Dental Anesthesia for Pets: A Key Part of the Process

While you may be accustomed to heading into your dentist’s office and saying “Ahhhh” for the procedure, in the veterinary world dental anesthesia for pets is the standard of care. Learn why your trusted team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital thinks dental anesthesia for pets is essential and what we are doing to make it safer than ever.

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Cheers to the Chinese New Year! 2018 Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Making New Year’s resolutions seem to be the mandatory conclusion to every year – a way of embarking on the right path and preparing for a better and healthier year ahead. Things like losing weight, getting more exercise, and quitting bad habits seem to top the list. No wonder we may become lackluster about these tasks as the weeks roll by.

However, resolutions don’t have to be a drag. In fact, they can be fun when you add your pet to the mix. New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet can help you stay motivated and feeling good about the choices you make because they also affect your furry companion. Better yet they can start any time!

Here are a few 2018 resolutions that could really make the year an amazing one – for two- and four-legged friends alike! Continue…

Best Friends Forever: 5 Ways to Love Your Pet

Love Your PetWith Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably wondering what to give your pet to express your appreciation for them.

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we know how much you love your pet, which is why we’ve come up with a list of our favorite ways to show our four-legged friends just how much we treasure them each and every day!

5 Ways to Love Your Pet

Giving gifts to our loved ones is a universal way of showing that you care. Why not extend the same kindness to your pet? Consider the following thoughtful gifts: Continue…

Step by Step: The Pet Dental Exam Decoded

pet dental examDespite the fact that most of us tend to our oral hygiene daily and see our dentist for cleanings and exams, not much thought is given to dental care for our pets. The idea of brushing a dog or cat’s teeth may seem daunting to many of us, but neglecting our pets’ oral health can lead to serious consequences down the line.

Professional dental care is an essential step in your furry loved one’s wellness plan. Your team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure you know what is involved in a pet dental exam and why it is so important for your pet’s health.

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The Best Indoor Pet Activities to Keep the Winter Blues Away

As the temperatures start to sink and the evening hours approach earlier than before, it can feel like time is standing still. We enter a state of hibernation or some other seasonal trance bookended by daylight savings, but we aren’t the only ones to notice. To be sure, animals sense the seasonal shift quite profoundly, as well. Pets who previously couldn’t wait to get outside are now standing anxiously on the threshold

How do we support the needs of our pets on rainy, cold, or snowy days? Why, with these indoor pet activities, of course!

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Pet Teeth Cleanings – Are They Really Necessary?

pet teeth cleaningsThese days, dogs and cats have it pretty good! Most are considered members of the family, and we do our best to keep them healthy and provide them with a wonderful life. Quality nutrition, vaccinations, parasite prevention, and, of course, snuggles are the norm when it comes to taking care of modern pets. But what about dental care?

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, over 70% of cats and 80% of dogs will have gum disease by the time they’re three years old. Untreated dental disease is not only painful for pets, but it can also be a source of serious health problems down the road. That’s why regular pet teeth cleanings are the cornerstone of good oral hygiene.

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Ring in 2018: New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

new years resolutions for petsWith the holidays behind us, many people are looking ahead with anticipation to 2018. Do you hear that noise? It’s the collective sound of pencils hitting paper as people all over the world make their new year’s resolutions. But don’t make your list all about you – what about a few new year’s resolutions for pets?

Whether you need to get back on track with preventive care or provide more daily exercise, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help your pet become happier and healthier in 2018.

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Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2017

One of the trickiest aspects of pet ownership is getting ahead of things before they unravel or get out of hand. This is true with regard to disease prevention, training and behaviors, and pet emergencies. To help pet owners field all the possible curveballs they may encounter, we routinely brainstorm for timely and relevant topics to discuss on our pet care blog. Some topics revolve more around health matters, such as dental care, while others highlight a lifestyle theme, like which apps are best for pet owners.

No matter your interests, we hope our pet care blog strikes a chord or two with every client throughout the year. Our continued attention to topics that owners want/need to know about helps us measure the popularity of each pet care blog.

We appreciate the time you take to read our pet care blog and hope you enjoy reviewing Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital’s top 10 blogs of 2017:

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Turkey Bones, Plastic Toys, and Holiday Pet Safety Rules for New Owners

Going into the holiday season as a new pet owner is full of thrills. Bringing your pet to their first holidays feast, taking them to see Santa for the first time, or even going shopping together are among the many things excited newbies look forward to. While we want you and your newly adopted pet to enjoy all the season has to offer, without an eye on holiday pet safety, your four-legged friend could find themselves in trouble.

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An Important Reminder About Holiday Food Safety For Pets

food safety for petsFragrant gravy ladled over a steaming mound of mashed potatoes, crisp and golden turkey skins, vibrantly colored cranberry sauce that’s both sweet and tart. If your mouth is watering just thinking about a traditional holiday meal, you can imagine how excited your pet becomes when his or her heightened senses picks up on the aromas of the Thanksgiving and other winter holiday dinners.

It’s tempting to slip a morsel or two to a begging pet, or to nod off after a big meal before putting away the leftovers or taking out the trash, but we can be sure that our pets haven’t overlooked any of these temptations. As delicious as our holiday foods are, some of them pose serious risks to our pets.

Before the holiday season is in full swing is the perfect time to bone up on the principles of food safety for pets.

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