Lakes, Ponds, and 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 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

pet bacterial infection prevention

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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Revolution Plus for Cats: Purr-fect Protection

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You may not be able to wrap your sweet kitten in bubble wrap to protect him from the world, but we are getting better and better at providing excellent defense against potential problems.

Parasites are one of the biggest threats to our pets. Whether it’s heartworm disease carried by mosquitoes, Lyme disease in the tick population, or fleas in out their glory, parasites are a problem. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is excited to be able to offer the latest and greatest in parasite prevention for those of the feline persuasion – Zoetis’ Revolution Plus.

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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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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…