Monthly Archives: December 2012


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Chocolate and alcohol may seem like necessities during a New Year’s Eve party, but they’re actually quite dangerous for our pets. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact us or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
  • Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.
  • Alcohol Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

Hillside SPCA: Mark your calendars for the entire month of January, 2013!!

Hillside SPCA: Mark your calendars for the entire month of January, 2013!! It’s the CAT AND KITTEN ADOPT-A-THON (no adoption FEE!) Please, please, they need your help! They are experiencing one of the worst years ever for incoming cats and kittens. They’ve been on overload all of 2012, and are really desperate for more adoptions. Please pass the word to everyone you know about this huge January event. Their cats and kittens are so beautiful, so lovable and oh, so needy! If they could talk they would absolutely beg you to take them home! Their usual adoption process will apply, but there will be NO ADOPTION FEE to qualified applicants. Adopters must sign and agree to their standard adoption contract. It can’t get any better than that! Hillside SPCA is open every day of the week, with feline adoption hours from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. FOR ANY QUESTIONS, MORE INFORMATION, OR ANY INQUIRIES CONCERNING THIS EVENT, CONTACT THE FELINE MANAGER DIRECTLY at 570-622-7769, visit the shelter or go to  

Looking for something fun to do this weekend and help the animals? (and hep the Berks ARL?)

Berks ARL
Friday, December 21 Reading Royals Pucks for Paws Night 7:05pm $15 ($5 goes to the ARL!) The ARL will be there with adoptable pets. For $1, you get to “chuck-a-puck” – your chance to get the puck in the goal! Purchase tickets online: or go to for more information. Hope to see you there!


All Hill’s food orders must be placed before 4 PM on Monday December 17 (for pick-up on Dec 20th). Hill’s will be closed for Christmas and New Years and we will not be getting a delivery during those two weeks. Next available order date will be Monday January 7th and the delivery date will be Thursday January 10th. Please call us if you have any questions: 610.488.0166 We will keep some extra food in stock for emergencies.


Hillside SPCA
“URGENT! The Hillside SPCA finds itself at a crisis point. We are on overload with animals and desperately seek adoptions, especially of large dogs. It has become critical that we find homes for our buddies, many of whom have been waiting a really long time, in order to make room for the dogs that we will get in tomorrow. Hillside has worked diligently to keep an open door policy whereby no animal from the county is turned away because experience has shown that those animals often meet with a horrible fate; thrown out, abandoned, tied to a tree, left to starve, attacked by wild animals… or worse. But the ability to have an open door and no kill facility depends heavily on adoptions outpacing — or at least keep up with — intakes… something the Hillside was always blessed with due to the wonderful supporters and adopters who embraced the shelter and policies. With the Hillside bearing the burden of being the only area shelter taking in dogs at this time (Ruth Steinert is taking no dogs and a very limited number of cats, the Danville, PA SPCA is not taking any animals, not even ones originally adopted from there) we are overwhelmed with needy animals and NEED ADOPTIONS NOW! The hard reality is there is only so much space. We have been up against this before and YOU have rallied to help. If you can adopt, foster or help in any way, Please help out now. One way is to share, share, SHARE this post. The more who know, the more who can help.” for more information, go to:  


The 2013 Free Seminar Schedule:VETERINARY MEDICINE FOR PET OWNERS AT BERNVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC The 2012 workshops were amazing! Please note the new dates below. We look forward to seeing you in 2013. 1/14/13 Understanding Common Diagnostic Tests • Bloodwork, including the complete blood count, chemistry profile, heartworm test, thyroid tests, and FeLV and FIV testing • Urinalysis • Fecal tests • Radiographs (X-rays) 2/11/13 Endocrinology • Diabetes mellitus • Feline hyperthyroidism • Canine hypothyroidism • Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) • Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism) 3/11/13 Public Health: Diseases You and Your Pet Can Share 4/8/13 Pet First Aid • • • All sessions take place Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 at Bernville Veterinary Clinic, Pet Spa & Resort, 7135 Bernville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 These workshops are FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP to or 610-488-0166.


We are very excited to welcome Betsy Gallagher from Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Betsy’s workshop is titled: How to Read a Pet Food Label (feel free to bring your labels with you!) Monday, December 3rd. 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bernville Veterinary Clinic, 7135 Bernville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 The workshop is FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP to or 610-488-0166