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Below is a helpful checklist for your flight: BEFORE YOU GO TO THE AIRPORT ❏ BOOK YOUR PET on your flight by speaking directly with a person at the airline. No U.S. domestic carrier allows online booking of pets. Clarify whether your pet will be flying in-cabin with you or as checked baggage/cargo. ❏ CAREFULLY INSPECT THE CARRIER/CRATE. Check all zippers, seams, locks, screws and connections. If there are any structural problems, purchase a new crate or carrier before flying. IF YOUR PET WILL BE FLYING AS CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO ❏ FLY NON-STOP TO YOUR DESTINATION, if at all possible. ❏ PURCHASE ZIP TIES online or at your local hardware store (approximately $5.00 US for 100). Pack them so they will be readily accessible at the airport. ❏ DRILL HOLES at the top, bottom and both sides around the door of the crate. This will allow you to add the zip ties. AFTER the Transportation Security Administration’s inspection of the crate. ❏ POST YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER ON ALL SIDES OF THE CRATE, with instructions (in English and Spanish) to contact you immediately if needed for the handling of your pet. ❏ Post a sign that says “DO NOT OPEN EXCEPT IN EMERGENCY & ONLY IN AN ENCLOSED ROOM” on top of the crate, above the door. (Include Spanish translation as well.) AT THE AIRPORT – CHECKING IN ❏ REQUIRE THAT TSA SCREENING BE DONE INSIDE A SECURE ENCLOSED ROOM. When checking in, have the ticket agent call a TSA agent over or ask where to take the crate to a TSA security station for inspection to be done before handing your pet over to the airline for travel. ❏ After TSA inspects the crate they will place a Homeland Security tag on the carrier or crate. IF YOUR PET WILL BE FLYING AS CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO ❏ APPLY ZIP TIES to the door and sides of the crate to further secure your pet after the TSA inspection. ❏ ASK THE AIRLINE PERSONNEL TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY YOU if any additional security checks are needed. ❏ ASK where your pet will be kept until loaded. AT THE AIRPORT – AT THE GATE ❏ If your pet is travelling in the cabin, KEEP THE CARRIER SECURELY CLOSED. Do not risk losing your pet now! IF YOUR PET WILL BE FLYING AS CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO ❏ GO TO YOUR GATE AND WATCH THE CRATE BEING LOADED. USDA regulations state that pets are last to load and first off the plane. ❏ TELL THE GATE AGENT YOU ARE WAITING for your pet to be loaded before you board the plane. ❏ KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE ON until the very last minute. AT THE DESTINATION AIRPORT ❏ UPON ARRIVAL, MAKE SURE YOUR PET’S CRATE was taken off the plane. ❏ DO NOT REMOVE YOUR PET FROM THE CARRIER until you are in a secure location HAVE A GREAT TRIP!


Our hospital was founded in 1990 by Dr. Steve Stephan in the fall of 1989 when Dr. Stephan acquired the Northkill practice from Dr. A. Godfried on Shartlesville Road. At the time it was a part time practice run out of a several room small building. Pretty soon the Bernville Veterinary Clinic outgrew the small building and it was expanded on that site. In 1994 we decided that this area needed more veterinary and pet related services than even the expanded building could handle so the present hospital and spa were constructed.


BernvilleVet Pinterest
So many of you have been asking us to create a Pinterest page (so we did!). www.pinterest.com/bernvillevet. We’ve listed a collection of pet services and information in the community but it is not complete. We’ve organized our content into 6 different pinboards. 1. Pet Supplies 2. Pet Sitters/Walkers 3. Dog Trainers 4. Veterinary / Pet Organizations 5. Pet Shelters & Rescue Groups 6. Pet Events Please send us the names of groups or companies in these categories so we can pin them to our page! We’re also open to any suggestions or ideas! Thanks


One of our favorite parts of Labor Day is the amazing food! When it comes to the food, here are some tips for keeping your pet safe: Don’t give your pet “people” food. It may seem like a great idea to reward your pet with scraps from the grill, but many foods can be hazardous. Keep your pet on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can lead to severe indigestion and upset stomach. Examples of everyday hazards include avocados, grapes, raw/undercooked meat and onions. Never leave your dog unattended with a barbecue pit while it is in use. That delicious food might be too much for them to resist. An overturned pit could cause serious damage to your pet in the blink of an eye. It is also a potential fire hazard. There are a few barbecue staples you need to keep out of your dog’s reach. Alcoholic drinks have the potential to poison pets. Matches and lighter fluid, if ingested, can cause harm to pets. Lighter fluid can cause skin irritation as well. Citronella candles, insect coils and oil products can cause stomach irritation and possibly damage a pet’s central nervous system.




Saturday June 23rd 2:00-4:00

Meet the following: – Our entire staff including an “ASK THE VET” table – Pet Bereavement Counselor: Marianne Sharon – Willow Street Photography: the area’s leading animal photography studio – Watch our groomers demonstrating live throughout the afternoon – Learn about Fire Prevention & Pets from The Bernville Fire Department – ARL’s Grey Muzzle Foster Program for senior pets – Hill’s Pet Nutrition – The Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Everyone who attends get a FREE Overnight Stay Coupon at the Spa & Resort


Laura shared this fun story and picture about her dog:                 “Dieter was a stray that I rescued. He has a lot of German Shepherd qualities both good and bad. Separation anxiety was our biggest obstacle to overcome, and with training he is doing much better. Last year we enrolled in agility which was a lot of fun for the both of us. He enjoys car rides, running and playing with my two mini donkeys and getting his picture taken. This picture was taken a few weeks ago when he was visiting my brother at a Vietnam reenactment.”

Dodgers Pitcher Chad Billingsley Supports the Berks ARL!

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County (ARL) is proud to announce that Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitcher and Berks County resident Chad Billingsley has committed to support the ARL’s 60th anniversary Diamond Jubilee celebration. For every strikeout thrown by Chad, he will donate $100 to the ARL and for every game he wins, Chad will donate $1000 to the ARL. To date, Chad raised $7,200 towards the Diamond Jubilee fundraiser. During a recent interview with Chad, he stated, “There wasn’t a single day of my life that we didn’t have a furry family member, and they were just that, members of our family. I now continue that with my own family, and our two dogs, Riley and Roxy. The Animal Rescue League best exemplifies the love and caring that all animals need. They go above and beyond any other animal shelter, to truly care for each animal coming through their door, and no one will ever be turned away. Hopefully, with my continued support, the Animal Rescue League will be able to help many more of our furry friends.” Here is your chance to play in the big leagues! Pledge a matching donation for Chad’s strikeouts and/or his game wins and get a chance to meet Chad. A $100 pledge gets you an invitation to the Meet and Greet on November 7 at the shelter; a $1000 pledge or greater gives you two tickets to join Chad at the Animal Rescue League’s Annual Gala on November 9th at the Reading Crowne Plaza. “Chad and Tiffany are two of the best people I have met in all of my years in animal rescue. They are true animal lovers and I am thrilled to have them as major supporters of the Animal Rescue League,” says Board President Barrie Pease. For more information contact www.berksarl.org or www.bernvillevet.com

Cute Pet of the Week: Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear looks like his cuddly namesake, but he requires much more care than a stuffed animal. Two years ago, Dr. Westfall rescued the homeless dog and diagnosed severe heart disease. Nevertheless, his adoptive mom, Irene, shown here holding Teddy after his Mother’s Day haircut by our groomer Tina, made a lifetime commitment to doing whatever is necessary to keep him healthy. Luckily, she is related to Desiree, one of our veterinary nurses, who helps with his care. So he’s often here at Bernville Vet, and his care is “all in the family.”