Up-to-Date: Important Pet Immunizations

August 8th, 2017

Pet immunizations are so important there’s an entire month dedicated to sharing knowledge about disease prevention. Since August is National Immunization Awareness Month, we want to join the national effort to help pet owners understand various threats to overall health.

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Pet Water Safety: Protect Your Excursion Buddy

July 18th, 2017

pet water safetyHanging out around water is a way of life here, a fact that pleases most local pets. To be sure, there are endless opportunities for aquatic recreation, but it’s only truly successful when pet water safety rules are strictly enforced. Not only will your pet’s survival be nearly guaranteed, but overall enjoyment is a sure thing, as well.

Drowning Prevention

With approximately 5,000 accidental pet drownings each year, pet owners and advocates have a long way to go to protecting animals from this terrible fate. Supervision is the best defense against drowning or near-drowning events. To be sure, keeping a closely trained eye on your pet when he or she is near the water can greatly reduce the risk.

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When the “Dogs Are Barking,” Consider Summer Paw Care

July 5th, 2017

summer paw carePeople often complain about foot pain, but imagine if we walked around without shoes? Our feet would easily suffer from constant wear and tear – not unlike the sensitive paw pads of pets. Sure, many pets can withstand fairly rugged conditions without the support of wool socks and boots. However, when the weather is harsh, a pet’s paws can truly suffer. Keep your pet trotting along this season with our summer paw care tips.

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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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