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Coping with The Loss of Your Pet

How to take care of yourself, your family, and other pets when you've had to say goodbye. How Do You Know When it is Time? Making the decision to euthanize a beloved pet is one of the most difficult you will be faced with in your pet’s lifetime. Some may argue, it is...

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Holiday Hazards

Christmas Trees: Anchor your tree to prevent it from toppling over. Do not allow your pet to drink from stagnant tree water. Mistletoe and Holly: artificial plants this holiday season are a safer option. Tinsel: Sparkly and attractive to kitties, ingestion can lead to...

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LVC Supports Our K9 Soldiers

This holiday Longwood Veterinary Center teamed up with Stockings for Soldiers, a non-profit organization out of Wilmington, Delaware. Their mission is to improve the morale of the members of the United States armed forces, two and four legged ones! They sow and stuff...

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Macadamia Nut Toxicity

Did you know macadamia nuts are not a healthy snack for your dog? Longwood Veterinary Center’s patient, “Henry”, was recently seen for the ingestion trifecta: chocolate covered macadamia nuts and potentially raisins! According to his owner, Henry was fine the night he...

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“Parker” needs a loving home!

He was found on the streets and being fed as a stray. Due to his sweet disposition, a good Samaritan brought him to LVC to help find him a home. He has been vaccinated, microchipped, and neutered! He would do best in a home that will be patient during his...

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Hilarious Gifts for Your Furry Friends

Suck UK Laptop Cat Scratching Pad $26 Do you have a cat who loves to cozy up to your laptop? Why don’t you buy them their own. This one is made from cardboard so they can chew it, scratch it, and sit on it all they want! Find it on Amazon! Pooch Selfie: The Original...

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Ways to Comfort Your Senior Pets

Gina Spadafori, the author of VetStreet, eloquently explains, “Your dog doesn't realize that he's getting older. His gray hairs don't cause concern. He doesn't count the number of times he can fetch a ball before tiring and compare that to his performance when he was...

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Meet Veterinary Nurse Sabrina

Veterinary Nurse Sabrina: “I love being around animals and trying to provide them with a less stressful experience while there are here visiting us at Longwood.”

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How to Give Insulin

Diabetes mellitus, or diabetes, is a condition that occurs when the body cannot maintain appropriate blood glucose levels or utilize glucose as a cellular energy source. Glucose is the main source of energy for the body’s cells. The levels of glucose in the blood are primarily controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is made by the pancreas.

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Leptospirosis: More Common Than You Think, Especially During Hurricane Season

You may have a basic understanding of Leptospirosis and know it is one of the diseases we recommend your dog is vaccinated against each year. But do you really know how important the vaccine is? Leptospirosis is on the rise, and due to its zoonotic potential (the chance for spread from animal to human), we decided to shed more light on this potentially deadly bacteria and the disease it causes.

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Stockings for K9 Soldiers – November Donations

Longwood Vet Center will be matching all donations purchased through Longwood Vet Center for the Stockings for K9 Soldiers in 2018! This year marks the 15th consecutive year of our community effort to send personalized Holiday greetings to our brave young men, women...

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Can You Teach a Cat to Sit?

Most people do not think about training a cat the same way they think about training a dog to listen to commands. Cat’s routinely do their own thing. They are the boss and we, their loyal subjects. It’s time to revisit our views on training cats. Studies are showing...

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What Happens if My Dog Eats My Halloween Candy?

First, it really is ok to cry over any lost Reese’s peanut butter cups... They are my favorite! After you discover your dog has eaten candy, begin asking yourself these important questions. How much candy was actually consumed? How much was chocolate candy? Dark or...

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What Does a Vet Tech Do?

It’s actually easier to list what a veterinary technician cannot do vs. what they can do. Veterinary technicians cannot diagnose disease, prescribe medications, or preform surgeries. However, without them the veterinary hospital could not function. You may find them...

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Fall Pet Hazards

There is nothing like the start of fall, leaves changing, crisp breezes, pumpkin spiced coffee, and football games! Fall is a wonderful time for you to share with your pet but keep in mind there are some potential pet hazards you should be aware of. Rodenticides As...

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Meet Veterinary Nurse Dana

Dana has worked at Longwood since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, her associate degree in Veterinary Technology and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. With her experience, she has stepped into the position of Technician Manager. Her...

