Teach Them Young: The Best Kids’ Books About Pets and Animals

A boy shows his dog something on his tablet.

Reading with your children is a great way to not only teach them about a variety of topics, but also to carve out some quality time together. Whether you already have pets at home or you are planning to get some, introducing your children to books about pets and animals gets them ready to live in a house with some furry friends. Your local library and librarian is also an excellent resource for age-appropriate titles & content. Here are some of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital’s favorites:

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Alternatives to Surrendering Your Pet

Young boy with arms around dog.

Have you been considering surrendering your pet? We understand this can be one of the most difficult and heart wrenching decisions a pet owner can face. There are times, though, that make it necessary for an owner to make a drastic decision, such as a loss of a job or a death in the family. Some pet owners also decide to relinquish a pet because of behavior issues or aggression

Before making a rash decision about surrendering, there are some other things to consider. These are some helpful options as alternatives, which we at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital hope any loving pet owner who is faced with this problem will consider. 

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Adopting A Pet with Your Significant Other: Is it Really A Good Idea?

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Whether you’re dating, engaged, or married, adopting a pet with a significant other is a huge relationship milestone. Pets bring fun, laughter, and adventure into the home, and taking care of one together can be an incredible bonding experience.

Of course, becoming “pet parents” is a big responsibility, and one that can shift the dynamics of a relationship. Before you bring a four-legged family member into your partnership, here’s some important considerations to keep in mind.

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Choose 2! Why Adopt Two Kittens at the Same Time

Whether a potential owner of a cat has space or financial constraints, or they simply just have their sights on a single kitty home, there’s nothing wrong with adopting one kitten at a time. 

A single kitten requires a good amount of time, attention, safety considerations, medical care, and gear, so it can make sense to invest in just one ball of fluff. 

On the other hand, there are many benefits of adopting two littermates or bonded pairs. We offer reasons why you should adopt two kittens simultaneously.

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Innovation, Intervention: The Many Ways We Can Help (and Handle) Feral Cats 

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A common denominator in rural, urban and suburban communities worldwide is the ubiquitous presence of cats. Some free-roamers may actually “belong” to someone, possibly somewhere nearby. But if you see them skulking around on a regular basis, they are equally likely to be stray or feral cats. 

Highly territorial and incredibly effective at reproducing, feral cat colonies need more help than you might think. Seemingly self-sufficient, these cats are prone to illness and injury, and lead relatively short lives compared to domestic felines.

All Inclusive

Feral cats haven’t had opportunities to be nurtured or socialized by humans. Stray cats, on the other hand, previously lived with people and through no fault of their own became homeless. 

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So, You’re Thinking of Adopting a New Dog?

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Adopting a new dog is exciting and fun. But it can also be quite a challenge. The commitment of dog adoption is a lifelong one; but even though it may seem a tad scary, nothing quite beats a life-long canine companion. As with most things in life, however, a little preparation can go far toward a successful outcome. 

What a Deal!

When you adopt a shelter dog, you literally save a life. An added bonus is that the shelter’s adoption fees help to pay for food, facilities, veterinary care, spaying or neutering, microchipping, and all the other expenses that go into sheltering and caring for homeless pets in your community. 

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Avoid Adoption Through a Puppy Mill, Impact the Greater Good

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Puppies are irresistible, but it’s increasingly more important to consider where they come from. Unfortunately, pet stores and online ads mask a truly horrid truth. Puppy mills, large-scale commercial breeding facilities, are notorious for keeping dogs in horrid conditions, forcefully breeding them for financial gain. 

Without attention to wellness or careful breeding, a pet unwittingly adopted from a puppy mill can have serious health conditions that are most often concealed by their cuteness.

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Plan Ahead: Protect Your Pet During a Natural Disaster – and Afterwards

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The degree to which we are successful in self-defense directly corresponds to a high level of training and preparation. In other words, very few individuals enter fights they know they’ll lose. 

When it comes to hurricane season in New Jersey, the same approach can apply. Most residents know how to protect themselves and their homes, and safeguarding a pet during a natural disaster must also rank high on the priority list.

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Fact or Fiction: The Truth About “Hypoallergenic” Dogs

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By definition, the term “hypoallergenic” refers to something unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. There are numerous dog breeds widely considered to be “allergy-friendly”, but dogs, by their very nature, cannot be truly hypoallergenic. It’s not just canine dander and hair that’s to blame for triggering human allergic responses. A specific protein in urine and saliva is also responsible.

With all that in mind, what is all this buzz at the dog park about “hypoallergenic” dogs?

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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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