Common Pet Injuries and First Aid

Puppy with first aid kit
puppy american bully in front of white background

Most of us know how to handle a minor scrape or sprain at home if we are injured, but do you feel comfortable handling small but common pet injuries? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to help make sure that you know how to navigate basic pet first aid when the need arises.

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The Big Question: Pet Insurance

Pet insurance can help defray the cost of vet care

If your pet was critically injured and needed to be hospitalized tomorrow, would you be able to afford the bill?

We all want to do the very best we can for our pets, and we are fortunate that today, we have access to ever advancing veterinary medicine. From cancer treatment, to blood transfusions, to laser therapy and advanced surgical procedures, it’s now possible to treat almost all pet injuries and illnesses.

This advanced care comes with a cost, however. Standard pet care costs already average $1800 per year, making it easy to see how a pet accident, illness, or emergency can put a financial strain on many families.   

That’s where pet insurance comes in. Just as human health insurance is designed to bridge the gap between needed cost and care, pet insurance can offset the financial burden of unexpected injury or illness to our pets. The big question is – is pet insurance right for you? It’s an individual decision, but it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits for your own situation. Here, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital shows you how.

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The Top 10 Common Pet Emergencies: A Guide to Recognizing and Responding to Urgent Situations

a labrador at the vet.

When our pets are injured or seriously ill, it seems like nothing else matters. But sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish between pet emergencies and other health conditions that can wait for a scheduled appointment. Certain situations indicate true pet emergencies, and our team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has put together a list of 10 to keep in mind.

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From Upset Tummies to Digestive Disasters: Understanding and Managing Common Pet Gastrointestinal Problems

Bulldog getting an ultrasound.

When pet upset stomach problems strike, it can be unpleasant to say the least. While the outcomes of vomiting, diarrhea, and not eating may be the same, though, there are many potential causes of pet gastrointestinal problems. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to help you understand what those are, what to do, and when to worry. 

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Pet First-Aid Tips for Pets

Pet first aid.

Pet owners never want to face a pet health crisis without the right stuff. Putting together a pet first-aid kit is just one way you can set your pet up for a better result from a sudden injury or illness, and can even save you precious time en route to a veterinary hospital

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Urgent or Emergency Care: Which Does My Pet Need?

Emergency vs urgent pet care.

Does it feel like stressful, scary situations often happen after office hours? That’s how we feel sometimes. It’s tough to know when to drive your pet to a 24-hour emergency animal hospital and when to wait until your veterinary office opens its doors during normal business hours. You want your pet to feel better now

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we offer urgent and emergency care seven days a week during our normal business hours. If your pet needs emergency care outside of our office hours, we’ll refer you to one of two 24-hour animal hospitals nearby. Here are a few tips to help you decide what type of care your pet needs: 

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When Your Dog is Not Eating: Emergency or Not?

Dog not eating.

Most dogs love to eat. Changes in appetite can be concerning and may be your first clue that something is not right with your pet’s health. Sometimes, though, there are other reasons for Bella skipping breakfast. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital can help you sort out whether you have cause for concern the next time your dog is not eating.

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How to Care for a Flat-Nosed Dog

Flat-nosed dog.

Dogs with flat noses are commonly referred to as brachycephalic dogs. The term “cephalic” refers to the head, while the term “brachy” means short. Brachycephalic dogs have shorter skull bones, which give their face and nose a pushed-in appearance.

The anatomy of the face and nose, as well as its relationship to other soft tissue structures, are altered as a result of the shorter face and nose bones. Some of these changes may result in physical issues for these types of dogs.

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Can I Use Expired Pet Medications?

Pet medication.

Do you have pet medications hanging out in your medicine cabinet that you are debating keeping or tossing? It can be a hard decision to make. On one hand, keeping leftover medication could save you some money or a vet visit. On the other hand, though, should you really be giving expired pet medications? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to shed a little light on the topic. 

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