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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Exercise Your Pet During the Winter Months

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Exercise is an important component of living the healthiest life possible for our fur friends. But when the cold weather comes along, our desire to get out and take care of Fido’s fitness needs goes to the wayside. Along with inclement weather, the holidays keep life hectic and it’s easy to forget to take those daily walks or opportunities to play.

The team at Long Animal Hospital want to remind our pet families to keep their pets moving this season. Not only is it good for our pets, the extra time to walk and bond with our furry companions is healthy for us, too. Here are some recommendations for how to exercise your pet during the winter months.

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

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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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The Big Chill: Winter Weather Pet Care

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It may just be October, but Old Man Winter is right around the corner. And when the weather becomes frightful, it can put pets at risk for a number of problems and injuries.  All pets are affected differently by the climate, and winter pet care can be more involved this time of year in spite of our traditionally mild winters.

Whether your pet loves to be out in the cold and occasional snow, or prefers to snuggle up by the fire, sold weather safety is critical for the health and well being of your pet. 

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Is Fluffy Too “Fluffy”? Getting To A Healthier Weight For Your Pet

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If you think your cute little butterball looks better with a little extra cushion, you’re not alone. Over 50% of dogs and cats in the US are overweight or obese. 

The problem is, a few extra pounds to a dog or cat is quite a bit of excess weight. Over time, the extra pounds packed on your pet can cause serious health problems and complications that they otherwise wouldn’t have, had they maintained a healthy weight 

Since we want our pets to be the healthiest they can be, while still indulging in the occasional morsel, what’s a well intentioned pet owner to do? Keep reading for ideas from Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center about how to maintain a healthier weight for your pet.

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Say What? Dealing with Hearing Loss in Pets

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Adopting a pet is one of life’s greatest joys, and most pet owners go into it with visions of the great times and the incredible bond they will share with their furry friend. Discovering that your pet has partial or full hearing loss can shatter those dreams – but it doesn’t have to. 

Hearing loss in pets is not a diagnosis pet owners want to hear, but with good veterinary care, patience, and a good dose of love and compassion, deaf pets can enjoy a long, full, and meaningful life.

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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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Scratching Like Crazy: What to Do About Pet Skin Issues

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If your pet is scratching and you’re not sure why, don’t worry – you aren’t alone! In fact, according to pet insurance claims, pet skin issues are the number one reason pet owners seek veterinary care.

Pet skin issues are no walk in the park. It takes time to sift through the many, many reasons a pet may be itchy. This takes patience, trust in your veterinarian, great communication, and financial resources. However, by working together, we can help you determine why your pet is scratching, as well as help them find some relief – which is worth a lot!

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Found a Tick on Your Pet? Don’t Panic!

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According to the website www.petsandparasites.org, there were over 300,000 dogs tested for Lyme disease in North Carolina last year. Of these, more than 7,000 tested positive.

Those results might not be shocking in our hot, humid state, but the general trend of ticks across the country shows an increase in areas that were previously not known for tick-borne illnesses. That means more pets and people are increasingly at risk.

This begs the question: if you find a tick on your pet, do you know what to do?

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Thank Goodness for Canine Rehabilitation!

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Physical therapy as a treatment modality was first established after injured soldiers returned from World War I. It wasn’t applied to animals until the 1960s, when sporting horses required medical intervention and support due to exertion, strain, and injury. About 20 years later, the practice of canine rehabilitation began to grow in Europe. In 1996, the American Veterinary Medical Association added “veterinary physical therapy” to its guidelines, and programs for pets have been established ever since at numerous veterinary colleges.

Canine rehabilitation can be a huge part of a dog’s life, and we’re proud to offer our services to the Charlotte community. But how exactly does it work?

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