All Thumbs: All About Dewclaws on Dogs

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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!

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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?

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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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Skunked! What to Do When Your Dog Stinks 

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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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What to do About Hair Loss in Pets 

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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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Paw Proofing: Protecting Your Pet’s Paws During Winter 

chihuahua on leash

Winter can be harsh for everyone with the cold, dry air, frigid temps, and storms. It is equally hard on your pet and their sensitive paws. Paw pads require extra attention during the winter with specific needs to protect them. 

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital want to give those tooties all of the care they need to stay protected during the winter, and throughout the year.

5 Tips for Protecting Your Pet’s Paws

Most pet owners don’t consider the health of their pet’s paws until something is wrong. But your pet’s feet are incredibly important to how they navigate the world, and paws can become injured without proper precautions. Here are some things to consider during the cold months…

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To Bathe or Not to Bathe a Cat? 

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There are lots of fun things to do in life, and yet sometimes we’re faced with a sticky or serious situation that results in giving a cat a bath. Do they really need it? In most cases, the answer is no but there are occasions when your cat or kitten might need your gentle assistance.

The feline in need of cleaning up may regard human efforts with absolute fear and loathing, and they know exactly how to defend themselves. If you’ve ever wondered how to best bathe a cat (without getting your eyes clawed out), or you’d simply like to be prepared for this eventuality, we have some ideas to keep everyone safe and relatively calm.

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Frito Feet: Why Does My Pet’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?

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Have you ever wondered why your pet’s feet smell strange? You are not alone. Many pet owners wonder why their pets emit certain smells from their skin and their feet. One peculiar odor owners report is that odd “Fritos” smell emanating from their dog’s feet. If your pet’s paws smell like corn chips, never fear! 

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain this odd phenomenon, as well as give you some tips to keep those feet clean!

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When It Comes to Pet Lumps and Bumps, Should You Wait… Or Worry?

A red-ish lump on a dog's leg.

Whether it has arrived suddenly or has been growing slowly over time, it’s natural to be concerned about a lump or bump on your pet. There are going to be questions about what caused the growth, and how it might complicate a pet’s health and comfort. However, one of the best things owners can do about pet lumps and bumps is have them examined as soon as possible.

Incredibly Common

It is recommended that pet owners take note of pet lumps and bumps when first observed. If it is larger than a pea and sticks around for a month or more, it’s time to figure out what’s going on. While they can definitely be harmless, it’s a good idea to keep ahead of pet lumps and bumps.

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The Stinky End of the Deal: Anal Glands 101

pet anal glands

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).

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