Archive for the ‘Seasonal Pet Care’ Category

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.


The Hills Are Alive…With Spring Pet Activities!

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Out for a walk with his dogAlthough 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.

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.


10 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Your Pets

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you waited just a tad too long to find your beloved pet the perfect holiday gift. Well, Look no further because we’ve got a list stacked up with some last minute ideas for your perfect pooch or kitty.


1.) DIY Doggie Dress Shirt Collar If you are the crafty type and have some old dress shirts that you can upcycle, this is the perfect gift for your hip holiday pooch. Check out how you can make your own doggie dress shirt collar here!


2.) Immortalize your Pet on almost anything! Have your dog’s name and likeness printed on mugs, blankets, food mats, and more at the Personalization is free and they have 1-2 day turnaround.

surprise my pet

3.) Surprise Your Pet  Want the holidays to never end for your pet? Consider a monthly subscription service like Surprise My Pet. Every month you pet will automatically receive a box filled with surprises and you won’t even have to think twice!


4.) Make These Cute Treat Jars This is a last minute list and 2 weeks for delivery just isn’t going to cut it! These cute treat jars won’t take too long and your pet will love them because they are of course, filled with treats. Find out how to make these adorable jars here at


5.) Candy Cane Dog Treats When in doubt, make some dog treats! Nothing says “I love you” more than a treat in your pup’s tummy. We found these super cute candy cane dog treats and lots of other delicious looking treats here.


6.) Pet ID Tags No doubt with the New Year right around the corner, it’s probably time to change your pet’s worn and beat up ID tag anyway. If it’s too late to order one you can always head over to your local PetSmart and use the fun laser ID tag printer OR you can make your own like this one we found at that uses your old childhood favorite {brace yourself} Shrinky Dinks printable plastic sheets! Nostalgic and functional.

Dog playing with a ball in the yard. Basque sheepherd dog

7.) Treat Mazes and Games Both cats and dogs can benefit from treat mazes and games. It keeps their minds moving while your gone and fights the winter blues. Check out this neat cat treat maze on No time to wait for shipping? Consider using Amazon Prime.


8.) Keep an Eye on Your Pooch Ever wonder what your pet is doing while you’re not home? Now you can check in on your pet using the Petzi treat cam. You can interact with your pet and even drop them a treat from wherever you are using your smartphone. That’s just crazy! Petzi is available at several locations and online stores.  


9.) Donate in Your Pet’s Name if your pet could talk,  I am certain they would be super excited that they could help a good cause. Pick a charity that is close to your heart and donate to them in your pet’s name. Giving back is the perfect holiday gift!

Brown paper bag isolated on white

10.) A Paper Bag Short on cash and time? One of the best gifts you can give you cat is a plain old brown paper bag. Paper bags make for hours of fun and best of all you can probably snag a bag for free! If it’s really last minute (like the morning of), crumble up some wrapping paper and…voila! Instant gift! You’re Welcome!

Pet Microchipping FAQ

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Curious About Microchipping Your Pet?

Microchipping your pet is probably the most effective means of having your pet returned to you, should he or she become lost or separated from you for any reason. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about microchips. If you have further questions regarding the benefits of microchipping your pet, give us a call, or discuss them with your veterinarian the next time you’re in.

What is the Process for Microchipping My Pet?

The microchipping process involves a small chip, about the size of a large grain of rice, that is  placed beneath the skin of your pet’s shoulder blades. Once inserted, the chip should remain in place for the lifetime of your pet. The microchip is then programed with your name, contact information and any important medical data (such as allergies, diabetes, etc.). (more…)