Keeping An Ear Out for the Many Possible Meanings of Dog Barks

dog barking

Dogs use barks to convey loneliness, hunger, playfulness, curiosity, stress, and other needs. They are masters at communication, but their success largely depends on who is listening to them. What do some of the most common dog barks sound like, and how can we answer the call?

Beyond Body Language

Dogs say a lot with their body language. We can often tell how they’re feeling based on how their ears, tail, and posture appear. Interpreting canine body language is essential to learning their needs and being able to effectively provide for them. 

Some dogs rely heavily on their body positioning to convey their emotional and physical states. These dogs may only express themselves vocally when they absolutely have to. Other pups have a unique blend of body language and barking that is highly effective at communicating with humans. 

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Finding the Perfect Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

Dog walker.

When our pets cannot join us during travel or a long work day, it can feel pretty devastating. Our little furry friends are often a big part of our family. It’s the least we can do to make sure that they are in good hands when we have to be away. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has some tips to help you find the perfect pet sitter or dog walker for your family. 

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Play All Day: The Importance of Pet Daycare

Pet daycare.

Modern dogs often face long periods of time indoors without attention, activity, or stimulation. Their owners work and travel more, busy family activities take priority, and dogs are sometimes left to their own devices. Loneliness, boredom, and fear of abandonment create stressful behavioral problems that affect us all. Pet daycare is a great option to help with these issues, and has the potential to be a game-changer for many families.

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International Travel With Your Pet Is Possible (When Rules Are Followed)

Cat in airport.

There are many good reasons to plan a trip with your pet in tow, and leaders in the hospitality industry go above and beyond to welcome both human and animal guests with equal enthusiasm. Narrowing down where you and your furry friend want to go may well be the hardest part of the process! 

While traveling abroad has become more relaxed in recent years, international travel with your pet truly cannot be approached lightly. It takes an excessive amount of preparation and planning, but then you can expect to have a much smoother trip to any destination. 

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Traveling with Pets: Tips from the Pros

Traveling with pets.

Nothing says summer like a vacation, but is your pet ready to ride along? Bringing a pet along on a trip can add another layer of fun, but can also lead to more responsibility, planning, and preparation. When traveling with pets, your furry friend’s safety, comfort, and of course fun, all need to be considered well in advance. 

Our tips for traveling with pets aim to help you and your pet make the most out of your summer vacation together!

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When You Need Us, Our Pet Boarding Service is a Click Away

Pet boarding: a pet getting ready to go on vacation boarding.

Whether you’re leaving town for business or pleasure, or a trip is planned or unexpected, we are here for your pet’s boarding needs. Our boarding services offer peace of mind whether you are going away for the weekend or leaving the country for a month. Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect from boarding at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital:

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Pet Microchipping: There’s No Place Like Home

pet microchipping

Having a pet go missing is every owner’s worst nightmare. Of course, you drive around the neighborhood hanging “lost pet” signs and post to your social media pages, but is this enough?

While nothing is foolproof, there is a way to significantly increase the chances of a happy reunion: pet microchipping. This affordable, noninvasive procedure helps return tens of thousands of lost pets each year, and the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants you to know more about this valuable resource!

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Boarding Your Pet With a Vet: The Next Best Thing to Traveling With Pets!

pet at front desk

We know how hard it is to leave your furry one behind when you travel, but there are times when this is the safest option for them. That is why having the peace of mind of knowing your pet is in good hands with a reputable, quality boarding facility is a must. Did you know that you can also board your pet with a veterinary clinic, just as you can with us? Yes! 

There are many good pet resorts out there, we agree, but when you board your pet with a vet, you get many more advantages than just a nice facility. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital are here to explain why. 

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Help! How Do I Get My Cat to the Vet?

Cat in carrier

Help! How Do I Get My Cat to the Vet?

A routine wellness exam plays a critical role in maintaining and supporting overall health. Cats should be seen at least once a year, and senior cats benefit from two annual visits. However, a majority of pet cats don’t receive the same level of veterinary attention that dogs do. 

Reasons for infrequent visits vary. In the absence of glaring ongoing symptoms, cat owners may not feel a physical exam is warranted. Other times, getting a cat to the vet can be an exercise in sheer frustration and fear. With our travel tips, we hope to see your cat more often.

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Making Cold Weather Pet Safety a Top Priority

Pet winter safety is important to all pets, big and small

Old Man Winter has arrived here in New Jersey, and we can expect a full season of inclement if not unpredictable weather. Just as you might have unearthed all of your winter gear, winterized your car, and battened down the hatches for impending wet weather, it’s equally important to consider cold weather pet safety.

Cold weather pet safety has a lot more to it than meets the eye. Check out some of our tips and tricks for keeping your pet healthy and oh-so-cozy during the harsh winter months.

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