February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month

February 2nd, 2023
Happy lady hugging a black cat.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter shelters every year in the United States, but this number doesn’t account for the animals that are left out in the streets, or passed from home to home. There are simply too many animals and not enough households able to care for them.

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What an AAHA Accreditation Means For Your Pet

January 6th, 2023
Veterinarian Dr. Anthony DiAngelis with puppy patient

When it comes to finding the right veterinary hospital, many pet owners depend on recommendations from friends or relatives. And while this can lead to great results, less than a quarter of all animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada voluntarily agree to the highest standards of care established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). This means that a vast majority of clinics and hospitals do not follow strict protocols and procedures designed to achieve the best possible health outcomes. We are proud of our AAHA accreditation for many reasons, and the confidence it provides pet owners ranks pretty high. 

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CBD for Dogs: Safe or Hard Pass?

December 6th, 2022
Beagle dog licking young man's face.

When it comes to pain management for dogs, Berkeley Veterinary Center is all ears. Anything that could possibly help (wo)man’s best friend be a little more comfortable can’t be bad, right? When it comes to CBD for dogs, it can be hard to know if it is a valid treatment option or a waste of money. Keep reading to learn about whether CBD is safe for pain management for dogs or if you should keep looking. 

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Feline Health: Is My Cat Shedding Too Much Hair?

November 3rd, 2022
Cat lies on the wooden floor next to its shedded hair and hair brush.

If you have cats, you have cat hair—everywhere! And while it’s normal to spot fur tumbleweeds rolling across the floor, there are times when those tufts can signal a potential problem. 

Berkeley Veterinary Center is a Certified Cat Friendly practice, and we pride ourselves on providing exceptional, compassionate care that addresses the unique needs of cats. We want our cat parents to know that your cat’s coat can occasionally offer helpful clues. Read on for reasons why your vacuum might be filling up with fur faster than usual.

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Rabies 101: What Every Pet Owner Should Know

October 10th, 2022
A dog with a funny smile.

Rabies is a terrible and scary disease that should not be taken lightly. As a pet owner, is important to understand how rabies affects you and your pet. Read on to find out more about rabies.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral infection that travels up the spinal cord to the brain and then starts to replicate in the salivary glands. It is zoonotic disease, which means it can spread from animals to humans. Once clinical signs appear, the disease is almost always fatal. Unvaccinated cats and dogs are highly at risk for contracting rabies.

Is My Pet At Risk For Contracting Rabies?

Yes. Any warm-blooded mammal is at risk and that includes your pet. Even if your pet is mostly or strictly indoors, they are at risk of contracting rabies by infected animals that are able to enter the home and yard such as bats, squirrels, skunks, and raccoons. While a fenced in yard keeps your pet from wandering, it is not an effective means of keeping wildlife out. It is always safe to assume that every pet is at risk for contracting rabies.

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Pet Health: The Importance of Grooming Your Pet

September 8th, 2022
Cavalier King Charles spaniel wrapped in towel at the grooming salon.

While regular grooming is important to keep your pet smelling and looking nice, it also has many added health benefits! Regular bathing also allows your or your grooming team the opportunity to look over your pet’s coat and body, which can be a great preventive measure for catching other skin or health issues. The team at Berkeley Veterinary Center put together this guide to teach pet owners the importance of grooming, so you can see just how it affects your pet’s health. 

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Fear Free Certified: What Does it Mean for You and Your Pet?

August 2nd, 2022
A calm cat relaxes on its owner's shoulder.

If you know the team at Berkeley Veterinary Center, you probably already know how dedicated we are to bringing the best in veterinary medicine to you and your family. Besides being AAHA accredited, did you know that our practice is also Fear Free Certified? While that may sound impressive, you might be asking yourself “what does Fear Free Certified mean?” Well, look no further for an explanation as to why it’s important and what it means to you and your four-legged friends.

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Pet Safety: Dog Days of Summer

July 5th, 2022
Pug dog outside in the grass drinking water from a bowl.

There’s nothing like enjoying the dog days of summer with our favorite pets, but while we’re having fun in the sun, it’s important to be aware of how the sun, sand, and heat is affecting our pets.

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we want your summer activities to be fun and safe for you and your pets, so we’ve compiled some tips for protecting your pets from heat-related pet injuries

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Feline Veterinary Care: Cats Are Not Small Dogs 

June 9th, 2022
cat being pet

Elegant, discerning, and quietly mischievous, cats pack a lot of personality into their tiny bodies—and we simply can’t get enough! At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we love cats, and we pride ourselves on being a Certified Cat Friendly practice. We understand and respect the unique needs of cats, and we provide customized feline medicine. Why all the fuss over specialized cat care? Because cats are not small dogs. 

If you’re new to cat ownership, or you’re simply wondering if your tabby and your terrier can share food, read on for some differences beyond size between cats and dogs.

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A Day in the Life of a Service Dog

May 3rd, 2022
A white service dog.

All dogs are special in the eyes of their human companions, and it’s no wonder. Dogs offer a constant source of companionship and unconditional love. But for people who depend on a dog to serve, assist, and protect their quality of life and independence, the human-animal bond reaches even deeper levels of trust and significance.  

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we honor and celebrate service dogs and the pivotal roles they play in the lives of those who rely on their support. If you or someone in your care could benefit from having a service dog, keep reading for information about how to make your dog a service dog or how to get a service dog of your own. 

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