Cleaning Your Cat: Do I Have to Bring Up the Rear?

cat behind

Cats are known for being fastidious in their self care. They spend hours upon hours grooming and primping and while we admire their dedication, most cat owners know that a tongue and saliva aren’t really a substitution for a good bath, every now and again. 

Most kitty caregivers have accepted their role in cat grooming. Some brushing, the occasional bath, nail trimming, no big deal. But when it comes to cleaning your cat, how far do you need to go? Is cleaning your cat’s derriere in your job description?

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Don’t Go Nuts! Safe Choices in Nuts and Nut Butters for Dogs

dog licking spoon

If we left it to our hungry hounds, dogs would assume most, if not all of our foods are meant for them. This is why thousands of pets are poisoned each year due to ingestion of a toxic food item, like chocolate

Of course there are plenty of human foods that are safe for dogs, and fun to give them in small amounts. Peanut butter is an option that most Fidos love, but you don’t have to stop there! The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain what nuts and butters you can safely give your dog and what to avoid.

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Music Therapy For Pets Really Hits the High Notes

When you’re in a good mood, listening to happy or uplifting music can make you feel even better. Conversely, when you’re down, slow, melancholy-sounding music can intensify the blues. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, animals are equally affected by tonal quality, beat, and melody. Music therapy in pets is becoming more popular in treatment plans for separation anxiety or phobia, but listening to the right type of music has the potential to benefit all pets.

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All Thumbs: All About Dewclaws on Dogs

dogs claws

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!

old dog

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

Dog at oakhurst vet nj

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 

dog shedding
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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