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Calling All Hero Dogs!

Longwood Veterinary Center is looking for eligible canine blood donors to become part of our mission to save lives!

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New Product Spotlight: Revolution Plus

Revolution Plus protects cats against fleas, ticks, heartworms, ear mites, and some intestinal parasites. This is the perfect product for all cats at the same cost as original Revolution.

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Winter has Come to LVC!

Dog owners regularly report that their dogs show affection, and unlike other non-primates, hounds seek out eye contact with humans. Plus, like children, dogs will often run to their owner when they’re startled — something other animals rarely do.

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Pet Dental Care: A Closer Look

While anesthetized, your pet’s gums and teeth are carefully examined. Gums are evaluated for signs of recession, redness or swelling, abscesses, masses, pocketing or other abnormalities.

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How To Prevent Heartworm Disease

When a mosquito takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it ingests microfilaria (immature worms), which develop and mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days while still inside the mosquito. When the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite.

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Adopt Love Bug

Young Male Needs a Forever Home. Very Loving Personality! Healthy and Up to Date. Requires a Special Diet.

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Pet Photography Tips: Tricks for Purrfect Kitty Photos

Cats are awesome and fun. And if you ask me, they can be darn difficult to photograph. In this video, Josh Fenn and his four-legged model Wolfie show you five quick tips for taking better photos of cats, with any camera and in any conditions.

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How to Get Your Dog or Cat to Lose Weight

Year in, and year out, America’s number one New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. Our own unhealthy eating habits, especially over the holiday season, are often shared with our pets.

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Featured New Employee: Shirl

How Long Have You Been a Vet Tech? 20 years! How Long Have You Been at LVC? Almost 3 months Do You Have any Higher Education- either in Veterinary Technology or Other? I have a degree in Veterinary Technology Are you an LVT or CVT? I am an R.V.T. Why did you decide to...

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7 Mistakes Dog Owners Often Make in Winter

BY KRISTEN SEYMOUR Even the most conscientious dog owners make the occasional mistake. And hey, that's no reason to beat yourself up! But it is a good incentive to make sure you're well aware of any seasonal mistakes you could be making when it comes to your dog's...

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Hospital Renovations in 2019

Longwood Veterinary Center is thankful for all of the wonderful patients and clients we have been serving for the past 20 years! Our practice continues to grow and because of this we are excited to announce a hospital renovation scheduled for January 2019. Changes...

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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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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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