Back to School, Back to Safety: Avoiding Pet Toxins

Family with dog avoiding pet toxins.

Regardless of how long you’ve shared your space with a four-legged companion, you are probably well aware of their propensity to sniff out food wherever it may be.

The contents of a backpack, purse, lunchbox, craft supplies, or even e-learning supplies at home can be particularly tantalizing, and with school back in session, the opportunities for scrounging are nearly endless.

Unfortunately, these seemingly harmless items can actually pose a significant risk to our pets in the form of toxins such as certain foods, medication, and even chewing gum.

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Our Veterinary Hospital Credentials Speak Volumes

Oakhurst veterinary hospital, oakhurst NJ.

We have definitely come a long way since our hospital’s 1926 inception, but our roots remain firmly planted in our strong, involved, and close-knit community. In fact, we’ve proudly carried the long tradition of veterinary excellence forward since purchasing and renaming our hospital in 1986. To this day, we remain dedicated to providing a safe, supportive environment for the people and pets of Ocean Township (and beyond). 

The human-animal bond that we observe each day reminds us of the privileges of veterinary medicine and heightens our interest in innovation. To that end, we’ve achieved prestigious veterinary hospital credentials that define and distinguish us.

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Cats and Milk: Fact vs. Fiction

Cat drinking milk.

The imagery of a cat enjoying a bowl of milk is a classic one. But is it actually safe and healthy for them to do so? It is important to consider if cats can actually drink milk before serving the cool and creamy beverage to them. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to determine fact from fiction on cats and milk.

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Achieve a Full Life With Indoor Cat Enrichment

Indoor cat enrichment.

When we enrich soil, we’re making steps toward improving or enhancing it. As a result, plant life can flourish. The same is true for the pets we care for. Dog owners enrich the lives of their dogs by engaging them with outdoor activities and plenty of exercise. 

The same cannot be said for owners of strictly indoor cats. To protect them from boredom, stress, and anxiety, an approach to indoor cat enrichment can make all the difference. It is also important to consider the kind of enrichment your cat might need. Enrichment for cats in apartments is very different than for those with plenty of space to run around and entertain themselves. Similarly, senior cat enrichment is much different than it is for kittens.

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Understanding Allergies in Pets

Pet allergies.

Many people know the challenges that come with allergies, but unfortunately, our pets can also experience an allergic reaction to many of the same environmental factors as humans.

As a result, pets can become extremely uncomfortable, and attempts to alleviate their symptoms through excessive scratching or grooming can actually make things worse (secondary health issues can occur).

Learning how to recognize and respond to allergies in pets is essential to keeping our furry friends at the top of their game.

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Understanding Tracheal Collapse in Dogs

Dog coughing

A coughing dog can mean a lot of things. When a pet comes in to see one of our veterinarians at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital with this symptom, a lot of possibilities are on the list. Canine coughs can be infectious such as the ones we see with canine influenza, secondary to heart disease, or even just allergic.

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How To Choose The Perfect Name For Your Pet

Cat and dog sleeping.

Welcoming a new pet into your home is an exciting and joyful time, and one of the most exciting parts of adopting a pet is picking their name! Choosing the perfect name for your new pet is a big decision, because you want the name to be a reflection of both your family and the pet’s personality. Not only do names hold significance, but your new companion will get used to responding to it for the rest of their life. 

It can be difficult to choose between so many great options! The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has put together this fun and helpful guide to choosing the perfect name for your new pet. 

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How to Know if You Have a Pet Emergency

What should I do if my pet has an emergency?

If there is one thing on which we can all agree, it’s that no pet owner ever wants to utter the words “pet” and “emergency” in the same sentence. Sometimes, though, our furry friends become sick or injured in a critical way, making the need for emergency pet care inevitable. 

As your pet’s advocate, it is important for you to be able to recognize the signs of a pet emergency, how to help a pet in distress, and to discern when veterinary care can wait for a scheduled appointment. You might be asking yourself, “what should I do if my pet has an emergency,” and the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to help.

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Plan Ahead: Protect Your Pet During a Natural Disaster – and Afterwards

How to evacuate with a pet.

Although we cannot account for everything in life, the degree to which we are successful in emergencies can directly correspond to a high level of preparation.

When it comes to hurricane season in New Jersey, preparation is key, especially when preparing pet emergency preparedness kits. As you think about protecting yourself and your home, make sure you consider how to evacuate with pets in the unlikely event of an emergency.

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Why Your Cat Is Losing Hair and What to Do

Cat looking at shed hair.

Pet lovers know and accept, to some extent anyways, that pet hair is a part of their life. While you may be able to overlook it on your favorite chair or your black dress pants, pet hair is definitely a little more alarming when you can see signs of hair loss on the animal itself.

If your cat is losing hair at an alarming rate, has bald patches, or sores, it is time for Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital to get involved. 

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