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

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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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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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Maintain Peaceful Coexistence With Wildlife Safety For Pets

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As one of the most biologically diverse states in the country, New Jersey is home to over 1000 different species of animal wildlife. Coyotes, foxes, raccoons, snakes, and black bears are some of the species that have adapted to life near humans, and it’s not uncommon to encounter one or more during a wilderness excursion or right in our own backyards.

As wonderful as it can be to live a state so richly populated with wildlife, it’s important to stay alert, especially if you own a pet. Interactions between pets and wild animals can have disastrous consequences, which is why it’s so important to make sure you understand and implement the principles of wildlife safety for pets.

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Making Cold Weather Pet Safety a Top Priority

Pet winter safety is important to all pets, big and small

Old Man Winter has arrived here in New Jersey, and we can expect a full season of inclement if not unpredictable weather. Just as you might have unearthed all of your winter gear, winterized your car, and battened down the hatches for impending wet weather, it’s equally important to consider cold weather pet safety.

Cold weather pet safety has a lot more to it than meets the eye. Check out some of our tips and tricks for keeping your pet healthy and oh-so-cozy during the harsh winter months.

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

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…”
Outdoor safety and your pet is an important part of keeping your pet healthy and happy.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. Continue…

Weight Loss Goes High Tech: Modern Weight Management in Pets

weight management in petsThe obesity epidemic that plagues the United States has reached our pets, and the results aren’t pretty. Overweight and obese pets are at risk of many of the same health concerns as overweight humans, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, certain cancers, and decreased life span.

Keeping our pets as healthy as possible is important, but the fast-paced, busy lives so many of us lead make it difficult to keep the focus on weight management in pets. Your team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is committed to helping you optimize your pet’s health through the prevention and treatment of pet obesity.

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On The Lookout: Pet Toxins In The Home, Yard, And Urban Jungle

pet toxinsWe all want the best for our pets, and of course that includes keeping them safe from potentially poisonous substances. Because so many items commonly found in our homes, gardens, and neighborhoods can pose a hazard to our pets, it’s vital that pet parents are not only educated on the potential pet toxins, but also know what to do in the event of an accidental pet poisoning.

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What Every Pet Parent Needs to Know About Pets and Plants

pets and plantsAlthough the weather outside is still a bit frightful, spring is right around the corner. Whether you’re planning out this year’s bumper crop, preparing to add landscaping foliage, or simply enjoying the beauty of plants year-round, there’s much to be excited about as the season turns.

Curious pets are often fascinated by plants, and many will do whatever it takes to get a nibble of greenery, whether they are inside or outside the home. Because pets and plants often don’t mix, it’s important for pet owners to know which plants pose a poisoning risk and what they can do to protect their furry loved ones.

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An Important Reminder About Holiday Food Safety For Pets

food safety for petsFragrant gravy ladled over a steaming mound of mashed potatoes, crisp and golden turkey skins, vibrantly colored cranberry sauce that’s both sweet and tart. If your mouth is watering just thinking about a traditional holiday meal, you can imagine how excited your pet becomes when his or her heightened senses picks up on the aromas of the Thanksgiving and other winter holiday dinners.

It’s tempting to slip a morsel or two to a begging pet, or to nod off after a big meal before putting away the leftovers or taking out the trash, but we can be sure that our pets haven’t overlooked any of these temptations. As delicious as our holiday foods are, some of them pose serious risks to our pets.

Before the holiday season is in full swing is the perfect time to bone up on the principles of food safety for pets.

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Preparing pets for Halloween

By Karen Fazio, CDBC

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Each Halloween our pets witness very weird situations… Adults and children begin sprouting objects from their bodies (hats, cloaks, sticks, candy bags), friendly faces morph into strangers (masks and makeup), and they hear all sorts of odd sounds. One of the spookiest experiences for most is the monsters (trick-or-treaters) who threaten to enter the pet’s homes (approach the front door) unless they are shooed away by their owners (give them candy).

Halloween is a fun thrill for most of us, but it can be a really scary experience for a lot of household pets. This is especially true if these pets weren’t exposed to similar experiences while preparing pets for Halloween in a pleasant way when they were puppies or kittens. For example, during the socialization period (8- 12-weeks for dogs, 2-7 weeks for cats) a pet who was played with or handed treats by children during a Halloween party may never be frightened of costumed youngsters as an adult. However, if the pet wasn’t afforded proper socialization, it will likely grow up to be terrified or even aggressive in response to such experiences.

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