Understanding Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus is a serious illness for dogs.

Most dog owners have heard of canine parvovirus, especially if they’ve adopted a puppy. The canine parvovirus vaccine is one of the first shots a puppy will receive–and for good reason. This highly contagious disease is often fatal and is extremely prevalent in our environment.

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we want to make sure pet owners have all the information they need to protect their dogs from canine parvovirus.

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Rocky Mountain High: Your Guide to Altitude Sickness in Pets

Altitude sickness in pets.

Whether you decide to take your dog on a weekend hike in the mountains of northern New Jersey or are taking your pet to visit your sister in Denver, you may have some questions. Is altitude sickness in pets a concern? If so, what do you need to do? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has the answers to all your questions. 

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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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Lakes, Ponds, and Water Safety for Dogs

Water safety for dogs.

In our neck of the woods, it’s common to take your dog to the lake for a game of water fetch at the end of the day or on weekends. But there are some considerations for water safety, especially in lakes and ponds. As your partner in your dog’s health, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital takes you through what you should know about water safety for dogs.

A Swimmer Or No?

Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs can swim. Long-bodied, short-legged, and flat-faced dogs are not anatomically designed for the water. So before you take your dog to the river for a paddle, make sure she can (and wants to!) swim. You can go swimming with your dog on a leash as he or she learns to swim, just make sure not to force them if they are really afraid of the water.

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Pets and Bugs: Keep ‘Em Separated!

keeping pets away from bugs.

One of the trade-offs to the warm weather is, of course, insects. Whether they’re buzzing or crawling around, lying in wait, or simply minding their own business, bugs of all kinds can present serious problems for pets. Painful bites can lead to swelling and itching, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Poisonous stings and even life-threatening bacteria, viruses, or parasites should be prevented. But how do you keep pets and bugs apart?

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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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Backyards to Bouquets: Checking for Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Blue hydrangeas in bloom.

We are fast approaching spring, one of New Jersey’s finest seasons. Squeezed in between winter’s frigid ice storms and summer’s breeze-less humidity, spring is the perfect time to enjoy our state’s natural beauty. 

Most pet owners know about the dangers associated with Easter lilies, but there are so many more plants that are poisonous to pets. Don’t worry: we’ve got your bases covered.

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Sun, Sand, and Paws: Why Your Dog Should Wear Sunscreen

dog rolling in grass

Before most of us venture out in the sun, we have the ritual of putting sunscreen on. Intense ultraviolet rays not only cause damage to the skin but can increase cancer risk. Sun protection is important for everyone, and that also includes our pet companions. 

Many pet owners ask us if their dog should wear sunscreen. The simple answer is yes, but there are a few steps to consider before you grab a bottle of that dog sunblock. Your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital are here to explain the advantages of sun protection and dog sunblock, so we can help your pet enjoy a great, burn-free summer.

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Pet Safe Pesticides: Putting the Nix on the Nasties

cat laying in grass

There are many fabulous things about the summer – popsicles, the pool, and fireworks are just a few that come to mind. With the warmer temperatures, though, come some downsides, as well. 

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital the creepy crawly things of summer top our list. From ants and mosquitoes, to fleas to hornet nests, pest numbers increase with the sunshine. 

While the urge to eradicate these things is real, it is important to remember that our dogs and cats share an environment with them and that killing some bugs can harm pets, too. 

Thankfully, pet safe pesticides and control options do exist. 

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