Hello, and thank you for visiting our website. My name’s Mike Gingras, and I’m the practice manager here at Berwick Animal Clinic. For a little more information about myself and the rest of our team, please take a minute to look in the “Our Staff” section of the website. Our team has diverse backgrounds, but we are united in ensuring that you and your furry friends are treated with professionalism and compassion.
This section of our website will be where we’ll periodically post a blog. It will be written either by one of our Veterinarians, or one of our staff. The topics will vary from serious to silly, but (hopefully!) will contain an idea that interests you.
I wanted to start off with an odd (to me) habit that some of my cats have – when I come home from work, a few of them will headbutt me – some gently, some not so gentle! This isn’t something that’s typically talked about in “animal school”, so I did a little research and asking around – it helps that I work in a Vet Clinic!
The theory behind the headbutt – because the cats won’t confirm it – is that, by rubbing their face on me, my cats are “marking” me as theirs. When rubbing, the pheromones that are secreted from the glands in their facial area are used to mark me with their scent. Both domestic and wild cats will do this with others in their pack, as a sign of greeting and affection. So I’m someone special to them, just as you are when your cat headbutts you!
We offer both preventative care services (much like your visits to the dentist), along with dental x-rays and tooth extractions. Good oral hygiene is the best thing that you can do to ensure a longer life, with less health concerns, for your pet. Call us to schedule a dental exam or service.x
Laboratory services are a vital part of the diagnostic process when it comes to veterinarian care. This is because in many cases it is not possible to be able to give a firm diagnosis without undertaking additional tests to confirm the root of the problem. If you have any questions or concerns your vet will be happy to speak to you.x
This is the most effective way to assist in having your companion returned if they go missing. The microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. When scanned, it provides information that assists in reuniting you with your furry friend!x
Congratulations on the newest member of your household - we can’t wait to meet them! Call us today to schedule an initial visit – our team will conduct a thorough physical exam, in addition to discussing nutrition, training, and medical care. We’ll be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have, as wellx
Laser therapy is a holistic, non-invasive treatment that reduces inflammation, decreases pain, and accelerates healing for a variety of conditions. It is useful as a post-surgical treatment, for acute conditions such as sprains, strains, and wounds, and chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis.x