Cleaning Your Cat: Do I Have to Bring Up the Rear?

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Cats are known for being fastidious in their self care. They spend hours upon hours grooming and primping and while we admire their dedication, most cat owners know that a tongue and saliva aren’t really a substitution for a good bath, every now and again. 

Most kitty caregivers have accepted their role in cat grooming. Some brushing, the occasional bath, nail trimming, no big deal. But when it comes to cleaning your cat, how far do you need to go? Is cleaning your cat’s derriere in your job description?

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Don’t Go Nuts! Safe Choices in Nuts and Nut Butters for Dogs

dog licking spoon

If we left it to our hungry hounds, dogs would assume most, if not all of our foods are meant for them. This is why thousands of pets are poisoned each year due to ingestion of a toxic food item, like chocolate

Of course there are plenty of human foods that are safe for dogs, and fun to give them in small amounts. Peanut butter is an option that most Fidos love, but you don’t have to stop there! The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain what nuts and butters you can safely give your dog and what to avoid.

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Tree Dweller or Bush Dweller? The Key to Cat Personalities

The cat is a complicated creature. As a Certified Cat-Friendly Practice, though, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital tries our best to understand where these quirky, magical creatures are coming from.

Although we still have a lot to learn, cat behavior is a topic that is becoming increasingly studied and understood. One interesting theory is the tree dweller or bush dweller theory. The question of which type of plant a feline friend identifies with can help us to better understand cat personalities.

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Napoleon Complex Canine: Dealing with Small Dog Syndrome

When your tiny dog thinks they are the boss, negative behaviors go along with it. Small dogs with attitude are referred to as Napoleon Complex dogs, land sharks, or princess pups. While at times funny and cute, these dogs can cause damage when coddled or left to their own devices. You may be surprised how many dog bite reports are a result of this untreated behavioral problem. 

The question is, what causes Small Dog Syndrome and is it something that can be treated or corrected? 

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain why these small-scale big shot dogs develop negative behaviors and habits. It is our aim to help pet parents make the necessary changes to help their four-legged friends. 

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The Importance of Putting Your Pet in Your Will

Estate planning encompasses many important factors that illustrate what you want to have happen to your property once you are deceased. This careful decision making and planning requires great forethought and assistance from an estate planner, lawyer, or other trusted advisor.

Obviously, if you have dependents and loved ones, you will want to include them in your will, but what about your pet companions?

Since our pets depend on us totally for their good care, they, too, need to be included in our end of life plans. This is why the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to express how important putting your pet in your will is, as well as giving you some helpful suggestions for the steps to take.

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Choose 2! Why Adopt Two Kittens at the Same Time

Whether a potential owner of a cat has space or financial constraints, or they simply just have their sights on a single kitty home, there’s nothing wrong with adopting one kitten at a time. 

A single kitten requires a good amount of time, attention, safety considerations, medical care, and gear, so it can make sense to invest in just one ball of fluff. 

On the other hand, there are many benefits of adopting two littermates or bonded pairs. We offer reasons why you should adopt two kittens simultaneously.

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Music Therapy For Pets Really Hits the High Notes

When you’re in a good mood, listening to happy or uplifting music can make you feel even better. Conversely, when you’re down, slow, melancholy-sounding music can intensify the blues. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, animals are equally affected by tonal quality, beat, and melody. Music therapy in pets is becoming more popular in treatment plans for separation anxiety or phobia, but listening to the right type of music has the potential to benefit all pets.

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5 Great Ways to Treat Your Cat

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Dogs get all the goodies, it seems, don’t they? From dog spas to doga (dog yoga), designer outfits to resorts just for them, the services and products for canines are endless. 

For a cat lover, however, the world may seem a little dog-centric. The good news is that there are many ways you can treat your cat, too, to make them feel amazing and loved. 

If you are looking for some ideas for pampering your special feline, you are in luck! Your partner in cat care at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here with some of our favorite ideas. Read on to learn more!

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All Thumbs: All About Dewclaws on Dogs

dogs claws

When you start to think about it, your dog’s dewclaws are pretty interesting! The dewclaw is that extra fifth digit on your dog’s front feet that sits a little higher up the paw. When you start to pay attention, you might notice that some dogs have them, some don’t, and some might have doubles or ones on the rear paws as well. 

So, what’s the story with dewclaws on dogs? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has the answers to all your burning questions. 

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After Shelter in Place: Helping Pets Cope with Being Alone

cat looking out window

After weeks and months of staying in the home and social distancing, many cities are loosening restrictions as people are returning to work and school. Returning to work and other daily life resumes for most, yet our pets may have gotten used to our presence!

Anxiety after COVID-19 has been a problem for pets who are dealing with transitional anxieties. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to help you avoid separation anxiety by helping pets cope with being alone. Let’s take a closer look!

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