The Best Summer Has to Offer: Outdoor Safety and Your Pet

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…”
Outdoor safety and your pet is an important part of keeping your pet healthy and happy.Who can resist all the wonderful outdoor activities this time of year? There are so many fun opportunities for exercise, socializing, and rest and relaxation! The benefits increase tenfold when we’re able to share the great outdoors with our pet family members.

Like most things that involve our animal companions, outdoor safety and your pet is a topic that deserves close attention. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has some key pointers to help you prepare for summer fun in New Jersey with your favorite furry pal. Continue…

The Dog Flu – Frequently Asked Questions

The dog flu is a serious threat to dog healthWith the recent outbreak of Canine Influenza (or Dog Flu) in the New York and New Jersey area we want to make sure you have easy access to answers to commonly asked questions.

As of June 4, 2018, 62 confirmed cases of canine influenza virus have been reported throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. With additional confirmed cases in Flushing, Long Island City, and most recently Paramus, NJ.  It is not a question of “if” but rather “when” it will arrive in our local area.

What is the canine influenza virus?

Canine Influenza Virus (CIV or dog flu) is an extremely contagious viral infection affecting the respiratory tract of dogs.   There are 2 known strains: the H3N2 and the H3N8 types. It is important to distinguish that this is not typical “kennel cough,” which is caused by a number of different organisms including bacteria (), mycoplasmas, and other parainfluenza viruses.  CIV is a more serious and potentially more dangerous respiratory disease that has emerged. Continue…

Cut The Fat: Preventing Pancreatitis In Pets

Pancreatitis In pets is a serious pet health condition and should be considered a pet emergencyAs we prepare for BBQ Season, many of us are probably thinking ahead to the inevitable aftermath of too much food and too little exercise. Heartburn, indigestion, bloating, and other unpleasantries are the typical side effects of a large meal. While certainly not fun, it helps to remember that these symptoms will pass and we’ll be back to normal the next day.

For pets, however, it’s a different story. Besides the fact that some people food is toxic to pets, indulging in BBQ leftovers or scraps may lead to a dangerous condition known as pancreatitis. Understanding pancreatitis in pets and how to prevent it is critical to keeping your pet safe and healthy.

Pancreatitis 101

The pancreas is a glandular organ located near the stomach. Its primary functions are to secrete enzymes that aid in digestion and to regulate blood sugar by producing insulin. Pancreatitis in pets occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed and swollen; the secretion of enzymes is restricted and the surrounding tissues are affected. Continue…

Fit by Fido: Increasing Exercise for You and Your Pet

Exercise for you and your pet is key to both human and pet healthSpring is finally in full swing, and while your pet isn’t concerned about getting that bikini body you’ve been envisioning, there’s great reason for increasing everyone’s level of fitness. The warm weather, gorgeous new blooms, and opportunities for beach-goers are all definite pluses when motivating yourself to come up with some exercise for you and your pet.

There are several options for dog-friendly places and activities for you and your pet this spring. We’re here to help you get started off on the right paw!

The Many Merits of Exercise for You and Your Pet

For us, exercise is needed to decrease the risk of disease, improve mood, maintain a health weight, and to stay connected with others. The same is true for our pets, who also require daily exercise in order to thrive. Continue…

Weight Loss Goes High Tech: Modern Weight Management in Pets

weight management in petsThe obesity epidemic that plagues the United States has reached our pets, and the results aren’t pretty. Overweight and obese pets are at risk of many of the same health concerns as overweight humans, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, certain cancers, and decreased life span.

Keeping our pets as healthy as possible is important, but the fast-paced, busy lives so many of us lead make it difficult to keep the focus on weight management in pets. Your team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is committed to helping you optimize your pet’s health through the prevention and treatment of pet obesity.

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On The Lookout: Pet Toxins In The Home, Yard, And Urban Jungle

pet toxinsWe all want the best for our pets, and of course that includes keeping them safe from potentially poisonous substances. Because so many items commonly found in our homes, gardens, and neighborhoods can pose a hazard to our pets, it’s vital that pet parents are not only educated on the potential pet toxins, but also know what to do in the event of an accidental pet poisoning.

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The Prevention, Screening, and Treatment of Lyme Disease in Pets

Lyme disease in pets is a threat to pet healthDoes your pet enjoy the outdoors? Do you travel together to grassy or forested areas between Maine and Virginia? What about simply hanging out in the backyard? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then your pet could easily be exposed to ticks. These creepy, crawly bugs have a terrible reputation for spreading Lyme disease in pets (and people). However, just because they’re likely to cross paths with these blood-hungry parasites doesn’t mean the animals we love should be easy targets.

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New Normal: How to Prepare Your Pet for a New Baby

pet new babyIt’s a good thing that expecting parents have nine months to prepare for the arrival of their newborn, but that still might not be enough time for a pet to adjust to this big change. Your pet might notice an ever-expanding belly that’s harder to snuggle on top of, new paint in the room about to become a nursery, or the sheer variety of puzzling items filling the house. Beyond these basic changes, how else should expectant mothers and fathers prepare their pet for a new baby?

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Getting to the Root of Periodontal Disease in Pets

periodontal disease in petsBad breath is so common in pets that most of us accept it as a normal part of life. In reality, halitosis in pets is not normal and that doggy or kitty breath you’ve come to expect may be signaling the onset of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease in pets is a serious issue that affects up to 85% of all dogs and cats by the time they reach 3 years of age. Fortunately, it’s never too late to take charge of your pet’s dental health! Your team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here for you every step of the way.

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The Heart of the Matter: What You need to Know About Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm PreventionThe winter thaw is on the horizon, and in our neck of the woods, that means we start thinking about longer days, gardening, and….The coming mosquito season! Although steamy days and nights might bring with them summer fun, the mosquitoes that also come with warm weather are definitely not welcome. Not only are they annoying for you, but they could also pose a serious health threat to your pet.

Here are some of the basics of heartworm prevention from your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.

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