Like a Fish! Pet Drinking Habits and What’s Normal

A cat drinking from a bowl.

Water is essential for life as we know it. From the tiniest plant to animals like elephants, we would be nothing without water. 

Most of our clients at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital have a good understanding about how important water is to their pets as well. It can make you a little crazy, though, to know exactly how much is enough and what too much water intake looks like. We are here to help calm your concerns.


Au Contraire: Ringworm in Pets Isn’t What You Think It Is

A cat with a ringworm  infection on its nose.

Probably the worst thing about ringworm (aside from its terrible name and all it inspires) is the fact that it can be spread between humans and pets. Also known as a zoonotic disease, ringworm isn’t caused by a worm or parasite. Instead, the disease is the result of fungi and requires prompt and thorough handling. Ringworm in pets can present some surprising symptoms, and fortunately can be treated once diagnosed.


Alternatives to Surrendering Your Pet

Young boy with arms around dog.

Have you been considering surrendering your pet? We understand this can be one of the most difficult and heart wrenching decisions a pet owner can face. There are times, though, that make it necessary for an owner to make a drastic decision, such as a loss of a job or a death in the family. Some pet owners also decide to relinquish a pet because of behavior issues or aggression

Before making a rash decision about surrendering, there are some other things to consider. These are some helpful options as alternatives, which we at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital hope any loving pet owner who is faced with this problem will consider. 


Backyards to Bouquets: Checking for Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Blue hydrangeas in bloom.

We are fast approaching spring, one of New Jersey’s finest seasons. Squeezed in between winter’s frigid ice storms and summer’s breeze-less humidity, spring is the perfect time to enjoy our state’s natural beauty. 

Most pet owners know about the dangers associated with Easter lilies, but there are so many more plants that are poisonous to pets. Don’t worry: we’ve got your bases covered.


A Plethora of Pus: All About Pyometra in Pets

A cat stares at the camera.

One of the biggest health risks associated with having a dog or cat who has not been spayed is the development of a pyometra. Infection of the uterus itself, pyometra is one of the most common reproductive problems we diagnose in pets at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. Besides being common, it is also potentially fatal. Pyometra is nothing for pet owners to ignore!


Top Dog: Ten of our Favorite Famous Canines

A white poodle in pink sunglasses sits with crossed paws.

Whether they are saving Timmy from the well or rescuing victims buried under the rubble after 9/11, dogs have long captivated our imaginations and stolen our hearts

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital we want to celebrate them all, from four-legged Hollywood stars to real-life heroes. We’ve put together a list of our top ten favorite famous canines for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!


Don’t Leave Me Hanging: Paraphimosis in Dogs

A dog looks confused.

Dogs have private parts just like people. Most of the time they work just fine and we don’t have to worry about them too much. Sometimes, though, things go wrong. 

If you have a male dog, chances are you have caught a glimpse of the elusive red rocket before. These views are few and far between, especially if your dog has been neutered. Sometimes, though, the glans of the penis can become stuck in the outward position, called paraphimosis. Paraphimosis in dogs can be a real pet emergency, so it is important to know when to intervene. 


Spotting Animal Eye Problems

A large, furry cat stares at the camera.

When our pets are under distress, it hurts us too. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we know just as well as anyone how that feels. While pets need our help for many things, animal eye problems are a biggie. 

Ocular problems in pets can be painful, distressing, and can turn serious quickly. As a pet owner, spotting animal eye problems quickly can be key to getting your beloved family member feeling better soon.


The Heart of the Matter: Valentine’s Day Pet Safety

dog licking wine glass

While Jack Frost may be nipping at our toes, February also brings with it the sweet scent of love in the air. We are, of course, referring to Valentine’s Day. Whether you are coupled or not, chances are there is at least one love in your life to snuggle with this Valentine’s Day: your pet. 

From kitten purrs to playful pups, your pets’ paw prints have likely made a lasting impression on your heart. For this reason, and so many others, the staff at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital knows how heartbreaking it would be, should your sweet pet fall victim to the dangers this day can bring. 

From chocolates and flowers to candles and feasts, perils and pitfalls for pets abound come the days surrounding February 14, which is why understanding the finer points of Valentine’s Day pet safety is a must for people and their pets. 


When the Dog Bites: Navigating an Unsavory Situation

dog about to bite in oakhurst nj

When your dog bites someone, a lot of emotions come into play. Often disbelief, fear, denial, guilt, and sadness surface, all of which can be difficult to experience. While Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital would love to see a world where only puppy kisses exist, we know all too well that sometimes nature takes over and our sweet pets show their instinctual behaviors.

So if your dog bites someone, what do you do? Keeping your wits about you is a good start so that you can address the immediate situation and prevent it from occurring again.