The Heart of the Matter: Valentine’s Day Pet Safety

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While Jack Frost may be nipping at our toes, February also brings with it the sweet scent of love in the air. We are, of course, referring to Valentine’s Day. Whether you are coupled or not, chances are there is at least one love in your life to snuggle with this Valentine’s Day: your pet. 

From kitten purrs to playful pups, your pets’ paw prints have likely made a lasting impression on your heart. For this reason, and so many others, the staff at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital knows how heartbreaking it would be, should your sweet pet fall victim to the dangers this day can bring. 

From chocolates and flowers to candles and feasts, perils and pitfalls for pets abound come the days surrounding February 14, which is why understanding the finer points of Valentine’s Day pet safety is a must for people and their pets. 

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When It Comes to Easter Pet Safety, Put All Your Eggs in One Basket 

dog with easter costume

This time of year is simply resplendent, but despite all the sunshine and colorful blossoms, the weeks leading up to – and directly following – Easter can present certain risks to pet health.

In order to fully enjoy all that the spring has to offer, pet owners have some pretty serious legwork ahead. But the more ground you cover, the more effective your approach to Easter pet safety. 

Not a Good Time for a Pet Emergency

The truth is, it’s always frightening when a pet needs emergency care. But it’s far worse when you have family obligations during the major holidays of the year. Preparing ahead of time for Easter pet safety will not only lower your pet’s risk, it will help to keep you calm should an accident occur.

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‘Tis the Season! The Best Gifts for Pet Lovers

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Depending on where you sit, the holidays can announce themselves with great predictability, or knock us off our feet. We all know it’s time to start shopping, yet it’s just so tempting to procrastinate until it’s almost too late.

The pet lovers on your holiday gift list may be some of the easiest people to shop for, especially with the suggestions from Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital that get the ball rolling. 

Skip the Stress

The internet has made shopping exponentially more fun and interesting (not to mention comfortable!). But truly the best part about shopping online is that it’s so convenient. And with sites taking payment methods like Paypal or Venmo, sending the right gifts for pet lovers has never been so uncomplicated.

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Finally! Trending Pet Costumes That Make Halloween (Almost) Worth Waiting For

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For Halloween enthusiasts, it can be torture to wait 365 days until the next haunted house, corn maze, or costume parade. Fortunately, we usually don’t have to wait that long anymore. We can order pumpkin spice lattes in August or stock up on trick or treat candy long before September’s over. 

Having extra time to enjoy the season is good news for pet owners committed to making this Halloween a special one for their four-legged friend. And while pet costumes must be approached with caution, they really are the cutest things (provided your pet tolerates them). So, what’s on point this fall? 

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For the Love of Pet Safety: What Pet Owners Need to Know About Chocolate Toxicity

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A heart-shaped box of chocolates is synonymous with Valentine’s Day, but for those of us with dogs, any chocolate in the home can put our canine companion at risk. As we prepare for an onslaught of delicious treats this February, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of chocolate toxicity and take steps to protect our pets.

Chocolate Toxicity

It’s fairly well-known that chocolate is dangerous to dogs, but why? For starters, all forms of chocolate contain caffeine and theobromine, both of which cannot be properly metabolized by dogs or cats.

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What to Consider Before Giving a Pet as a Gift

Plan ahead if you plan to give a pet as a gift, and please adopt a pet if you do!

Tis the season of giving, and for many of us, a pet seems like a wonderful gift to bestow on a deserving family member. Unfortunately, many of these animals will be surrendered to shelters across the country in the weeks and months following the holidays. Certainly, it’s nice to picture a precious puppy or cuddly kitten popping out of a beautifully wrapped box on Christmas morning, but the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital urges you to consider whether giving a pet as a gift is really a good idea.

Skip the Surprise

When it comes to giving a pet as a gift, perhaps the most important factor is the element of surprise. We all want to delight a loved one with the perfect present, but pet ownership should always be carefully thought out ahead of time. A surprise may be more fun in the short-term, but ultimately, everyone will be happier if a plan is in place prior to welcoming a new pet into the family.

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Getting a Grip on Halloween Pet Safety Measures

Halloween pet safety is a must for a pet-friendly HalloweenThere’s a lot to love about fall in general, but the highlight for many is, of course, Halloween. We’ve been enjoying the costumes and decorations on display for weeks now, but the remaining days before the big event should include the mindful prevention of injury to a family pet. They all mean well, but pets can find themselves in a deep cauldron of hot water without Halloween pet safety tactics firmly in place.

The Obvious Dangers

Most pet owners are very aware of the dangers of chocolate, raisins, and Xylitol-sweetened treats around Halloween. While reducing these threats continue to be an essential of Halloween pet safety, there are additional risks to remember that aren’t so obvious. Continue…

Cheers to the Chinese New Year! 2018 Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Making New Year’s resolutions seem to be the mandatory conclusion to every year – a way of embarking on the right path and preparing for a better and healthier year ahead. Things like losing weight, getting more exercise, and quitting bad habits seem to top the list. No wonder we may become lackluster about these tasks as the weeks roll by.

However, resolutions don’t have to be a drag. In fact, they can be fun when you add your pet to the mix. New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet can help you stay motivated and feeling good about the choices you make because they also affect your furry companion. Better yet they can start any time!

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Best Friends Forever: 5 Ways to Love Your Pet

Love Your PetWith Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably wondering what to give your pet to express your appreciation for them.

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we know how much you love your pet, which is why we’ve come up with a list of our favorite ways to show our four-legged friends just how much we treasure them each and every day!

5 Ways to Love Your Pet

Giving gifts to our loved ones is a universal way of showing that you care. Why not extend the same kindness to your pet? Consider the following thoughtful gifts: Continue…

Turkey Bones, Plastic Toys, and Holiday Pet Safety Rules for New Owners

Going into the holiday season as a new pet owner is full of thrills. Bringing your pet to their first holidays feast, taking them to see Santa for the first time, or even going shopping together are among the many things excited newbies look forward to. While we want you and your newly adopted pet to enjoy all the season has to offer, without an eye on holiday pet safety, your four-legged friend could find themselves in trouble.

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