Archive for the ‘Fleas Ticks & Heartworm’ Category

Common Canine Conundrums: Illnesses and Diseases That Affect Dogs

Monday, October 9th, 2023
vet holding chihuahua.

From the moment you brought your dog home, your life has been filled with slobbery kisses, long walks, and hours of couch cuddles. And while it’s not pleasant to think about our canine companions falling ill, it’s a possibility even for the most pampered pets. 

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we know what your dog means to you, and we’re here with top-notch wellness visits tailored just for dogs, as well as expert care for medical conditions.

Read on for common health problems in canines and warning signs to watch for.

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Dangers of Heartworm Disease

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
A woman hugs a sad dog.

Heartworm disease is a serious condition that can occur in both dogs and cats. The parasitic worms (called Dirofilaria immitis) are spread through mosquito bites and take up residence inside an animal’s heart, lungs, and blood vessels. 

While potentially deadly, heartworm disease is preventable. Our pet experts at Berkeley Veterinary Center take parasite control very seriously, and it is something we will discuss with you at every wellness visit

To understand the dangers of a parasitic infection like heartworms, read on. 

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

Thursday, April 30th, 2020
An Aussie shepherd looking for attention

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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Preventing Heartworm Disease With the Right Preventative

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Mosquitos

Mosquitoes really suck! Not only do they sneak into our houses and swarm us as soon as we go outside (even if just for a moment), they can also spread disease when they bite. Heartworm disease is among those diseases and has been documented in all 50 states in both dogs and cats. 

The good news is that we can safely protect the pets we love, and with the ProHeart 6 or ProHeart 12 injection, we can do it more effectively – and less frequently to boot!

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Flea Control: The Greatest Thing You Do This Summer

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

Pet Parasite Prevention Matters

Wednesday, 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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Making The Case For Winter Pet Parasite Prevention

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

pet parasite preventionKeeping your pet free of parasites year-round is one of the many continuous responsibilities of pet ownership. Not only can parasites cause chronic and serious illnesses in pets, some can even be transmitted to humans. Winter pet parasite prevention means a healthy pet, healthy family, and a healthy home.

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