Obesity in Pets

Obesity in pets is one of the biggest threats to pet health. In the United States, over half of the pet population is overweight or obese. Just as in humans, this can lead to health issues such as joint disease, high blood pressure, organ disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. Obesity in pets also negatively impacts quality of life and shortens lifespan.

The good news is that obesity can be managed, and pets can lose weight and become healthier once again. Keep reading for tips on how to tell if your pet is obese and what you can do about it.

Is Your Pet Overweight?

Because pets can accumulate extra weight gradually, you may not even notice that your pet is overweight. To know for sure, we use a tool called a Body Condition Score. This scale is used by veterinarians to standardize the level of a pet’s weight and to formulate a weight loss plan based on lifestyle, age, and breed. Learn more about your pet’s body condition score during their next pet wellness exam. Continue…

Pain-Free and Fancy Free: A Spotlight on Pain Management in Pets

Pain management in pets is part of pet health careOur pets are among the most important things in our lives. Not only are they beloved members of the family, but we also gladly accept their health, wellness, and comfort as our responsibility. Watching a pet suffering from pain is heart wrenching, and it can be difficult to know what to do or how to help.

Fortunately, veterinary science has made significant strides when it comes to pain management in pets. We now know that pets feel pain in much the same way as humans, and we’re better able to recognize the signs and work to prevent, treat, and manage pet pain.

Why Controlling Pain is so Important

Animals can experience acute or chronic pain for a wide variety of reasons. An injury, orthopedic issue, surgery, or illness can result in pain. Left untreated, pain can significantly decrease quality of life, increase stress and anxiety, and even negatively affect the rate of healing. Recognizing and treating pet pain has always been, and will continue to be, one of our most important goals. Continue…

Canine Influenza and Vaccination: Get the Facts

vetMaybe you’ve heard of the “dog flu” or canine influenza. It’s a real virus that’s highly contagious; it’s also preventable through vaccination. However, there’s a lot of misleading and incorrect information out there, so Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center has put together a simple primer on canine influenza and vaccination.

What is Canine Influenza?

Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. There are two known strains of the canine influenza virus (CIV): H3N8 and H3N2.

The H3N8 strain has been around for several years, but the H3N2 strain was just discovered in early 2015. It first affected around 1,000 dogs in the Chicago area; our Charlotte dogs may not have been exposed to it yet.  Continue…

Pet Loss Prevention Strategies

veterinarianIt’s estimated that roughly 10 million pets become lost in the U.S. each year, and the vast majority never return home. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when shelters fill up even more with lost pets who escape during summer festivities. However, with our pet loss prevention strategies, you and your companion can avoid a heartbreaking situation.

Effective Pet Loss Prevention Tips

There are some things you can do in your home and yard to make sure your pet remains safe and secure.

Survey boundaries – Every so often, walk the perimeter of your property, and check for any points your pet could escape. Repair fences and gates and take any other precautions to make sure your yard is secure. Continue…

More Than Wading: Dog Swimming Safety You Can Count On

Dog swimming safety is vitally important.If your dog truly loves the water, it’s okay to allow them to swim unsupervised as much as they want, right? No way! Sure, there are dogs you probably don’t have to worry about as much as others around the water’s edge, but all pets deserve close observation any time they’re close to a pool, lake, river, or ocean.

This summer, don’t allow dog swimming safety to drift away. Be prepared, stay aware, and prevent water-related accidents or injuries.

No Unrestricted Access

Even dogs with significant skills can find trouble in the water. If you have a pool, pond, or other type of water feature on your property, do not allow your dog to have unrestricted access to it. A fence around it is ideal, and some even have alarm systems that alert you if trespassed.

Similarly, pool or hot tub covers are critical when sharing the backyard with a curious canine. Ramps can come in handy if/when a dog goes in the water and needs help getting out. Train your dog to always exit the water the same way every time, so they can easily remember how to get out. Continue…

What You Can Do to Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs

lyme diseaseModern day living has a lot going for it, but possibly the leading attributes have to do with advances in medical arts. Disease has always been one of our greatest foes, but via timely and routine vaccinations, education, and preventive practices, we can live a relatively healthy life. This goes for our pets, too.

Lyme disease in dogs remains a formidable threat, but there are several ways to counteract possible exposure to this serious illness.

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A Lot to Chew On: Choosing the Right Pet Treats for Your Furry Friend

pet treatsIf you were able to ask any pet, particularly the family dog, what sort of treats they’d like, you’d probably expect to hear, “All of them!” Unfortunately for our hungry pets, there are certain treats that may not be well-suited for their health and overall well-being. And the fact of the matter is, treats, while a great reward, should be used judiciously.

Since all pet treats are not created equal, what treats are better for our furry friends? Your team at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center is here to take the bite out of choosing the right pet treats.

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Pet Poison Awareness Month: Keeping Our Furry Loved Ones Safe

Like every other veterinary establishment, we encounter pet poisoning situations on a regular basis here at Long Animal Hospital. March is Pet Poison Awareness Month, and what better opportunity to shed some light on the very real risk that many of our foods and household items pose to our pets.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common pet poisoning threats and what we can do to keep our beloved pets safe and healthy.

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Preventive Care for Your New Pet: Getting the Right Start

After the holidays, we always look forward to meeting the tiny new family members who have joined your home. Really, though, anytime is an exciting time to welcome a new puppy or kitten. We couldn’t be happier for you as you embark on this adventure!

As you likely know, it’s a whole new world acclimating a new puppy or kitten. This might not be your first rodeo, and things like making your house safe, crate training, and house-training might be second nature to you. But what about preventive care? What’s needed to make sure they start off on the right paw, so to speak?

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The Long View: Celebrating Long Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Blogs Of 2017

With 2018 just a paw swipe away, now is the time to figure out our New Year’s resolutions for our pets. The goal of our blog is to provide you with current, accurate, and useful pet care information, so what better place to begin the process of improving your pet’s life than right here with us?

Long Animal Hospital is pleased to present our top 5 most popular blogs of 2017!

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