The Benefits of Socialization for Pets: Summer Playdates and Beyond

a big dog and little dog greet each other.

As we spend more time outdoors in the warm weather, it’s the perfect opportunity to consider the social needs of our furry friends. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we understand the importance of socializing new pets, not just for their emotional well-being but also for their overall health. Socialization is a critical aspect of pet care that can prevent pet fear, anxiety, and aggression, and lead to happier, more well-adjusted animals. 

Let’s look at how summer playdates and ongoing socialization can make a world of difference for your pets.


Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Pets

two innocent looking dogs after destroying a pillow.

Establishing and maintaining a pet’s daily routine is one of the best things you can do for their mental and physical health. The ability to anticipate the timing of certain events like bathroom breaks, meals, or walks gives them stability and confidence, and helps to build trust at home. Sometimes a pet’s profound attachment to their owner, combined with unsettling solitude, can lead to separation anxiety. Dealing with separation anxiety in pets can be challenging, but there are special strategies to soothe a pet’s symptoms.


Stress-Free Vet Visits: How to Calm Your Cat Before the Appointment

A tabby cat gets examined at the vet.

Cats tend to receive far less veterinary care than other household animals. Travel is a big stressor for many cats, and when a cat is stressed, their owner is stressed, too. The intense fear and anxiety related to traveling directly impacts routine care, as owners opt out of wellness visits (especially if cats appear and behave normally). With a little bit of effort, you can reduce your cat’s anxiety so he can get the veterinary care he needs.