The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

a golden retriever wearing an e collar.

Spaying or neutering cats and dogs has become a relatively universal practice. Shelter animals are “fixed” before they hit the adoption floor, and most breeder contracts stipulate that pets must be spayed or neutered by a certain age. And yet, many animals do not undergo this important surgical procedure. There are many benefits of spaying or neutering your pet that goes far beyond reducing unwanted litters and behavioral changes. Remarkably, surgical sterilization has the potential to positively impact the community and so much more.


Understanding Pet Vaccinations: What Every Owner Should Know

beagle getting a vaccine.

There are so many facets to responsible pet ownership, and preventing contagious diseases ranks pretty high on the list. Aside from the vaccinations that a puppy or kitten receives to be safely inoculated from various illnesses, there are numerous boosters of core and non-core vaccinations that provide the greatest defense against disease. Because we know firsthand the devastation associated with contracting a completely preventable disease, we off this primer on the most important pet vaccinations.


Back to School Blues: Helping Pets Adjust

Dog looking sad.

By: Karen Fazio, CDBC

Back to school is an exciting time for most families, but not always for their pets. Sudden changes in routines, withdrawal of attention, and turning back clocks can cause some pets to exhibit unwanted issues.  These issues can include depression, separation anxiety and destructive behaviors.

Luckily, there are some things we can do, 1-2 weeks before school starts, that may help your pet(s) adjust to such a big change in their schedule and routine.


Pet Safety and Gardening: How to Create a Pet-Friendly Outdoor Space

dog with gardening gloves.

What could be more enticing to a curious cat or a playful puppy than a freshly sown vegetable garden or flower bed? Pets love to romp, dig, and sample the greenery around them, so if you’re a gardener with pets, it’s important to keep your outdoor spaces pet friendly.

Try these tips from our caring team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital to create a backyard pet paradise where your cat or dog can freely and safely explore.


Why Leaving Your Dog in a Hot Car is Never Okay

Dog in car.

You and your canine companion go together like peanut butter and jelly, and while your loyal sidekick is always happiest by your side, there are times when leaving him at home is the safest option. We endure some long winters here in New Jersey, and we understand that it’s tempting to want to enjoy every moment of the summer with your dog. But if your car trip includes any stop at all, leaving your dog at home is the kindest—and safest—thing you can do for your pet.

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we take pet safety seriously, and we want all pet families to understand the dangers of leaving animals in hot cars.


The Best Summer Has to Offer: Outdoor Safety and Your Pet

Outdoor safety and your pet is an important part of keeping your pet healthy and happy.

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…”
Who can resist all the wonderful outdoor activities this time of year? There are so many fun opportunities for exercise, socializing, and rest and relaxation! The benefits increase tenfold when we’re able to share the great outdoors with our pet family members.

Like most things that involve our animal companions, outdoor safety and your pet is a topic that deserves close attention. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has some key pointers to help you prepare for summer fun in New Jersey with your favorite furry pal.


Preparing Your Pet for Surgery: Tips for a Smooth and Safe Experience

A doodle wearing a cone.

Almost all pets will need to undergo anesthesia at some point during their life; whether it is for a spay/neuter, an elective procedure like a dental cleaning, or an emergency procedure. Pre-operative care for pets is important, and your role as an owner is key when it comes to pet surgery preparation. 


The Top 10 Common Pet Emergencies: A Guide to Recognizing and Responding to Urgent Situations

a labrador at the vet.

When our pets are injured or seriously ill, it seems like nothing else matters. But sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish between pet emergencies and other health conditions that can wait for a scheduled appointment. Certain situations indicate true pet emergencies, and our team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has put together a list of 10 to keep in mind.


From Nose to Tail: The Comprehensive Veterinary Exam

a black dog seeing the vet.

Aside from the special opportunity to meet or get to know your pet a little better, our comprehensive veterinary exams promote overall health and well-being. Scheduled every 6–12 months, this appointment focuses on preventive practices. Sometimes, this routine visit leads us to pursue more knowledge about a pet’s overall well-being. Diagnostics or procedures can follow the wellness exam, all in an effort to detect and treat health conditions long before they cause lasting problems.