Safety First: Walking Your Dog At Night

walking dog at night

Providing daily opportunities for vigorous exercise is one of the tenets of responsible pet ownership, but sometimes other priorities take over. We want to give our sweet, deserving pup a good walk before the sun sets, and yet all that’s left sometimes is a dusky evening or pitch-black night time walk. 

While better than no walk at all, walking your dog at night may not always be the safest choice. Fortunately there are ways to mitigate the risks and give your dog the healthful walk they need. 

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Prepared for the Unexpected: Why Pet Insurance Matters

dog with owner at vet

For many pet owners, and rightly so, the idea of a veterinary emergency is not something readily thought about. We know they happen, but to other pets – but surely not our own, right? 

Unfortunately, even with healthy, young pets, an accident, injury, or sudden illness can happen at any time. In fact, most pets (if not all) will experience something that requires emergency or urgent care in their lifetime.

If you are considering pet insurance, the team at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center wants to help you discern the right insurance for your pet’s needs. Here are some important considerations before making the move.

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How to Recognize and Combat Stress in Dogs

dog with stress

We all know how it feels to worry about paying a bill, look at that mile-long to-do list, or have a last minute assignment dumped on our lap. Stress is known to have negative effects on our overall well-being and health, and it’s no fun.

At Long Animal Hospital we see the negative effects of stress in dogs, too. While they may not experience the same sources of worry and anxiety that you might, stress in dogs is a real and detrimental thing that we can work to help.

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The Importance of Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

dog drinking water

Pets need plenty of water to drink any time of year, but more so when the weather gets hot

Without adequate hydration, a number of health conditions can arise and cause serious harm. This is why the team at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center wants to stress the necessity of keeping your pet hydrated by offering some suggestions in getting your pet to drink more water. Read on to learn more!

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When It Comes to Pet Waste, High Safety Standards Are Best

pet waste pickup

Pet owners have a lot of important responsibilities. Aside from training and socialization opportunities, they must maintain excellent nutrition and provide mental and physical stimulation every single day.

Chief among all the essential pet care tasks is picking up pet waste. Not only is your life less smelly when you scoop the poop, but cleaning up after your pet is a matter of public safety, too.

The Macro View

In general, life is much more pleasant without piles of poop everywhere. No one likes to be surprised by feces left behind by irresponsible or negligent pet owners.

Whether it winds up on our shoes, inside our own pet’s mouth, or simply offends us with the smell, pet waste is a major deal breaker for communities around the world.

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Leaving a Pet in the Car Is a Definite No-Go

dog in car

Leaving a pet in the car for “just a few minutes” occurs to many. After all, there are places our pets cannot be and the long list of errands often has us running from one place to the next. But leaving a  pet in the car can spell trouble, especially during the winter and summer months. What would seem to be harmless causes hundreds of deaths in pets each year. 

The team at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center is here to explain why both hot and cold weather outside are risky times to take your pet in the car and should absolutely be avoided.

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Control to Cope: Up Close and Personal With Cat Hairballs

cats and hairballs

To truly understand the concept of cause and effect, look no further than the domestic feline. When they aren’t sleeping, eating, or playing, they are grooming themselves or their furry housemates. Indeed, cats are incredibly detail-oriented when it comes to their appearance (a trait inherited from their wild relatives, self-grooming kept them safe from predators). But where does all that loose fur go? 

Cat hairballs are the direct result of self or allogrooming, but they aren’t ever a welcome sight!

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When It Comes to Pet Grooming, Less Is Never More 

dog grooming

There are many facets of preventive pet care. Beyond the scope of vaccinations, parasite prevention, weight management, and dental care, regular pet grooming appointments have an incredible impact on wellness.

Of course, it’s wonderful when pets look (and smell) their absolute best, but our professional groomers can help them feel their best, too.

Not Just Aesthetics

Some pet owners opt to bathe and groom their pets at home. This can be an incredibly fun and bonding experience, and it’s also an opportunity to exercise control and obedience together. 

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Why Spay and Neuter Surgeries Can Keep Pets Healthy 

two kittens

Spay and neuter surgeries are something that occurs during our pets’ first year of life. At most rescues and animal shelters, pets who are adopted out can only be adopted after they have had their spay or neuter surgery.

While most pet owners don’t like to have their pets go through a surgery, spay/neuter is something that has incredible advantages for the health of pets and the entire community. 

Your friends at Long Animal Hospital are here to explain why spay/neuter can be one of the best choices you will make.

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Our Gratitude for Reading the Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2019 

Cat health can be illusive, be sure your cat sees a veterinarian regularly

With over 70 combined years of experience, we like to think of ourselves as having a pretty good handle on what pets need. However, just because we’re veterinary experts, we don’t always know the best ways to support the efforts of human pet owners.

Indeed, the people that bring their pets in to see us are among the most helpful guides when it comes to brainstorming our monthly pet care blogs. Without them, we may not be able to effectively address the issues that face most pet owners.

When it comes to truly caring for animals, we’re all in this together.

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