A Brief (and Amazing) History of Dogs as Companions

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There’s no question that dogs are pretty amazing. After all, they are the only animal that has worked, protected, played, and snuggled alongside us for thousands of years.

Dogs as companions have been a constant throughout much of human history, but researchers are only just beginning to understand how far back this relationship goes, and how it all came to be.

The First Dog?

The undisputed first example, by archeological and DNA evidence, of the modern dog is the Bonn-Oberkassel dog, dating back to around 14,220 years ago. The remains of this dog (the right mandible to be specific) were discovered buried alongside humans during basalt quarrying in Oberkassel, Germany in 1914.

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The Wonderful World of DIY Pet Treats

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If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably found yourself with a little (or a lot of) extra time on your hands lately. Staring at the same four walls can get a little old, and there are only so many projects to finish or Netflix series to binge. Spending a little extra quality time with Fido or Fluffy may be just the thing to ease the tension and boredom of another long afternoon. 

While we highly recommend walks, fetch, and games of feather chase (meow!), whipping up a batch of DIY pet treats is also high on the list. We’ve found some scrumptious, and healthy, ideas your pet is sure to go bananas for – and that won’t add a ton of extra calories to their diet!

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Beyond the Cute Factor, Why Do Cats Have Whiskers? 

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In the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews’ character, Maria, sings about a few of her favorite things. The top of the list – even before copper kettles and brown-paper packages tied up with string – includes “whiskers on kittens.”

Of course, whiskers on kittens and adult cats are quite adorable, but do they actually serve a purpose? Indeed, cats have whiskers for many reasons! And incredible abilities of cat whiskers give us even more reasons to love felines! 

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Pets and Depression 

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Does your pet seem sad? Pets can experience depression similar to the kind we as humans experience. But unlike us, our pets don’t have the option to tell us when they feel sad or depressed. Although there is much less research in the area of pet depression (of course) than there is in human depression, we have plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that pets can and do get depressed. 

So how do you know if your pet is experiencing depression? And what should you do about it? Keep reading for some information and ideas from your team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

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Leaving Your Pet Home Alone Can Be Really Hard – For Both of You

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Pet owners of this modern age are not only allowed to bring their pets to public places, they’re heartily encouraged to share experiences with their best buddies. Big box stores, hotels, and office buildings often roll out the welcome mat for pets, and owners are likely to travel with their pets than without them. 

Despite our preferences to spend every moment with them, there are some times we have to leave a pet home alone. This begs the question: how long is too long to leave them?

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What the Heck Is Reverse Sneezing… 

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It is certainly true that our pets make strange noises every now and then. Sneezes, snorts, coughs, scratches, and so on that make up the auditory delight that is our furry friends. But there are some sounds that can be more concerning than others. A sudden gagging or honk noise is something to be investigated.

Reverse sneezing is a common condition in small and brachycephalic dogs. There are a few different things that can contribute to this condition and the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain what it is and how you can help your pet.

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Three Cheers for Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2019!

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There are many reasons why we brainstorm, write and publish approximately 50 pet care blogs a year. Primarily, we enjoy providing our ever-growing community of pet owners with strategies to maintain excellent pet health. 

Whether it’s a blog about specific illness or animal behavior, our goal is to keep the flow of information going strong. In so doing, we aim to positively impact pet wellness at home – and soothe an owner’s doubts or concerns at the same time.

In a world that processes data faster than ever before, we hope that our pet care blogs find their way into your weekly reading. Amazingly, we can measure their popularity, and reflect on which ones our readers liked the best. 

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Is It Possible? How to Know if You Have Too Many Pets

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In a perfect pet world, we can adopt a farm full of animals, saving them from a life in the shelter. We envision having every breed of pup and kit, and some small mammals, reptiles, birds, and where do we even begin! Some pet owners understandably want to open their doors to as many pets as they can, but is there a limit to how many a person can handle?

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explore the line between having a full house versus hoarding. 

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Boarding Your Pet With a Vet: The Next Best Thing to Traveling With Pets!

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We know how hard it is to leave your furry one behind when you travel, but there are times when this is the safest option for them. That is why having the peace of mind of knowing your pet is in good hands with a reputable, quality boarding facility is a must. Did you know that you can also board your pet with a veterinary clinic, just as you can with us? Yes! 

There are many good pet resorts out there, we agree, but when you board your pet with a vet, you get many more advantages than just a nice facility. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital are here to explain why. 

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‘Tis the Season! The Best Gifts for Pet Lovers

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Depending on where you sit, the holidays can announce themselves with great predictability, or knock us off our feet. We all know it’s time to start shopping, yet it’s just so tempting to procrastinate until it’s almost too late.

The pet lovers on your holiday gift list may be some of the easiest people to shop for, especially with the suggestions from Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital that get the ball rolling. 

Skip the Stress

The internet has made shopping exponentially more fun and interesting (not to mention comfortable!). But truly the best part about shopping online is that it’s so convenient. And with sites taking payment methods like Paypal or Venmo, sending the right gifts for pet lovers has never been so uncomplicated.

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