Achieve a Full Life With Indoor Cat Enrichment

Indoor cat enrichment.

When we enrich soil, we’re making steps toward improving or enhancing it. As a result, plant life can flourish. The same is true for the pets we care for. Dog owners enrich the lives of their dogs by engaging them with outdoor activities and plenty of exercise. 

The same cannot be said for owners of strictly indoor cats. To protect them from boredom, stress, and anxiety, an approach to indoor cat enrichment can make all the difference. It is also important to consider the kind of enrichment your cat might need. Enrichment for cats in apartments is very different than for those with plenty of space to run around and entertain themselves. Similarly, senior cat enrichment is much different than it is for kittens.

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Like a Fish! Pet Drinking Habits and What’s Normal

A cat drinking from a bowl.

Water is essential for life as we know it. From the tiniest plant to animals like elephants, we would be nothing without water. 

Most of our clients at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital have a good understanding about how important water is to their pets as well. It can make you a little crazy, though, to know exactly how much is enough and what too much water intake looks like. We are here to help calm your concerns.

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Alternatives to Surrendering Your Pet

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Have you been considering surrendering your pet? We understand this can be one of the most difficult and heart wrenching decisions a pet owner can face. There are times, though, that make it necessary for an owner to make a drastic decision, such as a loss of a job or a death in the family. Some pet owners also decide to relinquish a pet because of behavior issues or aggression

Before making a rash decision about surrendering, there are some other things to consider. These are some helpful options as alternatives, which we at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital hope any loving pet owner who is faced with this problem will consider. 

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When the Dog Bites: Navigating an Unsavory Situation

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When your dog bites someone, a lot of emotions come into play. Often disbelief, fear, denial, guilt, and sadness surface, all of which can be difficult to experience. While Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital would love to see a world where only puppy kisses exist, we know all too well that sometimes nature takes over and our sweet pets show their instinctual behaviors.

So if your dog bites someone, what do you do? Keeping your wits about you is a good start so that you can address the immediate situation and prevent it from occurring again.  

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Caring For a Blind Pet May Be One of Life’s Greatest Gifts

blind dog

When faced with caring for a blind pet, many myths are likely to surface. Things like “The pet will be harder to provide for” or “they won’t have a high quality of life.” Other thoughts such as, “will it be harder to prevent vision-related injuries” or the inability to play or exercise might also come up.

The truth is, blind pets are just like other animals who have their sight. They are equally deserving of love (perhaps even more so), absolutely up for any kind of fun, and show grit in the face of this potential challenge.

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Why Your Dog Licks You, and Is It “Okay”?

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Sloppy doggie kisses usually come with the territory of dog ownership, but this behavior doesn’t have to over shadow their other positive canine traits. In fact, just like “sit”, “stay”, or “down”, pups can be trained not to lick. After all, it’s not always welcome and it can be kind of…gross. But a slobbery, affectionate dog can also be hard to resist! That brings us to a common question among dog owners and canine appreciators: Is it okay when a dog licks you?

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Curb It! Territorial Urine Marking in Dogs

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Trying to get a dog from marking their territory is like trying to prevent them from barking. A seemingly impossible feat, right? Without a doubt, accidents, spraying or marking all come down to one thing: you want it to stop. 

But how does a frustrated dog owner do this? The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here with some tips on how to curb urine marking in dogs and some recommendations to alleviate the smell.

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Tree Dweller or Bush Dweller? The Key to Cat Personalities

The cat is a complicated creature. As a Certified Cat-Friendly Practice, though, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital tries our best to understand where these quirky, magical creatures are coming from.

Although we still have a lot to learn, cat behavior is a topic that is becoming increasingly studied and understood. One interesting theory is the tree dweller or bush dweller theory. The question of which type of plant a feline friend identifies with can help us to better understand cat personalities.

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Napoleon Complex Canine: Dealing with Small Dog Syndrome

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When your tiny dog thinks they are the boss, negative behaviors go along with it. Small dogs with attitude are referred to as Napoleon Complex dogs, land sharks, or princess pups. While at times funny and cute, these dogs can cause damage when coddled or left to their own devices. You may be surprised how many dog bite reports are a result of this untreated behavioral problem. 

The question is, what causes Small Dog Syndrome and is it something that can be treated or corrected? 

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain why these small-scale big shot dogs develop negative behaviors and habits. It is our aim to help pet parents make the necessary changes to help their four-legged friends. 

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After Shelter in Place: Helping Pets Cope with Being Alone

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After weeks and months of staying in the home and social distancing, many cities are loosening restrictions as people are returning to work and school. Returning to work and other daily life resumes for most, yet our pets may have gotten used to our presence!

Anxiety after COVID-19 has been a problem for pets who are dealing with transitional anxieties. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to help you avoid separation anxiety by helping pets cope with being alone. Let’s take a closer look!

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