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Lifestyles of the Healthy and Protected

What type of lifestyle does your dog have? Is he a social butterfly, an explorer, a tick magnet, or all three? Be sure to discuss your pet’s lifestyle with your veterinarian in order to determine the vaccinations your pet needs to stay healthy.

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Does My Indoor Cat Really Need a Rabies Vaccine?

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced, “September 28 is World Rabies Day, a global health observance started in 2007 to raise awareness about the burden of rabies and bring together partners to enhance prevention and control efforts...

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Halloween Pet Picture Party and Costume Contest

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 14th Annual Health & Wellness Community Picnic on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 11 am to 4 pm at Penn Township Park in West Grove PA. Longwood Veterinary Center is a community sponsor for Chester County’s Premier Free Event. 

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Health & Wellness Community Picnic is September 22

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 14th Annual Health & Wellness Community Picnic on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 11 am to 4 pm at Penn Township Park in West Grove PA. Longwood Veterinary Center is a community sponsor for Chester County’s Premier Free Event. 

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Featured Employee: Dr. Kim Knipe, VMD

“I have loved animals from day one! Luckily, my parents did too and I grew up on a farm with dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep, and chickens. It all came together with my love of biology.”

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What Shots Do Puppies Need?

Be sure to discuss your pet’s lifestyle with your veterinarian in order to determine the vaccinations your pet needs to stay healthy. Your pet’s lifestyle may suggest other vaccines are essential to maintaining your pet’s health.

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This Puppy Loves Pet Insurance

After his initial exam and a recommendation, Hank, a Bernese Mountain Dog, was signed up for Nationwide pet insurance by his owners. At 7 months old, he was diagnosed with a dental tumor.

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Introducing Fear Free Certified Staff Members

Learn more about how Longwood Veterinary Center’s staff are undergoing training, and discussing ways to implement some of the new and improved protocols throughout all parts of the hospital by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments.

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Keeping Your Cat Content: How to Get Your Cat to their LVC Vet

If your cat has significant fear and anxiety at the veterinarian, making them too difficult to safely transport or examine, we will recommend you give a dose of anti-anxiety medication prior to their visit. Signs of stress during travel include vocalization, frantic clawing to get out, and soiling of the carrier. Please let your veterinarian know if any of these signs are present in your cat.

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Featured Employee: Vet Tech Andrea

“It is hard to pick just one thing I love about my job because there is so much. I really do like the client education that we do here. We strive to give our clients the best and most up to date information we can provide them with.”

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Heartbreaking Diet Risk: Suspected Rise of Heart Disease in Pets Eating a Grain-Free Diet

Longwood Veterinary Center’s cardiologist Dr. Megan King VMD, DACVIM has diagnosed multiple dogs with significant cardiac changes in the past month that have been documented to be taurine deficiency related to a grain-free diet. There is no proof that grain free is better, we do have proof that it can cause significant heart issues. Please recommend your pet parents switch to a more traditional, non-grain free diet.”

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Featured New Employee: Steph C.

Introducing Steph C, a veterinary technician at Longwood Veterinary Center since June. She shares her background as a veterinary student and pet owner.

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Summer Pet Hazards

Longwood Veterinary Center wants you to consider the impact of summer heat, ticks, salt water, slug and snail bait, ice cubes, flea and tick products, bee stings, choking hazards from the family barbecue, and fireworks on pets for a safe and happy summer!

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AAHA Accredited Hospital Day: July 23

Join us on Monday, July 23rd as we proudly celebrate Longwood Veterinary Center’s 19 years as an AAHA accredited hospital. AAHA hospitals must meet or exceed certain standards for pain management, surgery, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, and more.

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Do Dogs Dream?

Scientists monitor sleep cycles using specialized equipment and have determined that dogs experience REM sleep. This sleep stage is required to experience dreams! Scientists believe most vertebrates dream on a regular basis.

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Pet Emergency Signs

Knowing the signs of a pet emergency is especially difficult when analyzing the behavior of animals who cannot talk. If your pet shows any of these signs, seek help immediately!

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Featured Employee: Dr. Carla Andrews, DVM

Q and A with Dr. Carla Andrews: Q: Why did you choose to become a veterinarian? A: Growing up I showed horses and wanted to spend every waking moment at the barn interacting with them and all the farm animals. This experience lead me to pursue a career in veterinary...

