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The Gift of Communication

The Gift of Communication

Have You Heard (of) Speech Boards? Many of us love to show our appreciation for our friends and family during the holidays. Finding the perfect gift is often difficult, we all want something special and novel to express how much we care. This year, you might want to...

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Feeling Festive with Four-legged Friends

Feeling Festive with Four-legged Friends

Top 5 Best Hallmark Christmas Movies with Pets There's nothing quite like snuggling up with a loved one to watch a Christmas movie. While humans make great cuddle buddies, there's something special about watching a holiday film with a four-legged friend. Perhaps it's...

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Happy Thanksgiving Pets!

Happy Thanksgiving Pets!

The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and families of all kinds are gathering together to celebrate Thanksgiving. For many of us, our pets are an important part of our family, and we want to include them in the holiday festivities. But how can we show them...

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Pet Safe Plants

Pet Safe Plants

There is always much discussion, and rightly so, surrounding houseplants that are harmful to pets. However, we tend to spend much less time guiding the plant-loving pet owner toward ways to fill their home with foliage while keeping the safety of their pets in mind....

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Black Cat Lore

Black Cat Lore

Several members of the Longwood Veterinary Center team share our homes and our hearts with a black cat. We find them to be beautiful, affectionate, and intelligent, no different from any other cat we have grown to love. Unfortunately, superstitious tales of malevolent...

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Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and shelters are full of adorable dogs that need a home. The best way to celebrate this month is by adopting one yourself! These pups have been through so much already.  They may be a little timid or shy when you first...

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Reading the Body Language of Cats

Reading the Body Language of Cats

What did you just say?  Reading the body language of cats. It's safe to say that people in the United States love pets. Close to 69 million households have a dog, and over 45 million homes are shared with a cat. (1) Most people, even those that do not own dogs, seem...

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Tips for Taking a Cat to a Vet

Tips for Taking a Cat to a Vet

When it comes to veterinarian visits, if your cat suffers from anxiety know that they are certainly not alone. Bringing your cat to the vet can be stressful for even the calmest cat. Being in a carrier, loud noises, unfamiliar smells, and more all have the potential...

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Mushroom Toxicity in Pets

Mushroom Toxicity in Pets

As most locals know, we are fortunate to live within a proverbial hotbed of mushroom production. In fact, Pennsylvania produces nearly 70% of all mushrooms in the country, the lion's share being grown in our own Kennett Square. With National Mushroom Month being only...

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Get Your Cat or Dog Microchip at Longwood Vet Center

Get Your Cat or Dog Microchip at Longwood Vet Center

We have written before about the importance of a cat or dog microchip, but because last month was National Lost Pet Prevention Month, we felt it bore repeating. At Longwood Vet Center, we offer microchipping services for around $80, which covers the one-time fee of...

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Vaccinating Your Kitten

Vaccinating Your Kitten

Keeping your kitten healthy is a priority for veterinarians and owners alike. Navigating the ins and outs of routine health care may seem a bit daunting, but, as always, Longwood Veterinary Center is here to help. Routine vaccinations are essential to keeping your...

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Our Best Ways to Get Rid of Fleas

Our Best Ways to Get Rid of Fleas

Fleas on your dog or cat can also mean they are in your carpets, sofas, curtains, bed sheets, and other fabrics. These are the best ways to get rid of fleas.

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Fun Things to Do with Your Dog this Summer

Fun Things to Do with Your Dog this Summer

Having fun in the sun with your number one is easy during the summer!  Despite the summer heat we often have in Kennett Square, including your dog in summer activities can be done safely and is a blast! With all these fun things to do with your dog this summer, please...

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The Brachycephalic Dog

The Brachycephalic Dog

It has long been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For some, the graceful lines of a Greyhound or German Shepherd Dog inspire awe, while others prefer the workmanlike substance of a Labrador Retriever or a Rottweiler. Interestingly enough, research...

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

As working members of the veterinary field, we recognize the importance, strength, and resilience of the human/animal bond. We bear witness in our clients and patients, and we experience it ourselves during time spent with our own pets. Man’s relationship with animals...

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It’s Kitten Season – Spay and Neuter

It’s Kitten Season – Spay and Neuter

Spring has completely sprung, and the temperatures are bringing us closer to summer. For cat owners, this means kitten season is here. It's estimated that between 60 and 100 million cats in the U.S. are homeless. Spaying and neutering helps prevent that number from...

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Separation Anxiety in Cats

Separation Anxiety in Cats

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we were home with our critters all day, every day. Many cats loved the extra companionship and attention. Now that we find ourselves doing less work from home and are away more frequently, our cats have noticed the change and some are...

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Leptospirosis and Your Dog

Leptospirosis and Your Dog

Spring weather finds us spending more time outside, enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Resuming exercise and enjoying the fresh air provide numerous benefits for both our physical and mental well-being. More time spent outdoors does increase the risk of exposure to...

