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Pets, Pine Needles and Trees

Make sure that you clean up fallen pine needles around your tree regularly. If eaten, these needles can puncture your pet’s intestines. Make sure your tree is well secured for your pets, for people and for your delicate décor. You can anchor your tree to the wall, using strong cord or rope. Also, make sure that your pet can’t access the tree’s water


Avoid letting your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

Holiday Pet Food Order Schedule

ANNOUNCEMENT: Changes to the food order and delivery schedule over the holidays. – The food order will be placed Fri Dec 20 by noon and be ready for pick up on Thurs Dec 26. – The following week the food order will be placed Fri Dec 27 by noon and will be ready for pick up on Thurs Jan 2.

Pet Hotel Requirements

Vaccinations. To prevent the spread of contagious diseases, all pets must have veterinary verification that they have been properly vaccinated. ◾Dogs Vaccinations:
  • Rabies
  • DA2PP
  • Bordetella (Canine Cough)
  • Negative Heartworm Test within the past 2 years
  • Negative fecal exam within the past year
Cats Vaccinations:
  • Rabies
  • Distemper (FVRCP)
  • FeLV within one year for outdoor cats
  • FeLV / FIV test result for indoor cats
  • Negative fecal exam within the past year
Emergencies. In the event of a medical emergency, your pet will be stabilized and you will be contacted as soon as possible. If we are unable to contact you, your pet will be treated as deemed appropriate by the veterinarian on duty. Bedding. We supply clean, comfortable bedding for all of our guests. However, if your pet has special needs, such as a medical condition or an advanced age, we may allow you to bring your own bedding from home. Grooming. Bathing and grooming services, such as de-matting, nail trims, and ear cleanings, are available for an additional charge. Diet. Our guests are fed either once or twice daily in accordance with their normal eating routines. We require all pet owners supply food for your dogs and cats in pre-measured portions. Medication. A medication administration fee is charged on a per day basis. Toys. Please limit the number of toys from home to one favorite toy, keeping in mind that we cannot guarantee its safe return. Your toy should be clearly labeled. Bernville Pet Spa & Resort serves Bernville, Wyomissing, Leesport, Reading, and the entire tri-county area of Berks, Schuylkill, and Lebanon Counties. To learn more, go to:

Dogs and Turkeys

As you start to prepare for the holidays, think about your pets. Lean turkey meat is a good treat for a dog but like anything else, only in moderation. Too much turkey skin can give a dog painful Pancreatitis so it is best to just not give the dog any skin off the bird. When giving your dog turkey make sure there are no bones or bone splinters in the meat.

Can dogs detect cancer?

By Corinne Ryan, AAHA Accreditation Coordinator Cancer sniffing dogs—are they a hoax? Not according to research. A 2011 Japanese study showed that ordinary dogs can be trained to use their sense of smell to detect various kinds of cancer with near-perfect accuracy—even better than any standard medical test for the disease. The study reported an 8-year-old black labrador was 97 percent accurate in sniffing out colon cancer when she was asked to choose among stool samples doctors collected from 185 patients with and without cancer. In breath samples, she was almost as good at detecting cancer. It didn’t matter whether the patient had early-stage or advanced cancer, the dog was able to accurately detect the samples from cancer patients. This all suggests, the authors write, that “common scents may exist among various cancer types.” Their study appeared in the journal Gut, an affiliate of the British Medical Journal. It didn’t matter if the patients were smokers or not, nor was the dog confused by other factors like infection or inflammation. When the dog detected the smell of cancer in the samples, she sat down in front of the sample and did not sit when the sample was from a cancer-free patient. Her reward was the chance to play with a tennis ball. For years, studies have shown that dogs of various breeds and ages can become whizzes at spotting cancer in breath, blood, urine, and tissue samples from patients with lung and breast cancers, ovarian cancer, and bladder cancer. And further research on ovarian cancer-detecting dogs is currently underway at the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center, where researchers are training three dogs to sniff out samples that contain ovarian cancer markers. The particularly deadly form of cancer affects about 20,000 women in the U.S. each year and is often not detected in time for treatments to be effective. So where is all of this going? Should you expect to see a dog in your physician’s office in the near future? That’s not likely, as it would be difficult to have even well-trained dogs in the offices of physicians or in cancer clinics. And the ability to detect scents can vary between dogs and even the same dog on different days, so accuracy is still an issue those involved are working on. So, what’s next? Researchers are now trying to figure out exactly what it is the dogs smell. If that can be determined, it could result in electronic equipment that could sniff out cancer as well as, or better than, any dog’s nose and lead to earlier detection of cancer and a brighter outcome for patients—all thanks to man’s best friend.