Is it Necessary to Keep Pet Vaccinations Current?

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pet vaccinationsWith 24-hour emergency services available to your pet, we’re here whenever you need us. Certainly surgery, diagnostics, and treatment are required in the case of sudden illness or injury, but what about pet issues we cannot see? Disease prevention is a major component of veterinary care. From dental hygiene to maintaining a healthy weight, it’s critically important to keep up a proper defense against illness and disease.

This proactive approach also hinges on keeping up with pet vaccinations. We can help create a plan to keep your pet safe from problems that cannot be detected with the naked eye.

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AAHA Accreditation: What It Means and Why It Matters

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The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the preeminent professional association in veterinary medicine and is responsible for upholding standards of excellence in care that distinguish the best practitioners, nationwide.

The AAHA designation exemplifies the “gold standard” of care for companion animals. It may surprise you to learn that only 12-15% of veterinary practices across the United States and Canada are accredited by AAHA, making this designation one to be proud of – and one to look for when selecting a veterinarian for your pet.

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Water Safety and Your Pets

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water safetyThere is nothing quite so wonderful as relaxing on the water with your dog by your side. Lakes, pools, and oceans are a great way to pass the time during the dog days of summer. However, before you head out, let’s take a careful look at water safety and your pets.

Swimming with Pets

There’s an assumption that all animals are adept at swimming, but nothing could be further from the truth. Some animals, such as brachycephalic breeds, are not suited for swimming, while other pets just really don’t like it.

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Sizzle and Sweat: Summer Pet Safety You Can Count On

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Sirius is a star that Roman and Greek astrology associate with high heat, drought, thunderstorms, and “mad” dogs. In short, the “dog days” of summer relate to the stickiest, most sultry, hazy days all year, and we’re currently in the thick of it. Despite the heat and humidity, many pets still find themselves outside. Unless they’re protected using summer pet safety guidelines, these pets could be in serious trouble.

A Way Home

Summer is the perfect time to up the ante in regards to outdoor fun. Whether it’s water recreation, camping, or simply hanging out downtown, make sure your pet is easily identifiable. His or her collar should sport clearly legible ID tags and your pet should have updated microchip information, if applicable.

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Pet Travel: The Ultimate Guide

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pet travelNothing says summer like a family vacation, and bringing the family pet along can add a special element of fun and adventure. There is a lot to consider before you travel with your pet, though, and Long Animal Hospital can help. Our guide to pet travel aims to help you prepare for any challenges you may face and ensure smooth sailing for you and your best pal.

Preparing for Pet Travel

Before you pack your pet’s suitcase, ask yourself if bringing your pet on vacation is the right thing to do. Your pet’s temperament should be suitable for the chaos and unpredictability of travel. If your pet is aggressive, overly anxious, or fearful, finding alternative care for him or her may be preferable.

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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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