One of the trickiest aspects of pet ownership is getting ahead of things before they unravel or get out of hand. This is true with regard to disease prevention, training and behaviors, and pet emergencies. To help pet owners field all the possible curveballs they may encounter, we routinely brainstorm for timely and relevant topics to discuss on our pet care blog. Some topics revolve more around health matters, such as dental care, while others highlight a lifestyle theme, like which apps are best for pet owners.

No matter your interests, we hope our pet care blog strikes a chord or two with every client throughout the year. Our continued attention to topics that owners want/need to know about helps us measure the popularity of each pet care blog.

We appreciate the time you take to read our pet care blog and hope you enjoy reviewing Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital’s top 10 blogs of 2017:

Our Top 10 Blogs of 2017

  1. Crates are Great! Why Crate Training Your Pet is Important – Whether you’ve just adopted a sweet little puppy or your adult dog is ready for additional training, crate training is one of the best methods of instilling confidence and good behavior in your pet. When your pet is properly trained, crates provide a sense of safety and security and are an invaluable tool when house-training your pet. Read More…
  2. Back to School, Back to Safety: Avoiding Pet Toxins – Regardless of how long you’ve shared your space with a four-legged companion, you are probably well aware of their propensity to sniff out food wherever it may be. Read More…
  3. A Pain in the (R)ear:  Pet Ear Infections – Ear troubles are common among household pets, and most pet lovers have experienced them first hand. A painful and often frustrating problem, pet ear infections are no fun for you or your animal. Good thing your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital are here to help! Read More…
  4. Cool Nutrition: The Best in Summer Pet Treats – The heat is on, and the rising mercury means that our pets are at an increased risk for heat-related illness. Dehydration and heatstroke are no joke, and it’s up to us to protect our four-legged friends during the summer months. Besides providing plenty of fresh water and shade, and never leaving a pet in a parked car, chilled or frozen treats are a fun and tasty way to help pets keep cool. Read More…
  5. Are pet food companies selling owners a raw deal? – Advocates of RMBDs. as well as the companies selling them, dazzle prospective buyers with anecdotal language that may include ‘biologically appropriate,’ ‘ancestral food source,’ or insinuate that they’re somehow healthier because of its compatibility with the wolf’s diet. Read More…
  6. Is Your Pet Boarding Safe? – Not all pet boarding facilities, hotels, resorts and camps are the same.  Our pets are our best friend, and we consider them to be family.  Who would you trust to take care of your family?  What safety measures would you want in place to protect your loved ones?  Would you trust them to be taken care of anywhere, with anyone? Read More…
  7. The Forgotten Cat – Cats are being poorly served when it comes to medical care.  The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are over 90 million cats in homes in the US.  This is 10 to 20 million more cats than dogs. But sadly cats only see the vet a fraction of the time that dogs do.  Cats are endearing, delightful, and loving pets.  Google reports that “Cats” are searched over 30 million times a month on the internet!  The You Tube video Keyboard Cat has been viewed over 41 million times.  There are more multi-cat households than there are multi-dogs households.  Cats bring love and happiness into families and homes.  Anyone who says they don’t like cats, just has never had or known a cat. Read More…
  8. The Do’s and Don’ts of Pet Boarding – Spring is here and summer is close on its heels, and for many of us that means the time to make travel plans has arrived. But what happens to the family pet when the summer travel season is upon us? You could bring him or her with you, which can often be fun, but the time and expense of pet-friendly travel plans may be more than many pet owners want to deal with. Read More…
  9. Helping Your Pet Cope with Thunder and Firework Phobias – Almost all pets are uncomfortable with sudden or loud sounds. Most cope with their discomfort by hiding or seeking out comfort from owners or other animals living in the home. For those classified as phobic, nothing quite compares to the intense level of fear and anxiety such pets experience when exposed to thunderstorms or fireworks. Read More…
  10. Dog Parks: 5 Reasons to Reconsider the Trip – Some dog parks are a place where highly socialized and well-behaved dogs gather; or they are the equivalent of entering a prison yard. The biggest challenge in that? Not knowing whether you are entering a good dog park, or one of the prison yard variety. Read More…

As we recycle the well-worn, dog-eared calendar of 2017, we also take a moment to reflect on all the growth and opportunity we’ve experienced at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. Above all, the times spent with you and your pet are among our favorite moments of the year. Thank you!

From our entire team to yours, we hope you have a happy and safe new year’s celebration. Cheers!