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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Welcome Apache. He is from a litter of 9! He is a bit shy but sure to grow into a handsome fellow! We look forward to providing him with years of care, and we are anxious to watch him grow up!
It’s hard to belive that this pumpkin only came in 3rd place at the Oley Valley Fair! Pictured with the Pumpkin is the great Toby! To learn more about the fair, go to: www.oleyfair.org
Cody is the the First Whoodle (Wheaten/Poodle) we have seen here at Bernville. Specifically, a Whoodle (sometimes spelled Woodle) is the cross of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and any size Poodle. This bouncy boy was here for a recheck after his first yearly vaccine boosters. Cody just loved showing off the new tricks he is learning in puppy school. He is getting very good at heal, sit and stay, although at times he gets a little too excited and forgets. Although mom and dog are exhausted from keeping up with him he brings a joy to their home they wouldn’t trade for the world.
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.”