Understanding Tracheal Collapse in Dogs

Dog coughing

A coughing dog can mean a lot of things. When a pet comes in to see one of our veterinarians at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital with this symptom, a lot of possibilities are on the list. Canine coughs can be infectious such as the ones we see with canine influenza, secondary to heart disease, or even just allergic.

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How To Choose The Perfect Name For Your Pet

Cat and dog sleeping.

Welcoming a new pet into your home is an exciting and joyful time, and one of the most exciting parts of adopting a pet is picking their name! Choosing the perfect name for your new pet is a big decision, because you want the name to be a reflection of both your family and the pet’s personality. Not only do names hold significance, but your new companion will get used to responding to it for the rest of their life. 

It can be difficult to choose between so many great options! The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has put together this fun and helpful guide to choosing the perfect name for your new pet. 

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How to Know if You Have a Pet Emergency

What should I do if my pet has an emergency?

If there is one thing on which we can all agree, it’s that no pet owner ever wants to utter the words “pet” and “emergency” in the same sentence. Sometimes, though, our furry friends become sick or injured in a critical way, making the need for emergency pet care inevitable. 

As your pet’s advocate, it is important for you to be able to recognize the signs of a pet emergency, how to help a pet in distress, and to discern when veterinary care can wait for a scheduled appointment. You might be asking yourself, “what should I do if my pet has an emergency,” and the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to help.

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

How to evacuate with a pet.

Although we cannot account for everything in life, the degree to which we are successful in emergencies can directly correspond to a high level of preparation.

When it comes to hurricane season in New Jersey, preparation is key, especially when preparing pet emergency preparedness kits. As you think about protecting yourself and your home, make sure you consider how to evacuate with pets in the unlikely event of an emergency.

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Why Your Cat Is Losing Hair and What to Do

Cat looking at shed hair.

Pet lovers know and accept, to some extent anyways, that pet hair is a part of their life. While you may be able to overlook it on your favorite chair or your black dress pants, pet hair is definitely a little more alarming when you can see signs of hair loss on the animal itself.

If your cat is losing hair at an alarming rate, has bald patches, or sores, it is time for Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital to get involved. 

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Reasons Your Pet is Not Eating and When to Worry

Cat staring at food not eating.

For many, pets are like children and when something is not right, it can be quite worrisome. Change is not always a cause for panic, though. If your pet is not eating, there can be many reasons. Some are benign and others quite serious. Thankfully for you, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has a few tips to help you decide whether to worry when your pet is not eating. 

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Traveling with Pets: Tips from the Pros

Traveling with pets.

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 tips for traveling with pets aim to help you and your pet make the most out of your summer vacation together!

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Lakes, Ponds, and Water Safety for Dogs

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 for water 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 dog to the river for a paddle, make sure she can (and wants to!) swim. You can go swimming with your dog on a leash as he or she learns to swim, just make sure not to force them if they are really afraid of the water.

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Pets and Bugs: Keep ‘Em Separated!

keeping pets away from bugs.

One of the trade-offs to the warm weather is, of course, insects. Whether they’re buzzing or crawling around, lying in wait, or simply minding their own business, bugs of all kinds can present serious problems for pets. Painful bites can lead to swelling and itching, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Poisonous stings and even life-threatening bacteria, viruses, or parasites should be prevented. But how do you keep pets and bugs apart?

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Frequently Asked Questions About Heartworm

Pet with heartworm preventive.

Anyone who has visited the veterinarian knows that heartworm preventives are an important element of your pet’s regular wellness care. Besides the need to give your pet this preventive each month, how much do you really know about heartworm and pets? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about heartworm in pets so you can keep your dogs and cats healthy throughout the year:

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