Archive for the ‘Pet-Friendly Holidays’ Category

Avoiding Holiday Hazards for Your Pets

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
Pet holiday safety.

Winter holiday celebrations make us feel merry and bright. Baking cookies and pies, making decadent meals, and decorating our homes bring jolly good times. Unfortunately, the busyness of the season can sometimes lead us to overlook the needs of our pets. Take care this holiday season to keep your furry friends safe by pet-proofing your home to avoid common holiday hazards like this:


Ways You Can Help Homeless Pets This Holiday Season

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
A puppy peeking through a fence

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


Fireworks, Thunder, and Parties…Oh My! Battling Pet Noise Anxiety

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
A cat hiding in the shades

Summer means different things to different people – backyard barbeques, camping, trips to the lake, or a big family vacation may be on your agenda. For many pets, however, the warmest months are also the scariest. Thunderstorms, fireworks, and all the parties and gatherings can trigger a host of upsetting behaviors and put a real damper on everyone’s quality of life.

Pet noise anxiety can be a serious concern for pet owners. Prolonged periods of anxiety can be harmful to a pet’s health and wellness, and it can put them at risk for escape or injury. At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we’re a certified Fear Free practice, meaning we’re committed to reducing fear and stress in pets.

Keep reading to understand more about pet noise anxiety and how you can help your furry loved one remain calm and comfortable this summer.


It’s that Time of Year! Sweet Holiday Pet Traditions Everyone Loves

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
Holiday pet traditions can make holidays with pets fun!

Most of us place a lot of value on family traditions this time of year, like caroling, making gingerbread houses, or binging holiday movies together. In fact, we often strive to top our experience from the previous year! The point is, making holiday memories is fun and important.

Since it’s natural to want to get the whole family involved, holiday pet traditions are becoming more and more popular among pet owners. Looking for some ideas for your own two- and four-legged loved ones? You’re in luck!


Fun Without the Fright: Adorable Halloween Pet Costumes and Safety Tips

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

halloween costumes for petsHalloween seems to herald the arrival of autumn and all the things we associate with the season: pumpkin scented candles, jack o’ lanterns, colorful leaves, and sweater weather. Dressing up in a creepy, cute, or funny Halloween costume is one of the best ways to celebrate this time of year – and what could be better than dressing up your furry, four-legged friend as well?

The team at Berkeley Veterinary Center love our pet trick-or-treaters and want to help you create the safest, most enjoyable night for your best friend. Here are some of our Halloween pet costume safety tips for an awesome evening.


Have a Happy Holiday Season with our Pet Holiday Safety Reminders

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

tangledYour days are sure to be merry and bright if everyone you love, including your pet, is safe and happy. Read through our pet holiday safety reminders to be sure that you ring in 2017 in good cheer.

Party Animals

During this time of year, it is not uncommon for our homes to be bustling with visiting friends and family. When you include your pets in this mix, don’t forget to be sure that they are safe and comfortable. Some important pet holiday safety reminders when it comes to celebrations include:


Giving a Pet as a Gift: Don’t Let Good Intentions Go Bad

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Christmas wreath on neck dachshund puppyIt’s understandable why pet lovers would want to share the joy of a new pet with another loved one. However, giving a pet as a gift takes serious planning, commitment, and understanding.

Unlike a new toy or gadget, pets are living beings who require care and attention. Some pets can live years (20 years or more!), and their health needs can be considerable. Because of these and other reasons, many pets end up in shelters. To avoid such a tragic scenario, let’s review some of the risks associated with giving a pet as a gift.

Guide to Thanksgiving Safety for Pets

Monday, November 21st, 2016

A dog sitting at the table with a turkey

There’s nothing quite like Thanksgiving with friends, family, football, and amazing food. Our pets likely agree, especially about the food part. Once the delicious aromas of turkey and stuffing hit the air, little noses are sure to be wiggling and curious eyes searching for a handout or a morsel dropped under the table.

As wonderful as it is, the Thanksgiving cornucopia brings with it a certain set of risks for our four-legged friends. Our comprehensive guide to Thanksgiving safety for pets aims to educate pet owners on the potential dangers of the holiday, as well as offer ways to safely celebrate with your pet. (more…)

Tricks, Treats, and Pet Halloween Safety Tips

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

pet halloween safetyJack-o’-lantern? Check. Black lights? Check. Big bag of candy? Check. Cheerleader costume for your pug? Check. There is certainly much to love about Halloween, and for pet owners it can be a fun opportunity to dress pets up and show them off in the neighborhood or costume parade.

Although we think of Halloween as full of innocent fun, for many pets the holiday poses a fair amount of danger. The constant ringing of the doorbell, increased traffic, unattended candy bowls, and human pranks are among the many events that can cause pets undue stress and increase their risk of illness or injury.

Fortunately, it’s possible to have a pet-friendly Halloween. Our pet Halloween safety tips aim to help keep your celebration spooky, but not scary. (more…)