Nothing to Be Afraid Of: Understanding The Fear Free Veterinary Movement

October 18th, 2018
Fear free veterinary care can have a positive impact on pet health.

In 2016, Dr. Marty Becker coined the phrase “Taking the Pet out of Petrified” as he took up the mantle of the Fear Free veterinary movement. We are happy to announce that Berkeley Veterinary Center has become the first Fear Free certified practice in the state of New Jersey! We’re so excited to share this veterinary approach with everyone.  

What is a Fear Free Veterinary Practice?

The fear free movement began when surveys of pet owners showed that pets weren’t getting the care they need at their veterinarian largely because pets were afraid of going there. Pet owners want to do the very best they can for their pets, but when your cat yowls in the car all the way to the vet’s office, or your dog shakes like a leaf (or bites!) during the entire visit, it becomes difficult to even come in once a year.

Enter: the fear free movement, which endeavors to help practice teams, veterinarians, and pet owners come together to help pets be less stressed before, during, and after their veterinary visits, and thus get the regular preventive care they need to lead healthier and longer lives.

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Dollars and Pets: What to Know About Pet Insurance

September 19th, 2018

Pet insurance can help you afford the cost of veterinary careIf your pet was injured and needed to be hospitalized tomorrow, could you afford the bill?

We all want to do the very best we can for our pets. After all, they’re members of our family! And we’re fortunate that in this day and age, we have access to very advanced veterinary care for our pets. From cancer treatment, to life saving oxygen, to surgical procedures and more, it’s possible to treat almost all injuries and illnesses our pets may encounter.

This advanced care comes with a cost, though. And with veterinary expenses averaging $1800 per year, per pet, it’s easy to see why veterinary care might put a significant financial strain on many families.

This is where pet insurance comes in. Just as human health insurance can bridge the gap between needed care and cost, pet insurance is designed to offset the financial burden of unexpected illness or injury to our pets. But, does it make sense for you? It’s important to weight the costs and benefits so that you can begin to make a decision for your personal situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Beat the Heat with Our Summer Pet Safety Tips

August 22nd, 2018

Summer pet safety can help to prevent heat stroke in petsAlthough we love summer here in New Jersey, protecting ourselves from the sun and heat is a must. Whether we seek out the shade, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy a frozen treat, we know how to keep ourselves cool. But what about our pets?

Dogs and cats are at higher risk for experiencing heat-related injuries, and it’s up to us to protect them from any temperature extremes. The team at Berkeley Veterinary Center wants to make sure you know the ins and outs of summer pet safety so you and your pet can enjoy the rest of the season in good health.

Know the Signs

Not only do dogs and cats start off with higher body temperatures than humans, they’re also unable to cool themselves as efficiently. This fact, combined with their full-body fur coats, make them more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Read the rest of this entry »

Splish-Splash for Spot: Understanding Water Safety for Dogs

July 18th, 2018

Water safety for dogs is important when swimming with dogsFor many of us, swimming is one of the best ways to stay in shape, cool off, and socialize with friends. For those of us with canine companions, a day on the water offers much of the same benefits – but with a catch!

Swimming is as natural to dogs as it is to humans, which is to say that not every pup is inclined to the water. Learn more about water safety for dogs by reviewing these tips from the friendly team at Berkeley Veterinary Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for New Cat Owners

June 20th, 2018

New cat owners should understand the importance of veterinary care for cats what it takes to have a happy cat.Whether you’ve owned cats for years, or are just delving into the world of being a cat parent, we can all agree that cats are the best. They are smart, loving, energetic, and so much fun to be around. And, either way, there is always more to learn about these creatures who we love so much.

Here are our tried and true tips for new cat owners, and a few ideas even seasoned cat owners might find useful.

Tips for New Cat Owners

Choose a cat-friendly veterinarian and practice. You may or may not be aware of the designation of Cat Friendly Practice, but there is such a certification, and it can make a big difference in your cat’s stress level at the veterinarian. As a Cat Friendly Practice, Berkeley Veterinary Center knows cats. We can guide you every step of the way with the special needs of your new friend. We have invested in how to make cats feel special, including how to use low stress handling techniques. Read the rest of this entry »

Flea Control: The Greatest Thing You Do This Summer

May 16th, 2018

flea control is an important part of pet parasite prevention and pet healthSummer is the time to think and dream big, right? We plan camping trips, picnics, family reunions, and extravagant vacations. However, while we are having our summer fun, some of the smallest pests around are ravaging our yards, trails, and, unfortunately, our pets. Fleas can be daunting, particularly in the summer months, but with a proactive approach to flea control, your pet can enjoy summer fun with the family, and you can rest easy.

Two Crucial Steps

Effective flea control hinges on two things: keeping fleas off your pet and eliminating fleas from your house and yard. The good news is that by keeping your pet on a year-round parasite prevention medication, your pet is effectively protected against an infestation. However, once fleas get a foothold in your pet’s environment, fleas are notoriously hard to get rid of. Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Parasite Prevention Matters

April 18th, 2018

pet parasite preventionAfter a particularly nasty winter, it’s hard not to be thrilled with the arrival of spring. The warm weather brings with it more than picnics and green grass, however. Pet parasites, such as fleas, ticks, and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes, arrive along with spring, and the diseases they carry can cause serious discomfort and illness to your pet.

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, your pet’s health, wellness, and longevity is our top priority, which is why we recommend year-round pet parasite prevention throughout the duration of your pet’s life.

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Under Pressure: Glaucoma in Dogs

March 20th, 2018

glaucoma in dogsIt is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. They are very important when it comes to day to day function in humans and in most animals. While we can survive without them, it is necessary to do our best to care for them and preserve their function.

One of the more common eye problems we diagnose at Berkeley Veterinary Center is glaucoma in dogs. Learn what this painful and potentially devastating disease looks like, so you can help your pet, should you ever encounter it.

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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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