Archive for the ‘Pet Health & Wellness’ Category

How To Tell If Your Pet Has Allergies

Friday, May 7th, 2021
Dog with allergies scratching his ear.

Although our furry friends cannot verbalize their discomfort with words, they do offer plenty of physical signals when something is amiss. Dog and cat allergies are just as common for our four-legged friends as human allergies are for us. Although they can be caused by a wide-range of allergens (including food, plants, pollen, dust mites, and even flea saliva), allergies in pets tend to present with similar symptoms. If you notice any of the following, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Berkeley Veterinary Center to see if allergies are the cause.

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Pets Feel It Too: How to Recognize the Signs of Stress in Pets

Monday, April 19th, 2021
A small dog looks stressed.

Stress is a biological response that helps humans and animals avoid dangers in the wild. In the modern world, many of these stressors are no longer life-threatening and instead make us feel nervous, anxious, or unsure doing normal activities. Pets can also experience stress, and just like in humans, prolonged stress can lead to changes in behavior or health in animals. Recognizing signs of stress in pets is an important element of overall health and wellness. 

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Proper Storage Can Prevent Pet Poisoning

Friday, March 19th, 2021
A boy and dog look in a kitchen drawer.

As pet owners, we have our work cut out for us. We are not only tasked with maintaining the overall health and wellness of our furry friends—it’s essential for us to preserve their happiness and comfort too. 

However, none of this is possible without keeping safety in mind. Keeping pets out of trouble can be a challenge! By reducing possible exposure to toxins, you can prevent pet poisoning. Knowing how to store household cleaners, medications, and other hazards can go a long way towards keeping your furry friends safe from unnecessary toxin exposure. 

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Brushing a Pet’s Teeth

Friday, February 26th, 2021
A dog holds a yellow toothbrush in its mouth.

Pets have strong (and often adorable) opinions about many aspects of their daily lives. Not all of these opinions are good, which can make it hard to do things like brush their teeth. Sometimes, pet ownership involves doing what’s best for a pet despite their discomfort, frustration, and heated stand-offs (think giving them a bath or attempting to trim their nails). 

Brushing a pet’s teeth may be included on the list of things you both would rather not do, but it’s easier than you might think. 

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Arthritis in Pets: What You Need to Know

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Whether you’ve had your pet since they were young, or you adopted an older pet, living with a middle-aged or senior dog or cat has its perks. Older pets tend to grow out of the desire to wander from home and jump up on people, they understand our ways, and they offer a calm, reassuring presence whenever they’re nearby.  

Having an older pet often means providing a little extra TLC when it comes to their daily care, especially if they have age-related conditions like arthritis. This painful ailment commonly affects older and middle-aged pets and can greatly reduce their quality of life. Getting a handle on arthritis in pets as early as possible is the key to keeping them comfortable and pain-free throughout their golden years.

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Cat Health for All Nine Lives

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Some people think cats make great pets because you can leave them home alone for long stretches of time. Many believe that cats don’t require much interaction, and are content to simply “do their own thing”. 

This couldn’t be further from the truth! 

Cats are actually highly social animals that thrive in a stimulating environment. They are creatures of habit, loyal companions, and intuitive housemates. Cats give their people so much, and they deserve the attention they need to maintain lifelong cat health.

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Are Pet Vaccines Necessary for Pet Health?

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Like humans, pets are susceptible to a multitude of dangerous contagious viruses and bacteria. Prior to the advent of vaccines, many pets suffered from these illnesses and often suffered an early death. Thankfully, veterinary science has developed safe and effective vaccines for many diseases, and these have saved countless animals from needless suffering. 

While vaccinations have safeguarded countless pets from disease, some pet owners are still skeptical. Are vaccinations necessary for your pet’s health? The team of veterinary experts at Berkeley Veterinary Center is here to explain this important topic.

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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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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The Far-Reaching and Powerful Impact of Pet Dental Care 

Friday, 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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