The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

a golden retriever wearing an e collar.

Spaying or neutering cats and dogs has become a relatively universal practice. Shelter animals are “fixed” before they hit the adoption floor, and most breeder contracts stipulate that pets must be spayed or neutered by a certain age. And yet, many animals do not undergo this important surgical procedure. There are many benefits of spaying or neutering your pet that goes far beyond reducing unwanted litters and behavioral changes. Remarkably, surgical sterilization has the potential to positively impact the community and so much more.


What to Do When Your Dog is in Heat

Dog in heat.

Puppies are cute, but the process to get them is not always so adorable. If you have an intact female dog, you may be wondering what to do when your dog is in heat, how long it will last, and how to tell when it is happening. Not to worry; Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to help you through it. 


A Plethora of Pus: All About Pyometra in Pets

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One of the biggest health risks associated with having a dog or cat who has not been spayed is the development of a pyometra. Infection of the uterus itself, pyometra is one of the most common reproductive problems we diagnose in pets at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. Besides being common, it is also potentially fatal. Pyometra is nothing for pet owners to ignore!


Do You Know Your Pet’s Carbon Footprint?

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If you are concerned with your impact on the environment, you may have questioned whether or not your pet has a big carbon footprint.

Although the exact figure varies from pet to pet, there are many aspects of pet ownership that put some stress on the planet. One of the biggest stressors on the environment is the production of pet products; everything from toys, supplies, and even medical procedures creates waste. Transporting these items and pet food also uses gas and emits carbon emissions into the air.

How can you, and eco-conscious pet owner reduce this impact?


Is It Time to Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

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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!