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Taking Good Care of Your New Puppy or Adult Dog

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole

From the first time you bring home a new puppy, or adopt an adult dog, you know you want the very best for your pet. The veterinarians at Berkeley Veterinary Center understand how important it is to get your new pet off on the right start so that you can have many years of enjoyment together.

Puppy's First Visit

Your pet's first visit with us will probably be longer than a normal wellness examination. We want to make sure you get all the information you need to start your life with your new pet on the right track. We know that you will likely have a lot of questions in the beginning, and we are here to answer anything you want to ask, including how to housebreak your new puppy and what training options we recommend.

Your new puppy will be given a complete physical examination along with all of the necessary vaccinations to protect your new pet and prevent future infection from diseases. We will also test your pet for parasites and discuss ways to protect your pet and your family from potentially harmful parasites.

A very active puppy

Adult Dog Care

Once your dog reaches one year of age, he or she is considered an adult. We recommend that you bring your dog in for a checkup every six months. This allows us to monitor your pet's health and address any issues that may come up, often without you being aware that there is a problem.

At your dog's wellness exam, we will:

  • Conduct a thorough physical examination
  • Ensure that all vaccinations are up to date
  • Make recommendations for flea, tick, and heartworm control
  • Examine your dog's teeth and gums
  • Evaluate your dog's diet and nutritional health
  • Answer any questions you have about your pet's health, behavior, nutrition, and exercise recommendations

Microchipping

We strongly recommend that new pet owners microchip their pets. Microchip identification is an easy and painless way to protect you and your pet. Microchips provide an extra level of protection so that if your pet gets lost, you have a very good chance you will get him or her back.

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"I started using Berkeley for my dog’s allergy problems. We see Dr. Tony and he is wonderful, and well-educated. He went over several options of testing and treatments and is honest and open with all his suggestions. Callie’s allergies have never been better. Recently, we met Dr. Alyssa due to a last minute non-allergy related appointment, and I was equally impressed with her knowledge and care. All the tech are kind and patient. I would happily recommend Berkeley Vet.” —Allen Alfano
"I just recently went to Berkeley Vet Center to take my cat Precious for a check-up. Our technician Diana Brand was extremely helpful and easy to talk to during our visit. She made Precious feel comfortable and calmed her down when she got a little fussy. The doctor was also very nice and took care of my Precious. They go over everything regarding prices so there were no surprises and I found the exam and vaccines to be reasonably priced. I will definitely bring Precious again in the near future! —Victoria T.
"Dr. Alyssa and all the staff are the absolute best! Knowledgeable, professional, kind, and considerate. When I had to put my 17-year-old dachshund down, I relied on their compassion and wisdom to make the process much easier. They explained everything to me so that I knew what to expect. I would highly recommend Berkeley Veterinary Center!” —Jean Spector
"I really cannot find the words to explain how amazing Dr. Tony and his staff are! My baby had a sock obstructing her small intestines and was at risk for major complications. They performed major surgery and continued to care and comfort my baby for days after. If I chose to go to an overnight hospital, my girl would have been left in a cage with an IV and no snuggling or attention. My heart is so touched, I get choked up thinking about Dr. Tony and staff!” —Colleen Collichio
"I took my 12-year-old cat to Berkeley Veterinary Center. I was immediately impressed by the clean and friendly atmosphere. I was greeted right away and made to feel welcome. I am very happy to have found Dr. Tony and his caring staff.” —Linda C.
"Dr. Tony and staff greet us with warmth and friendship. My 3 dogs love them, evidenced by the big kisses they give to the staff. Dr. Tony takes time to examine and explain my concerns. I am very pleased to know this excellent group. If you want caring, compassionate vets and staff you MUST go to them.” —Cathy S.
"Overall experience was like no other…warm, friendly, and personable, yet professional and informative. Pricing was comparable to past veterinary experiences, and by no means unreasonable. Office and exam room were clean, fresh, and neat. Berkeley Veterinary Center may have a customer for life!” —Michael P.