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.


Don’t Let a Pet Poisoning Happen in Your Home

pet poisoningBetween Valentine’s Day, Easter, and spring cleaning, the risk of a pet poisoning occurring at home increases tenfold. Ironically, home is the one place that’s supposed to be the safest for your pet. However, with some practical pet safety tips, you can still enjoy this time of year – and protect your pet.


Puppy and Kitten Emergencies: How to Know When to Go

emergency veterinarian Adopting a new puppy or kitten can be one of the most delightful experiences in life. Although they are a lot of work, young pets captivate us with their curiosity, playfulness, and, of course, their cuteness. Unfortunately, the very characteristics that make puppies and kittens so wonderful can also lead them into danger.

Rushing a new pet to the ER probably isn’t on the forefront of our minds, but veterinary hospitals see their share of puppy and kitten emergencies each day. Knowing how to recognize and prevent common puppy and kitten emergencies will help you to ensure the ongoing health and wellness of your sweet pet.


Is it Urgent? Recognizing the Signs of a Pet Emergency

Imagine you’re out strolling with your dog and suddenly, another dog runs up and attacks! You and your pet escape without any major scrapes, but you notice your dog has some surface wounds. Is this an urgent situation?

Another scenario: you wake up to the sound of your cat retching for the fourth time that night. Is this a pet emergency? What if you suspect your curious puppy has ingested your daughter’s lunch, which had some grapes on the side…how do you handle the situation?

Sometimes, it’s tough to know when a pet might need urgent veterinary care, and when time is of the essence, second-guessing can waste precious moments. To help every owner be more prepared for any situation, the team at Berks offers up some tips on what to do during a potential pet emergency.


‘Tis the Season for Holiday Pet Safety

christmas pet safety whippetThe holidays wouldn’t be the same without the sparkling decorations, gifts, and delicious smells of food wafting from the kitchen. However, as we deck the halls for another season filled with delights, it’s easy to overlook the safety concerns of our furry loved ones.

Practicing holiday pet safety is an important part of your seasonal planning, and your team at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center is here to start you off on the right paw with our safety and planning tips.

Boughs of Holly

Pets are curious about any changes to their environments, and that includes holiday decorations. Keep the following pet holiday safety tips in mind as you deck the halls this year:

Halloween Pet Safety 101

Shark Week Chihuahua !The greater Reading area is abuzz with activities this time of year. Between the Haunted Hollow Fall Fest, Halloween Ghost Lantern tours at Crystal Cave, festive hayrides, and endless corn mazes, there’s no end to fun and spooky adventures awaiting families.

For pets, however, Halloween can quickly go from exciting to scary, and even dangerous. Learn how to keep the holiday pet-friendly with our Halloween and pet safety tips.

Keeping Pets Calm

The knocking and doorbell ringing that announce the arrival of tiny princesses and superheroes can be scary and stressful for pets. Create a safe space, away from all the action, for your pet during peak trick-or-treating hours. Include your pet’s bedding, water, toys, litter box (if needed), and some form of white noise, like music, TV, or a fan, to drown out the commotion. After the last trick-or-treater has gone, let your pet out and offer plenty of snuggles for reassurance. Continue…

Pet Critical Care: Pet Paw Care in Extreme Weather

essential pet critical carePet owners hear a lot of warnings about the risk of heatstroke, but not much is said about the dangers that are literally underfoot. Asphalt, gravel, concrete, sand, wood, and metal absorb heat and remain hot for hours after sunset. Our own feet are protected from surface temperatures, so why wouldn’t we give delicate pet paws the same treatment? Pet paw care is important year round, and it remains a high priority this summer.

A Quick Glance

Your pet’s paws just help him or her get from point A to point B, right? While paws certainly help with logistics and mobility, dogs also employ their paw pads to help regulate body temperature. Younger animals especially are at a higher risk of injury since they have not yet built up any calluses from their day to day movements. Continue…

The Heat Is On: Summer Pet Safety Tips

Your pet safety on the 4th of July.Summer may be halfway over, but you are probably still busy enjoying the warm weather with your pet. Chances are, however, if we are feeling the heat, so are our pets. Because pets can suffer from heatstroke, sunburn, and other ailments without us necessarily realizing it, it’s important to keep summer pet safety in mind for our four-legged friends.

Summer Pet Safety Reminders

The following summer pet safety tips aim to help you protect your furry friend against the dangerous effects of too much heat and humidity: Continue…

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…

A Slippery Slope: What You Can do About Cold Weather Pet Safety

dog ill or sleepingWe might be experiencing record high winter temperatures this year, but it’s only a matter of time until we get battered by a seasonally appropriate Nor’easter. Until then, all we can do is prepare – including your pet. Even if he or she is equipped with a thick winter coat, it’s important to review these cold weather pet safety measures.

Warm and Cozy

Your pet may be susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia in certain weather conditions, so keeping him or her warm is paramount. Noses, paw pads, and ears can actually freeze, resulting in permanent damage. Continue…