The Long and (Mostly) Short of Caring for Brachycephalic Breeds

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Dogs and cats come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They are all wonderful in their own way. We want to do the best that we can when it comes to caring for them, and that includes understanding any unique needs or issues that they may have. 

If you are a smooshed-face lover, you may know that these animals are called brachycephalic. Brachycephalic breeds are adorable, but they do have some special considerations when it comes to their care. Not to worry, though, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is always here to help. 

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A Brief (and Amazing) History of Dogs as Companions

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There’s no question that dogs are pretty amazing. After all, they are the only animal that has worked, protected, played, and snuggled alongside us for thousands of years.

Dogs as companions have been a constant throughout much of human history, but researchers are only just beginning to understand how far back this relationship goes, and how it all came to be.

The First Dog?

The undisputed first example, by archeological and DNA evidence, of the modern dog is the Bonn-Oberkassel dog, dating back to around 14,220 years ago. The remains of this dog (the right mandible to be specific) were discovered buried alongside humans during basalt quarrying in Oberkassel, Germany in 1914.

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The Wonderful World of DIY Pet Treats

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If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably found yourself with a little (or a lot of) extra time on your hands lately. Staring at the same four walls can get a little old, and there are only so many projects to finish or Netflix series to binge. Spending a little extra quality time with Fido or Fluffy may be just the thing to ease the tension and boredom of another long afternoon. 

While we highly recommend walks, fetch, and games of feather chase (meow!), whipping up a batch of DIY pet treats is also high on the list. We’ve found some scrumptious, and healthy, ideas your pet is sure to go bananas for – and that won’t add a ton of extra calories to their diet!

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Normal or Not: What’s the Deal With Cat Hairballs?

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When they aren’t sleeping or eating, the average cat spends an inordinate amount of time cleaning itself. Indeed, cats have strong attachments to tidiness, and they use their barb-covered tongue to get the job done.

It’s only natural that a furry animal with a rough, brush-like tongue would simply have to endure coughing up a hairball or two. Consequently, cat hairballs are simply part of the territory. Until, that is, they indicate a larger problem.

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See the Signs: Glaucoma in Pets

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It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and if that sentiment applies to humans, it most certainly applies to our pets. After all, who can look into those soulful puppy dog eyes and not feel something? 

It is very important to take good care of our pet’s peepers. They are so important to our animals and to the bond that we share with them.

Dogs and cats can be affected by many of the same ocular conditions that people are. Glaucoma in pets is a problem that we often diagnose at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital and one that tends to respond better if it is diagnosed early. Knowing how to recognize signs of trouble is one of the most important ways that you can help care for your pet’s eyes.

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