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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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.

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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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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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Thank Goodness for Canine Rehabilitation!

canine rehabilitation

Physical therapy as a treatment modality was first established after injured soldiers returned from World War I. It wasn’t applied to animals until the 1960s, when sporting horses required medical intervention and support due to exertion, strain, and injury. About 20 years later, the practice of canine rehabilitation began to grow in Europe. In 1996, the American Veterinary Medical Association added “veterinary physical therapy” to its guidelines, and programs for pets have been established ever since at numerous veterinary colleges.

Canine rehabilitation can be a huge part of a dog’s life, and we’re proud to offer our services to the Charlotte community. But how exactly does it work?

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Is Shedding Normal? How to Know

dog shedding

As you look around your house, you may despair at the sight of what looks like tumbleweeds drifting by. Shedding is a normal part of pet ownership, but if you’ve noticed a recent change in your pet’s natural hair loss, it’s right to explore it further.

Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center gets a lot of questions regarding pet shedding. Here are some guidelines for shedding, to get you started.


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Tough Stuff: Cancer in Canines

Cancer in canine can be devastating

Your dog may think he is invincible, chasing squirrels and barking at people out of your front window, but the truth is that none of us are. Even as we learn more and more how to take better care of our pets, cancer remains a prevalent diagnosis in our four-legged friends. In fact due to the increasing lifespan of our household pets, veterinarians are diagnosing cancer in canines at a rate of 25% in our senior population.

Thankfully, your friends at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center are here to help you and your pet understand this disease a little more.

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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…