Why Do Cats Knock Everything Over?

A cartoon of a cat knocking a photo off a desk.

Why do cats knock everything over or off onto the floor? If you are a cat owner, you probably know all about your feline companion’s love of knocking things over. Are your treasured knickknacks and breakables put away? Have you set down your glass of water just to watch your pal send it floorward? What’s with this destruction? Are they doing it from spite?

The reasons why cats knock everything over is the subject of many social media memes, but we at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services understand the frustration. We are here to explain this behavior and what you can do to curb it. 

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Cold Weather Danger: Hypothermia in Dogs

A dog lays curled up on a snowy landscape.

Cold weather is something we all have to deal with in the Midwest, and this includes our pets. That’s why it’s important to understand the signs of hypothermia in dogs and its prevention. Aside from being unpleasant when you have to go outside, very frosty days can spell trouble for pets. 

Hypothermia is not so uncommon in our four-legged friends. It is a higher risk for dogs left outside most of the time in winter, but dogs in cold buildings or small dogs that are outside too long are also at risk of suffering hypothermia. 

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is here to help you learn more about hypothermia and what you can do to keep your pet safe this season.

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How to Potty Train Your Puppy During the Winter

Most of us want to stay inside when it is cold outside. The house is cozy and warm. Add snow, ice, or other inclement weather to the mix, and who the heck wants to go out? Your puppy may also be reluctant to go out into the snow and ice, but they have to “do their business” regardless of the chill. When you are housetraining your young pup, the winter months can add more challenge to an already challenging task.

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services sympathizes with the process of housetraining your little one. We are here with 5 tips for how to potty train your puppy during the brisk days of winter.

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7 Conditions That Affect Small Dogs

Small dog breeds are popular with many pet owners due to their small stature and big personalities. Top breeds like Pugs, Chihuahuas, Terriers, Pomeranians, and other tiny dogs are trendy with those with limited space and a passion for their convenient and adorable size. Small dogs, though, are at greater risk for specific health conditions that primarily affect the minuscule breeds.

The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is here to explain some of the conditions that affect small dogs. Understanding the challenges of small dog breeds can hopefully help you better care for your best friend.

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Common Cat Parasites and How to Prevent Them

Kittens and cats are prone to a variety of parasites, both internal and external. Cat parasites are not pleasant dinner conversation, but they are something you should be aware of and discuss with your veterinarian. These invasive foes can lurk in your pet’s body without you even knowing it until your cat’s symptoms worsen.

To help protect your precious feline from exposure, the OVRS team is here to provide more information about cat parasites.

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The Lowdown on Cat and Dog Treats

Treats are an important part of rewarding your dog or cat. In moderation, cat and dog treats are great. They offer motivation during house training and basic commands, offer appeasement during times of stress, let you to bond with your pet, and are just generally tasty. But food-based rewards can also lead to obesity and health problems. 

Your team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services understands the importance of pet treats. This blog is to give you insights into pet treats and suggest forms of reward that are healthy alternatives to treats.

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Preparing Your Pet for Surgery

A yellowish dog lays sleeping with a cone around its neck like one that is used to keep the surgery wounds clean after surgery.

Preparing your pet for surgery can be stressful. There are many things to consider and you may be dealing with a companion that is injured or feeling under the weather. Being prepared prior to surgery will give your pet the best odds of a swift, safe, and successful recovery. 

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services has a team of board-certified surgeons and surgical staff. They perform many advanced surgeries to help, treat, and cure our beloved fur friends. Here are a few tips to help you in preparing for the big day.

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Giving You and Your Pet a Stress-Free Holiday

A holiday centric photo of a yellow colored dog wearing novelty reindeer antlers and panting.

Can you feel it? The frazzle with the dazzle that comes this time of year. Chances are, if you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the holidays, your pet may be feeling it too. Stress during the holidays is common, and you may have found ways to cope with it, like meditation and yoga. But what about your pet? 

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services aims to give you our suggestions for keeping the chaos from causing issues with your pet. Here are some of our favorites for giving your pet a stress-free holiday.

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More Creative Ways to Keep Your Dog Active In Winter

When the days are short and the nights longer, it’s easy for most of us — including our dogs — to get bored and restless. Add the cold and busyness of the holiday season, and those long winter months can lead to boredom, behavior problems, and general lethargy. Our pets need daily exercise and enrichment to stay at their best, but winter can throw a wrench in those activities. 

We’ve written about fun cold-weather activities and indoor enrichment. The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is back with eight more suggestions to help keep your dog active in winter. With a little bit of creativity and effort, your furry friend won’t be bored through the cold months.

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Your Perfect Paw Pal: How to Choose the Right Cat

Wondering how to choose the right cat for you? Looking for a new best furry feline is an exciting time. Whether you already have a lovable cat at home and want to add another, or this is your first time adopting a cat, you are in luck. Cats make wonderful companions with their curiosity, warmth, antics, and unconditional love. Cats have varied personalities and activity levels. A kitten, an adult cat and a senior cat are very different. Here’s how to choose the right cat for you.

Choosing a cat is a big decision. Choosing your new cat from a shelter is an especially loving act. Many shelters and rescues are overtaxed with the number of animals they must care for. The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services wants to help you find your perfect meowy friend for a match made in heaven.

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