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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