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Featured New Employee: Alejandra

Q & A with Alejandra: Q: When did you start working at Longwood Vet Center? A: I started at Longwood on November 6, 2017. Q: Why did you choose to become a veterinary technician? A: My love for animals is bigger than me. I want to dedicate my life to them and know...

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Meet Stella, Our New Heartworm Patient

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, we thought we would take the opportunity for you to meet one of our new patients, Stella. Stella is a five year old female Labrador Retriever that was recently adopted by her new owners. She is a retired breeding dog from...

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New Employee: Sarah

Q and A with Sarah: Q: Why did you choose to become a veterinary technician? A: I chose to work as a veterinary technician to expand my knowledge and skills in the field of veterinary medicine, as they will be incredibly helpful as I pursue a career as a veterinarian!...

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National Heartworm Awareness Month

During the month of April, we celebrate National Heartworm Awareness Month and work to educate pet owners on the prevention of heartworm disease! Heartworm disease is not to be taken lightly as it can lead to irreversible lung disease and death if untreated. Today's...

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Featured New Employee: Lakshmi

Q & A with Lakshmi: Q: Why did you choose to become a veterinary technician? A: I would like hands on experience in the field to help me decide if I want to apply to vet school. I love supporting doctors and being able to get cuddles in with our furry friends! Q: Do...

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Keeping Your Cat Content Part 2: Litter Box 101

Normally kittens are relatively easy to “potty train”. However, if litter box issues arise it is best to address them quickly in order to minimize the possibility of an occasional "accident" outside the box from becoming a habit. In this second installment of the...

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LVC Spring Promotion

Come in and celebrate spring with Longwood Vet! For a limited time, clients are eligible to pick an Easter egg revealing a special prize! Everyone is a winner here, but luck will determine if you can receive 10%, 15% or 25% off one product of your choice! This is a...

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Zoetis Petcare Rewards

WHAT IS ZOETIS PETCARE REWARDS? Zoetis Petcare Rewards is a new loyalty program that allows members to earn rewards on eligible purchases of SIMPARICA, PROHEART 6, REVOLUTION, RIMADYL, and CONVENIA. These rewards can be redeemed for a reloadable Zoetis Petcare Rewards...

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Multi-Part Series Blog: Keeping Your Cat Content

First Step: Basic Items Needed for the Purrfect Environment For the safety and longevity of your pet, most veterinary experts recommend keeping your cat inside if possible. With that being said, we understand keeping your cat strictly indoors poses some unique...

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Potential Toxins and your Cat

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the following are among the most frequently identified causes of feline poisoning: Insecticides that are used on lawns and gardens Rodenticides, which are used to kill rats and mice...

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Pet Insurance Saved My Life

“Santino” is a 7 month old Cane Corso puppy who recently had a no good very bad day! "Santino" had not been feeling well for several weeks. He was losing weight, vomiting and had bloody diarrhea. His owners were very concerned, and after consultation with our doctors,...

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Top Toxins for Your Dog

The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline have determined the “Top Ten List” of substances that may be poisonous to your pet dog. It's worth taking the time to make sure your pet does not have access to these in your home. 1. Foods – specifically chocolate, xylitol,...

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Featured Employee: Alisa!

We sat down for a little Q and A to learn more about Alisa and her role at Longwood... Q: Why did you choose to become a veterinary technician? A: Ever since I can remember, I loved all animals and little critters. I used to play by the creek and look for frogs and...

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Featured Dental Pets

Shout out to these pets and their parents who made dental care a priority this month. February is National Dental Care Month, and that goes for our pets too! Here are some of the cuties who we helped. Their teeth, while maybe a few less than what they came in with,...

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The Commitment and Companionship of Adoption

Adopting a pet can provide years of love and companionship. However, it is also a multi-year commitment. Caring for a pet properly requires time and training along with financial and emotional support. Before adopting a new furry friend, be sure you are ready to...

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Featuring LVC Dental Technicians

Hats off to the hardworking nurses who clean your pet’s teeth! It is a difficult and yes..dirty job, but a rewarding one. Our nurses take tremendous pride in their work, and are meticulous in their craft. Our dental nurses have received formal training in examining...

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