A Pain in the (R)ear:  Pet Ear Infections

Ear troubles are common among household pets, and most pet lovers have experienced them first hand. A painful and often frustrating problem, pet ear infections are no fun for you or your animal. Good thing your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital are here to help!

All About Pet Ear Infections

Pet ear infections are typically not the same as ear infections that humans experience. When we suffer from an ear infection, the problem usually resides in the middle ear behind the eardrum. While pets can also suffer from this, they most commonly have trouble in the external ear canal and ear flap (pinna). This is called otitis externa.

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Golden, Scarlet, and Rust: The Best Fall Pet Activities

fall pet activitiesSummer gets the old boot every year. It’s not that any of us are happy to see summer fade away, but it’s replacement is so fine and fair that it makes it easier to say goodbye to the hot, humid days. And, speaking of boots, doesn’t it feel good to tromp around in the falling leaves? That reminds us: it’s time to start scheduling all the wonderful fall pet activities you and your four-legged friend can share this autumn!

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Pet Dental Health: What You Need to Know

Most pet owners don’t relish the thought of brushing their pets’ teeth, but neglecting dental health can cost both you and your furry loved one. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a wide variety of serious health consequences for your pet, and may even shorten his or her lifespan.

Keeping up with your home dental care, and making sure your pet gets a professional dental examination and cleaning as recommended by your veterinarian, can reduce bad breath and keep your pet healthy well into old age.

If you’re a newbie when it comes to pet dental health care, the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to help!

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Preparing pets for Halloween

By Karen Fazio, CDBC

preparing pets for halloween

Each Halloween our pets witness very weird situations… Adults and children begin sprouting objects from their bodies (hats, cloaks, sticks, candy bags), friendly faces morph into strangers (masks and makeup), and they hear all sorts of odd sounds. One of the spookiest experiences for most is the monsters (trick-or-treaters) who threaten to enter the pet’s homes (approach the front door) unless they are shooed away by their owners (give them candy).

Halloween is a fun thrill for most of us, but it can be a really scary experience for a lot of household pets. This is especially true if these pets weren’t exposed to similar experiences while preparing pets for Halloween in a pleasant way when they were puppies or kittens. For example, during the socialization period (8- 12-weeks for dogs, 2-7 weeks for cats) a pet who was played with or handed treats by children during a Halloween party may never be frightened of costumed youngsters as an adult. However, if the pet wasn’t afforded proper socialization, it will likely grow up to be terrified or even aggressive in response to such experiences.

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The Best Pet Apps for Busy Pet Parents

apps for petsFrom managing grocery lists to tracking blood pressure, there seems to be an app for everything. So it’s no surprise to find many cool pet apps out there for owners who are “plugged in” at all times.

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital checked out some of the latest and greatest pet apps on the market and offer a list of some of our favorites.

Pet Apps for Health and Safety

Understandably, the apps that top our list encourage you to keep your four-legged as safe and healthy as possible. These apps include:

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? Is It Harmful?

dogs eat grassWhen it comes to the animal kingdom, dogs probably rank last when it comes to having a discriminating palate. Let’s face it, we’ve seen dogs ingest some pretty gross things. So when it comes to why dogs eat grass, it’s not the most unusual of entrees your pet may choose to nosh on… but it may raise some questions.

Certainly, there are a multitude of things we don’t want our canine friends to imbibe in, such as toxic plants, lawn and garden chemicals, and medications. But what about regular grass? Is this normal? Is it OK?

Let’s take a closer look!

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Pet Toys: Providing Fun and Educational Play for Pets

By Karen Fazio

Playing with our pets is fun – and quite necessary for the healthy psychological development of our furry friends. For dogs and cats, pet toys often play a major role in playtime and their development, as they provide mental stimulation, learning opportunities, and a chance for pets to interact and bond with their humans.

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Back to School, Back to Safety: Avoiding Pet Toxins

Regardless of how long you’ve shared your space with a four-legged companion, you are probably well aware of their propensity to sniff out food wherever it may be.

The contents of a backpack, purse, or lunchbox can be particularly tantalizing, and with school back in session the opportunities for scrounging are nearly endless.

Unfortunately, these seemingly harmless items can actually pose a significant risk to our pets in the form of toxins such as certain foods, medication, and even chewing gum.

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Anything is Possible With Summer Pet Safety Measures

We’ve entered the season of endless opportunities for outdoor fun. While many pets are content to hunker down at home, others are quite involved in all manner of activities. Swimming, hiking, and travelling are all worthwhile seasonal endeavors, but they can also place your pet at risk. But don’t worry – with some planning and preparation, your summer pet safety tactics will be successfully underway.

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The Wait Weight Is Over: How to Make Pet Exercise…FUN!

There are so many benefits to pet exercise, but that doesn’t mean it’s always fun. Sure, it helps to reduce behavioral problems, increase health and wellness, and build confidence, but if pet exercise isn’t fun, all parties involved can get bored. Don’t worry, everyone gets stuck. The good news is that pet exercise can be fun again, and with our fresh tips, it’s a guarantee.

Pet Exercise: First Things First

Before you change things up for your pet, we recommend a routine wellness exam. Once we’ve established that your pet’s breed, age, overall health, and lifestyle can withstand a change to the exercise routine, we’ll help you plan a new daily workout that leaves you both feeling good.

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