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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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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