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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.


Fritz and Squirt came to Bernville by a few good samaritans who found them while hiking. They were very weak and sick when they came to us. Two weeks later we are happy to report that they are bouncy, happy and growing like weeds. These two handsome fellas are looking for their furever homes, they need a loving home with great people because they are partially blind from being so sick. Please call us at 610-488-0166 if you are interested in adopting these beautiful babies.  

This Coming Sunday is Pet Fire Safety Day!

              July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day. We shudder to think about it, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, each year more than 1,000 house fires are accidentally started by pets. As part of National Preparedness Month, we suggest you take a minute to pet proof your home against potential fire hazards—it could mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.Below are a few tips from the ASPCA about ways that you can protect your pet. Secure wires and cords. Cats are especially interested in playing with anything that looks like string. Keep electrical wires and power cords secured and out of your pet’s reach. Blow it out. Don’t leave lit candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock the candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders placed on a stable surface. Want to be really safe? Consider using only flameless candles. Cover it up. Pets are naturally curious and will investigate almost anything that has a scent. This includes your oven. Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. Believe it or not, exploring stove tops is the number one way your pet can accidently start a fire. Go crazy with the detectors. There is no such thing as too many smoke detectors. In fact, you should have at least one on each floor of your home. Out a lot? Consider using monitored smoke detectors. These systems send an immediate alert to a call center letting them know smoke has been detected. Stick ‘em up. Contact your local fire department to get a pet rescue sticker. It alerts rescue personnel that animals are inside your home. Write down the number of pets inside and attach the sticker to a front window or door.

Ask the Vet’s Pets: Heatstroke can kill dogs even in moderate weather!

Dear Daisy Dog: My small mixed-breed dog, Eddie, had a close call with heatstroke – inside my apartment on a day that was warm but not hot. I partially opened the windows when I left for work, and when I got home, I was shocked to find Eddie lying on his side panting, his eyes glazed over. I rushed him to the veterinarian who gave him emergency treatment for heatstroke. Please warn your readers about this danger. Daisy Responds: Thank you for sharing your harrowing experience. Even when it’s only moderately warm outdoors, the interior of a home or car can quickly become an oven. Heatstroke, an excessively high body temperature, can cause brain damage, kidney failure and, in half its canine victims, death. We dogs are particularly susceptible because we can’t regulate our body temperatures very well, especially if we’re young, old, overweight, have breathing difficulties, or have heart disease or other medical problems. Signs of heatstroke include rapid breathing and heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea – and then collapse. Treatment is aimed at lowering body temperature and preventing damage to the brain and other organs through intravenous fluids and medications. If Eddie ever has a repeat episode, spray him with a garden hose or immerse him in cool water – but not ice water – before you transport him to the animal hospital. Once he’s in the car, position him by the air conditioner vents.


Between July 1st & August 1st, 2012, every time a new Facebook post gets “LIKED” at www.Facebook.com/BernvilleVet, Bernville Veterinary Clinic, Spa & Resort will donate 1/6th of a bowl of pet food to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. By “LIKING” these stories every day and encouraging your friends to do the same, Bernville Vet can donate an enormous amount of food to pets in need! The more virtual “LIKES”…the more REAL food! There’d no cost involved, just 15 seconds of your time per day. Bernville Vet will pay for up to 1000 1/6 bowls of food in the month of July! Simply go to www.Facebook.com/BernvilleVet To learn more about the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, go to www.berksarl.org  


