Soft, latex toys can be shredded by a chewing pet. If the toy includes a squeaking mechanism, the squeaker can be easily swallowed or cause choking. You may want to remove the squeaker before your pet plays with it.
All cats must also be vaccinated for rabies as required by Pennsylvania law. All cats in our practice are also vaccinated for distemper and the upper respiratory disease viruses. Finally, cats that go outdoors are vaccinated against feline leukemia.
Pets are always in need of a loving foster family while awaiting their forever home. If you would like to become a foster parent, especially for a deployed military person or a hospital patient, please contact Pact for Animals! For more information about becoming a foster parent, please read their Foster Programs section under Programs and contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org . www.pactforanimals.org
Dr. Pickett was featured in a Reading Eagle article this past weekend! The article is below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Berks vet weighs in on how to keep down costs when caring for a dog or cat ——————————————————————————– By Susan Shelly Reading Eagle correspondent Anyone who has ever rushed a sick dog or cat to an emergency vet in the middle of the night knows how expensive health care for pets can be. And although routine care also can be pricey, there are ways to minimize the costs of caring for your animals, said Dr. Lee Pickett, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School who practices with Bernville Veterinary Clinic. Pickett, whose pet advice column runs weekly in the Reading Eagle, talked recently about keeping down costs when it comes to caring for domestic animals. Pets may be expensive to care for, but Americans love them. Collectively, Americans own: – 70 million dogs & 74 million cats Of all American homes: – 36.5 percent have at least one dog – 30.4 percent of homes have cats present. Cat owners are more likely than dog owners to own more than one. The cost breakdown:
- $248 for routine vet visits
- $407 for surgical vet visits
- $419 for food, treats and vitamins
- $274 for boarding
- $78 for travel expenses
- $73 for grooming
- $1,499 the average cost of keeping a dog in 2012.
To learn more about our friends in the Keystone Band of Rehrersburg, and their upcoming concerts, go to: http://www.keystoneband.com/keystoneband.com/Welcome.html
We will be placing the Science Diet food order on Friday August 30th due to being closed in observance of Labor Day. Anyone needing food can call 610-488-0166 or email email@example.com by 3 pm Friday August 30th. The order will be ready for pick up on Thursday September 5.
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: www.berksarl.org
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: https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/Check-the-Chip-Day.aspx
Wash for the Animals August 31st, 2013 Scott’s Car Wash Join HSBC & Y-102 at Scott’s Car Wash in Exeter & Kenhorst. Proceeds from cars washed will be donated to the animals, and they’ll have adoptable pets and HSBC volunteers to answer all your questions. For more information, go to: www.berkshumane.org
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