Choosing the Right Cat for Your Family

June 3rd, 2021
A family adopting a cat in New Jersey.

Cats are curious, playful companions with plenty of personality, making them the purr-fect addition to many homes. If you are considering adopting a new kitten or adult cat, Berkeley Veterinary Center is here to help you with some tips on choosing the right cat for your family and lifestyle.

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How To Tell If Your Pet Has Allergies

May 7th, 2021
Dog with allergies scratching his ear.

Although our furry friends cannot verbalize their discomfort with words, they do offer plenty of physical signals when something is amiss. Dog and cat allergies are just as common for our four-legged friends as human allergies are for us. Although they can be caused by a wide-range of allergens (including food, plants, pollen, dust mites, and even flea saliva), allergies in pets tend to present with similar symptoms. If you notice any of the following, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Berkeley Veterinary Center to see if allergies are the cause.

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Pets Feel It Too: How to Recognize the Signs of Stress in Pets

April 19th, 2021
A small dog looks stressed.

Stress is a biological response that helps humans and animals avoid dangers in the wild. In the modern world, many of these stressors are no longer life-threatening and instead make us feel nervous, anxious, or unsure doing normal activities. Pets can also experience stress, and just like in humans, prolonged stress can lead to changes in behavior or health in animals. Recognizing signs of stress in pets is an important element of overall health and wellness. 

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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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