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Your Pet’s Fear Free Experience

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, a Fear Free experience for you and your furry friends is of utmost priority to us. Did you know that our staff and doctors have undergone special training to ensure that your pet’s stress, anxiety, and fear is kept as minimal as possible during their visit?

Learn about all the extra things we do at our Fear Free Certified facility to make your pet’s experience a great one!

It’s the Little Things

There are so many things that go into helping each pet who enters our practice feel at ease. Fear Free is about adapting to the needs of each individual patient. For example, a food-loving lab is going to require a much different approach than a terrified kitty!

Some of the things that we do to decrease fear, anxiety, and stress in our patients may include:

Treats, treats, and more treats — We utilize food as a reward and a distraction for many of our patients. This helps us to earn their trust and is often enough to keep a pet preoccupied during their exam. Special high value treats like spray cheese and peanut butter are always on hand, but you are encouraged to bring along your pet’s favorites. Be sure your pets arrive to their appointment hungry!

Pheromones everywhere — While you may not notice them, your dog or cat is sure to take note of the pheromone diffusers throughout our hospital. Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs help to put our patients at ease.

Getting down — Getting down on your pet’s level helps to create a sense of calm in many of our patients. Don’t be surprised to see us down on the floor. We may also get creative about performing procedures where your pet is most comfortable, such as in someone’s arms or up on one of our chairs. It’s all about getting things done safely and without anxiety.

A smelly undertaking — We hope that you notice the absence of smells in our hospital when you walk in. Your pet is sure to notice as well. We take extra care to remove odors that may cause nose-blindness or feed fear in the animals who visit.

No dogs allowed — Almost nothing is scarier for our feline patients than being greeted face-to-face by an unfamiliar and most unwelcome dog. The barking, smells, and general commotion that comes with canines can increase stress and anxiety in our cat patients.  Separate dog and cat entrances into the hospital, separate dog and cat waiting rooms, and a cat-only exam room help to minimize this.

A considerate approach — You may wonder why we don’t just jump in and get the job done. Moving slowly and using a pet’s body language to gauge how they are feeling can help us to get more accomplished during your pet’s visit with less stress and anxiety.  

Calming sounds — Sometimes the sounds at a veterinary hospital can be disconcerting for already anxious animals. We do our best to minimize these, often using calming music to help.

Prioritizing wants vs needs — We may have a laundry list of things that we hope to accomplish during your pet’s visit, but your pet will likely have some different ideas. We do our best to prioritize the things that “need” to happen, saving the things that we “want” to happen for last. This allows us to provide the best medicine for your pet, while making good judgements about when to push on and when to maybe try under different circumstances another day.

Fear Free is Our Goal

A Fear Free experience is very important to us. It is a rewarding feeling to work with your pets in a stress-free environment. Creating this experience for our pet patients is rewarding because it helps to build a sense of trust in the dogs and cats we treat and makes them want to see us again. It also allows us to see their true personalities, and to get to know them better.

If you have questions or want to learn more about Fear Free, please give us a call. We would love to meet you and your pet. You can also find more information on Fear Free at FearFreePets.com.  

Berkeley Veterinary Center’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
Fear free veterinary care can have a positive impact on pet health.

2019 is upon us, and we’re looking forward to a new year. It’s exciting to think ahead to all the upcoming goals, challenges, and triumphs that hopefully await us. Surely many of us are already hitting the gym more often, practicing mindfulness and gratitude, and spending more time with our loved ones (including our pets!).

Don’t get us wrong, 2018 was filled with wonderful moments for our staff, and many of those were with our Bayville area patients and clients. So, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we wanted to share one more look back with you. Our monthly blog has been a privilege to research, write, and publish this year, and we’re flattered that so many of you are reading it. To that end, we’re looking back at Berkeley Veterinary Center’s top 5 pet care blogs of 2018, and we hope you enjoy!

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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!

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Nothing to Be Afraid Of: Understanding The Fear Free Veterinary Movement

Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Fear free veterinary care can have a positive impact on pet health.

In 2016, Dr. Marty Becker coined the phrase “Taking the Pet out of Petrified” as he took up the mantle of the Fear Free veterinary movement. We are happy to announce that Berkeley Veterinary Center has become the first Fear Free certified practice in the state of New Jersey! We’re so excited to share this veterinary approach with everyone.  

