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

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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

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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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When Darkness Falls: Night Time Dangers for Cats (and Owners) to Consider

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Some cats, despite our best efforts, demand to go outdoors. While we know that outside can hold some additional worries for kitty caregivers, things are even more dicey when darkness falls. 

Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital can think of a few night time dangers for cats that make it a little easier to insist that your pet stay in at night.

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Skunked! What to Do When Your Dog Stinks 

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Every dog gets a little stinky from time to time – they aren’t exactly known for their discretion when it comes to rolling in something rotten, after all. A dog who has been skunked, however, is a totally different ball game. 

We’ve seen our share of skunked dogs here at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, and we’d like to share our tried and true tips for remedying this stinky situation.

The Down and Dirty Details

Skunks spray their stink from their anal sacs, located just inside their rectum. Their anal sacs, unlike those of dogs and cats, can be expressed on demand and with stunning accuracy. 

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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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Traveling with Pets: Tips from the Pros

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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 pet travel tips 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

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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 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 pooch for a paddle, make sure she can (and wants to!) swim.

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Pet Microchipping: There’s No Place Like Home

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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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Leptospirosis: An Equal Opportunity Threat

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Pet owners have no shortage of decisions to make when it comes to protecting the health of their furry companions. Making sure your pet is protected against disease should top your list of concerns, especially when it comes to something as prevalent as leptospirosis.

This dangerous bacterial infection poses a serious risk to pets and people, and it’s on the rise in the U.S. and Canada. Now is a more important time than ever to know how to safeguard your loved ones, both animal and human.

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Maintain Peaceful Coexistence With Wildlife Safety For Pets

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As one of the most biologically diverse states in the country, New Jersey is home to over 1000 different species of animal wildlife. Coyotes, foxes, raccoons, snakes, and black bears are some of the species that have adapted to life near humans, and it’s not uncommon to encounter one or more during a wilderness excursion or right in our own backyards.

As wonderful as it can be to live a state so richly populated with wildlife, it’s important to stay alert, especially if you own a pet. Interactions between pets and wild animals can have disastrous consequences, which is why it’s so important to make sure you understand and implement the principles of wildlife safety for pets.

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