Caring for a Cat With Cancer

Caring for cat with cancer.

While having a pet who has been diagnosed with cancer can be a very difficult time in any animal lover’s life, Long Animal Hospital is here to help. If you have a cat with cancer, keep reading to learn how to help them live the best life possible. 

Cancer in Cats

Cancer as a whole is a fairly generic term. Used to describe the uncontrolled and abnormal growth of cells within the body, cancer can start in any tissue or anywhere. Skin tumors, blood cancers, and abdominal masses are all considered types of cancer but can behave very differently due to their location and impact on normal body functions.

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Surviving Estrus: Choosing a Diaper for a Dog in Heat

Dog stretching in a diaper.

A female dog in heat can be messy business. If you have a dog who you are planning to breed, though, it is necessary to figure out how to cope. Long Animal Hospital has some tips for pet owners when it comes to surviving a heat cycle and choosing a diaper for a dog in heat. 

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Too Legit to Quit? What To Do With a Dog Erection That is Not Going Away

Paraphimosis in dogs

Our pets are living beings and as adorable as they are, biology applies to them as well. While the birds and the bees as they apply to our four-legged family members may not be everyone’s topic of choice, Long Animal Hospital thinks it is important for pet owners to know the basics. That way, when something goes awry (like a dog erection not going away) you are educated and prepared. 

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Understanding Feline Behavior: A Clingy Cat Could Need More Than Your Attention

Clingy cat.

It can be very confusing to know what’s going on with a cat. They may act like they despise you only to rub against your calves a minute later. They might chatter at you incessantly only to ignore you moments later. What’s an owner to do?

Their elusive personality traits can clue an owner into subtle health issues. For example, a normally quiet or aloof cat that starts to vocalize might be trying to say something important. A suddenly clingy cat might also need immediate help.

Healthy Oversight

An understanding of your cat’s behavior helps with their essential needs. Knowing how they might react to certain stimuli can lead you to reducing or eliminating it altogether. Being able to deliver exactly what they like and need builds their trust and facilitates a closer human-feline relationship. 

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New Puppy? How to Handle the Ups and Downs

Puppy on owners shoulder.

Perhaps puppies are so endearing and adorable to offset the madness that they can bring to a household. They are definitely lovable, sweet, playful, and fun, but they are equally messy, destructive, wild, and impulsive. It can be a monumental effort to simply keep up with their antics, but we can tell you with absolute certainty that the payoff is 100% worth it. Bringing home a new puppy is a huge life choice, and with a proactive approach to their ever-changing needs and desires, everyone involved can happily coexist. 

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What Does it Mean When My Dog Stares at Me?

Dog staring.

Feel like you’re being watched—like, really watched by your dog? He stares intently as you take a bite of your cheeseburger, or when you’re relaxing on the couch, or when, heaven forbid, you’re paying attention to another animal or human! Whatever the case, dogs are usually staring at us to communicate. 

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Breathe Easier: All About Pet Asthma

X-ray of pet lungs with asthma.

Trouble breathing is not a fun problem to have, and when it’s affecting your pet it can be absolutely panic-inducing. While many causes of breathing trouble are not things you can foresee, pet asthma is a problem that is potentially identifiable before it becomes an emergency. Read on so that Long Animal Hospital can help you to understand how to recognize the signs of asthma in pets.

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Keep Your Cat From These Unsafe Cat Toys & Treats

Cat toys.

Toys and treats are terrific ways to bond with your cats and enrich their lives. Cats appreciate treats in different flavors and textures, just like people enjoy a variety of foods. Playing with toys allows cats to experience mental and physical stimulation, giving them an outlet for their energy and providing entertaining internet footage for cat lovers everywhere. As with most good things in life, there can be a dangerous side. The pet experts at Long Animal Hospital are here to advise you on the best types of toys and treats to keep your kitty safe.

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Dog Asthma and Other Reasons Your Pet is Breathing Funny

Dog respiratory system

It can be a bit alarming when your pet’s breathing is off. In our doggy patients, abnormal breathing can be caused by a wide variety of possibilities. Some are pet emergencies and others are much less worrisome. At Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center, we get lots of questions about dog asthma and whether it could be the reason for a pet’s breathing changes. Read on to learn the answer: 

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How To Keep Your Cat Safe at Night

Cat outside at night.

Cats prefer early evening and morning hours for hunting and exploring, but the great outside welcomes kitties with lots of risk. If your cats are outside cats, there are things you can do to minimize their risk of injury or disease. Before you let your cat outside to roam, weigh the risks.

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