Homemade Pets Treats They’ll Beg For

homemade pet treats

Offering your dog or cat a delicious treat is one of the highlights of pet ownership. While it’s important not to over-indulge our pets (extra weight can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, joint pain, and more), treats are important for training and overall enjoyment of life.

Commercial pet treats can leave much to be desired, unfortunately. Many are loaded with fillers, food colorings, preservatives, and probably too many calories. Creating your own homemade pet treats is an easy (and cheap!) way to show your pets how much you care.

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Adopting A Pet with Your Significant Other: Is it Really A Good Idea?

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Whether you’re dating, engaged, or married, adopting a pet with a significant other is a huge relationship milestone. Pets bring fun, laughter, and adventure into the home, and taking care of one together can be an incredible bonding experience.

Of course, becoming “pet parents” is a big responsibility, and one that can shift the dynamics of a relationship. Before you bring a four-legged family member into your partnership, here’s some important considerations to keep in mind.

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Caring For a Blind Pet May Be One of Life’s Greatest Gifts

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When faced with caring for a blind pet, many myths are likely to surface. Things like “The pet will be harder to provide for” or “they won’t have a high quality of life.” Other thoughts such as, “will it be harder to prevent vision-related injuries” or the inability to play or exercise might also come up.

The truth is, blind pets are just like other animals who have their sight. They are equally deserving of love (perhaps even more so), absolutely up for any kind of fun, and show grit in the face of this potential challenge.

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What’s Your Pet’s Carbon Footprint?

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Have you ever wondered what your pet’s carbon footprint is? 

Given that every pet and pet owner are different, the exact number, such as it were, is difficult to calculate; but it probably comes as no surprise that pet ownership isn’t exactly good for the planet. The production and transportation of pet food, toys, supplies, and all of the materials that go into medical procedures use up resources, create waste, and generally put a burden on the planet. 

So, what’s eco-conscientious pet owner to do? 

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Nontraditional Pets Have Needs, Too! All About Pocket Pet Mental Health

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At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, our focus lies on the health and well being of dogs and cats. Many of our clients have exotic and pocket pets at home, though, and it is important not to forget these less traditional critters. Besides routine care, pocket pet mental health is a real need and one that you can really improve on in your home. Little pets need support, too!

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Dangerous Pet Toys: What to Watch Out For

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Toys are more than just fun for pets! After the basics are met (food, water, and shelter) toys play an important role in helping our pups burn off excess energy, deal with frustration, satisfy the need to chew, provide comfort, and have fun

All toys are not created equal, however, and some may be downright dangerous for your pet. Stick with the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital as we explore dangerous pet toys and how to choose the right products for your pet.

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Why Your Dog Licks You, and Is It “Okay”?

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Sloppy doggie kisses usually come with the territory of dog ownership, but this behavior doesn’t have to over shadow their other positive canine traits. In fact, just like “sit”, “stay”, or “down”, pups can be trained not to lick. After all, it’s not always welcome and it can be kind of…gross. But a slobbery, affectionate dog can also be hard to resist! That brings us to a common question among dog owners and canine appreciators: Is it okay when a dog licks you?

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Yes, Every Cat Needs Parasite Prevention

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Stemming from the erroneous idea that indoor-only cats experience few (if any) risks related to their environment, many cat owners forego parasite prevention. The truth is, regardless of their lifestyle cats are prime targets for various internal and external bloodsuckers. This makes the most sense during the summer, but do cats really need year-round medication to prevent health problems? Without a doubt, every cat needs parasite prevention all 12 months of the year.

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Curb It! Territorial Urine Marking in Dogs

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Trying to get a dog from marking their territory is like trying to prevent them from barking. A seemingly impossible feat, right? Without a doubt, accidents, spraying or marking all come down to one thing: you want it to stop. 

But how does a frustrated dog owner do this? The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here with some tips on how to curb urine marking in dogs and some recommendations to alleviate the smell.

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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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