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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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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Why is My Dog Marking His Territory and How to Make it Stop

No urinating dogs sign.

When a pet decides to urinate somewhere that he or she isn’t supposed to, it can be very frustrating. It is even more frustrating when you are pretty sure that they are doing it to mark their territory. After all, your pet probably has nothing to defend from roving packs of enemy dogs.

Long Animal Hospital wants to help pet owners understand more about why your dog marking his territory is a natural thing and what you can do to prevent it from affecting your relationship. 

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Grab a Bib! Why Does My Dog Drool So Much?

A dog drooling.

Dogs salivate sometimes when they’re content, sometimes when they’re hungry, and sometimes for seemingly no reason. While a certain amount of doggy drool is normal, some dogs salivate more than others because of certain behavioral and medical conditions that contribute to excessive salivation. Some breeds also drool more than others, while others kiss with an ample amount of slobber. The question of “why does my dog drool so much” is one we get asked often at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center

If your dog is dealing with uncool drool, let’s look closer at the causes and conditions of excessive salivation.

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What’s The Deal With Dog Drool?

A dog drooling.

There is lots to love about (wo)man’s best friend—lazy weekend snuggles, soft ears, unconditional love… When it comes to the more moist side of canine companionship, though, some people lose a little investment. Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center wants to help answer your questions about dog drool in hopes of helping to strengthen that human-animal bond even when it’s a little wetter than normal.

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Corn Chip Canine: Why Does My Dog’s Feet Smell?

Closeup view of friendly jack russell terrier with paw in person's hand.

If you have ever gotten an unfortunate whiff of your dog’s feet, you may have been surprised that they smell a lot like a favorite snack. Yeasty, a little, but definitely like opening a bag of Frito’s, right? 

The case of the corn chip canine isn’t too hard to solve. This is why your friends at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center are here to sleuth out the reasons, so you can have a healthier and better smelling pup.

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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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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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