Transforming Lives: 7 Amazing Ways Pets Help Children with Disabilities

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We know that pets give us unconditional love and joy. They improve our mental health, increase relaxation, and make us healthier. When it comes to children with special needs, studies show that the bond between differently-abled kids and pets can prove to be especially invaluable. There are many ways pets help children with disabilities. The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is here to explain this wonderful relationship.


Dog Tired: Avoid Over-Exercising Your Dog

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Are you over-exercising your dog during COVID-19? Exercise and fresh air are good for us and our pawed friends. During this spring, as we wait out the impact of COVID-19, most of us are staying at home with our loved ones, including the family dog. For our mental and physical health, a walk or run around the neighborhood is about the only way to escape the house. You grab the leash and the dog and head out. But how many walks are good for your dog, and how much is too much?

To avoid over-exercising your dog, your team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is here to help you stick to a pet friendly, healthy exercise regiment.


An Integrative Approach to Cardiopulmonary Disease in Dogs

Cardiopulmonary disease in dogs affects the heart and lungs. An integrative approach pairs the disease treatment expertise of Western veterinary medicine with early prevention and holistic health support of Eastern medicine.

Your friends at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services want to explain more about cardiopulmonary disease in dogs, its prevention, and an integrative approach to its treatment.


Helpful Tips for Finding a Dog Walker

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Busy people or travelers can need help in finding a dog walker. Your dog loves his walks. You know he does! And your pet needs daily exercise, so what is the best solution when you are busy or away? A dog walker, of course. But how do you find a dependable, experienced one?

The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is here to help you in finding a dog walker both you and your pet will love.


Does My Dog Need A Friend?

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Everyone needs a friend. After all, it’s good to have a companion who understands you and respects your needs. But does my dog need a friend? The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services with our friends at is here to help you answer that question. 

Dogs belong to the Canidae family, i.e. the family of wolves and foxes. Fortunately, dogs are domesticated and social animals. They enjoy friendly interactions with familiar humans or other animals and tend to avoid isolation. 

That being said, every dog is different has its own temperament and preferences. Some dogs prefer to live alone with their owners, while others prefer having another dog friend in the house. How can you decide if your particular dog would enjoy having another dog in the house? It starts with a little observation and research. 


Can I Take My Dog on Uber and Public Transportation?

Can I take my dog on Uber or other public transportation? This is a question that comes up often. In today’s world, many of us need public transportation at some point. One of our primary modes of transit is Uber, or a similar rideshare service. A common question when you are traveling with a furry friend is whether you can take them with you.

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is here to answer your questions about whether you can take your dog on Uber and other transit services.


Types of Dog Barks and What They Mean

Dogs are truly man’s best friend. They always have our back, no matter what. Not only are they loyal, but they are loving, and great best friends for our kids. We just wish we could know what is on their minds.

How awesome would it be to get home from work, and be able to have a conversation with your furry friend about your day as well as their day? Believe it or not, you can interpret quite a lot about what they are saying through the types of dog barks you’re hearing. Your chats may not be long, but you can understand what barks mean to determine whether your dog is happy, sad, or something else entirely.


The A B C’s of the Humble Litter Box

As cat owners, we may not give a lot of thought to the humble litter box. After all, among the many things needed to care for our kitty friend, the best litter box probably isn’t on the top of our wish list. But your pet’s litter is an important part of keeping kitty happy and going where she should. A litter box can turn troublesome when problems with accidents and smells, among other issues, become apparent.

This is why your veterinary partners at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services are here to relay the basics of the litter box and what your choices can mean for your cat.


Tummy Troubles: Pet Stomach Problems and How to Resolve Them

Pets explore the world with their mouths. They will try a bite of almost anything in their paths, and it is no surprise that their favorite pastime is eating. When a pet overindulges or has stomach upset, it can be uncomfortable for them and sometimes trigger an emergency

Pet stomach problems are a common concern and a frequent reason for visits to our emergency room. The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is here to explain reasons for tummy troubles and their prevention. Read on to learn more.


Always In Your Heart: Pet Memorial Keepsakes

Pet memorial keepsakes. One of the hardest things any pet owner can face is the time when your pet must cross the rainbow bridge. Losing a beloved pet is a time of great sorrow, but also one of remembrance of the wonderful traits and moments your pet shared with you. Many pet owners memorialize their pet in a wide variety of ways, through displaying artistic photos or paintings to planting a beautiful garden in their honor.

There are several keepsakes that are unique and meaningful for those who have lost a four-legged friend. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for pet memorial keepsakes we’re sure you will cherish.