Quarantine Cutie: How to Socialize Your Dog While Social Distancing

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For many homebound people, a pandemic puppy is a real response to the global health crisis – for good reason. Most of us have more time on our hands than ever before, and combating loneliness and despair has never been this challenging. 

Adopting or fostering during this time helps people cope with high blood pressure, stress, fear, and isolation. But how can you socialize your dog when everyone is keeping their distance?

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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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Skunked! What to Do When Your Dog Stinks 

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Every dog gets a little stinky from time to time – they aren’t exactly known for their discretion when it comes to rolling in something rotten, after all. A dog who has been skunked, however, is a totally different ball game. 

We’ve seen our share of skunked dogs here at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, and we’d like to share our tried and true tips for remedying this stinky situation.

The Down and Dirty Details

Skunks spray their stink from their anal sacs, located just inside their rectum. Their anal sacs, unlike those of dogs and cats, can be expressed on demand and with stunning accuracy. 

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What the Heck Is Reverse Sneezing… 

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It is certainly true that our pets make strange noises every now and then. Sneezes, snorts, coughs, scratches, and so on that make up the auditory delight that is our furry friends. But there are some sounds that can be more concerning than others. A sudden gagging or honk noise is something to be investigated.

Reverse sneezing is a common condition in small and brachycephalic dogs. There are a few different things that can contribute to this condition and the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain what it is and how you can help your pet.

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4 Reasons To Say Yes To Dog Diapers

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We are all familiar with diapers. Whether they are used at the beginning of life, or the end, diapers are an indispensable part of certain times of life. But did you know that there are diapers made especially for dogs?  

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we want the very best quality of life for our pet patients. In some cases, this might mean the use of dog diapers. Read on to learn 4 reasons to say yes to dog diapers for your pet. 

What Are Dog Diapers? 

Let’s start with the basics. Dog diapers are almost exactly like baby diapers, with a hole for the dog’s tail. Like baby diapers, there are both cloth and disposable dog diapers. Cloth diapers cost more initially but are reusable. Disposable diapers are easy to use but end up in the landfill, and costs add up over time. 

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Frito Feet: Why Does My Pet’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?

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Have you ever wondered why your pet’s feet smell strange? You are not alone. Many pet owners wonder why their pets emit certain smells from their skin and their feet. One peculiar odor owners report is that odd “Fritos” smell emanating from their dog’s feet. If your pet’s paws smell like corn chips, never fear! 

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain this odd phenomenon, as well as give you some tips to keep those feet clean!

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Fear-Free Dog Training for Extraordinary Results

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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

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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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