The Far-Reaching and Powerful Impact of Pet Dental Care 

February 21st, 2020

Everything in life revolves around one simple principle: cause and effect. We eat too much, we gain weight. We drive too fast, we get pulled over. 

The same fundamental truth can be applied to pet ownership. If we don’t give them enough opportunities to exercise, they chew up our slippers or claw the armchair. Likewise, if their teeth and gums aren’t tended to, they develop gingivitis and, eventually, periodontal disease. When pet dental care is ignored, the long-term consequences to overall health and wellbeing can be shocking.

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New Year, New Pet Care Resolutions For A Longer Life

January 24th, 2020

It’s common to have life-altering goals in mind as we approach a new year, but sometimes, it’s as simple as the little things that can make a big difference in health and happiness! 

Similarly, small steps can give our four legged best friends healthier, happier, and even longer lives. When it comes to pet care resolutions, there doesn’t need to be any pressure to be the best!

Take it one day at a time, and let Berkeley Veterinary Center provide the guidance you need to take better care of your fur babies in 2020.

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Berkeley Veterinary Center’s Top 5 Blogs of 2019

December 18th, 2019

The older we get, the faster time seems to fly right by us. This cross-cultural phenomenon can be explained by “ratio theory,” a 140-year-old concept that suggests we constantly compare intervals of passing time with how long we’ve lived so far. In other words, a single year to a small child comprises a large percentage of their life, whereas a mere 12 months to a person of middle age is a scant percentage. Experts say that the reason for this is because as we age, fewer meaningful events happen to us. 

This really couldn’t be further from the truth at  Berkeley Veterinary Center, a place that values even the smallest victories. Whether or not we’re consciously focused on our perception of time, we can tell you that this past year gave us many reasons to be grateful.

Our monthly pet care blogs are inspired by our ever-growing community of pet owners, and published online so that you may better care for your best friend.

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Ways You Can Help Homeless Pets This Holiday Season

November 21st, 2019

In a perfect world we could help all animals, regardless of circumstance. If you have ever been to your local animal shelter, you know how hard it is to walk away without adopting them all.

You might not know that there are many great ways you can choose to help homeless pets.

Here are some of Berkeley Veterinary Center’s favorites.

7 Ways to Help Homeless Pets… and Give Yourself Some Holiday Cheer

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Like Oil and Water: Do Essential Oils and Pets Mix?

October 16th, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not classify essential oils as medicine, but they are perceived by many to have healing qualities. Indeed, they are hyped to “treat” all types of physical and mental afflictions in people, but the impact they have on pets is definitely not as positive.

Even if they are simply used as air fresheners, the combination of essential oils and pets may be problematic.

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Preventing Heartworm Disease With the Right Preventative

September 18th, 2019

Mosquitoes really suck! Not only do they sneak into our houses and swarm us as soon as we go outside (even if just for a moment), they can also spread disease when they bite. Heartworm disease is among those diseases and has been documented in all 50 states in both dogs and cats. 

The good news is that we can safely protect the pets we love, and with the ProHeart 6 or ProHeart 12 injection, we can do it more effectively – and less frequently to boot!

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Kids Going Back to School? The Many Ways Pet Anxiety is Linked to Change

August 22nd, 2019
A floofy dog stares out the window of a door, waiting for its owners' return

Summer is the season when pets and kids have the most fun. Whether it’s playing fetch, or rolling around in muddy puddles together, the endless fun is priceless. But with the start of another school year, all these fun times are about to come to an abrupt end. 

Kids have dozens of distractions to keep them from missing their furry best friend, but pets don’t always have those helpful distractions. Pet anxiety can be a direct result from a sudden shift in routine. With the start of a new school year approaching, know what you can do to help your pet transition smoothly from summer to fall.

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A Sick Cat Won’t Tell You They Need a Doctor’s Appointment

July 24th, 2019

When we aren’t feeling well we either spend the day in bed to rest and recuperate, or take ourselves to the clinic. Either way, we generally know when we cannot go to work or be around others. 

Cats, on the other hand, try really hard to show the world they are fine –they can’t help it! As a method of self preservation, they are hardwired to mask any signs of “weakness”. Owners might not even realize they have a sick cat until one day Fluff Buddy doesn’t come out of their hiding place. Then what?

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Fireworks, Thunder, and Parties…Oh My! Battling Pet Noise Anxiety

June 20th, 2019

Summer means different things to different people – backyard barbeques, camping, trips to the lake, or a big family vacation may be on your agenda. For many pets, however, the warmest months are also the scariest. Thunderstorms, fireworks, and all the parties and gatherings can trigger a host of upsetting behaviors and put a real damper on everyone’s quality of life.

Pet noise anxiety can be a serious concern for pet owners. Prolonged periods of anxiety can be harmful to a pet’s health and wellness, and it can put them at risk for escape or injury. At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we’re a certified Fear Free practice, meaning we’re committed to reducing fear and stress in pets.

Keep reading to understand more about pet noise anxiety and how you can help your furry loved one remain calm and comfortable this summer.

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No More Itch: Identifying and Treating Allergies in Pets

May 16th, 2019

Allergies affect people and pets alike, and can strike at any time of the year. For pets, most allergies cause itchy skin instead of the more typical human allergy symptoms of runny nose and eyes.

According to pet insurance companies, allergies are the number one reason people seek treatment for their pets at the veterinary hospital. Let’s take a look at what an allergies in pets look like and how to help them.

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