Heart to Heart: The Truth About Heartworm in Cats

Heartworm in cats can be a fatal cat disease.If you have a dog, you’ve probably heard about heartworm. Most dog owners are familiar with this threat to their dog’s health, and many know that heartworm prevention is important for dogs. But what about cats?

Heartworm in cats is a growing concern in the veterinary community, but many cat owners don’t know that heartworm is a real threat to their cat’s life. In fact, studies show that less than 5% of cat owners use heartworm prevention in comparison to 50% of dog owners.

With that in mind, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital thought it was time to have a heart-to-heart chat about heartworm in cats. Continue…

The Word Around the Trough: How to Keep Up With a Hydrated Pet

Black cat drinking out of blue coffee cup on tableThere’s really no better time than August to think about your pet’s hydration needs. In other parts of the calendar year, they just seem to get what they need without too many worries. But these last few weeks of high heat and humidity can cause serious problems for animals. A hydrated pet is a healthy one, and we’ve got some tips and tricks to make it happen.

The Benefits of Water

A hydrated pet is at lower risk of developing a urinary tract infection, and they also have a healthier and more consistent internal body temperature. Water is cooling, maintains high energy levels, and flushes toxins from the body.

Take Notes

Do you know how much water your pet drinks every day? Or, one step further would be to know how much should they be drinking for maximum hydration. On average, the general rule is that for every 10 pounds of body weight, one cup of water is needed per day. If you spend a few days noticing that your 60 pound dog drinks less than 6 cups every day, it’s time to try out some new methods. Continue…

Beyond the Basics: Parasites in Pets

Golden Retriever receiving flea and tick treatment on neckParasites tend to be unpleasant things, and with summer upon us, it may seem like they’re everywhere, just waiting to latch on to your pet! What’s more, seasonal activities, like barbecuing or hiking, can expose your pet to parasites.

Most of us are already familiar with fleas and ticks, but did you know there are other parasites that can also be problematic for your pet? Let’s go beyond the basics to learn more about preventing parasites in pets.

Internal Parasites in Pets

Have you ever wondered why we want to examine your pet’s poop every year? It’s to check for evidence (eggs) of intestinal parasites. Many of these are common in pets, and some are even zoonotic (can be transmitted to humans). Here are some of the most common types of parasites in pets: Continue…

Throwing Some Shade: The Essentials of Summer Pet Safety

Giving pets shade and making sure pets have plenty of water to drink are important parts of summer pet safetyOn a warm, sunny day, it’s natural to seek out a porch, shade tree, or head inside to relax after spending time outdoors. With the intense summer sun and high UV index, it’s wise to protect your skin and avoid the heat with several rest breaks in the shade. The same is true for our animal friends, although we sometimes think they’re more resilient than they really are.

For this edition of summer pet safety, we focus on why shade is an important consideration and offer up tips on how to ensure your pet’s health and safety this season.

Why is Shade Necessary for Pets?

Pets don’t have the same advantages as humans when it comes to dealing with heat, and they have the additional burden of a fur coat. To some extent, the coat does help wick away moisture and protect the skin, but their primary mode of cooling down is through panting. When temperatures start to soar, this is not enough without lots of water and the ability to seek shade. Continue…

The Best Summer Has to Offer: Outdoor Safety and Your Pet

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…”
Outdoor safety and your pet is an important part of keeping your pet healthy and happy.Who can resist all the wonderful outdoor activities this time of year? There are so many fun opportunities for exercise, socializing, and rest and relaxation! The benefits increase tenfold when we’re able to share the great outdoors with our pet family members.

Like most things that involve our animal companions, outdoor safety and your pet is a topic that deserves close attention. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has some key pointers to help you prepare for summer fun in New Jersey with your favorite furry pal. Continue…

Fit by Fido: Increasing Exercise for You and Your Pet

Exercise for you and your pet is key to both human and pet healthSpring is finally in full swing, and while your pet isn’t concerned about getting that bikini body you’ve been envisioning, there’s great reason for increasing everyone’s level of fitness. The warm weather, gorgeous new blooms, and opportunities for beach-goers are all definite pluses when motivating yourself to come up with some exercise for you and your pet.

There are several options for dog-friendly places and activities for you and your pet this spring. We’re here to help you get started off on the right paw!

The Many Merits of Exercise for You and Your Pet

For us, exercise is needed to decrease the risk of disease, improve mood, maintain a health weight, and to stay connected with others. The same is true for our pets, who also require daily exercise in order to thrive. Continue…

The Prevention, Screening, and Treatment of Lyme Disease in Pets

Lyme disease in pets is a threat to pet healthDoes your pet enjoy the outdoors? Do you travel together to grassy or forested areas between Maine and Virginia? What about simply hanging out in the backyard? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then your pet could easily be exposed to ticks. These creepy, crawly bugs have a terrible reputation for spreading Lyme disease in pets (and people). However, just because they’re likely to cross paths with these blood-hungry parasites doesn’t mean the animals we love should be easy targets.

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What Every Pet Parent Needs to Know About Pets and Plants

pets and plantsAlthough the weather outside is still a bit frightful, spring is right around the corner. Whether you’re planning out this year’s bumper crop, preparing to add landscaping foliage, or simply enjoying the beauty of plants year-round, there’s much to be excited about as the season turns.

Curious pets are often fascinated by plants, and many will do whatever it takes to get a nibble of greenery, whether they are inside or outside the home. Because pets and plants often don’t mix, it’s important for pet owners to know which plants pose a poisoning risk and what they can do to protect their furry loved ones.

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Golden, Scarlet, and Rust: The Best Fall Pet Activities

fall pet activitiesSummer gets the old boot every year. It’s not that any of us are happy to see summer fade away, but it’s replacement is so fine and fair that it makes it easier to say goodbye to the hot, humid days. And, speaking of boots, doesn’t it feel good to tromp around in the falling leaves? That reminds us: it’s time to start scheduling all the wonderful fall pet activities you and your four-legged friend can share this autumn!

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