Laws Surrounding Pet Ownership in Charlotte, NC

Dog ownership laws.

Pet ownership is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly, and it’s important for all pet parents to understand how local ordinances can impact the lives they share with their pets. And while we’re accustomed to fielding questions every day about pet health and wellness, we do get occasional queries about local pet laws. 

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A Look at Pet Depression

Depressed pet.

We know that our companion animals boost our own mental health states, and we can often see the positive effect this can have on them. They make us feel happy and are satisfied in return. 

While pets are eager to please, they can be affected by mental health struggles of their own. Pet depression is a very real threat to overall wellness, requiring a steady approach to balance symptoms. As with anything related to your pet’s health, we’re always here to assess, treat, and ease their suffering.

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5 Things to Check Off Your Veterinary Visit List

Pet at the vet.

Getting an annual check-up is an important part of taking care of your cat or dog even if your pet seems healthy. Just like with humans, the absence of an illness does not always equal wellness. The goals of preventive care are to maintain your animal’s health, prevent illness, and detect problems early. This checklist will give you an idea about the import parts of annual pet wellness exams:

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How Do I Care For A Doodle Puppy?

"goldendoodle puppy"

Goldendoodle puppies steal everyone’s hearts with their snuggly, inviting looks and playful demeanors. A mix between the world’s lovably loyal golden retriever and the ever-so-intelligent poodle, goldendoodles, otherwise known as doodles, make an amazing family pet. If you are getting ready to bring one of these doodles home, make sure you are ready. At Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center we want you to feel prepared for this next adventure, so here are five tips for caring for a new doodle puppy:

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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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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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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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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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