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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When You Need Us, Our Pet Boarding Service is a Click Away

Pet boarding: a pet getting ready to go on vacation boarding.

Whether you’re leaving town for business or pleasure, or a trip is planned or unexpected, we are here for your pet’s boarding needs. Our boarding services offer peace of mind whether you are going away for the weekend or leaving the country for a month. Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect from boarding at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital:

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Anything is Possible With Summer Pet Safety Measures

We’ve entered the season of endless opportunities for outdoor fun. While many pets are content to hunker down at home, others are quite involved in all manner of activities. Swimming, hiking, and traveling are all worthwhile seasonal endeavors, but they can also place your pet at risk. But don’t worry – with some planning and preparation, pets and heat safety will be a regular part of your summer routine.

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Hanging in the Balance: Cerebellar Hypoplasia in Pets

Kitten being cradled in owners arms.

Some pets are born special, but that doesn’t make them any less lovable. Their care is just as, if not more, important than for those with more typical needs. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital provides quality pet wellness care for all of our patients, no matter their obstacles.

For kittens, one of the more common congenital challenges we diagnose is something called cerebellar hypoplasia. While this may sound like an overwhelming diagnosis, these sweet babies are often capable of a quality life. 

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Pet Microchipping: There’s No Place Like Home

pet microchipping

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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Dangerous Cat Toys and Treats to Avoid

Tabby cat playing with fish toy.

Entertaining your cat can be just as fun for you as it is for them, especially when you find toys and treats they love. Most cat lovers enjoy pampering their feline friends with an assortment of toys and treats that inspire mental enrichment, exercise, and of course, yummy tastes. There are some dangerous toys and treats that every pet owner should know about and avoid, however.

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Canine Cushing’s Syndrome: A Common Conundrum

A dog drinks out of a water bowl.

When we talk about the cardiovascular system or the musculoskeletal system, most people know what we mean. Other organ systems are a little less familiar, however. This doesn’t make them any less important.

Perhaps the most nebulous body system is the endocrine system, composed of all of the glands that produce the hormones that control things like metabolism, growth, and reproduction. In veterinary medicine, problems like diabetes and thyroid dysfunction fall under the endocrine disease category. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, another common endocrine disease that we see is canine Cushing’s syndrome. This disease is often not familiar to our pet parents, but it is an important one to understand. 

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