Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2017

The holidays are over! How did they come and go so quickly? 2017 is now just a memory, and we are gearing up for another wonderful year. Looking ahead, we’re excited to continue to share relevant, fun, and educational information with our friends and pet owners through our monthly pet care blog.

In order to be successful in the new year, it’s important to review what we have learned in the past. With that said, we are looking back at the blogs that our readers found most informational and interesting last year, and we’re sharing them here with you. So, without further ado, here are our top 5 pet care blogs of 2017!


Being the Cool Cat During Feline Emergencies

The difficult part about caring for animals is that it isn’t always crystal clear when they don’t feel well. From an evolutionary standpoint, showing weakness is not a good thing, so pets tend to hide illness and pain.

Perhaps no species is quite so cryptic as the cat. Feline fanatics will be the first to admit that these guys are hard to read. Some things, though, are unmistakable emergencies. That’s why Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center wants to help all cat owners know how to spot a feline emergency so they can respond quickly and appropriately.


Toxic Foods and the Holidays: Avoid a Pet Poisoning This Year

pet poisoningThe last thing pet owners want during the holidays is an emergency, and yet the weeks between Halloween and New Year’s are chock full of potential hazards. This can make even the most relaxed pet owner fall into a cycle of fear and anxiety about a potential pet calamity.  However, when you know how to best prevent a pet poisoning, everyone can enjoy the festivities together.


Up a Creek? Outdoor Pet Safety You Can Count On

outdoor pet safetyPennsylvania has some spectacular natural wonders that thrill many local owners and their pets. With cooler weather rolling in, it’s a great time of year to take advantage of the fact that it doesn’t take very long to be completely immersed in the Pennsylvania wilderness. Autumn is a great time for hiking, camping, or even hunting alongside your pet. Since the wilderness is so close, this means that if you ever need help, you’re not too far from it.  But it’s important not to be lulled into a false sense of security while on these outdoor adventures with your pet. Indeed, without careful preparation and a nod to outdoor pet safety, you could be – literally and metaphorically – up a creek.

Scope it Out

Before getting out there, do your due diligence to ensure you and your pet aren’t surprised by a variety of nature’s obstacles. Weather can turn quickly, temperatures can change, winds can pick up, wild animals can appear, and even rain can soak a pet’s coat in no time.

Recognizing and Treating Pet Pain

These days veterinarians and animal hospitals are not only better at recognizing pain in our four-legged friends, but we’re better able to prevent and manage it on an everyday basis. Join Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center during the month of September – Pet Pain Awareness Month – to learn more about how we are reducing and preventing any pain that your fur baby may experience.

The Root of the Issue

There are many hidden causes that can lead to pain in pets, some which can be very difficult to recognize. Shorter-lived and sudden acute pain often occurs after an injury or a surgery. Long-term, or chronic pain can be the result of conditions such as osteoarthritis or systemic illness.

We’re continuously learning about how pain can dramatically affect a pet’s quality of life. We know that it also impacts physiological processes, such as healing. As advocates for our pets, it’s also important that we understand how to effectively identify and address the possibility of pain our pets may be experiencing.

Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center: At Your Service!

animal emergencyThere are certain situations that can make even the most stoic pet owner’s blood run cold, like the sudden need for emergency services for your pet, or the growing realization that he or she may have a serious medical condition. Although no one wants to find themselves in either of these positions, knowing that there’s a place where you can bring your pet to receive the best in emergency or specialty care can offer significant peace of mind.

You can find both 24/7 emergency care and top-of-the-line specialty services at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center. Our mission is to provide exceptional care for your pet and outstanding service to you and to your primary care veterinarian.


Traveling with Pets: A Spotlight on Summer Safety

summer safetyThe dog days of summer have arrived, and for many families that means it’s time to hit the road (or take to the skies) for the annual summer vacation. If the thought of leaving your pets behind is unthinkable, your team at Berks is here to help you plan, prepare, and enjoy your time spent traveling with your pets.

What to Pack

Just like us, our pets thrive when they have both the daily essentials as well as a few comforts from home. Besides the obvious things–such as a leash, collar, carrier, food, and water, pack up your pet’s bedding along with a favorite toy or chew.  This will go a long way toward helping him or her to feel more comfortable away from home.


A Dehydrated Pet? Not With These Prevention Tips!

Making sure your pet drinks enough water every day is important year-round, but when the heat index spikes during the summer, it becomes vital. Sure, most pets are instinctively drawn to their water dishes or fountains when hot and thirsty. However, an imbalance between water consumption and activity levels or heat exposure is not uncommon. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of a dehydrated pet and how to help.

Agua Fresca

Oh, the ways people can make simple water more delicious! Why is this? Because we know that we have to stay hydrated or suffer the effects of dehydration and heatstroke.

Pets may not necessarily agree with our additions of watermelon or rosemary sprigs, but they do tend to be drawn to water in the same way when the temperatures are scorching. Left to their own devices outdoors, pets may find bird baths, puddles, or other standing water, placing them at risk of exposure to harmful bacteria or parasites.


Leptospirosis: What Pet Owners Need to Know

leptospirosisLeptospirosis is something of a mystery to most pet owners, and yet, this bacterial disease is on the rise in many parts of the United States. Leptospirosis is a contagious illness that can affect pets and people. While cases among cats are rare, dogs are more likely to become infected.

With recent outbreaks in cities such as Phoenix, San Francisco, and New York, it’s important to raise awareness about this potentially deadly disease and how owners can protect their pets.

An Overview of Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis among pets (often called canine leptospirosis) is caused by the family of organisms Leptospira interrogans. It’s primarily contracted through contact with the urine of an infected animal but can also be spread through a bite or contact with infected soil or water.

Is it Urgent? Recognizing the Signs of a Pet Emergency

Imagine you’re out strolling with your dog and suddenly, another dog runs up and attacks! You and your pet escape without any major scrapes, but you notice your dog has some surface wounds. Is this an urgent situation?

Another scenario: you wake up to the sound of your cat retching for the fourth time that night. Is this a pet emergency? What if you suspect your curious puppy has ingested your daughter’s lunch, which had some grapes on the side…how do you handle the situation?

Sometimes, it’s tough to know when a pet might need urgent veterinary care, and when time is of the essence, second-guessing can waste precious moments. To help every owner be more prepared for any situation, the team at Berks offers up some tips on what to do during a potential pet emergency.