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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A Coxofemoral Conundrum: Canine Hip Dysplasia

dog xray hip displasia

When considering whether to add a purebred pooch to your home, it makes sense to consider the possibility of canine hip dysplasia. While not limited only to certain breeds, this condition is a common finding, especially in large breed dogs. 

While canine hip dysplasia is nothing for the average pet owner to lose sleep over, it is important to understand. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants you to be educated, no bones about it. 

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Doing Battle Against Kidney Disease in Cats

cat eating

In veterinary medicine there are some enemies that we fight more often than others. In our feline patients we see many affected by things like inflammatory bowel disease, lower urinary tract inflammation, and diabetes mellitus. Perhaps no diagnosis is a common in our furry patients, however, as kidney disease in cats.

Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital thinks all friends of felines should know a little about kidney disease and how to effectively do battle. Kidney disease in cats may be a formidable foe, but it is one that we can put up a good fight against.

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A Little Out of Line: The Luxating Patella

dog kneecap dislocation

It doesn’t take a medical degree to know that body parts should stay in their intended location. Some out-of-line anatomy, such as the knee is more devastating than others. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital we see out of place knees, also known as luxating patellas, on the daily.

A pet with a luxating patella is common, and sometimes this finding is no big deal. Other times, though, it can affect a pet’s comfort and ability to move. When a pet is diagnosed with a luxating patella, our veterinarians are equipped to help provide the best and most appropriate care for the situation.

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Dogs and Ticks 101

ticks on pets

The season of the outdoors is officially here. If your dog likes to spend time outside with you, you may be thinking of backyard romps, hiking together, and even traveling to enjoy some serious outdoor adventures together.

When it comes to spending time outside, ticks are always a concern, especially in grassy or forested areas. What can you do to prevent ticks and the diseases they can spread to pets and people? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital explores.  

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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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Understanding Allergies in Pets

pet allergies

Many people know the challenges that come with allergies, but unfortunately, our pets can also experience an allergic reaction to many of the same environmental factors as humans.

As a result, pets can become extremely uncomfortable, and attempts to alleviate their symptoms through excessive scratching or grooming can actually make things worse (secondary health issues can occur).

Learning how to recognize and respond to allergies in pets is essential to keeping our furry friends at the top of their game.

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Is It Time to Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

cat spay and neuter

There are many reasons to spay or neuter your pet. The most obvious is, of course, to eliminate the chance of puppies or kittens. But there are also far-reaching health benefits attached to the procedure that deserve attention, too.

The bottom line? This straightforward surgery not only impacts local communities by reducing overpopulation but positively affects a pet’s long-term health and wellness as well. Win-win!

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Leptospirosis: An Equal Opportunity Threat

pet bacterial infection prevention

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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