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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You Love Your Cat – But Does Your Cat Love You?

Dogs are pack animals who thrive within a close network of people. Cats, on the other hand, crave independence (and a fairly large space bubble). While you try anything and everything to show you love your cat, he or she might offer up a head bump or a long eye blink for filling the food bowl or cleaning the litter box. But how else can you make your cat go gaga over you?

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What Every Pet Parent Needs to Know About Pets and Plants

pets and plantsAlthough the weather outside is still a bit frightful, spring is right around the corner. Whether you’re planning out this year’s bumper crop, preparing to add landscaping foliage, or simply enjoying the beauty of plants year-round, there’s much to be excited about as the season turns.

Curious pets are often fascinated by plants, and many will do whatever it takes to get a nibble of greenery, whether they are inside or outside the home. Because pets and plants often don’t mix, it’s important for pet owners to know which plants pose a poisoning risk and what they can do to protect their furry loved ones.

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Beyond the Basics: Diving Deep Into Dental Cleaning

Dental CleaningMany of us know regular dental cleanings are beneficial to our pets. With over 85% of pets over the age of 3 affected by some form of dental disease, people are becoming more aware of this common but preventable problem. If your pet gets regular dental cleanings, you’ve probably noticed cleaner teeth, fresher breath, and decreased redness around your pet’s gum line. While the results of dental cleanings are great, have you ever wondered what happens during a cleaning? We thought you might!

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Taking the “Bored” Out of Pet Boarding

Pet BoardingWhen you go out of town, you probably think hard about where your pet should stay. You have lots of choices, and you likely want peace of mind and comfort for your pet. But what else should you keep in mind?

Our Pet Hotel is unique in many ways, and we receive lots of questions throughout the year. So here are some not-so-frequently asked questions about pet boarding that we think deserve an answer!

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Chew on This: Not-so-Frequently Asked (but Important) Pet Dental Questions

The mighty mouth is something we take for granted with our pets. It does its purpose, after all. But did you know there are many aspects of overall health that are directly related to good dental health? That’s right! From heart health to preventing kidney disease, the mouth plays a key role in your pet’s wellness and longevity, not to mention quality of life.

Most pet owners, however, don’t often ask questions about pet dental health, which can sometimes be a disservice to their furry loved one. In an attempt to shine a light on dental care, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital offers a few pet dental questions every responsible pet owner should ask.

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Dental Anesthesia for Pets: A Key Part of the Process

While you may be accustomed to heading into your dentist’s office and saying “Ahhhh” for the procedure, in the veterinary world dental anesthesia for pets is the standard of care. Learn why your trusted team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital thinks dental anesthesia for pets is essential and what we are doing to make it safer than ever.

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