Beyond the Basics: Diving Deep Into Dental Cleaning

Dental Cleaning.

Many of us know regular dental cleanings are beneficial to our pets. With over 85% of pets over the age of 3 affected by some form of dental disease, people are becoming more aware of this common but preventable problem. If your pet gets regular dental cleanings, you’ve probably noticed cleaner teeth, fresher breath, and decreased redness around your pet’s gum line. While the results of dental cleanings are great, have you ever wondered what happens during a cleaning? We thought you might!

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Step by Step: The Pet Dental Exam Decoded

pet dental examDespite the fact that most of us tend to our oral hygiene daily and see our dentist for cleanings and exams, not much thought is given to dental care for our pets. The idea of brushing a dog or cat’s teeth may seem daunting to many of us, but neglecting our pets’ oral health can lead to serious consequences down the line.

Professional dental care is an essential step in your furry loved one’s wellness plan. Your team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure you know what is involved in a pet dental exam and why it is so important for your pet’s health.

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Back to School Blues: Helping Pets Adjust

Dog looking sad.

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.

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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. 

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Pet Toys: Providing Fun and Educational Play for Pets

A dog running with a toy.

Playing with our pets is fun—and quite necessary for the healthy psychological development of our furry friends. For dogs and cats, pet toys often play a major role in playtime and their development, as they provide mental stimulation, learning opportunities, and a chance for pets to interact and bond with their humans.

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Beyond Companionship: The Best Pets for Older Adults

Senior citizen with pet.

In a perfect world, those who love animals would be surrounded by them. Unfortunately, as people age, their physical and financial capabilities begin to decrease. This means that a previous aficionado of, say, large, energetic breeds may need to scale back a bit in the interest of safety, and in order to meet the demands of their pet of choice. The best pets for older adults can check all the boxes while keeping everyone safe, happy, and healthy.

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Can Having Pets Help Anxiety?

A man spending time with his dog.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses diagnosed in Americans. Many utilize therapy of varying kinds as well as medications to manage the disease. Have you ever wondered, though, if having pets can help anxiety? In short, the answer is yes, and Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is excited to share how.

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Do You Know Your Pet’s Carbon Footprint?

owner holding dog's paw

If you are concerned with your impact on the environment, you may have questioned whether or not your pet has a big carbon footprint.

Although the exact figure varies from pet to pet, there are many aspects of pet ownership that put some stress on the planet. One of the biggest stressors on the environment is the production of pet products; everything from toys, supplies, and even medical procedures creates waste. Transporting these items and pet food also uses gas and emits carbon emissions into the air.

How can you, and eco-conscious pet owner reduce this impact?

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A Pain in the (R)ear:  Pet Ear Infections

Ear troubles are common among household pets, and most pet lovers have experienced them first hand. A painful and often frustrating problem, pet ear infections are no fun for you or your animal. Good thing your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital are here to help!

All About Pet Ear Infections

Pet ear infections are typically not the same as ear infections that humans experience. When we suffer from an ear infection, the problem usually resides in the middle ear behind the eardrum. While pets can also suffer from this, they most commonly have trouble in the external ear canal and ear flap (pinna). This is called otitis externa.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Pet Boarding

pet boardingSpring is here and summer is close on its heels, and for many of us that means the time to make travel plans has arrived. But what happens to the family pet when the summer travel season is upon us? You could bring him or her with you, which can often be fun, but the time and expense of pet-friendly travel plans may be more than many pet owners want to deal with.

Asking family or friends to watch your pet isn’t always the best option either, which leaves many pet owners to look at boarding kennels as the solution to their pet care problem.

Professional pet boarding can provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your pet is well taken care of while you are away. Indeed, more than 30 million pet owners utilize professional boarding kennels for their pets each year.

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