Not With That Cat-itude! Understanding an Aggressive Cat Isn’t Always Easy

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Most people imagine that cats are sweet, friendly, and incredibly docile (if not a little judgey). But considering the myriad ways that the wild ancestors of today’s domesticated felines survived so well, it’s no surprise that they can get a little, well, freaky. 

If you’ve ever come face to face with an angry, aggressive cat you know it’s a deeply uncomfortable, unpredictable and even frightening place to be. 

Know the Score

Aside from litter box issues, aggression is the most common feline behavioral problem facing owners today. It is an important defense mechanism that is hardwired into their DNA, but if it’s left unchecked aggression can create problems at home. 

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Wowza! My Older Dog Smells Bad!

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Senior pets, or those roughly over the age of 7, make wonderful companions. They are already settled in their personality, have training mastered, and have won us over with their loving ways. There’s nothing better than owning a senior pet, but it sometimes comes with certain conditions that coincide with aging.

If your loveable senior has been smelling like less than a bouquet of roses, there may be an underlying health reason. Let’s get to the bottom of this smelly situation to see why your older dog smells bad and what you can do about it.

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Sun, Sand, and Paws: Why Your Dog Should Wear Sunscreen

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Before most of us venture out in the sun, we have the ritual of putting sunscreen on. Intense ultraviolet rays not only cause damage to the skin but can increase cancer risk. Sun protection is important for everyone, and that also includes our pet companions. 

Many pet owners ask us if their dog should wear sunscreen. The simple answer is yes, but there are a few steps to consider before you grab a bottle of that dog sunblock. Your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital are here to explain the advantages of sun protection and dog sunblock, so we can help your pet enjoy a great, burn-free summer.

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Pet Safe Pesticides: Putting the Nix on the Nasties

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There are many fabulous things about the summer – popsicles, the pool, and fireworks are just a few that come to mind. With the warmer temperatures, though, come some downsides, as well. 

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital the creepy crawly things of summer top our list. From ants and mosquitoes, to fleas to hornet nests, pest numbers increase with the sunshine. 

While the urge to eradicate these things is real, it is important to remember that our dogs and cats share an environment with them and that killing some bugs can harm pets, too. 

Thankfully, pet safe pesticides and control options do exist. 

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When Darkness Falls: Night Time Dangers for Cats (and Owners) to Consider

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Some cats, despite our best efforts, demand to go outdoors. While we know that outside can hold some additional worries for kitty caregivers, things are even more dicey when darkness falls. 

Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital can think of a few night time dangers for cats that make it a little easier to insist that your pet stay in at night.

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Kitty Tidbits: A Brief History of Cat Ownership

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In the mid 1980’s clumping cat litter started to fly off the shelves, a move that solidified and catapulted indoor cat ownership. Many cats were kept at home before the discovery of bentonite, but their litter boxes consisted of ash, sawdust, and sand.

At present, approximately 95 million cats live in American homes and a whopping 600 million worldwide (with another 600 million living independently). Without a doubt, the privilege of cat ownership has been around for a long time, but how did our attachment to cats become so embedded in these modern times?

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Quarantine Cutie: How to Socialize Your Dog While Social Distancing

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For many homebound people, a pandemic puppy is a real response to the global health crisis – for good reason. Most of us have more time on our hands than ever before, and combating loneliness and despair has never been this challenging. 

Adopting or fostering during this time helps people cope with high blood pressure, stress, fear, and isolation. But how can you socialize your dog when everyone is keeping their distance?

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It’s True. Cats Feel Separation Anxiety, Too

Many myths about cats persist today, including the idea that they like being left alone. They might not be as demanding of an owner’s time and attention as dogs, but cats are social animals with important needs. In fact, when they are apart from the people they love, cats feel separation anxiety, just like dogs and other pets. 

So, what’s an owner to do when they have to leave their cat home alone? Whether it’s for a standard shift for work, or you’re simply stepping out to run errands, there are ways to communicate your devotion to their every feline need.

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The Long and (Mostly) Short of Caring for Brachycephalic Breeds

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Dogs and cats come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They are all wonderful in their own way. We want to do the best that we can when it comes to caring for them, and that includes understanding any unique needs or issues that they may have. 

If you are a smooshed-face lover, you may know that these animals are called brachycephalic. Brachycephalic breeds are adorable, but they do have some special considerations when it comes to their care. Not to worry, though, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is always here to help. 

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A Brief (and Amazing) History of Dogs as Companions

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There’s no question that dogs are pretty amazing. After all, they are the only animal that has worked, protected, played, and snuggled alongside us for thousands of years.

Dogs as companions have been a constant throughout much of human history, but researchers are only just beginning to understand how far back this relationship goes, and how it all came to be.

The First Dog?

The undisputed first example, by archeological and DNA evidence, of the modern dog is the Bonn-Oberkassel dog, dating back to around 14,220 years ago. The remains of this dog (the right mandible to be specific) were discovered buried alongside humans during basalt quarrying in Oberkassel, Germany in 1914.

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