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

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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The Wonderful World of DIY Pet Treats

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If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably found yourself with a little (or a lot of) extra time on your hands lately. Staring at the same four walls can get a little old, and there are only so many projects to finish or Netflix series to binge. Spending a little extra quality time with Fido or Fluffy may be just the thing to ease the tension and boredom of another long afternoon. 

While we highly recommend walks, fetch, and games of feather chase (meow!), whipping up a batch of DIY pet treats is also high on the list. We’ve found some scrumptious, and healthy, ideas your pet is sure to go bananas for – and that won’t add a ton of extra calories to their diet!

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Normal or Not: What’s the Deal With Cat Hairballs?

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When they aren’t sleeping or eating, the average cat spends an inordinate amount of time cleaning itself. Indeed, cats have strong attachments to tidiness, and they use their barb-covered tongue to get the job done.

It’s only natural that a furry animal with a rough, brush-like tongue would simply have to endure coughing up a hairball or two. Consequently, cat hairballs are simply part of the territory. Until, that is, they indicate a larger problem.

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See the Signs: Glaucoma in Pets

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It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and if that sentiment applies to humans, it most certainly applies to our pets. After all, who can look into those soulful puppy dog eyes and not feel something? 

It is very important to take good care of our pet’s peepers. They are so important to our animals and to the bond that we share with them.

Dogs and cats can be affected by many of the same ocular conditions that people are. Glaucoma in pets is a problem that we often diagnose at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital and one that tends to respond better if it is diagnosed early. Knowing how to recognize signs of trouble is one of the most important ways that you can help care for your pet’s eyes.

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Understanding Heart Murmurs in Pets

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The moment when one of our trusted veterinarians at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital looks up at you and asks, “Has anyone ever mentioned to you that your pet has a heart murmur” is enough to cause most people’s heart to sink. A heart murmur can’t be good news, can it?

All heart murmurs in pets are not created equally, however, and most of them don’t mean imminent demise. Understanding what heart murmurs in pets mean can help you to take better care of your furry patient.

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Paws, Plants, and Pests: Spring Pet Safety

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Springtime is one of everyone’s favorite seasons with the blooming flowers, warmer weather, and outdoor recreation. It’s also the time for spring cleanup, lawn and garden prep, and, oh yes, pet safety. Spring pet safety may not be on your radar, but with the endless array of potential things a pet could get into, it should be. 

Since this season is something that should be enjoyable for two- and four-legged friends alike, let’s take a closer look at how you can better protect your pet. Read on for more!

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Skunked! What to Do When Your Dog Stinks 

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Every dog gets a little stinky from time to time – they aren’t exactly known for their discretion when it comes to rolling in something rotten, after all. A dog who has been skunked, however, is a totally different ball game. 

We’ve seen our share of skunked dogs here at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, and we’d like to share our tried and true tips for remedying this stinky situation.

The Down and Dirty Details

Skunks spray their stink from their anal sacs, located just inside their rectum. Their anal sacs, unlike those of dogs and cats, can be expressed on demand and with stunning accuracy. 

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When It Comes to Easter Pet Safety, Put All Your Eggs in One Basket 

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This time of year is simply resplendent, but despite all the sunshine and colorful blossoms, the weeks leading up to – and directly following – Easter can present certain risks to pet health.

In order to fully enjoy all that the spring has to offer, pet owners have some pretty serious legwork ahead. But the more ground you cover, the more effective your approach to Easter pet safety. 

Not a Good Time for a Pet Emergency

The truth is, it’s always frightening when a pet needs emergency care. But it’s far worse when you have family obligations during the major holidays of the year. Preparing ahead of time for Easter pet safety will not only lower your pet’s risk, it will help to keep you calm should an accident occur.

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Identifying Seizures in Pets 

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When something is wrong with your pet, it can be very scary. Seizures in particular are something that most pet owners find themselves in a panic over, and for good reason. Witnessing a seizure is frightening! 

By explaining how to recognize them and what to do for your pet, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital hopes to make seizures in pets a little less panic-inspiring.

Not Just Shaking

When a pet has a seizure, it is because something is affecting the brain abnormally. A seizure is a symptom of a problem, not the problem itself. Because there are lots of different causes for seizures and many ways that the brain can be abnormal, not all seizures look alike.

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