Meowza! It’s National Cat Health Month

February 21st, 2018

There’s something special about cats. Maybe it’s their silky fur and gracefully fluid movements, their love of cardboard boxes, or the way they wind themselves around our ankles when we arrive home after a long day at work. Regardless of the reason, cats hold a special place in our hearts, and it’s hard to imagine life without them.

February is National Cat Health Month, and we couldn’t be more excited here at Berkeley Veterinary Center. Our feline patients are so important to us. It’s our pleasure to share our top tips for cat health and wellness with our readers!

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Preventing Pet Theft

February 6th, 2018

Pet theft may not be something that we think of often. After all, what kind of a person would steal someone’s beloved cat or dog? Unfortunately, this does happen. In fact, Petfinder estimates that over 2 million pets are stolen every year in the United States alone.

February 14th is Pet Theft Awareness Day, and your friends at Berkeley Veterinary Center wanted to spend some time talking about pet theft prevention to reduce the risk of this tragedy ever happening to your precious four-legged friend.

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Our Most Memorable Pet Care Blogs of 2017

January 9th, 2018

With 2017 officially in the record books, most of us are looking ahead and thinking about what’s in store for the coming year. As new resolutions abound, we are getting excited about forging ahead with our intentions for 2018. Still, it’s also an opportunity to think about what we learned last year, and to be grateful for all the lessons, the laughter, the tears, and the ups and downs.

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, many of our most memorable moments were with our patients and their families, and we thank you! In the spirit of these moments, we decided to round up our most popular pet care blogs that we wrote last year. Which ones resonated with you, we wondered? Which were particularly funny, encouraging, and meaningful? Which were the most educational?

To answer these questions, we are presenting our top 10 most memorable pet care blogs of 2017. Enjoy!

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Making The Case For Winter Pet Parasite Prevention

December 5th, 2017

pet parasite preventionKeeping your pet free of parasites year-round is one of the many continuous responsibilities of pet ownership. Not only can parasites cause chronic and serious illnesses in pets, some can even be transmitted to humans. Winter pet parasite prevention means a healthy pet, healthy family, and a healthy home.

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Should You Adopt a Shelter Pet for the Holidays?

November 20th, 2017

There are obvious benefits to buying a young pet directly from the breeder. You see the animal’s mother, for instance, and you can gain an understanding of genetics, disposition, and aesthetics. At the same time, young pets require a great deal of work in the training department, pure breeds can have their own health challenges, and they typically cost hundreds of dollars (or more).

Alternatively, when you adopt a shelter pet, you have the opportunity to save a life. As a bonus, freeing up space at your local shelter can potentially save another life, too!

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Antibiotic Power! Responsible Antibiotic Use in Pets

November 7th, 2017

responsible antibiotics use in petsAntibiotics are amazing. In modern veterinary medicine we rely on them in order to help us help pets. Whether it be by preventing bone infection after an orthopedic procedure, treating pneumonia, or helping a wicked hot spot, there is no doubt that we would be in a bad position without antibiotics.

With great power, though, comes great responsibility. November 13th kicks off the CDC’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. Join Berkeley Veterinary Center as we explore what our role in responsible antibiotic use in pets look like.

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Fun Without the Fright: Adorable Halloween Pet Costumes and Safety Tips

October 17th, 2017

halloween costumes for petsHalloween seems to herald the arrival of autumn and all the things we associate with the season: pumpkin scented candles, jack o’ lanterns, colorful leaves, and sweater weather. Dressing up in a creepy, cute, or funny Halloween costume is one of the best ways to celebrate this time of year – and what could be better than dressing up your furry, four-legged friend as well?

The team at Berkeley Veterinary Center love our pet trick-or-treaters and want to help you create the safest, most enjoyable night for your best friend. Here are some of our Halloween pet costume safety tips for an awesome evening.

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Fluffy, Not Fat:  Pet Weight Management

October 3rd, 2017

pet weight managementAs a culture, we’ve become accustomed to seeing household pets that err a bit on the rotund side. While this makes for excellent snuggles and adorable pictures, fat isn’t any healthier for our four-legged friends than it is for us. In fact, your friends at Berkeley Veterinary Center feel that pet weight management is an important part of good pet ownership.

Where Fat Fails

There may be humor in having a couch potato cat or watching a roly poly Pug try to reach his backside, but being fat is just plain unhealthy. There are documented health risks associated with pets being overweight, including (but not limited to):
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Understanding Pain in Pets and Planning for the Future

September 19th, 2017

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, marking a great opportunity to recognize and address pain in pets. While most pet owners are dialed into obvious changes, such as a pet’s inability to go up/down stairs or reluctance to jump onto the couch or bed, there are a bevy of other indicators of pain in pets. Even if your pet doesn’t have age-related problems yet, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the future.

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Why Wouldn’t You Microchip Your Pet?

September 12th, 2017

The simplest things in life often get overlooked. In the case of microchipping, if this basic procedure doesn’t get addressed during those puppy or kitten years, it is often forgotten. Indeed, it’s not uncommon to learn that a pet isn’t microchipped. When you consider how difficult it is to locate a lost or missing pet, however, it just makes sense to microchip your pet.
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