Monthly Archives: August 2013

Pit Bull Training at the Berks ARL

To promote responsible pit bull ownership the Animal Rescue League of Berks County has partnered with Awesome Dawgs Dog Training and Whispering Springs Dog Training to offer AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) training classes for any dog resembling a pitbull. For every pitbull/owner team that successfully completes the course, the ARL will earn $150 through a grant made possible by the Animal Farm Foundation Canine Good Citizen Incentive Program. This program is open to any local pitbull and owner team! For more information, go to:

Virbac has expanded its voluntary recall of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables

While we don’t carry this product, we think it is very important to share this information in case anyone bought this product somewhere else. Virbac has expanded its voluntary recall of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables following its initial recall notice in April 2013. According to PetMD, additional specific lots of the heartworm preventive are being recalled because they might not fully protect dogs in the upper third of each weight range. PetMD cited a letter distributed by Virbac saying that 14 lots of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables were below Ivermectin potency levels prior to their expiration. Another 17 lots are being recalled out of caution even though they remain within specification. Virbac directs consumers who have questions about the recall to contact Virbac Technical Services at 1-800-338-3659, ext. 3052. Please help us share this information. If anyone needs it, we are fully stocked with Sentinal. We believe that Sentinel is a superior product because it gets two additional parasites: It kills whipworms, which infect about 20 percent of dogs, and it controls fleas, preventing an infestation in the home. To read more of the details, go to:

Ask the Vet’s Pets: Free Kittens

Dear Christopher Cat We would like to add a kitten to our family, and we are thinking about taking one of the many free farm kittens advertised locally. Do you see any problem with this plan? Christopher Responds For starters, the “free” farm kitten will cost you more than a kitten from a shelter or rescue organization, after you pay for vaccinations, deworming medicine and spay/neuter surgery. In addition, you may inadvertently perpetuate the cat overpopulation problem by taking a kitten off the farmer’s hands. As long as farmers and others can avoid having their adult cats surgically sterilized by giving away the unwanted kittens, the cat overpopulation problem will continue. On the other hand, humane societies and cat rescue organizations encourage spay/neuter surgery, and they educate the public about reducing pet overpopulation through sterilization. August 19 is National Homeless Animals’ Day. Celebrate by adopting a cat – or two – from your local shelter or rescue organization. That’s where our last three cats – Dougie, Cali and Carlie – came from, and they are my best friends. Ask the Vet’s Pets is written by our own: Dr. Lee Pickett

Berks ARL: Beer, Food & Dogs!

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County Presents: Pub Night at Bistro on Bridge Join the ARL for its first pub night on Saturday, September 7th from 6 – 10pm. There will be craft beer tastings and food pairings, raffles and live music. Bistro on Bridge is very animal friendly and they even have a “puppy menu”. Proceeds from this event benefit the ARL, so grab a friend, buy some tickets and meet them there! Tickets are $30. For details, go to:

The Bernville Swim With the Dogs Fundraiser!

Sunday, August 25: The “Swim With the Dogs” fundraiser will be held 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bernville Pool, on Front Street behind Umbenhauer Park. The cost is $5 for the first dog and $3 for each additional dog. Leashes are mandatory. For more information, call 610-488-0624. We hope to see you there!

Celebrate National Microchip Day in Berks County

Tomorrow, August 15th, is National Check the Chip day. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association have joined together to celebrate pets with microchips and to promote microchipping of pets that do not have them. Microchips are very small identification devices (slightly larger than a grain of rice) that contain vital information about your pet and you, the owner. It is permanently implanted under the skin, between the shoulder blades of dogs and cats and can be “read” through the skin by a microchip scanner. The scanner reveals a number which can be looked up in a database of owner’s names, phone numbers, addresses and other emergency contact information. Microchips are crucial in helping lost animals find their way home. Most recently, microchips played a huge role in finding homes of dogs and cats affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. When lost or stray pets were presented to the local humane societies, doctors and staff scanned the animals and were able to look up owners’ information linked to the microchip number. Thousands of pets were reunited with their families. For more information on microchips and registration, click on the following link:

Ask The Vet’s Pets: Backpacking with your Dog

Dear Daisy Dog Sarah, our 2-year-old Bernese mountain dog, hikes with us. This year, we’d like to fit her with a backpack. How much weight can she safely carry? Daisy Responds Sarah is a lucky girl to spend time hiking with you, and backpacking sounds like fun. Start her with an empty pack. It should fit well and have enough padding that it doesn’t chafe. It’s important that you buy her a top-quality doggy backpack. After a couple of weeks with an empty pack, add a load that weighs up to 10 percent of her body weight. That’s about 10 pounds total, including the pack, if she weighs 100 pounds. Make sure to balance the load, and watch her closely throughout your hikes. Remove the pack whenever you stop to rest or view the scenery. Very gradually, if she seems comfortable, increase the weight. Adult dogs like Sarah can eventually carry up to 25 percent of their lean body weight. If she shows any sign of distress, though, remove the added weight. Just a reminder that we dogs aren’t weekend warriors. To prevent injury to the musculoskeletal system, we need to walk almost every day, gradually increasing the distance we walk and the weight we carry. Remember her heavy coat, and lighten the load -– and shorten the hike -– on hot or humid days. Ask The Pet’s Vet is writtern by our own Dr. Lee Pickett!