If you have ever smelled the stink that is anal gland secretions, you can’t deny that there is no other odor quite like it. That intense metallic smell is likely ingrained in your memory!
So what is the deal with anal glands and why do pets have them? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has all the answers to your burning questions about your pet’s back door!
The Mighty Anal Glands
Anal glands, sometimes referred to as anal sacs, are two small pouches just inside the rectum. They live at about five and seven o’clock (if you care to imagine the area below the tail as a clock face).
Just because the warm months are behind us doesn’t mean your pet no longer needs regular grooming. In fact, winter grooming is essential this time of year. All the forced-air heat and inclement weather can cause dryness to the skin and dullness in your pet’s coat – not to mention all the mud and rain that comes with the winter months!
Keeping your pet in tiptop shape is what we aim to do at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. Keep reading to learn more top tips for your pet’s winter grooming needs.Continue…
Old Man Winter has arrived here in New Jersey, and we can expect a full season of inclement if not unpredictable weather. Just as you might have unearthed all of your winter gear, winterized your car, and battened down the hatches for impending wet weather, it’s equally important to consider cold weather pet safety.
Cold weather pet safety has a lot more to it than meets the eye. Check out some of our tips and tricks for keeping your pet healthy and oh-so-cozy during the harsh winter months.Continue…
When you go out of town, you probably think hard about where your pet should stay. You have lots of choices, and you likely want peace of mind and comfort for your pet. But what else should you keep in mind?
Our Pet Hotel is unique in many ways, and we receive lots of questions throughout the year. So here are some not-so-frequently asked questions about pet boarding that we think deserve an answer!
These days, dogs and cats have it pretty good! Most are considered members of the family, and we do our best to keep them healthy and provide them with a wonderful life. Quality nutrition, vaccinations, parasite prevention, and, of course, snuggles are the norm when it comes to taking care of modern pets. But what about dental care?
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, over 70% of cats and 80% of dogs will have gum disease by the time they’re three years old. Untreated dental disease is not only painful for pets, but it can also be a source of serious health problems down the road. That’s why regular pet teeth cleanings are the cornerstone of good oral hygiene.
Ear troubles are common among household pets, and most pet lovers have experienced them first hand. A painful and often frustrating problem, pet ear infections are no fun for you or your animal. Good thing your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital are here to help!
All About Pet Ear Infections
Pet ear infections are typically not the same as ear infections that humans experience. When we suffer from an ear infection, the problem usually resides in the middle ear behind the eardrum. While pets can also suffer from this, they most commonly have trouble in the external ear canal and ear flap (pinna). This is called otitis externa.