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.

Healthy Oversight

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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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

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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Prepared for the Unexpected: Why Pet Insurance Matters

dog with owner at vet

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

pet waste pickup

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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