Dogs and Ticks 101

ticks on pets

The season of the outdoors is officially here. If your dog likes to spend time outside with you, you may be thinking of backyard romps, hiking together, and even traveling to enjoy some serious outdoor adventures together.

When it comes to spending time outside, ticks are always a concern, especially in grassy or forested areas. What can you do to prevent ticks and the diseases they can spread to pets and people? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital explores.  

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Lakes, Ponds, and Water Safety for Dogs

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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 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 pooch for a paddle, make sure she can (and wants to!) swim.

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The Stinky End of the Deal: Anal Glands 101

pet anal glands

If you have ever smelled the stink that is anal gland secretions, you can’t deny that there is no other odor quite like it. That intense metallic smell is likely ingrained in your memory!

So what is the deal with anal glands and why do pets have them? Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has all the answers to your burning questions about your pet’s back door!

The Mighty Anal Glands

Anal glands, sometimes referred to as anal sacs, are two small pouches just inside the rectum. They live at about five and seven o’clock (if you care to imagine the area below the tail as a clock face).

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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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Understanding Allergies in Pets

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Many people know the challenges that come with allergies, but unfortunately, our pets can also experience an allergic reaction to many of the same environmental factors as humans.

As a result, pets can become extremely uncomfortable, and attempts to alleviate their symptoms through excessive scratching or grooming can actually make things worse (secondary health issues can occur).

Learning how to recognize and respond to allergies in pets is essential to keeping our furry friends at the top of their game.

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Good For Us, Bad For Them: The Truth About Essential Oils and Pets

essential oil and and cat

Essential oils have earned their place among those that enjoy and benefit from aromatherapy. From easing nausea to decreasing anxiety, these natural, plant-derived products have been central in the lives of many generations, and now they are part of the natural cure-all trend.

While seemingly safe and advantageous for people, essential oils and pets may be a terrible combination.

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Is It Time to Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

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There are many reasons to spay or neuter your pet. The most obvious is, of course, to eliminate the chance of puppies or kittens. But there are also far-reaching health benefits attached to the procedure that deserve attention, too.

The bottom line? This straightforward surgery not only impacts local communities by reducing overpopulation but positively affects a pet’s long-term health and wellness as well. Win-win!

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Pet Microchipping: There’s No Place Like Home

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Having a pet go missing is every owner’s worst nightmare. Of course, you drive around the neighborhood hanging “lost pet” signs and post to your social media pages, but is this enough?

While nothing is foolproof, there is a way to significantly increase the chances of a happy reunion: pet microchipping. This affordable, noninvasive procedure helps return tens of thousands of lost pets each year, and the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants you to know more about this valuable resource!

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A Stinky Situation: Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

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As wonderful as dogs are, they sure have some disgusting habits – drinking from the toilet, licking their own behinds, and eating literally everything (just to name a few!). However, eating poop may top the list of unsavory canine quirks. Honestly, could anything be worse?

Dogs eat poop for a variety of reasons, most of which are totally harmless. However, while this habit may not be cause for concern, understanding the basics behind coprophagia (poop eating) can help you curb the behavior.

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Leptospirosis: An Equal Opportunity Threat

pet bacterial infection prevention

Pet owners have no shortage of decisions to make when it comes to protecting the health of their furry companions. Making sure your pet is protected against disease should top your list of concerns, especially when it comes to something as prevalent as leptospirosis.

This dangerous bacterial infection poses a serious risk to pets and people, and it’s on the rise in the U.S. and Canada. Now is a more important time than ever to know how to safeguard your loved ones, both animal and human.

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