Keeping Kitty Safe: The Need for Indoor Cat Parasite Prevention

May 9th, 2023
Petting a striped cat.

Year-round parasite control is an important part of your pet’s wellness plan. Parasites, such as fleas, ticks, heartworm, and intestinal worms, can greatly reduce an animal’s quality of life, and some are transmissible to people as well.

Many cat owners mistakenly believe that parasite prevention isn’t necessary for their pets because they never goes outside, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Your team at Berkeley Veterinary Center wants your cat, and your family, to remain safe and healthy, which is why we strongly encourage our clients to consider year-round, indoor cat parasite prevention.

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Benefits of a Quality Protein Diet for Cats

April 5th, 2023
Bengal cat eating wet food.

Your cat is a playful, pouncing ball of energy, and she always licks her food dish clean, so she must be getting plenty of nutrients, right? Not necessarily. A feline fed a low-quality diet on the daily will likely develop health issues down the road, even if she seems perfectly fine today. 

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What You Should Know About Dog Poop

March 7th, 2023
Man with dog cleaning up dog stool from sidewalk.

You pick it up and toss it out every day, but how much do you really know about your dog’s poop? 

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we typically ask that you bring a stool sample with you when your pet has a wellness visit, and that’s because your dog’s poop can give us the inside scoop on your pet’s health! 

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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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