The Cost of Owning a Pet May Surprise You

Pet budgeting.

Between the sheer joy of their companionship and the near-constant entertainment factor, pets make life more fun and interesting. This global sentiment is nothing new, but the many ways people have aligned themselves with today’s pets is fairly radical. For proof, look no further than the latest record-breaking statistics. With annual spending over $100 billion, the cost of owning a pet has never been so high or so meaningful. 

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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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Understanding Feline Behavior: A Clingy Cat Could Need More Than Your Attention

Clingy cat.

It can be very confusing to know what’s going on with a cat. They may act like they despise you only to rub against your calves a minute later. They might chatter at you incessantly only to ignore you moments later. What’s an owner to do?

Their elusive personality traits can clue an owner into subtle health issues. For example, a normally quiet or aloof cat that starts to vocalize might be trying to say something important. A suddenly clingy cat might also need immediate help.

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An understanding of your cat’s behavior helps with their essential needs. Knowing how they might react to certain stimuli can lead you to reducing or eliminating it altogether. Being able to deliver exactly what they like and need builds their trust and facilitates a closer human-feline relationship. 

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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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How To Keep Your Cat Safe at Night

Cat outside at night.

Cats prefer early evening and morning hours for hunting and exploring, but the great outside welcomes kitties with lots of risk. If your cats are outside cats, there are things you can do to minimize their risk of injury or disease. Before you let your cat outside to roam, weigh the risks.

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How To Recognize Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Cat with urinary tract infection.

If your cat cries often and refuses to use the litter box, he or she might be suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI). The most common causes of UTIs in cats are blockage, stress complications, cystitis (FIC), or stones. Symptoms may be caused by something else, like feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). 

The Veterinarians at Long Animal Hospital can diagnose your cat’s issues and offer treatment options as needed. We want to help you know what symptoms to look for if you suspect your cat is suffering from a urinary tract infection.

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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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