Leptospirosis: An Equal Opportunity Threat

Pet owners have no shortage of decisions to make when it comes to protecting the health of their furry companions. Making sure your pet is protected against disease should top your list of concerns, especially when it comes to something as prevalent as leptospirosis.

This dangerous bacterial infection poses a serious risk to pets and people, and it’s on the rise in the U.S. and Canada. Now is a more important time than ever to know how to safeguard your loved ones, both animal and human.

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Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings for Pets: Too Good to Be True?

anesthesia free pet dental cleaning

Pet owners are more savvy than ever, and they are more and more proactive about seeking out the best for their beloved four-legged family members. Knowing the importance of good dental health care, they are seeking out different options for routine teeth cleaning for their pets.

More and more in New Jersey you will find practitioners that are willing to clean your pet’s teeth without anesthesia. When you take into account the risk of anesthesia for pets and its associated costs, this may seem like an obvious choice to make. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants our educated pet owners to understand, though, why anesthesia free dental cleanings for pets are not all they’re cracked up to be.

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Fear Free and Proud at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

Fear free veterinary certification can make veterinary care more accessible.

Going to the vet shouldn’t be a stressful experience, but for most pets (and their owners), that’s exactly what it is. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we make protecting the emotional well being of our patients a top priority, which is why the majority of our staff have participated in the Fear Free certification program. We’re thrilled to share more about this program and the many physical and mental benefits of reducing fear, stress, and anxiety in pets.

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Understanding Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus is a serious illness for dogs

Most dog owners have heard of canine parvovirus, especially if they’ve adopted a puppy. The canine parvovirus vaccine is one of the first shots a puppy will receive – and for good reason. This highly contagious disease is often fatal and is extremely prevalent in our environment.

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we want to make sure pet owners have all the information they need to protect their dogs from canine parvovirus.

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Sugar Blues: All About Diabetes in Pets

Pet diabetes can result from pet obesity

Type II diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, has become a deadly epidemic in the United States, affecting tens of millions of humans. Unfortunately, our pets aren’t immune to the disease either. Studies show that diabetes now affects 1 in 50 dogs and cats, and it shows no sign of slowing down.

Because diabetes in pets is so common (and so dangerous), owner education and diligence are vital in order to prevent and combat this disease.

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To Pee or Not to Pee: Urinary Issues in Cats

Urinary issues in cats should be seen by a veterinarian near you!

One of the more common and potentially frustrating reasons that our clients bring their cats to see us at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is trouble in the litter box.

While not all urinary problems are created equal, they all do result in significant stress for both feline and caretaker. Urinary issues in cats may not be anyone’s favorite, but you can rest easy knowing that our expert staff has your back should you ever encounter them.

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Ringing in the New Year with Our Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2018!

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is coming to a close already! We’ve had an incredible year at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, and for that, we extend our heartfelt thanks to you!

Our regular pet care blog is just one way we like to give back to our valued clients, and we’re always striving to provide useful, relevant information. We thought you might be interested to know which blogs your peers have found most valuable over the past year. Without further ado, here are our most popular pet care blogs of 2018!

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More Than a Mouthful: Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions

Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions are a serious threat to feline dental health

Cats are so amazing and capable of hiding when they are having trouble that they often get the short end of the stick when it comes to proactive care. One area that many of our feline patients need our help in is the department of dental care.

The staff at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital sees quite a bit of dental disease in all of our four-legged patients. In cats, not only is periodontal disease a big issue, but there is also another beast to contend with. Feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, not so fondly also referred to as FORLs, affect a large number of our cat patients and are something all cat owners should understand.

Understanding Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions

The term feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions is quite the mouthful, and they can be for our cat patients as well. We don’t really understand at this time what causes some cats to be affected by this disease process, but over half of our cat patients over the age of six have them.

FORLs are essentially holes that form in the tooth as a result of the activity of the odontoblasts within the tooth itself. These holes typically form near the gum line and are analogous to the cavities that people suffer, however they have nothing to do with plaque buildup.

We do know that FORLs affect cats tremendously. These sinister little holes can be exquisitely painful. Exposure of the tooth’s pulp cavity can also result in infection. If the hole becomes extensive enough, the crown of the tooth can even break off, leaving roots under the gum line that may result in problems.

Not all cats let us know that they are suffering from FORLs. It is a good idea to make an appointment for us to examine your pet, though, if you notice that your cat is:

  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Reluctant to allow you to look at the teeth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Hesitant to eat
  • Having bad breath

Fighting the Good Fight

Feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions can be frustrating for cat owners as well as veterinarians because we don’t really understand at this time how to prevent or stop them. What we can, do, however, is be proactive about looking for them and aggressive when we find them.

Routine oral examinations are an important part of wellness care for any pet, but especially cats. Frequent anesthetized oral evaluations and dental radiographs are important for us to find these painful lesions early. Many times in the early stages it is impossible to identify these without dental x-ray.

Diagnosis And Treatment

When we find FORLs, the exact type of lesion is identified in order to decide how to best proceed. Class I and II FORLs tend to be early in the course of the disease and may be treated with cleaning and/or enamel restoration techniques.

Class III lesions enter the pulp cavity, while Class IV lesions involve broken roots retained under the gum line. These types of FORLs typically require tooth extraction as they are quite painful. Many cats who suffer from FORL lesions will have all or most of the teeth affected at some point. Although most of these pets lose lots of teeth, they are perfectly functional (and much more comfortable) without them.

Working Together

Until science and veterinary medicine understand more about this disease process, it remains important for us to work as a team to be sure that our cats are happy and pain free. By bringing your pet in to see us for wellness visits and allowing routine oral examinations as recommended, you can do your part in battling FORLs.

Good Eats: Pet Nutrition and Fad Diets for Pets

Pet nutrition does not always follow fad diets for pets

Obsessing over our diets is something Americans are good at, and this obsession is easily translated into the world of our pets and what they eat. Not only are there hundreds of different brands of pet food to choose from, but almost everywhere you turn someone is touting the latest dietary trend as the best way to feed your pet.

As stressful as it can be to figure out how to provide your pet with the nutrients they need to live long, healthy lives, the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital can walk you through what every pet owner should know when it comes to proper pet nutrition.

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What You Should Know About Kidney Disease in Cats

Kidney disease in cats is a common senior pet health issue.In veterinary medicine there are some diseases and problems that rear their ugly heads more often than others. When it comes to the feline species, it seems that the kidney is the Achilles tendon of the cat. Many, if not most, cats will have trouble with the kidneys as they age.

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital we feel that it is important for our feline-loving pet parents to understand what kidney disease in cats looks like and how it can affect their feline friend. Continue…