Posts Tagged ‘Pet Care’

Fluffy, Not Fat:  Pet Weight Management

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

pet weight managementAs a culture, we’ve become accustomed to seeing household pets that err a bit on the rotund side. While this makes for excellent snuggles and adorable pictures, fat isn’t any healthier for our four-legged friends than it is for us. In fact, your friends at Berkeley Veterinary Center feel that pet weight management is an important part of good pet ownership.

Where Fat Fails

There may be humor in having a couch potato cat or watching a roly poly Pug try to reach his backside, but being fat is just plain unhealthy. There are documented health risks associated with pets being overweight, including (but not limited to):
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Understanding Pain in Pets and Planning for the Future

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, marking a great opportunity to recognize and address pain in pets. While most pet owners are dialed into obvious changes, such as a pet’s inability to go up/down stairs or reluctance to jump onto the couch or bed, there are a bevy of other indicators of pain in pets. Even if your pet doesn’t have age-related problems yet, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the future.

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Up-to-Date: Important Pet Immunizations

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Pet immunizations are so important there’s an entire month dedicated to sharing knowledge about disease prevention. Since August is National Immunization Awareness Month, we want to join the national effort to help pet owners understand various threats to overall health.

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Emergency Preparedness for Pets (and the Whole Family!)

Monday, May 1st, 2017

pet emergencies“When disaster strikes…” We’ve all heard that line and know that emergencies and disasters certainly happen – but they happen to other people, right? Unfortunately, most of us will encounter at least one emergency in our life, whether it affects us or our pets. That’s why being prepared, whether it’s related to health, the weather, or a specific accident, is so important.

Emergency preparedness for pets is similar to that for people. It requires a plan and the tools and knowledge to respond quickly. Are you and your family prepared?
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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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Not a Day Goes By: Getting on Board with Pet Dental Care

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Our previous blog post about the benefits of pet dental care was only the tip of the iceberg. While we hoped that the introduction to this vital component of wellness got some gears moving, it’s necessary to understand how tooth brushing works and what supplies are needed.

There’s a great deal to learn, a possibly suspicious pet to convince, and the right products to collect. Ready? We hope so!

The Right Time

Since you’re reading this, it’s likely that you know that preventative medicine and proactive care can lengthen – and strengthen – your pet’s life. At the cornerstone of this approach is, of course, dental health.
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Being the Purrfect Pet Owner: The Importance of Veterinary Care for Cats

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Cat at veterinarianMost cat owners are positively passionate about the feline species. Cats are amazing and wonderful creatures, and we are lucky to be able to share our lives with them.

We often think of our cats as resilient critters, but even these stealthy and stoic animals can be affected by health issues. With our ever-improving knowledge of felines and their needs, we can do a better job caring for them than ever before. (more…)

Healthy Pets Are Happy Pets: The Importance Of Pet Wellness

Monday, August 8th, 2016

dog examination by veterinary doctor with stethoscope in clinicDid you ever wonder why your veterinarian recommends regular wellness examinations for your pet? Aside from administering vaccinations and seeing your pet’s sweet face (both of which are important!), pet wellness exams are a way for us to truly assess your pet’s overall health and well being.

All pets should visit the veterinarian for a wellness checkup twice per year (more often if they are elderly or have other health issues). The wellness exam is a valuable opportunity for you and your veterinarian to discuss questions or concerns you may have, to catch any signs of illness or disease, and otherwise support your pet in living a happy and healthy life. (more…)