Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworms, Oh My! All About Pet Parasite Prevention

May 20th, 2017 by Oakhurst Staff

pet parasite preventionSpring is in full bloom here in New Jersey. Along with the beautiful blooms, breezy days, and growing grass comes a slew of insects and other creepy-crawlies, including fleas, ticks, and mosquitos carrying heartworm.

Your pet’s greatest exposure risk for these parasites reaches its peak April through November, but to be truly effective pet parasite prevention must be a year-round endeavor. Do you know the risks associated with fleas, ticks, and heartworm, and how to protect your pet?

Fleas

Fleas are certainly annoying, and they can cause plenty of suffering for pets and people alike (eradicating a flea infestation is notoriously labor intensive). But beyond their status as irritating pests, fleas can pose health risks to your pet.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Pet Boarding

May 16th, 2017 by Oakhurst Staff

pet boardingSpring is here and summer is close on its heels, and for many of us that means the time to make travel plans has arrived. But what happens to the family pet when the summer travel season is upon us? You could bring him or her with you, which can often be fun, but the time and expense of pet-friendly travel plans may be more than many pet owners want to deal with.

Asking family or friends to watch your pet isn’t always the best option either, which leaves many pet owners to look at boarding kennels as the solution to their pet care problem.

Professional pet boarding can provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your pet is well taken care of while you are away. Indeed, more than 30 million pet owners utilize professional boarding kennels for their pets each year.

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The Forgotten Cat

August 31st, 2015 by Oakhurst Staff

THE FORGOTTEN CAT

123RTF Old cat Cats are being poorly served when it comes to medical care.  The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are over 90 million cats in homes in the US.  This is 10 to 20 million more cats than dogs. But sadly cats only see the vet a fraction of the time that dogs do.  Cats are endearing, delightful, and loving pets.  Google reports that “Cats” are searched over 30 million times a month on the internet!  The You Tube video Keyboard Cat has been viewed over 41 million times.  There are more multi-cat households than there are multi-dogs households.  Cats bring love and happiness into families and homes.  Anyone who says they don’t like cats, just has never had or known a cat. Read the rest of this entry »

Parasites are Dangerous

May 20th, 2015 by Oakhurst Staff

by Scott Delaney DVM

sikkes and kitties1Parasites are living creatures that eat, live, and survive at the expense of a host animal.  Parasites are the leading cause of disease in dogs and cats.  Common parasites of dogs and cats in Monmouth County, NJ include heartworms, intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworm, to name a few), mites, ticks, and fleas.  All of these parasites can cause serious problems for pets.  The risk of parasites is very high.  Click here to see the prevalence of parasites in your area.  Many pet parasites can also pose a risk to your family.  The good news is that all of these bad bugs can be prevented with a chewable treat that you give to your pet ONCE A MONTH.  (click on blue words)

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Is Your Pet Boarding Safe?

March 12th, 2015 by Oakhurst Staff

Not all pet boarding facilities, hotels, resorts and camps are the same.  Our pets are our best friend, and we consider them to be family.  Who would you trust to take care of your family?  What safety measures would you want in place to protect your loved ones?  Would you trust them to be taken care of anywhere, with anyone? Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Dental Care Facts & Fallacies

February 12th, 2015 by Oakhurst Staff

shutterstock_MAN WITH CAT AND DOG ON  BENCHDental Care is one of the most important parts of maintaining your pet’s health.  Many pets never receive the dental care they need because of misinformation or a lack of understanding about the facts.

Dental disease is the most common, most preventable, and most treatable problem of dogs and cats.  There are many concerns regarding pet dental treatments and whether or not a pet truly needs a professional dental cleaning.  Here are some of the most common fallacies and facts about Pet Dental Care. Read the rest of this entry »

WHY PET DENTAL CARE?

January 29th, 2015 by Oakhurst Staff

 

by Dr. Schock

BellaGordonARDogs and cats do not floss.  They do not brush their teeth. They cannot politely open their mouths for a hygienist to take X-rays, and they will not spit in a tiny sink while having their teeth cleaned.

Our pets need advocates.  When one of our veterinarians says, “Your pet’s teeth need to be cleaned”- it’s not because we want the teeth to be “pretty”.  Pet dental care is not a luxury procedure. It is a treatment to treat and prevent infection. Read the rest of this entry »

Flea and Tick Control Just Got Better

July 13th, 2014 by Oakhurst Staff

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We finally have the newest generation of oral Flea and tick control.  Bravecto® (fluralaner) is a tablet that is administered as a chewable treat to your dog EVERY 12 WEEKS!  The tablet is SAFE and EFFECTIVE at treating and preventing FLEAS AND TICKS.

Fleas are the #1 cause of skin disease in dogs.  Most dogs are allergic to flea bites; much like people are allergic to poison ivy.  Dogs will scratch and chew at their skin causing rashes, hot spots, hair loss, and skin infections.  Ticks are the leading cause of infectious disease in dogs.  Lyme disease is only one of many diseases transmitted by ticks.  Other common tick transmitted diseases can affect blood cells, kidneys, and other organs.  Tick prevention is essential to prevent these serious and common diseases. Read the rest of this entry »