Fear-Free Dog Training for Extraordinary Results

Most dogs come to us with the need for training. Whether they are barkers or escape artists, diggers or anxious around strangers, chances are, your doggo will need a little help in the behavior department. This is especially true for dogs who have been rescued, as we rarely know their backgrounds. 

If your pet needs some help with training and socialization, the good news is that there is hope for improvement. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has some pointers for teaching your pet good behavior, with an eye on a fear-free, positive experience.

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Waiting Game: How to Behave in a Pet Hospital Lobby

Nobody likes to wait. Even if we’re prepared for long lines at places like the DMV, even the most patient people among us can become pretty irate. 

Imagine, then, how some pets feel when they are taken to their vet appointments. Would the possible wait be worse for them because of the heightened anticipation, or might the time be filled with curiosity and exploration?

Wherever pets sit on this spectrum, the bottom line is that there are many ways to safely get through the time spent in a pet hospital lobby. 

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So, You’re Thinking of Adopting a New Dog?

Adopting a new dog is exciting and fun. But it can also be quite a challenge. The commitment of dog adoption is a lifelong one; but even though it may seem a tad scary, nothing quite beats a life-long canine companion. As with most things in life, however, a little preparation can go far toward a successful outcome. 

What a Deal!

When you adopt a shelter dog, you literally save a life. An added bonus is that the shelter’s adoption fees help to pay for food, facilities, veterinary care, spaying or neutering, microchipping, and all the other expenses that go into sheltering and caring for homeless pets in your community. 

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Avoid Adoption Through a Puppy Mill, Impact the Greater Good

puppies in cage

Puppies are irresistible, but it’s increasingly more important to consider where they come from. Unfortunately, pet stores and online ads mask a truly horrid truth. Puppy mills, large-scale commercial breeding facilities, are notorious for keeping dogs in horrid conditions, forcefully breeding them for financial gain. 

Without attention to wellness or careful breeding, a pet unwittingly adopted from a puppy mill can have serious health conditions that are most often concealed by their cuteness.

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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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Fact or Fiction: The Truth About “Hypoallergenic” Dogs

hypoallergenic pets

By definition, the term “hypoallergenic” refers to something unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. There are numerous dog breeds widely considered to be “allergy-friendly”, but dogs, by their very nature, cannot be truly hypoallergenic. It’s not just canine dander and hair that’s to blame for triggering human allergic responses. A specific protein in urine and saliva is also responsible.

With all that in mind, what is all this buzz at the dog park about “hypoallergenic” dogs?

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A Little Out of Line: The Luxating Patella

dog kneecap dislocation

It doesn’t take a medical degree to know that body parts should stay in their intended location. Some out-of-line anatomy, such as the knee is more devastating than others. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital we see out of place knees, also known as luxating patellas, on the daily.

A pet with a luxating patella is common, and sometimes this finding is no big deal. Other times, though, it can affect a pet’s comfort and ability to move. When a pet is diagnosed with a luxating patella, our veterinarians are equipped to help provide the best and most appropriate care for the situation.

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Dogs and Ticks 101

ticks on pets

The season of the outdoors is officially here. If your dog likes to spend time outside with you, you may be thinking of backyard romps, hiking together, and even traveling to enjoy some serious outdoor adventures together.

When it comes to spending time outside, ticks are always a concern, especially in grassy or forested areas. What can you do to prevent ticks and the diseases they can spread to pets and people? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital explores.  

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Lakes, Ponds, and Water Safety for Dogs

water safety for dogs

In our neck of the woods, it’s common to take your dog to the lake for a game of water fetch at the end of the day or on weekends. But there are some considerations safety, especially in lakes and ponds. As your partner in your dog’s health, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital takes you through what you should know about water safety for dogs.

A Swimmer Or No?

Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs can swim. Long bodied, short legged, and flat faced dogs are not anatomically designed for the water. So before you take your pooch for a paddle, make sure she can (and wants to!) swim.

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The Stinky End of the Deal: Anal Glands 101

pet anal glands

If you have ever smelled the stink that is anal gland secretions, you can’t deny that there is no other odor quite like it. That intense metallic smell is likely ingrained in your memory!

So what is the deal with anal glands and why do pets have them? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has all the answers to your burning questions about your pet’s back door!

The Mighty Anal Glands

Anal glands, sometimes referred to as anal sacs, are two small pouches just inside the rectum. They live at about five and seven o’clock (if you care to imagine the area below the tail as a clock face).

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