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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Long Animal Hospital’s Top Pet Blogs of 2020

For all of 2020’s quirks, it’s hard to deny that the year that was, was a banner year for most pets. Between pet adoption rates and people spending more time at home with their pets than ever before (and all the fun that entails), our furry friends have likely appreciated 2020 more than the rest of us.

With that, your team at Long Animal Hospital appreciates your trust in our care and in our blog and, in keeping with tradition, we are happy to share with you our top 5 most-read blog posts of 2020!

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

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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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Prepared for the Unexpected: Why Pet Insurance Matters

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For many pet owners, and rightly so, the idea of a veterinary emergency is not something readily thought about. We know they happen, but to other pets – but surely not our own, right? 

Unfortunately, even with healthy, young pets, an accident, injury, or sudden illness can happen at any time. In fact, most pets (if not all) will experience something that requires emergency or urgent care in their lifetime.

If you are considering pet insurance, the team at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center wants to help you discern the right insurance for your pet’s needs. Here are some important considerations before making the move.

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When It Comes to Pet Waste, High Safety Standards Are Best

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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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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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How to Recognize A Pet With Separation Anxiety

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Have you ever come home after a long day to find that your dog has chewed the couch, pooped in the house, or even escaped? You may chalk this up to doggy boredom, or perhaps spite if you think your pup is mad at you for being gone all day. 

These are common beliefs about dog behavior, but it isn’t about being “bad”. Instead, these behaviors signal that your dog is feeling fear, anxiety and stress. And if these behaviors happen when you’re gone, it equals separation anxiety

What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety in pets is more common than we might think. In fact, up to 15% of dogs may suffer from it, according to veterinary behavioral specialists. 

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Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center’s Best Pet Care Blogs of 2018

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Seventy years ago, Long Animal Hospital opened our doors to the dogs and cats of Charlotte, NC and the surrounding community. Although our staff members now work in a cutting-edge facility, our mission remains the same. As we work to provide the best possible care to our patients, we’re honored to continue serving our ever-growing community of valued pet owners.

Over the last 12 months, we hope you found our services helpful, supportive, and convenient. If you didn’t see us in person at our hospital, perhaps you were one of the many online readers who visit our pet care blog. Either way, we appreciate your dedication to responsible pet ownership!

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Obesity in Pets

Obesity in pets is one of the biggest threats to pet health. In the United States, over half of the pet population is overweight or obese. Just as in humans, this can lead to health issues such as joint disease, high blood pressure, organ disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. Obesity in pets also negatively impacts quality of life and shortens lifespan.

The good news is that obesity can be managed, and pets can lose weight and become healthier once again. Keep reading for tips on how to tell if your pet is obese and what you can do about it.

Is Your Pet Overweight?

Because pets can accumulate extra weight gradually, you may not even notice that your pet is overweight. To know for sure, we use a tool called a Body Condition Score. This scale is used by veterinarians to standardize the level of a pet’s weight and to formulate a weight loss plan based on lifestyle, age, and breed. Learn more about your pet’s body condition score during their next pet wellness exam. Continue…