The Vet Is In

  • Long Beach Animal Hospital's Extern Program

    The tradition of New Year's resolutions often extends to finding or changing a job. Read on if veterinary science appeals to you as a career.

  • Long Beach Animal Hospital's Wildlife Program

    One of the conservation and community services we provide at the Long Beach Animal Hospital is our wildlife program. This program is a voluntary community service that provides free care for any injured wildlife. Our only requirements are that the animals must be brought to us and that they

  • The Vet Is In: How to Do a Home Exam on Your Pet

    Pets are experts at hiding illness, so paying close attention to the hidden physical changes that precede some diseases can be highly beneficial. There are several basic physical parameters that you can assess at home on a weekly basis to alert you to any medical problem before it becomes

  • Endocrine Diseases in Pets: Cushing's Disease

    Cushing’s disease, technically called hyperadrenocorticism, is a hormone problem in which the adrenal glands produce too much cortisone. Even though it can appear in other animals, it is primarily a disease of middle-age and older dogs.

  • Treating and Preventing Dental Disease

    Caring for your pet’s teeth is no longer a second cousin to veterinary medicine since one of the most common and overlooked diseases of animals is dental disease.

  • Treating Bladder Stones in Pets

    Stones in the urinary tract are common in dogs and cats. They also occur in other mammals and even reptiles.

  • Arthritis in Your Pet

    The technical meaning of arthritis is inflammation of the joint, but the term is used more generally to describe several different processes.

  • Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome: Facing Dementia in Your Pet

    Growing old is a natural process and a fact of life for all of us, including our four-legged family members. Although dogs age faster than humanoids do, their life expectancy is continually increasing. As a result, we sometimes see a disease called cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), the

  • The Vet Is In: Senior Care for Pets

    In the past, we may have accepted a declining quality of life for our aging pets as a fact of life beyond our control. Like humans, older dogs and cats are more likely to encounter health problems than do younger pets.

  • FeLV: A Dangerous Feline Condition

    The Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a very serious disease in the feline world. The vaccine for FeLV is highly effective, and all cats should be vaccinated against it after testing negative on a blood sample.

  • Feather-Picking Behavior in Birds

    The causes for feather loss fall into two main categories: medical and behavioral. In order to determine whether a bird has a behavioral problem leading to this condition, medical causes must be ruled out first.

  • Inappropriate Urination in Dogs and Cats

    When a dog or cat is urinating in inappropriate places at home, it is important to differentiate whether it is a behavioral or a medical problem. Medical problems that may cause this behavior are often the result of a need to urinate more frequently.

  • Feline Sugar Diabetes

    A common disease of older cats is sugar diabetes, correctly called diabetes mellitus. It is caused by a lack of insulin secretion from the pancreas, resulting in a multitude of problems. 

  • The Vet Is In: Balanced Medical Approach

    In the last decade, there have been great advances in the medical treatment of animals. We now have at our disposal drugs to treat chronic diseases that have previously caused unnecessary discomfort and pain.

  • Common (and Sometimes Silent) Cat Diseases

    Cats are experts at hiding illness, which causes problems for both owners and veterinarians alike. Longhaired cats can especially conceal underlying problems, and it can distinguish which pet has a disease in multiple-cat households.

  • Common Drugs in Behavioral Therapy

    Unfortunately, little research has been performed on drugs used for behavioral therapy in dogs and cats. Most of the evidence for using these drugs has been anecdotal. Most of these drugs are approved for human use and are off-label in dogs and cats. While the idea of having a drug to cure a

  • The Vet Is In: Injured Wildlife

    Long Beach Animal Hospital (LBAH) has been providing free care for injured wildlife for over 25 years. We care for over 1,000 injured wild animals yearly and are able to release 50 percent of them back into the wild.

  • General Behavior Problems in Dogs, Part 1

    Dogs and humans go way back. We used to have a much more mutually beneficial relationship then, with them helping us herd our livestock and protecting us. They had an active outdoor life and were an integral part of our lives when they were first domesticated.

  • The Vet Is In: Behavioral Problems in Dogs, Part 2

    When any pet behavior problem progresses, it can become more than just a matter of temperament. Veterinarians are routinely presented with dogs that have poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin infections from stress. Treatment for these medical problems can be unrewarding when the source

  • Pheromones and Stress in Your Cat

    Cats look at the world differently, so stress is an important part of their health. When you throw numerous cats into the mix, as with fosters or a multicat household, the problem is exacerbated.