Cat Coat Colors and Personality: Do Fur Patterns Reflect Behavior?

Cat with shades

It’s fascinating to think that the color of a cat’s coat might give us a glimpse into its personality. This topic has piqued the curiosity of cat enthusiasts and researchers alike, and led to various discussions and studies.

So, let’s explore the intriguing world of cat coat colors and personality: is there a connection, or is it all just a myth?

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Skunked! What to Do When Your Dog Stinks 

smelly dog

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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From Nose to Tail: The Comprehensive Veterinary Exam

a black dog seeing the vet.

Aside from the special opportunity to meet or get to know your pet a little better, our comprehensive veterinary exams promote overall health and well-being. Scheduled every 6–12 months, this appointment focuses on preventive practices. Sometimes, this routine visit leads us to pursue more knowledge about a pet’s overall well-being. Diagnostics or procedures can follow the wellness exam, all in an effort to detect and treat health conditions long before they cause lasting problems. 

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While Rare, Dog Lice Could Appear in Your House

Dog lice.

As far as parasites go, lice are pretty far up on the scale of repulsiveness. If there is a silver lining to lice, it’s that these bugs are species-specific. Dog lice cannot live on humans and vice-versa. But when dog lice latches on to a family pet, the constant itching, scratching and general misery can easily affect everyone in the house. There are easy ways to prevent dog lice from coming home with you (such as avoiding crowded environments), and treatment is available for infestations.

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Why Your Cat Is Losing Hair and What to Do

Cat looking at shed hair.

Pet lovers know and accept, to some extent anyways, that pet hair is a part of their life. While you may be able to overlook it on your favorite chair or your black dress pants, pet hair is definitely a little more alarming when you can see signs of hair loss on the animal itself.

If your cat is losing hair at an alarming rate, has bald patches, or sores, it is time for Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital to get involved. 

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Cleaning Your Cat: Do I Have to Bring Up the Rear?

cat behind

Cats are known for being fastidious in their self care. They spend hours upon hours grooming and primping and while we admire their dedication, most cat owners know that a tongue and saliva aren’t really a substitution for a good bath, every now and again. 

Most kitty caregivers have accepted their role in cat grooming. Some brushing, the occasional bath, nail trimming, no big deal. But when it comes to cleaning your cat, how far do you need to go? Is cleaning your cat’s derriere in your job description?

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All Thumbs: All About Dewclaws on Dogs

dogs claws

When you start to think about it, your dog’s dewclaws are pretty interesting! The dewclaw is that extra fifth digit on your dog’s front feet that sits a little higher up the paw. When you start to pay attention, you might notice that some dogs have them, some don’t, and some might have doubles or ones on the rear paws as well. 

So, what’s the story with dewclaws on dogs? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has the answers to all your burning questions. 

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Wowza! My Older Dog Smells Bad!

old dog

Senior pets, or those roughly over the age of 7, make wonderful companions. They are already settled in their personality, have training mastered, and have won us over with their loving ways. There’s nothing better than owning a senior pet, but it sometimes comes with certain conditions that coincide with aging.

If your loveable senior has been smelling like less than a bouquet of roses, there may be an underlying health reason. Let’s get to the bottom of this smelly situation to see why your older dog smells bad and what you can do about it.

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Normal or Not: What’s the Deal With Cat Hairballs?

cat laying on window sill

When they aren’t sleeping or eating, the average cat spends an inordinate amount of time cleaning itself. Indeed, cats have strong attachments to tidiness, and they use their barb-covered tongue to get the job done.

It’s only natural that a furry animal with a rough, brush-like tongue would simply have to endure coughing up a hairball or two. Consequently, cat hairballs are simply part of the territory. Until, that is, they indicate a larger problem.

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What to do About Hair Loss in Pets 

dog shedding
A veterinarian combs a German shepherd dog with a metal comb.

If you have a pet, shedding is an unavoidable part of life. The vacuum, the broom, and lint roller are absolute necessities, yet no matter how meticulous you are that loose fur seems to pop up in all corners of the house and on your clothing when you’re least expecting it. It’s all worth it, of course – after all pets are like family!

Seasonal or mild hair loss in pets is normal, but certain conditions can cause more extreme shedding and even bald spots. Determining the cause of abnormal or excessive hair loss in pets is absolutely essential to keeping your pet healthy.

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