Proper Storage Can Prevent Pet Poisoning

March 19th, 2021
A boy and dog look in a kitchen drawer.

As pet owners, we have our work cut out for us. We are not only tasked with maintaining the overall health and wellness of our furry friends—it’s essential for us to preserve their happiness and comfort too. 

However, none of this is possible without keeping safety in mind. Keeping pets out of trouble can be a challenge! By reducing possible exposure to toxins, you can prevent pet poisoning. Knowing how to store household cleaners, medications, and other hazards can go a long way towards keeping your furry friends safe from unnecessary toxin exposure. 

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Brushing a Pet’s Teeth

February 26th, 2021
A dog holds a yellow toothbrush in its mouth.

Pets have strong (and often adorable) opinions about many aspects of their daily lives. Not all of these opinions are good, which can make it hard to do things like brush their teeth. Sometimes, pet ownership involves doing what’s best for a pet despite their discomfort, frustration, and heated stand-offs (think giving them a bath or attempting to trim their nails). 

Brushing a pet’s teeth may be included on the list of things you both would rather not do, but it’s easier than you might think. 

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Arthritis in Pets: What You Need to Know

January 21st, 2021

Whether you’ve had your pet since they were young, or you adopted an older pet, living with a middle-aged or senior dog or cat has its perks. Older pets tend to grow out of the desire to wander from home and jump up on people, they understand our ways, and they offer a calm, reassuring presence whenever they’re nearby.  

Having an older pet often means providing a little extra TLC when it comes to their daily care, especially if they have age-related conditions like arthritis. This painful ailment commonly affects older and middle-aged pets and can greatly reduce their quality of life. Getting a handle on arthritis in pets as early as possible is the key to keeping them comfortable and pain-free throughout their golden years.

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What’s Better While Away From Home: Pet Boarding Facility Or Hiring a Pet Sitter?

December 18th, 2020
An orange kitten awaits its pet sitter on the floor at home.

It can be nerve-wracking to leave your pet behind, but not all travel plans can include them. The good news is that you have options to choose from. Depending on your pet’s individual needs and preferences, your budget, and the length of time apart, you can choose between dropping them off or keeping them at home (or at a pet sitter’s house). 

As with most things in modern life, there are pros and cons to both pet boarding and pet sitting. 

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Slowin’ Down: Understanding the Changes of Senior Pet Care

November 24th, 2020
A golden retriever sits in a red toy wagon. Proper senior pet care is vital to ensure a long and healthy life for your furry friends.

Thanks to improved owner involvement, top-notch nutrition, and advances in veterinary care, pets are living longer than ever before. While pets are considered “seniors” when they reach the age of 6 or 7 years old, they may not act or look “old” until much later in life. 

Even when it’s obvious they’ve entered their golden years, many senior pets are still able to do the things they’ve always enjoyed, like hiking, playing with the kids, or jumping up into their cat tree. However, because pets age faster than we do, a proactive approach to senior pet care is essential.

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The Joys (and Sometimes Challenges) of New Dog Ownership

October 23rd, 2020
A cute happy puppy greets his new dog owner.

If you have decided to adopt or bring a new pet companion into your life, congratulations! Pets are wonderful companions and are so hard to resist when we see them looking lonely in a shelter or rescue. No wonder there are so many multi-pet households, since one sweetie is never enough! 

If you have never cared for a pet before, there is a lot to consider when it comes to making the adoption and your life with a new pet successful. The team at Berkeley Veterinary Center is here to give you some helpful tips as you embark on new dog ownership.

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Cat Health for All Nine Lives

September 22nd, 2020

Some people think cats make great pets because you can leave them home alone for long stretches of time. Many believe that cats don’t require much interaction, and are content to simply “do their own thing”. 

This couldn’t be further from the truth! 

Cats are actually highly social animals that thrive in a stimulating environment. They are creatures of habit, loyal companions, and intuitive housemates. Cats give their people so much, and they deserve the attention they need to maintain lifelong cat health.

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Are Pet Vaccines Necessary for Pet Health?

August 20th, 2020

Like humans, pets are susceptible to a multitude of dangerous contagious viruses and bacteria. Prior to the advent of vaccines, many pets suffered from these illnesses and often suffered an early death. Thankfully, veterinary science has developed safe and effective vaccines for many diseases, and these have saved countless animals from needless suffering. 

While vaccinations have safeguarded countless pets from disease, some pet owners are still skeptical. Are vaccinations necessary for your pet’s health? The team of veterinary experts at Berkeley Veterinary Center is here to explain this important topic.

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Hot Dog! Signs that Your Dog Is Overheated

July 16th, 2020

High humidity and soaring temperatures can make for a dangerous combination for our pet companions. Sometimes, we make the mistake of assuming dogs can handle warm weather better than us. However, that is not the case. Dogs are prone to sunburn, heatstroke, and heat stress from being out in intense sun and heat for too long.

In order to avoid a sun related emergency, the team at Berkeley Veterinary Center is here to give you some recommendations to keep your dog cool. We will explain what to watch for, if your dog is overheated, so you can act quickly.

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The Purr-fect Match: Adopting the Right Cat for Your Family

June 18th, 2020

As a Certified Cat-Friendly Practice, we see a lot of wonderful, playful, affectionate cats  at Berkeley Veterinary Center. There are few things more gratifying than seeing cats being cared for so deeply by their owners. Cat pet-parents tend to enjoy the privilege of cat ownership immensely, often doing anything and everything to ensure that all their cat’s needs are met. 

You may assume that “any” cat could be the best pet-match for any and all, but adopting the “right” cat for the “right” person takes a substantial amount of time and consideration.

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