Reasons Your Pet is Not Eating and When to Worry

Cat staring at food not eating.

For many, pets are like children and when something is not right, it can be quite worrisome. Change is not always a cause for panic, though. If your pet is not eating, there can be many reasons. Some are benign and others quite serious. Thankfully for you, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has a few tips to help you decide whether to worry when your pet is not eating. 

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Dangerous Cat Toys and Treats to Avoid

Tabby cat playing with fish toy.

Entertaining your cat can be just as fun for you as it is for them, especially when you find toys and treats they love. Most cat lovers enjoy pampering their feline friends with an assortment of toys and treats that inspire mental enrichment, exercise, and of course, yummy tastes. There are some dangerous toys and treats that every pet owner should know about and avoid, however.

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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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The Wonderful World of DIY Pet Treats

dog eating treat

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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A Coxofemoral Conundrum: Canine Hip Dysplasia

dog xray hip displasia

When considering whether to add a purebred pooch to your home, it makes sense to consider the possibility of canine hip dysplasia. While not limited only to certain breeds, this condition is a common finding, especially in large breed dogs. 

While canine hip dysplasia is nothing for the average pet owner to lose sleep over, it is important to understand. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants you to be educated, no bones about it. 

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Sugar Blues: All About Diabetes in Pets

Pet diabetes can result from pet obesity

Type II diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, has become a deadly epidemic in the United States, affecting tens of millions of humans. Unfortunately, our pets aren’t immune to the disease either. Studies show that diabetes now affects 1 in 50 dogs and cats, and it shows no sign of slowing down.

Because diabetes in pets is so common (and so dangerous), owner education and diligence are vital in order to prevent and combat this disease.

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Making Cold Weather Pet Safety a Top Priority

Pet winter safety is important to all pets, big and small

Old Man Winter has arrived here in New Jersey, and we can expect a full season of inclement if not unpredictable weather. Just as you might have unearthed all of your winter gear, winterized your car, and battened down the hatches for impending wet weather, it’s equally important to consider cold weather pet safety.

Cold weather pet safety has a lot more to it than meets the eye. Check out some of our tips and tricks for keeping your pet healthy and oh-so-cozy during the harsh winter months.

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Good Eats: Pet Nutrition and Fad Diets for Pets

Pet nutrition does not always follow fad diets for pets

Obsessing over our diets is something Americans are good at, and this obsession is easily translated into the world of our pets and what they eat. Not only are there hundreds of different brands of pet food to choose from, but almost everywhere you turn someone is touting the latest dietary trend as the best way to feed your pet.

As stressful as it can be to figure out how to provide your pet with the nutrients they need to live long, healthy lives, the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital can walk you through what every pet owner should know when it comes to proper pet nutrition.

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The Word Around the Trough: How to Keep Up With a Hydrated Pet

Black cat drinking out of blue coffee cup on tableThere’s really no better time than August to think about your pet’s hydration needs. In other parts of the calendar year, they just seem to get what they need without too many worries. But these last few weeks of high heat and humidity can cause serious problems for animals. A hydrated pet is a healthy one, and we’ve got some tips and tricks to make it happen.

The Benefits of Water

A hydrated pet is at lower risk of developing a urinary tract infection, and they also have a healthier and more consistent internal body temperature. Water is cooling, maintains high energy levels, and flushes toxins from the body.

Take Notes

Do you know how much water your pet drinks every day? Or, one step further would be to know how much should they be drinking for maximum hydration. On average, the general rule is that for every 10 pounds of body weight, one cup of water is needed per day. If you spend a few days noticing that your 60 pound dog drinks less than 6 cups every day, it’s time to try out some new methods. Continue…

Cut The Fat: Preventing Pancreatitis In Pets

Pancreatitis In pets is a serious pet health condition and should be considered a pet emergencyAs we prepare for BBQ Season, many of us are probably thinking ahead to the inevitable aftermath of too much food and too little exercise. Heartburn, indigestion, bloating, and other unpleasantries are the typical side effects of a large meal. While certainly not fun, it helps to remember that these symptoms will pass and we’ll be back to normal the next day.

For pets, however, it’s a different story. Besides the fact that some people food is toxic to pets, indulging in BBQ leftovers or scraps may lead to a dangerous condition known as pancreatitis. Understanding pancreatitis in pets and how to prevent it is critical to keeping your pet safe and healthy.

Pancreatitis 101

The pancreas is a glandular organ located near the stomach. Its primary functions are to secrete enzymes that aid in digestion and to regulate blood sugar by producing insulin. Pancreatitis in pets occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed and swollen; the secretion of enzymes is restricted and the surrounding tissues are affected. Continue…