Archive for the ‘Seasonal Pet Care’ Category

Hot Dog! Signs that Your Dog Is Overheated

Thursday, 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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Warmer Weather Ahead: Getting Your Pet Ready for Spring 

Thursday, 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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Beat the Heat with Our Summer Pet Safety Tips

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Summer pet safety can help to prevent heat stroke in petsAlthough we love summer here in New Jersey, protecting ourselves from the sun and heat is a must. Whether we seek out the shade, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy a frozen treat, we know how to keep ourselves cool. But what about our pets?

Dogs and cats are at higher risk for experiencing heat-related injuries, and it’s up to us to protect them from any temperature extremes. The team at Berkeley Veterinary Center wants to make sure you know the ins and outs of summer pet safety so you and your pet can enjoy the rest of the season in good health.

Know the Signs

Not only do dogs and cats start off with higher body temperatures than humans, they’re also unable to cool themselves as efficiently. This fact, combined with their full-body fur coats, make them more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. (more…)

Splish-Splash for Spot: Understanding Water Safety for Dogs

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Water safety for dogs is important when swimming with dogsFor many of us, swimming is one of the best ways to stay in shape, cool off, and socialize with friends. For those of us with canine companions, a day on the water offers much of the same benefits – but with a catch!

Swimming is as natural to dogs as it is to humans, which is to say that not every pup is inclined to the water. Learn more about water safety for dogs by reviewing these tips from the friendly team at Berkeley Veterinary Center. (more…)

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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When the “Dogs Are Barking,” Consider Summer Paw Care

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

summer paw carePeople often complain about foot pain, but imagine if we walked around without shoes? Our feet would easily suffer from constant wear and tear – not unlike the sensitive paw pads of pets. Sure, many pets can withstand fairly rugged conditions without the support of wool socks and boots. However, when the weather is harsh, a pet’s paws can truly suffer. Keep your pet trotting along this season with our summer paw care tips.

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The Heat is On: The Season for Frozen Pet Treats is Here!

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

frozen pet treatsWho can resist The Sprinkle Shack or Bella’s on a scorching summer day? Refreshing, indulgent, and fun, frozen treats are all the rage this time of year. It stands to reason our pets also enjoy something frosty on a hot summer day. The dangers of heat stroke are very real to Bayville pets, but with a selection of easy, DIY frozen pet treats, you can sit back and relax.

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Itchy and Scratchy: Allergies in Dogs

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

dog allergiesIs your dog scratching more than usual? Have you noticed licking or chewing at the paws or an increased rubbing of ears on the furniture and carpet? Allergies in dogs are one of the primary reasons we see pooch patients here at Berkeley Veterinary Center. While many owners are familiar with how seasonal allergies affect humans, they affect our paw pals differently.

Allergies can be caused by a wide array of substances, and they can take a toll on your pet’s health and general quality of life. To help you identify the signs of allergies and what you can do to help, the team at Berkeley tackles the topic of allergies in dogs.

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The Hills Are Alive…With Spring Pet Activities!

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Although the weather has been misleading as of late, it is actually still winter in New Jersey. Indeed, at press time, we’re experiencing unprecedented temperatures in the high 50s and 60s. At Berkeley Veterinary Center, that means preparing for the best spring pet activities to get us all moving and grooving toward a happy season.

The Natural Choice

While enjoying outdoor spring pet activities, protection from the elements is paramount. We’ll likely get our fair share of April showers, and your pet might benefit from a lightweight rain jacket, vest, or even boots to get through the wet weather.
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An Abundance of Accidents? Don’t Forget About Fall Pet Safety

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Fall Pet Safety

Autumn is arguably the finest of all the seasons, but it does come with it’s own set of dangers. While we’re getting our sweaters out of storage and putting the storm windows up, Bayville pets can easily find their own versions of trouble. From accidental poisonings to décor mishaps, we offer the following fall pet safety guide.

Getting Ready

The weeks between Labor Day and Thanksgiving are prime for clean-up duty. Whether you’re tackling the garage, backyard, or tool shed, please be aware of the following:

  • Chemicals – Store any products for your lawn, garden, or garage in places that your pet cannot access. We’re talking about fertilizers, pesticides, and antifreeze. Check for any leaking or spills from containers, and clean these up immediately. Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is extremely toxic. The alternative, propylene glycol, might be a better choice for your family, but the effects can still be dangerous to pets.
  • Timing – Confine your pet when you are using potentially toxic products this fall. For example, if you are applying a lawn treatment before the first freeze, keep Fluffy or Fido inside until the area is considered safe.

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