Posts Tagged ‘Pet Safety’

Fireworks, Thunder, and Parties…Oh My! Battling Pet Noise Anxiety

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Summer means different things to different people – backyard barbeques, camping, trips to the lake, or a big family vacation may be on your agenda. For many pets, however, the warmest months are also the scariest. Thunderstorms, fireworks, and all the parties and gatherings can trigger a host of upsetting behaviors and put a real damper on everyone’s quality of life.

Pet noise anxiety can be a serious concern for pet owners. Prolonged periods of anxiety can be harmful to a pet’s health and wellness, and it can put them at risk for escape or injury. At Berkeley Veterinary Center, we’re a certified Fear Free practice, meaning we’re committed to reducing fear and stress in pets.

Keep reading to understand more about pet noise anxiety and how you can help your furry loved one remain calm and comfortable this summer.

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Pet Parasite Prevention Matters

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

pet parasite preventionAfter a particularly nasty winter, it’s hard not to be thrilled with the arrival of spring. The warm weather brings with it more than picnics and green grass, however. Pet parasites, such as fleas, ticks, and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes, arrive along with spring, and the diseases they carry can cause serious discomfort and illness to your pet.

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, your pet’s health, wellness, and longevity is our top priority, which is why we recommend year-round pet parasite prevention throughout the duration of your pet’s life.

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Antibiotic Power! Responsible Antibiotic Use in Pets

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

responsible antibiotics use in petsAntibiotics are amazing. In modern veterinary medicine we rely on them in order to help us help pets. Whether it be by preventing bone infection after an orthopedic procedure, treating pneumonia, or helping a wicked hot spot, there is no doubt that we would be in a bad position without antibiotics.

With great power, though, comes great responsibility. November 13th kicks off the CDC’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. Join Berkeley Veterinary Center as we explore what our role in responsible antibiotic use in pets look like.

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Fun Without the Fright: Adorable Halloween Pet Costumes and Safety Tips

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

halloween costumes for petsHalloween seems to herald the arrival of autumn and all the things we associate with the season: pumpkin scented candles, jack o’ lanterns, colorful leaves, and sweater weather. Dressing up in a creepy, cute, or funny Halloween costume is one of the best ways to celebrate this time of year – and what could be better than dressing up your furry, four-legged friend as well?

The team at Berkeley Veterinary Center love our pet trick-or-treaters and want to help you create the safest, most enjoyable night for your best friend. Here are some of our Halloween pet costume safety tips for an awesome evening.

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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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Pet Water Safety: Protect Your Excursion Buddy

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

pet water safetyHanging out around water is a way of life here, a fact that pleases most local pets. To be sure, there are endless opportunities for aquatic recreation, but it’s only truly successful when pet water safety rules are strictly enforced. Not only will your pet’s survival be nearly guaranteed, but overall enjoyment is a sure thing, as well.

Drowning Prevention

With approximately 5,000 accidental pet drownings each year, pet owners and advocates have a long way to go to protecting animals from this terrible fate. Supervision is the best defense against drowning or near-drowning events. To be sure, keeping a closely trained eye on your pet when he or she is near the water can greatly reduce the risk.

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What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Pot and Pets

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

The legal status of marijuana is changing across the United States, and its impact on pets has been noticed. According to the pet poison control hotline, there has been a significant increase in calls reporting marijuana exposure to pets since 2009; around the time marijuana legalization began.

As marijuana usage becomes legal in more and more states, and accepted in society, it’s worth looking into the health risks associated with pot and pets.

Pot and Pets Don’t Mix

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana, negatively affects a pet’s central nervous system and should be considered a pet toxin. Just like with humans, a pet’s age, weight, activity level, and amount of exposure will all affect the degree of marijuana poisoning.

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Have a Happy Holiday Season with our Pet Holiday Safety Reminders

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

tangledYour days are sure to be merry and bright if everyone you love, including your pet, is safe and happy. Read through our pet holiday safety reminders to be sure that you ring in 2017 in good cheer.

Party Animals

During this time of year, it is not uncommon for our homes to be bustling with visiting friends and family. When you include your pets in this mix, don’t forget to be sure that they are safe and comfortable. Some important pet holiday safety reminders when it comes to celebrations include:

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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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