Avoid Adoption Through a Puppy Mill, Impact the Greater Good

Puppies are irresistible, but it’s increasingly more important to consider where they come from. Unfortunately, pet stores and online ads mask a truly horrid truth. Puppy mills, large-scale commercial breeding facilities, are notorious for keeping dogs in horrid conditions, forcefully breeding them for financial gain. 

Without attention to wellness or careful breeding, a pet unwittingly adopted from a puppy mill can have serious health conditions that are most often concealed by their cuteness.

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Makin’ Biscuits: Why Do Cats Knead?

If you’ve ever pondered your cat’s unique behavior, you’re not alone. From a love of cardboard boxes, to sleeping in circles, to pouncing on your feet, cats have no shortage of quirks. 

Among these might be the rhythmic motion your cat makes with her paws, pressing in and out, as she sits on your lap. Also known as kneading, this behavior gets its name because it resembles a baker working bread dough. 

But why do cats knead? Come along with Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital as we explore this question. 

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Achieve a Full Life With Indoor Cat Enrichment

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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.

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Hospice Care for Pets

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Approaching the end of life with our best pet friends is not something any of us look forward to. But sadly, our pets seldom outlive us. Thinking about our wishes and hopes for our pets’ last days is an important and compassionate thing to do. 

When our pet receives a diagnosis of a terminal illness or has a permanently debilitating condition it can be hard to know where to turn. Our pets are family, and these discussions can be difficult at best, and devastating at worst. That’s why Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital offers hospice care for pets. 

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Plan Ahead: Protect Your Pet During a Natural Disaster – and Afterwards

The degree to which we are successful in self-defense directly corresponds to a high level of training and preparation. In other words, very few individuals enter fights they know they’ll lose. 

When it comes to hurricane season in New Jersey, the same approach can apply. Most residents know how to protect themselves and their homes, and safeguarding a pet during a natural disaster must also rank high on the priority list.

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Freaky Felines: Weird Cat Behaviors Decoded

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You love your cat, but sometimes it can feel as if you just don’t understand each other. Why does Fluffy seem to enjoy being petted one minute, and attack your hand the next? What do those slow blinks mean? And what’s the deal with the strange chirping sounds he makes when he spies a tasty looking bird or squirrel through the kitchen window?

These and other quirks are part of the joy of cat ownership, and understanding them can lead to a better relationship with your sweet kitty. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has tackled our favorite weird cat behaviors…for your reading pleasure….

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Pet Loss: What to Expect When it’s Time to Say Goodbye

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When we adopt a pet, we are well aware of the likelihood that we’ll probably outlive them. Regardless, nothing can prepare a pet owner for the devastation that follows the loss of a beloved companion animal. Coping and healing during and after pet loss involves honoring your pet in a way that is meaningful to you, and seeking support from trusted family, friends, and your Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital team.

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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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Fact or Fiction: The Truth About “Hypoallergenic” Dogs

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By definition, the term “hypoallergenic” refers to something unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. There are numerous dog breeds widely considered to be “allergy-friendly”, but dogs, by their very nature, cannot be truly hypoallergenic. It’s not just canine dander and hair that’s to blame for triggering human allergic responses. A specific protein in urine and saliva is also responsible.

With all that in mind, what is all this buzz at the dog park about “hypoallergenic” dogs?

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A Helping Paw: The Incredible World of Working Dogs

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We’ve all witnessed or heard stories about incredible service animals and working dogs who are trained to help people. From assisting a visually impaired owner to comforting a soldier suffering from PTSD, there’s no end to the contributions these animals make.

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to take a moment to recognize and pay tribute to working dogs!

Working Dogs 101

Dogs have evolved alongside humans for millennia and have performed invaluable tasks throughout history, such as guarding, herding, hunting, pulling, and more.

Nowadays, most dogs serve as companions, but some are also trained to perform certain tasks that make our lives easier.

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