What is a Fear Free Veterinary Practice?

The fear free movement began when surveys of pet owners showed that pets weren’t getting the care they need at their veterinarian largely because pets were afraid of going there. Pet owners want to do the very best they can for their pets, but when your cat yowls in the car all the way to the vet’s office, or your dog shakes like a leaf (or bites!) during the entire visit, it becomes difficult to even come in once a year.

Enter: the fear free movement, which endeavors to help practice teams, veterinarians, and pet owners come together to help pets be less stressed before, during, and after their veterinary visits, and thus get the regular preventive care they need to lead healthier and longer lives.

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Dollars and Pets: What to Know About Pet Insurance

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Pet insurance can help you afford the cost of veterinary careIf your pet was injured and needed to be hospitalized tomorrow, could you afford the bill?

We all want to do the very best we can for our pets. After all, they’re members of our family! And we’re fortunate that in this day and age, we have access to very advanced veterinary care for our pets. From cancer treatment, to life saving oxygen, to surgical procedures and more, it’s possible to treat almost all injuries and illnesses our pets may encounter.

This advanced care comes with a cost, though. And with veterinary expenses averaging $1800 per year, per pet, it’s easy to see why veterinary care might put a significant financial strain on many families.

This is where pet insurance comes in. Just as human health insurance can bridge the gap between needed care and cost, pet insurance is designed to offset the financial burden of unexpected illness or injury to our pets. But, does it make sense for you? It’s important to weight the costs and benefits so that you can begin to make a decision for your personal situation. (more…)

Preventing Pet Theft

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Pet theft may not be something that we think of often. After all, what kind of a person would steal someone’s beloved cat or dog? Unfortunately, this does happen. In fact, Petfinder estimates that over 2 million pets are stolen every year in the United States alone.

February 14th is Pet Theft Awareness Day, and your friends at Berkeley Veterinary Center wanted to spend some time talking about pet theft prevention to reduce the risk of this tragedy ever happening to your precious four-legged friend.

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Our Most Memorable Pet Care Blogs of 2017

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

With 2017 officially in the record books, most of us are looking ahead and thinking about what’s in store for the coming year. As new resolutions abound, we are getting excited about forging ahead with our intentions for 2018. Still, it’s also an opportunity to think about what we learned last year, and to be grateful for all the lessons, the laughter, the tears, and the ups and downs.

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, many of our most memorable moments were with our patients and their families, and we thank you! In the spirit of these moments, we decided to round up our most popular pet care blogs that we wrote last year. Which ones resonated with you, we wondered? Which were particularly funny, encouraging, and meaningful? Which were the most educational?

To answer these questions, we are presenting our top 10 most memorable pet care blogs of 2017. Enjoy!

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Why a Certified Fear Free Practice May Be Right for Your Pet

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

As pet owners, we all know how important it is to bring our pets in for their regularly scheduled wellness exams, but finding the time and energy to get a fearful or anxious pet in for a check-up can be a daunting task. Because bringing and managing a scared animal at the vet’s office is so difficult, many pets end up missing out on wellness visits and other important care.

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we believe all pets deserve access to regular, quality, and low-stress veterinary care. We are committed to providing a calm, stress-free environment for our patients, which is why we have taken the steps necessary to receive our Fear Free Certification! (more…)

Soothing Your Pet’s Back to School Blues

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Yellow cat with long tailThe summer is arguably your pet’s favorite season, probably because there is always so much going on at home! Scampering feet, belly-aching giggle fests, and snacks galore… what’s not to love for an attention-loving pet? But, with summer rapidly coming to a close, and the kids heading back to the books, your pet’s happiness could be left hanging in the balance.

To be sure, the back to school blues affect your four-legged family member. With some careful planning and consideration, your pet can handle the change in dynamics like a Grade-A student. (more…)

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

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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 365daysofcrafts.com

 

 

 

 

5.)Candy CaChristmas-Dog-Treats-2-550x829ne 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 at thewoot.com/au

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 MarthaStewart.com that uses your old childhood favorite {brace yourself} Shrinky Dinks printable plastic sheets! Nostalgic and functional.   

 

 

 

 

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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 Amazon.com. No time to wait for shipping? Consider using Amazon Prime.

 

 

5-treatcam-e14440914362338.)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.  

 

 

 

ASPCA9.) 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!

 

 

 

 

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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!