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.


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. 


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


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: 


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.


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.


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. 


How to Know if You Have a Pet Emergency

What should I do if my pet has an emergency?

If there is one thing on which we can all agree, it’s that no pet owner ever wants to utter the words “pet” and “emergency” in the same sentence. Sometimes, though, our furry friends become sick or injured in a critical way, making the need for emergency pet care inevitable. 

As your pet’s advocate, it is important for you to be able to recognize the signs of a pet emergency, how to help a pet in distress, and to discern when veterinary care can wait for a scheduled appointment. You might be asking yourself, “what should I do if my pet has an emergency,” and the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to help.


Backyards to Bouquets: Checking for Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Blue hydrangeas in bloom.

We are fast approaching spring, one of New Jersey’s finest seasons. Squeezed in between winter’s frigid ice storms and summer’s breeze-less humidity, spring is the perfect time to enjoy our state’s natural beauty. 

Most pet owners know about the dangers associated with Easter lilies, but there are so many more plants that are poisonous to pets. Don’t worry: we’ve got your bases covered.


When the Dog Bites: Navigating an Unsavory Situation

dog about to bite in oakhurst nj

When your dog bites someone, a lot of emotions come into play. Often disbelief, fear, denial, guilt, and sadness surface, all of which can be difficult to experience. While Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital would love to see a world where only puppy kisses exist, we know all too well that sometimes nature takes over and our sweet pets show their instinctual behaviors.

So if your dog bites someone, what do you do? Keeping your wits about you is a good start so that you can address the immediate situation and prevent it from occurring again.