Leptospirosis: An Equal Opportunity Threat

Pet owners have no shortage of decisions to make when it comes to protecting the health of their furry companions. Making sure your pet is protected against disease should top your list of concerns, especially when it comes to something as prevalent as leptospirosis.

This dangerous bacterial infection poses a serious risk to pets and people, and it’s on the rise in the U.S. and Canada. Now is a more important time than ever to know how to safeguard your loved ones, both animal and human.

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Beware the Medicine Cabinet: The Truth About Pets and Medications

pet poison human medication

When we think about pet-proofing our homes, it makes sense to put away leftover food, cover the garbage bin, and make sure your favorite slippers are out of reach. However, securing the medicine cabinet probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but perhaps it should be. The Pet Poison Hotline reports that nearly 50% of all the calls they receive involve human medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has the scoop on why keeping pets and medications separate is so important.

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Understanding Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus is a serious illness for dogs

Most dog owners have heard of canine parvovirus, especially if they’ve adopted a puppy. The canine parvovirus vaccine is one of the first shots a puppy will receive – and for good reason. This highly contagious disease is often fatal and is extremely prevalent in our environment.

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we want to make sure pet owners have all the information they need to protect their dogs from canine parvovirus.

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Our Best Winter Grooming Tips

Just because the warm months are behind us doesn’t mean your pet no longer needs regular grooming. In fact, winter grooming is essential this time of year. All the forced-air heat and inclement weather can cause dryness to the skin and dullness in your pet’s coat – not to mention all the mud and rain that comes with the winter months!

Keeping your pet in tiptop shape is what we aim to do at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. Keep reading to learn more top tips for your pet’s winter grooming needs.

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Are Pet Facial Expressions a Real Thing?

Pet facial expressions are a good way to know what your pet is thinking

As a pet owner, you’re familiar with your pet’s unique personality traits. Through their body language and vocalizations, it’s easy to tell when they’re happy, annoyed, excited, angry, fearful, curious, etc. In fact, many of these communication styles can seem almost human-like.

The way a pet expresses themselves can be extremely nuanced, such as in the case of pet facial expressions. What do they mean, and how can they help us gain a better understanding of what our furry family members are trying to tell us?

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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.

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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…

Beyond the Basics: Parasites in Pets

Golden Retriever receiving flea and tick treatment on neckParasites tend to be unpleasant things, and with summer upon us, it may seem like they’re everywhere, just waiting to latch on to your pet! What’s more, seasonal activities, like barbecuing or hiking, can expose your pet to parasites.

Most of us are already familiar with fleas and ticks, but did you know there are other parasites that can also be problematic for your pet? Let’s go beyond the basics to learn more about preventing parasites in pets.

Internal Parasites in Pets

Have you ever wondered why we want to examine your pet’s poop every year? It’s to check for evidence (eggs) of intestinal parasites. Many of these are common in pets, and some are even zoonotic (can be transmitted to humans). Here are some of the most common types of parasites in pets: 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…

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? Is It Harmful?

dogs eat grassWhen it comes to the animal kingdom, dogs probably rank last when it comes to having a discriminating palate. Let’s face it, we’ve seen dogs ingest some pretty gross things. So when it comes to why dogs eat grass, it’s not the most unusual of entrees your pet may choose to nosh on… but it may raise some questions.

Certainly, there are a multitude of things we don’t want our canine friends to imbibe in, such as toxic plants, lawn and garden chemicals, and medications. But what about regular grass? Is this normal? Is it OK?

Let’s take a closer look!

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