  We asked our Medical Director, Dr. Lee Pickett, a few questions so that we could all get a better idea about the amazing things that she does in our coummunity! Where are you originally from? I was born in Ohio, but when I was in second grade, my family moved to Chester County, PA. How long have you been in the area? I started working in Berks County in 1995, and I moved to Bernville in 1997. How long have you been at Bernville Vet? I worked here as a part-time relief veterinarian for a number of years and then joined the staff full-time in January 2012. Where did you go to school? I graduated from Hartwick College (www.hartwick.edu) as a biology major and then worked in the pharmaceutical industry and with my own medical-legal consulting firm. In my 30’s, I went to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (www.vet.upenn.edu) where I focused on companion animal medicine. At graduation, I was honored to receive the Mikus Prize for proficiency in veterinary medicine and for upholding veterinary medical ethics. Describe your role in the area’s pet community. I play three roles, which suits me just fine because I like variety. First, I am the medical director at Bernville Vet, which is meaningful to me because animals are my passion and I am fascinated by how the body works, its ability to heal itself and how I can “tweak” things to improve the healing process. Also, for the past ten years I have been writing a weekly newspaper column called “Ask the Vet’s Pets” (www.askthevetspets.com) that appears Fridays in the Reading Eagle (www.readingeagle.com). Well, to be honest, I don’t write it — my pets, Daisy Dog and Christopher Cat, do. I enjoy my part in producing the column because client education is very important to me. Finally, I have always volunteered for local animal shelters and rescue organizations, having done everything from feral cat spay-neuter surgery to serving as president of the Humane Society of Berks County (www.berkshumane.org) and board member of Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (www.dvgrr.org). What would you say is the most important impact your organization has? I am proud that Bernville Veterinary Clinic is improving the health of companion animals in our area. We serve clients in Berks, Schuylkill and Lebanon Counties, providing compassionate care, friendly client education and convenient service. Our goal is to help our patients live long, healthy lives in the homes of the people who love them. What would you say was the one greatest pet-related community accomplishment you have had? About 12 years ago, I read in my veterinary journals that domestic violence affects not only humans but also family pets. I hadn’t realized that pets are abused too, and that abused women often won’t leave the home because they know their pets will be tortured or killed if they do. Domestic violence shelters accept the women and their children, but usually not the family pets. So I approached Berks Women in Crisis and the Humane Society of Berks County, and together we established PetNet to care for these pets until they could be reunited with their people in a safe environment. The program (http://www.berkshumane.net/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67&Itemid=107) has been recognized by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for its innovation. Since then, PetNet has expanded to provide temporary foster care for pets impacted by other personal catastrophes, including house fire, flooding and human medical problems. At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? My connection to animals has been a part of my being since I was born. I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian for almost that long. In late elementary school, I announced to my parents that I loved my friend Pam’s pony, and I wanted one too. They responded, “If you want a pony, go figure out how to get one.” So every day after school, I rode my bike to the farms near my rural home, asking if the staff would let me clean stalls in exchange for riding lessons. Finally I found someone, Sally Graburn, who agreed to take me on as a working student. Only later did I learn that she was one of the nation’s top dressage and eventing trainers. An extraordinary horsewoman and role model for any girl lucky enough to know her, Sally taught me about horses and life. I worked for her every day of every week, for years. One of my jobs was to assist the veterinarian and to carry out the medical recommendations he made — and it was always a “he” in those days. Despite the gender problem, I’d insist to my mom when she picked me up after I’d cleaned horse stalls all afternoon that I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. She’d scoff, knowing it was man’s work, and tell me, “You can’t do that, or you’ll always smell as bad as you do now.” List your pets and their names throughout the years (including childhood ones). As a toddler, my first “pet” was Orangy-Reddy, an orange-red caterpillar. Each day, I’d take him outside in the grass for an “airing,” until one day I was crestfallen to discover he was missing and a cocoon took his place. That was my first lesson in the phases of life. From there, my family pets became more typical: hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, budgies — and a dog and a cat. In sixth grade, I adopted two of our classroom mice, Missy, a white female, and Ringo Starr, a sable male with a white star on his forehead. I started breeding experiments, carefully recording the coat colors that resulted from various breeding combinations. Finally, when Missy grew very old, she developed cancer. Our collie, Lad, died of cancer, too — and I learned about grieving the loss of loved ones. Our pets do teach us life’s most important lessons, don’t they? Through the years, I’ve had too many pets to tell you about, most of them dogs and cats. Almost all were adopted from shelters or rescue organizations. At present, I live with two dogs, two cats and one husband. The cats, Carlie and Claire, maintain control over the dogs, an Irish wolfhound named Ollie and a black standard poodle called Lincoln. Please share one other personal fact. My favorite color is blue.




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.”