Wowza! My Older Dog Smells Bad!

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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The Long and (Mostly) Short of Caring for Brachycephalic Breeds

pug dog at oakhurst, nj

Dogs and cats come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They are all wonderful in their own way. We want to do the best that we can when it comes to caring for them, and that includes understanding any unique needs or issues that they may have. 

If you are a smooshed-face lover, you may know that these animals are called brachycephalic. Brachycephalic breeds are adorable, but they do have some special considerations when it comes to their care. Not to worry, though, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is always here to help. 

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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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See the Signs: Glaucoma in Pets

cat with glaucoma

It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and if that sentiment applies to humans, it most certainly applies to our pets. After all, who can look into those soulful puppy dog eyes and not feel something? 

It is very important to take good care of our pet’s peepers. They are so important to our animals and to the bond that we share with them.

Dogs and cats can be affected by many of the same ocular conditions that people are. Glaucoma in pets is a problem that we often diagnose at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital and one that tends to respond better if it is diagnosed early. Knowing how to recognize signs of trouble is one of the most important ways that you can help care for your pet’s eyes.

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Understanding Heart Murmurs in Pets

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The moment when one of our trusted veterinarians at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital looks up at you and asks, “Has anyone ever mentioned to you that your pet has a heart murmur” is enough to cause most people’s heart to sink. A heart murmur can’t be good news, can it?

All heart murmurs in pets are not created equally, however, and most of them don’t mean imminent demise. Understanding what heart murmurs in pets mean can help you to take better care of your furry patient.

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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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Beyond the Cute Factor, Why Do Cats Have Whiskers? 

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In the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews’ character, Maria, sings about a few of her favorite things. The top of the list – even before copper kettles and brown-paper packages tied up with string – includes “whiskers on kittens.”

Of course, whiskers on kittens and adult cats are quite adorable, but do they actually serve a purpose? Indeed, cats have whiskers for many reasons! And incredible abilities of cat whiskers give us even more reasons to love felines! 

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Pets and Depression 

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Does your pet seem sad? Pets can experience depression similar to the kind we as humans experience. But unlike us, our pets don’t have the option to tell us when they feel sad or depressed. Although there is much less research in the area of pet depression (of course) than there is in human depression, we have plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that pets can and do get depressed. 

So how do you know if your pet is experiencing depression? And what should you do about it? Keep reading for some information and ideas from your team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

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To Bathe or Not to Bathe a Cat? 

wet cat

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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What the Heck Is Reverse Sneezing… 

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It is certainly true that our pets make strange noises every now and then. Sneezes, snorts, coughs, scratches, and so on that make up the auditory delight that is our furry friends. But there are some sounds that can be more concerning than others. A sudden gagging or honk noise is something to be investigated.

Reverse sneezing is a common condition in small and brachycephalic dogs. There are a few different things that can contribute to this condition and the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain what it is and how you can help your pet.

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