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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A Guide to Pet Allergies: Environmental, Fleas, and Food

May 21st, 2020

When people start to sneeze, wipe their noses, and blink away tears, it’s usually a dead giveaway that they’re experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms. Whether it’s pollen, dust, mold, or grass many people become seasonal victims of allergies.  Aside from the irritation and discomfort, most people live through them without much hassle. 

Pet allergies, on the other hand, can create extremely bothersome symptoms, such as severe itching which can lead to skin infections. These symptoms can reduce your pet’s quality of life. Determining the allergic triggers isn’t always straightforward, but when allergies are diagnosed properly it can eliminate needless suffering.

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When Your Pet Has Fleas or Ticks, They Aren’t Alone in Their Misery

April 30th, 2020

There are few things worse than a flea infestation. Beyond causing pets endless itching, scratching, and pain; fleas are infamous for upending entire households by exponentially reproducing themselves. For this reason alone, year-round parasite prevention 

is highly recommended to help pet owners avoid the miseries associated with flea infestation. 

Not to be outdone, ticks are also formidable pests to pets and their owners. Responsible for the spread of Lyme disease, ticks are nothing to shrug off. And due to their highly evolved anatomy, shrugging them off is nearly impossible!

Whether your pet is plagued by fleas and/or ticks, there are specific ways you can put a stop to their mayhem. Provided you catch these pesky parasites in time, you can minimize the misery they cause, while also preventing any future mishaps.

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Warmer Weather Ahead: Getting Your Pet Ready for Spring 

March 19th, 2020

Spring means plenty of outdoor fun for people and pets alike. Soon, flowers and grasses will emerge, trees will bloom, and the sun will begin to shine a little longer each day. Outdoor fun, coupled with spring yard cleaning and garden planting, are on the horizon.

That’s why the team at Berkeley Veterinary Center is here with some tips on getting your pets ready for spring and the transition of the season.

Parasite Prevention

If your pet isn’t current on their heartworm and flea and tick preventives, now is the time to get them protected. While heartworm infection and flea and tick-borne illnesses are year-round risks, the arrival of warm weather increases these risks. 

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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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