Only As Old As You Feel: The Benefits of Senior Pet Care

aging cat

Growing old gracefully is something most of us aspire to, and we want the same for our pets. The aging process, while not a disease itself, comes with inherent risks, not to mention the effects of wear and tear on the body. This is why preventive medicine is important in keeping your furry one healthy, no matter what their age.

Your friends at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center are here to give you some insight into why senior pet care should be a priority for the best life for your fur friend.

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The Perks of Being a Pet Owner: Pet Gifts They’ll Love

dog next to gift

Without a doubt, pet ownership brings indelible joy. The snuggles, the boundless enthusiasm for walks, and countless toys skittering across the floor. Their lack of judgment when we re-watch our favorite TV show for the 4th time or spend the day lounging in our jammies. Whether we are at our best or feeling our worst, our pets are by our side with nothing but love…and an ever-present hope for treats. 

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Safety First: Walking Your Dog At Night

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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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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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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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Bringing Up Fluffy: The Basics of Cat Health Care for the Long Haul

cat rolling on bed

There has never been a better time to be a cat owner – or a cat for that matter! We know more than ever before about what they need, and how to set them up for long, healthy, and happy lives. But sometimes, in no small part to their aloof, self-sufficient nature, cat health can take a bit of a back burner. 

We all need occasional reminders about disease prevention and healthy lifestyles, and we have some friendly ideas to get your fluffy best friend through another great year.

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