The Vet Is In

  • The Vet Is In: Vet Our Website

    Welcome to the inaugural edition of our online newsletter. Each month, we will keep you informed on matters relating to pet ownership and provide updates on the latest medical information. Today, we want to familiarize you with the layout

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  • Open Wide and Say, “Arf!” Yearly Wellness Checks for Your Pet

    Far too often, we are presented with pets that have a disease that is so entrenched in each animal that there is little we can do. Far too often, we are presented with ill pets that, if they had been brought in for an exam, would have had their problem diagnosed and treated much earlier in the

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  • The Diagnostic Process

    As veterinarians at the Long Beach Animal Hospital, we’re frequently asked how we can figure out what’s wrong with a sick animal—they can’t talk to us, so how are we to know what to do?

  • Pet-Cancer Awareness: Signs to Look For

    Cancer is not a single disease but a wide variety of them, with differing causes and outcomes. In the first of a two-part series on cancer in animals, we will talk about cancer in general.

  • Common Cancers in Animals: Part 2

    Just like people, animals get a wide variety of cancers. Since all cancers have variable signs and behave differently in every animal, your pet should be brought to your veterinarian if it is showing any problems of any nature.

  • Veterinary Anesthesia Tools and Practices

    Modern day anesthetics allow veterinarians to perform a vast amount of sophisticated medical procedures and surgeries with negligible risk of adverse effects.

  • The Vet Is In: A Cat Can Get Sick as a Dog, Too

    Our hospital cares for a wide variety of animals, which is why our motto is “Quality Care for Pets of All Kinds.” This includes our furry feline companions, a common species owned by the thousands in our community. And as one of that wide variety of animals, they get a wide variety of

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  • Foods to Keep Your Pet Away From

    Many kitchen foods are potentially harmful to dogs and cats. Even though the degree of toxicity depends on species, breed, size of pet, and amount ingested over a period of time, it’s best to stay away from these foods at all times.

  • Parasites in Pets and Humans, Part 1

    This article is the first of two on the subject of parasites of animals and people.

  • Internal Parasites in Pets and Humans, Part 2

    In this article, we will summarize two common internal parasites that can cause your pet to become ill. These two were chosen because of their prevalence and the fact they can be spread to humans.

  • How to Make Fleas Flee

    We are in the thick of flea season, so it might be appropriate to review proper flea control. Don’t underestimate the enemy—it has been around for millions of years and is not going away any time soon.

  • Dealing with Seizures in Pets

    One of the most traumatic events to witness is a pet that is having a seizure. Even though most seizures last only a minute or two at most, they seem to go on forever, to anyone watching.

  • The Vet Is In: Traveling with Your Pet

    Before you head out for the road or fly the friendly skies, there are numerous preparations and precautions to take to make the experience easier for you and your pet. Traveling with pets can be nerve-racking and frustrating, so after you pop a Valium to calm yourself down, here are some things

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  • Fitness Is for Pets, Too!

    Obesity affects a large number of the adult dogs and cats who enter our clinic. It mirrors what is going on in society in general and is a cause of significant disease in our pets.

  • Don't Let Mange Get Under Your Buddy's Skin

    Mange is a skin condition caused by a parasite, called an ectoparasite, that invades the skin. In many cases, the parasite has been around during your pet’s entire life.

  • Laser Treatment for Pets' Aches and Pains

    Arthritis is far too commonly over looked in aging pets, especially dogs. Just as with humans, arthritis can be debilitating in pets and cause them to look old before their time. It’s a significant cause of poor quality of life at a time when our pets need all their faculties to cope with

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  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

    Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which involves inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity, is one of the most mysterious diseases that a cat can get. It’sseen more often in younger cats, households with multiple cats, and cats that spend time outdoors. The virus that causes this

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  • Caring for the Middle-Age Pet

    It’s sometimes hard to believe how fast our pets age, especially in relation to people. Dogs and cats that were just puppies and kittens “last week” are now in middle-age. It’s important to understand that diseases that are now starting to affect your pet frequently don’t have any symptoms

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  • Feline Hyperthyroidism

    As cats age, various disease processes have the potential to develop. Several common ones are sugar diabetes, kidney disease, dental disease and heart disease. Another condition, feline hyperthyroidism, has also become a problem in cats as they get older.

  • Canine Parvovirus

    Disease associated with the canine parvovirus started appearing around 1978. A vaccine was produced that is highly effective, although parvo cases are still present and new strains of the virus can be severe.