Senior Pets: How to Keep the Golden Years Going Strong

senior pets have special pet health considerations; ask a veterinarianPets are considered seniors between the ages of 7 and 10 years old, depending on their size. Of course, with advances in veterinary medicine and thoughtful care at home, they can live long past that benchmark. But that doesn’t mean their needs won’t shift slightly. If you’ve had the privilege of watching your pet grow up from infancy through adulthood and beyond, it can be a trial at first to make the right changes. Senior pets can live a long time, especially when you know how to help.

A Single Year

Cats and dogs age faster than humans. While a single year may not seem like a lot to us, those 12 months actually encompass a large amount of a pet’s lifetime.

They also age differently from each other. Dogs (especially larger breeds) have senior needs starting around 7 years old; cats are typically 10 years old before they show significant signs of slowing down. Continue…

Throwing Some Shade: The Essentials of Summer Pet Safety

Giving pets shade and making sure pets have plenty of water to drink are important parts of summer pet safetyOn a warm, sunny day, it’s natural to seek out a porch, shade tree, or head inside to relax after spending time outdoors. With the intense summer sun and high UV index, it’s wise to protect your skin and avoid the heat with several rest breaks in the shade. The same is true for our animal friends, although we sometimes think they’re more resilient than they really are.

For this edition of summer pet safety, we focus on why shade is an important consideration and offer up tips on how to ensure your pet’s health and safety this season.

Why is Shade Necessary for Pets?

Pets don’t have the same advantages as humans when it comes to dealing with heat, and they have the additional burden of a fur coat. To some extent, the coat does help wick away moisture and protect the skin, but their primary mode of cooling down is through panting. When temperatures start to soar, this is not enough without lots of water and the ability to seek shade. Continue…

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…