Category Archives: Dogs

Native Dog Breeds of Ireland

Native Dog Breeds of Ireland Over the centuries Ireland has bred and developed dogs with characteristics and physical structure to serve them in their everyday life. From the obviously named Wolfhounds and pack Beagles, the Setting and Retrieving gun-dogs to the terriers used for vermin control and herding, all of them are recognised internationally as the breeds of dogs whose origins are uniquely Irish.
  • Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Irish Red Setter
  • Irish Red and White Setter
  • Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Kerry Beagle
  • Kerry Blue

Taking Care of Cocoa the Dog

Last week this K9 “Cocoa” was at our veterinary hospital for injuries sustained in a car accident! Our local Hospital called, and asked if the dog could be seen here, and stay overnight if needed, as his owner was injured in the accident too. We are happy to report that the dog and the owner are both doing ok! IMG_20131226_123055

Cold Weather Field Trips for Pets

If your dog is feeling cooped up this winter, try taking him or her on outings with you during the week. Even a short trip to a dog friendly pet store or coffee shop can make their week more eventful. For dogs and cats, consider having a pet sitter drop by to exercise your pooch or play with your cat.

New Year’s Resolution: Pet Exercise!

Exercise is the most common New Year’s resolution for humans and there is no reason why it can’t be for your pet too! Indoor games can keep your pet active while giving them some quality one on one time. For dogs, try some new toys like a rope to play tug with. Fetch is also a great game to play indoors with small stuffed animals. To increase the activity level try tossing the toy up stairs (make sure the stairs have carpeting or a runner to prevent slipping). If your dog likes to chase, try attaching a stuffed animal to the end of a rope. Even though going outside is difficult this time of year, indoor open areas work well too. For cats try to mix up their toys and introduce some feathery or fur-like toys on “fishing poles” that will encourage stalking, leaping and pouncing- especially right before mealtime when your cat is hungry. Interactive toys are enjoyed by both dogs and cats especially ones that dispense treats!

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.

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!

Neutering Your Pet in Berks County

Most male dogs and cats are ready and willing to reproduce by the time they are six to 12 months of age. There are able to breed consistently throughout the year or whenever they are exposed to a receptive female. Both male dogs and cats are prone to wander in search of romance and find themselves exposed to fighting with another animals or dangers such as cars. In addition, male cats are well-known to mark their territories by spraying ordorous urine on furniture, walls, shrubs, etc. Male dogs are sometimes equally anxious to mark their territories. Surgical neutering of male dogs and cats, called orchiectomy, eliminated any reproductive behavior and reduces urine odor and the desire to spray. Your male dog or cat will continue to have his own unique personality. He will be less likely to roam and enjoy staying at home more. The surgery removes the testicles. If you have specific questions, please give us a call!


JUNE 11th IS BRING YOUR DOG TO THE BALLPARK NIGHT! Bernville Veterinary Clinic, Pet Spa & Resort is a sponsor! The Reading Fightin Phils are holding two “Bark in the Park” events at the ballpark during the 2013 season on 6/11 and 8/27.On these days dogs will be permitted throughout the ballpark. If you are interested in bringing a dog to the ballpark, you will need to purchase your dog a $5.00 DOG ticket. If you were unaware of this event and do not want to attend a “Bark in the Park” game please contact the ticket office at 610-370-BALL and we will assist you in exchanging your tickets for another game. Staff will be on hand to make sure that only friendly dogs are permitted to attend. Measures will be taken to ensure that the ballpark remains clean and that all fans in attendance have a great time whether or not they are participating in “Bark in the Park”. Bark in the Park Guidelines for Dog Owners * All Dogs are required to have a $5.00 DOG ticket to enter the ballpark * All Dogs must remain on a leash at all times * No retractable leashes please – If you do have a retractable leash, please keep it locked in a short position * Limit one dog per adult guest * There will be designated areas for dogs to relieve themselves. Bags and trash cans will be available there to pick up any mess. * There will be water available throughout the ballpark. Please make sure your dog stays properly hydrated while attending the game * Aggressive dogs will not be tolerated. You will be asked to vacate the ballpark if unable to control your animal. How To Purchase Dog Tickets All dogs entering the ballpark must have a $5.00 DOG ticket purchased for them for a reserved seat or general admission. Select the seats that you would like and include the number of dogs attending into your total count. After the tickets have been added to your basket, click on the Apply Discount button and change the appropriate number of tickets which are to be used by the dog(s) to the $5.00 DOG price. All other tickets should remain at the Regular Price. Once the appropriate pricing has been selected continue to Check Out. For more information, go to: