The Simple Truth About Pet Wellness

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In their first year or so, pets visit the vet more often to establish overall wellness. They are vaccinated to prevent disease, microchipped, spayed or neutered, and given medication to guard against internal and external parasites. The resulting picture of absolute health can make it seem unnecessary to keep up with routine pet wellness exams. But the best time to take your pet to the vet is when they are feeling their best. Why? Because pet wellness hinges on prevention.

Just Like Us

The foundation of overall, lifelong pet wellness is initiated in the first years of an animal’s life. Just as we commit to annual physicals or dental cleanings, pets need regular attention. Without this proactive approach, health issues can gain a foothold and threaten longevity and quality of life.

Given the opportunity to record normal, or baseline, values, your pet’s veterinarian can track any changes in the future that can lead to early diagnosis – and a better outcome. Continue…

Recognizing and Treating Pet Pain

These days veterinarians and animal hospitals are not only better at recognizing pain in our four-legged friends, but we’re better able to prevent and manage it on an everyday basis. Join Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center during the month of September – Pet Pain Awareness Month – to learn more about how we are reducing and preventing any pain that your fur baby may experience.

The Root of the Issue

There are many hidden causes that can lead to pain in pets, some which can be very difficult to recognize. Shorter-lived and sudden acute pain often occurs after an injury or a surgery. Long-term, or chronic pain can be the result of conditions such as osteoarthritis or systemic illness.

We’re continuously learning about how pain can dramatically affect a pet’s quality of life. We know that it also impacts physiological processes, such as healing. As advocates for our pets, it’s also important that we understand how to effectively identify and address the possibility of pain our pets may be experiencing.
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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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Long Live Our Pets 101: Caring for Heart Healthy Pets

Every single body part is important in its own way, but there is no arguing that the heart and cardiovascular system are essential. One of the key pieces to having happy, healthy pets is supporting their cardiac function. Keep reading to learn what Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center wants you to know about heart healthy pets.

The Trouble with Heart Problems

Pets and people alike can experience heart problems. In fact, our pet patients suffer from many of the same afflictions that their owners do. Heart trouble in pets may be caused by:
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Hyperthyroidism in Cats: A Common Kitty Foe

Cat with yellow eyes on the wallIt’s not an uncommon sight in the veterinary hospital: a middle aged to older kitty with a ravenous appetite and a diminishing waistline. While many of us may wish to have this problem, weight loss despite a good appetite in cats can definitely be a sign of trouble.

While there are a few problems that can present similarly, these symptoms are typical of hyperthyroidism in cats. This disease is a frequently diagnosed one that all cat owners should be familiar with. Continue…