For the Love of Pet Safety: What Pet Owners Need to Know About Chocolate Toxicity

A heart-shaped box of chocolates is synonymous with Valentine’s Day, but for those of us with dogs, any chocolate in the home can put our canine companion at risk. As we prepare for an onslaught of delicious treats this February, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of chocolate toxicity and take steps to protect our pets.

Chocolate Toxicity

It’s fairly well-known that chocolate is dangerous to dogs, but why? For starters, all forms of chocolate contain caffeine and theobromine, both of which cannot be properly metabolized by dogs or cats.

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Fear Free and Proud at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

Fear free veterinary certification can make veterinary care more accessible.

Going to the vet shouldn’t be a stressful experience, but for most pets (and their owners), that’s exactly what it is. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we make protecting the emotional well being of our patients a top priority, which is why the majority of our staff have participated in the Fear Free certification program. We’re thrilled to share more about this program and the many physical and mental benefits of reducing fear, stress, and anxiety in pets.

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Understanding Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus is a serious illness for dogs

Most dog owners have heard of canine parvovirus, especially if they’ve adopted a puppy. The canine parvovirus vaccine is one of the first shots a puppy will receive – and for good reason. This highly contagious disease is often fatal and is extremely prevalent in our environment.

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we want to make sure pet owners have all the information they need to protect their dogs from canine parvovirus.

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Sugar Blues: All About Diabetes in Pets

Pet diabetes can result from pet obesity

Type II diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, has become a deadly epidemic in the United States, affecting tens of millions of humans. Unfortunately, our pets aren’t immune to the disease either. Studies show that diabetes now affects 1 in 50 dogs and cats, and it shows no sign of slowing down.

Because diabetes in pets is so common (and so dangerous), owner education and diligence are vital in order to prevent and combat this disease.

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Coping With Pet Loss

Coping with pet loss is as difficult as losing best friend or family member.

Nothing can compare with the deep sadness and feeling of loss that accompanies the passing of a pet. Even though most of us know that we won’t outlive our pets, the loss of the familiar face, personality, and daily interaction can be devastating.

Unfortunately, our society doesn’t take the grief and trauma of pet loss as seriously as it should. So when the time comes to say goodbye to our pet, it can feel as if there is no support and few resources for processing our sadness.

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we’ve found that taking the time to to honor your pet in a way that is meaningful to you as well as seeking support where you need it can help your family cope and adjust.  

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To Pee or Not to Pee: Urinary Issues in Cats

Urinary issues in cats should be seen by a veterinarian near you!

One of the more common and potentially frustrating reasons that our clients bring their cats to see us at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is trouble in the litter box.

While not all urinary problems are created equal, they all do result in significant stress for both feline and caretaker. Urinary issues in cats may not be anyone’s favorite, but you can rest easy knowing that our expert staff has your back should you ever encounter them.

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Ringing in the New Year with Our Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2018!

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is coming to a close already! We’ve had an incredible year at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, and for that, we extend our heartfelt thanks to you!

Our regular pet care blog is just one way we like to give back to our valued clients, and we’re always striving to provide useful, relevant information. We thought you might be interested to know which blogs your peers have found most valuable over the past year. Without further ado, here are our most popular pet care blogs of 2018!

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Our Best Winter Grooming Tips

Just because the warm months are behind us doesn’t mean your pet no longer needs regular grooming. In fact, winter grooming is essential this time of year. All the forced-air heat and inclement weather can cause dryness to the skin and dullness in your pet’s coat – not to mention all the mud and rain that comes with the winter months!

Keeping your pet in tiptop shape is what we aim to do at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. Keep reading to learn more top tips for your pet’s winter grooming needs.

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What to Consider Before Giving a Pet as a Gift

Plan ahead if you plan to give a pet as a gift, and please adopt a pet if you do!

Tis the season of giving, and for many of us, a pet seems like a wonderful gift to bestow on a deserving family member. Unfortunately, many of these animals will be surrendered to shelters across the country in the weeks and months following the holidays. Certainly, it’s nice to picture a precious puppy or cuddly kitten popping out of a beautifully wrapped box on Christmas morning, but the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital urges you to consider whether giving a pet as a gift is really a good idea.

Skip the Surprise

When it comes to giving a pet as a gift, perhaps the most important factor is the element of surprise. We all want to delight a loved one with the perfect present, but pet ownership should always be carefully thought out ahead of time. A surprise may be more fun in the short-term, but ultimately, everyone will be happier if a plan is in place prior to welcoming a new pet into the family.

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The Big Question: Pet Insurance

Pet insurance can help defray the cost of vet care

If your pet was critically injured and needed to be hospitalized tomorrow, would you be able to afford the bill?

We all want to do the very best we can for our pets, and we are fortunate that today, we have access to ever advancing veterinary medicine. From cancer treatment, to blood transfusions, to laser therapy and advanced surgical procedures, it’s now possible to treat almost all pet injuries and illnesses.

This advanced care comes with a cost, however. Standard pet care costs already average $1800 per year, making it easy to see how a pet accident, illness, or emergency can put a financial strain on many families.   

That’s where pet insurance comes in. Just as human health insurance is designed to bridge the gap between needed cost and care, pet insurance can offset the financial burden of unexpected injury or illness to our pets. The big question is – is pet insurance right for you? It’s an individual decision, but it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits for your own situation. Here, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital shows you how.

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