The Heat is On: The Season for Frozen Pet Treats is Here!

June 20th, 2017

frozen pet treatsWho can resist The Sprinkle Shack or Bella’s on a scorching summer day? Refreshing, indulgent, and fun, frozen treats are all the rage this time of year. It stands to reason our pets also enjoy something frosty on a hot summer day. The dangers of heat stroke are very real to Bayville pets, but with a selection of easy, DIY frozen pet treats, you can sit back and relax.

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Why a Certified Fear Free Practice May Be Right for Your Pet

June 20th, 2017

fear freeWe are committed to providing a calm, stress-free environment for our patients, which is why we have taken the steps necessary to receive our Fear Free Certification

As pet owners, we all know how important it is to bring our pets in for their regularly scheduled wellness exams, but finding the time and energy to get a fearful or anxious pet in for a check-up can be a daunting task. Because bringing and managing a scared animal at the vet’s office is so difficult, many pets end up missing out on wellness visits and other important care.

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Why a Certified Fear Free Practice May Be Right for Your Pet

June 15th, 2017

As pet owners, we all know how important it is to bring our pets in for their regularly scheduled wellness exams, but finding the time and energy to get a fearful or anxious pet in for a check-up can be a daunting task. Because bringing and managing a scared animal at the vet’s office is so difficult, many pets end up missing out on wellness visits and other important care.

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we believe all pets deserve access to regular, quality, and low-stress veterinary care. We are committed to providing a calm, stress-free environment for our patients, which is why we have taken the steps necessary to receive our Fear Free Certification! Read the rest of this entry »

Never Forgotten: Unique Ideas for a Heartfelt Pet Memorial

June 5th, 2017

pet memorialThe passing of a cherished pet is one of the most significant losses that many of us face. There may not be a day that goes by that you don’t pause to consider the weight of the loss or how much you miss your wonderful companion.

If your pet has passed away, you may seek ways to honor the bond you shared with him or her through a pet memorial or other expression of remembrance. For many, the standard urn or traditional service may not be enough to truly capture the unique personality of a one-of-a-kind pet.

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Itchy and Scratchy: Allergies in Dogs

May 16th, 2017

dog allergiesIs your dog scratching more than usual? Have you noticed licking or chewing at the paws or an increased rubbing of ears on the furniture and carpet? Allergies in dogs are one of the primary reasons we see pooch patients here at Berkeley Veterinary Center. While many owners are familiar with how seasonal allergies affect humans, they affect our paw pals differently.

Allergies can be caused by a wide array of substances, and they can take a toll on your pet’s health and general quality of life. To help you identify the signs of allergies and what you can do to help, the team at Berkeley tackles the topic of allergies in dogs.

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Emergency Preparedness for Pets (and the Whole Family!)

May 1st, 2017

pet emergencies“When disaster strikes…” We’ve all heard that line and know that emergencies and disasters certainly happen – but they happen to other people, right? Unfortunately, most of us will encounter at least one emergency in our life, whether it affects us or our pets. That’s why being prepared, whether it’s related to health, the weather, or a specific accident, is so important.

Emergency preparedness for pets is similar to that for people. It requires a plan and the tools and knowledge to respond quickly. Are you and your family prepared?
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What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Pot and Pets

April 3rd, 2017

The legal status of marijuana is changing across the United States, and its impact on pets has been noticed. According to the pet poison control hotline, there has been a significant increase in calls reporting marijuana exposure to pets since 2009; around the time marijuana legalization began.

As marijuana usage becomes legal in more and more states, and accepted in society, it’s worth looking into the health risks associated with pot and pets.

Pot and Pets Don’t Mix

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana, negatively affects a pet’s central nervous system and should be considered a pet toxin. Just like with humans, a pet’s age, weight, activity level, and amount of exposure will all affect the degree of marijuana poisoning.

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Keeping Kitty Safe: The Need for Indoor Cat Parasite Prevention

March 21st, 2017

Year-round parasite control is an important part of your pet’s wellness plan. Parasites, such as fleas, ticks, heartworm, and intestinal worms, can greatly reduce an animal’s quality of life, and some are transmissible to people as well.

Many cat owners mistakenly believe that parasite prevention isn’t necessary for their pets because they never goes outside, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Your team at Berkeley Veterinary Center wants your cat, and your family, to remain safe and healthy, which is why we strongly encourage our clients to consider year-round, indoor cat parasite prevention.

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The Hills Are Alive…With Spring Pet Activities!

March 6th, 2017

Although the weather has been misleading as of late, it is actually still winter in New Jersey. Indeed, at press time, we’re experiencing unprecedented temperatures in the high 50s and 60s. At Berkeley Veterinary Center, that means preparing for the best spring pet activities to get us all moving and grooving toward a happy season.

The Natural Choice

While enjoying outdoor spring pet activities, protection from the elements is paramount. We’ll likely get our fair share of April showers, and your pet might benefit from a lightweight rain jacket, vest, or even boots to get through the wet weather.
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Pet Toxins: Awareness and Safety Tips

February 19th, 2017

Ah, spring…with its flowers, warm weather, and lush lawns and gardens, what’s not to love? It’s the perfect season for getting out with your pet companion and spending some quality time grilling on the deck or simply relaxing under the sun.

Springtime, however, brings some common pet toxins and poisonous plants that present risks to your four-legged pal. To make this colorful season one that’s enjoyable for all, Berkeley Veterinary Center wants you to know about some of the plants and substances that should be avoided.
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