Above and Beyond: Microchipping Your Pet Could Make All the Difference

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In a consumer-driven market, we’re always comparing the cost of something versus its value. In the case of microchipping your pet, it’s easy to determine that the price is worth every single penny. Indeed, this simple procedure is not only relatively inexpensive, it also has the amazing power to reunite lost pets and owners. It’s a choice that all pet owners can make in their own time, but it can save a pet’s life and bring them back home safely – which is the ultimate goal for a lost pet.

The Agony

Thinking of your pet far away from home, lost, hungry, scared, and tired could be a reality. Many pets – even strictly indoor ones – can find themselves outside alone. Sure, there are those pets that take the opportunity to run wild through the neighborhood and do return home, but sometimes pets can get out accidentally when a door or gate is left open, or during times of extreme stress such as noise anxiety.

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Pet First Aid: Be Prepared for any Emergency

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pet first aidMany families know the value of emergency preparedness and often take the  precautionary steps to keep loved ones safe by establishing an emergency plan. Pets also depend on us in emergency situations, yet few pet owners know how to respond when an emergency arises.

Learning more about pet first aid during a crisis is a great place to start, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing how to respond in case a situation does occur.

Pet Emergency Basics

From natural disasters to physical injuries, accidents, and sudden illnesses, emergencies come in many different forms. For our small, furry family members, our intuition comes into play when trying to decipher the signs of a possible emergency (after all, pets can’t tell us when they’re in pain).

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In Full Swing: Spring Safety for Pets

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The temperature is finally beginning to rise, the flowers are unfurling, and in homes across Charlotte, spring cleaning has commenced.

That’s right, spring has sprung, and for pet parents there are certain things to keep in mind during the change of seasons. Spring safety for pets should be high on your list of seasonal concerns, and your team at Long Animal Hospital can get you started!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Warmer temperatures offer more chances to go for walks, and it’s likely that your dog couldn’t be happier. Spending more time outdoors means more exposure to all that nature has to offer, including external parasites, allergens, and other hazards.

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Pet Tooth Brushing: Tips and Tools of the Trade

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When it comes to your pet’s health, one of the most important tasks you can perform is regular tooth brushing. While it may not rank as one of your favorite activities, pet dental care is essential to overall health and well-being and offers  numerous benefits, including a longer lifespan.

In a previous blog, we discussed the signs of periodontal disease and the harm it can cause when left untreated. Yet, while many pet owners are concerned about oral health, there’s still trepidation when it comes to pet tooth brushing.

The team at Long Animal Hospital is here to help!

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Winter Pet Care: What You Need to Know

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Autumn timeMild winters are one of the perks of living in the South, and Charlotte is no exception! Although many of our winter days are bright and sunny, temperatures can and often do dip below freezing at night, and blustery winds and the occasional snowfall are not unheard of.

Winter pet care is an important consideration for pet owners, even in balmy North Carolina. Your team at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center is happy to help you come up with a strategy to keep your pet warm as temperatures drop.
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Huzzah and Happy New Year! Our Top Five Blogs of 2016

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It’s hard to believe another year has flown by – and also our first full year of blogging. It has been our pleasure to provide pet owners with pet care and health information to enhance and better the lives of their companions.

From posts that cover health issues like pet dental health or parasite protection, to those that are light-hearted, such as giving you a “leg up” on your dog park savvy, our aim is to help you better care for your fur friend. After all, we share the common goal of wanting the best life possible for your pet.

So, to add a little end-of-year reading to your pet-friendly New Year, we offer our top five pet care blogs of 2016.

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Helping Arthritic Pets: Treatment Options for a Better Quality of Life

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Elderly dog laying on soft dog bedAlthough most of us might associate arthritis with old age, there are numerous reasons this joint disease may strike – even among younger pets. Thankfully, there are effective treatment options for an arthritic pet, helping them to thrive no matter the age or cause of the condition.

An Overview of Pet Arthritis

Pet arthritis can occur in both dogs and cats, although it’s more often diagnosed in dogs. Typically, arthritis is something that develops in senior pets – much like in older humans – and is a result of wear and tear on joints. Since dogs tend to put more stress on their joints through rigorous exercise and activities, they’re more likely to suffer from joint disease.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. Joints are covered by a thin layer of cartilage, which protects them by minimizing friction. Over time or in cases of illness or injury, this cartilage becomes damaged or deteriorates entirely until the bones are exposed and begin to rub together. This is referred to as degenerative joint disease.

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Year-Round Protection From Harmful Pet Parasites

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Adult Golden Retriever Scratching fleasMany pet owners (and people in general) love cooler temps since all the itchy, bitey, crawly things seem to be less of a problem in the fall and winter. Unfortunately, while we may not see or experience them as frequently, harmful pet parasites remain a problem during the winter months as well.

Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitoes: Not Just a Seasonal Problem

As a pet owner, it’s important to know that pests remain active throughout the year. Check out some of these surprising facts:
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Eeeek! Don’t be Scared of Halloween Pet Safety

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Trick or Treat...Smell my FeetIt’s that time of year… Acorns are falling from the trees, seasonal brews are brimming, and bags of candy are spilling out of shopping carts. Fall in North Carolina simply cannot be beat, but there is one event your pet may be dreading. Halloween pet safety is a major concern this time of year, but with our guide, your pet will remain safe, content, and relaxed.

The Day of the…Dread

Halloween is fun, but not for everyone. Sure, some pets are at ease with the constant doorbell ringing, unpredictable shrieking, and strange scents, but they’re an exception to the rule. Indeed, noise anxiety can be so intense for animals, their general wellbeing is at stake. Don’t let this happen to your pet! To ease the suffering, try these Halloween pet safety tips: Continue…

The Heat is (Still) On: What You Need to Know About Heatstroke in Pets

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Dog And A Red PopsicleThe dog days of summer are nowhere near over in our neck of the woods. While this is good news for those of us who love the heat, it can spell trouble for our pets if we’re not careful.

Heatstroke in pets is a serious concern throughout the warm months, and, as with most areas of health and wellness, prevention is key in avoiding this serious condition.

What is Heatstroke?

Sweating is the most efficient way of releasing excess heat from the body, but our pets don’t sweat like we do, and high humidity can make it even more difficult for a pet to keep cool. When a pet’s body experiences a buildup of stored heat, the internal temperature rises (characterized by a rectal temperature of 105 degrees or higher), and this can lead to multiple organ failure and death when not treated immediately. Continue…