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.

The Macro View

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…

Pet Loss Prevention Strategies

veterinarianIt’s estimated that roughly 10 million pets become lost in the U.S. each year, and the vast majority never return home. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when shelters fill up even more with lost pets who escape during summer festivities. However, with our pet loss prevention strategies, you and your companion can avoid a heartbreaking situation.

Effective Pet Loss Prevention Tips

There are some things you can do in your home and yard to make sure your pet remains safe and secure.

Survey boundaries – Every so often, walk the perimeter of your property, and check for any points your pet could escape. Repair fences and gates and take any other precautions to make sure your yard is secure. Continue…

More Than Wading: Dog Swimming Safety You Can Count On

Dog swimming safety is vitally important.If your dog truly loves the water, it’s okay to allow them to swim unsupervised as much as they want, right? No way! Sure, there are dogs you probably don’t have to worry about as much as others around the water’s edge, but all pets deserve close observation any time they’re close to a pool, lake, river, or ocean.

This summer, don’t allow dog swimming safety to drift away. Be prepared, stay aware, and prevent water-related accidents or injuries.

No Unrestricted Access

Even dogs with significant skills can find trouble in the water. If you have a pool, pond, or other type of water feature on your property, do not allow your dog to have unrestricted access to it. A fence around it is ideal, and some even have alarm systems that alert you if trespassed.

Similarly, pool or hot tub covers are critical when sharing the backyard with a curious canine. Ramps can come in handy if/when a dog goes in the water and needs help getting out. Train your dog to always exit the water the same way every time, so they can easily remember how to get out. Continue…

A Lot to Chew On: Choosing the Right Pet Treats for Your Furry Friend

pet treatsIf you were able to ask any pet, particularly the family dog, what sort of treats they’d like, you’d probably expect to hear, “All of them!” Unfortunately for our hungry pets, there are certain treats that may not be well-suited for their health and overall well-being. And the fact of the matter is, treats, while a great reward, should be used judiciously.

Since all pet treats are not created equal, what treats are better for our furry friends? Your team at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center is here to take the bite out of choosing the right pet treats.

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