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Heartworm Disease in Pets Part 2

Heartworm Disease in Pets Part 2

Most pet owners understand the importance of preventative medication and the crucial role it plays in managing heartworm disease. However, things can get a little “testy” when we begin to discuss the equal importance of yearly heartworm testing for your dog. It seems...

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Three Ways to Prep for Doggy Daycare

Three Ways to Prep for Doggy Daycare

When considering your puppy’s development, socialization should be a top priority. Puppy classes with similarly aged and vaccinated puppies will get your puppy off to the right start. Also, the fun and exciting environment found in a good doggy daycare will help your...

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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 UPDATES

Longwood Veterinary Center COVID Protocol Dear Clients and Supporters of Longwood Veterinary Center, At this time, we have revised our COVID protocols. Wearing masks will be optional in the waiting/front desk area. However, due to the inability to social distance in...

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Happy Hearts and Heartworm Prevention

Happy Hearts and Heartworm Prevention

The month of February is by far the sweetest of them all, when loved ones are celebrated and we share our heart with others. It also gives us glimpses into the Springtime that is promised. Days become incrementally longer and temperatures might even increase a smidge....

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What vaccines do puppies need?

What vaccines do puppies need?

There’s nothing quite like bringing home your newest, littlest family member! A puppy is full of love, joy, excitement and needs. They need constant attention, a nutritional diet, patient training, safe toys, a comfy place to lay their noggin and a whole laundry list...

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Safety Tips for Pet Costumes

When dressing up your pet in a snazzy outfit, we at Longwood Vet Center would like to emphasize the importance of safety with pet costumes.

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Thank you, Betty White

Thank you, Betty White

At Longwood Veterinary Center we try to approach life with generosity and caring not unlike that shown by Betty White, all year long.

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Finding a Good Pet Food

Finding a Good Pet Food

The holiday season seems a perfect time to discuss pet foods and what owners should search for when looking for the best daily nutrition for their beloved pets.

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Santa Paws is Comin’ to Town

Santa Paws is Comin’ to Town

Pet Gift Guide for the Holiday Season The holiday season is all about giving, and that extends to our furry friends too! What makes for a great gift for your dog or cat? Our staff at Longwood Veterinary Center has a few suggestions for amazing gifts your pet will be...

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Pet Dental Cleaning and Evaluation Part 3

Pet Dental Cleaning and Evaluation Part 3

Pet Dental Health Your animal has been safely anesthetized, is prepped for the pet dental procedure, and is being carefully monitored by the nurse anesthetist– but what happens next? Several of our veterinary nurses have special interest in veterinary dentistry, and...

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Keeping Your Animals Safe This Holiday Season

Keeping Your Animals Safe This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips The end of the year brings with it many holidays, special gatherings, and parties with amazing food, but it also can come with a few potential hazards for pets. Ultimately, it’s really important that holiday food items are kept away from...

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Teach em Tricks, Give em Treats

Teach em Tricks, Give em Treats

Halloween Safety Tips for Pets It’s spooky season, friends, but let’s make sure not to spook your pets too much. The Halloween holiday can be incredibly fun for pet parents, but there are plenty of things to bear in mind to keep your furry friends happy, safe, and...

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Dental Cleaning and Evaluation Part 1:

Dental Cleaning and Evaluation Part 1:

Pet Dental Care A complete physical examination by one of our doctors at Longwood Veterinary Center always includes an evaluation of your pet’s mouth. At some point in time after a routine visit, you are going to hear one of our doctors recommend a dental cleaning and...

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Happy Healthy Cat Month

Happy Healthy Cat Month

10 Tips for Happy, Healthy Cats September is Happy Healthy Cat Month! This national month of recognition was established by a nonprofit called CATalyst Council, an organization created to help forge a better future for cats everywhere. Their primary goal is to enable...

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The Diagnostic Process

The Diagnostic Process

Understanding Veterinary Diagnostics In today’s world, if you have a problem with your new car, the diagnostic process is pretty clear. You pull into your mechanic, he hooks your car up to a computer, and within minutes, a complete report is available. Your mechanic...

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International Homeless Animals Day

International Homeless Animals Day

9 Ways to Assist Homeless Dogs and Cats The third Saturday in August is International Homeless Animals Day, the 21st of August this year, and the day is recognized with events across the globe. The International Society for Animal Rights introduced the holiday in an...

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How the Pandemic Has Changed the Veterinary Landscape

How the Pandemic Has Changed the Veterinary Landscape

The Demand for Veterinary Services Post COVID-19 Joey, a friendly Boxer, owned by one of our Doctor’s parents, was having a serious issue and needed to see a veterinarian right away. The only problem was, the pet and parents lived three hours from LVC. Help from their...

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To Chip or Not to Chip

To Chip or Not to Chip

The Pros of Having Your Dog Microchipped According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, lost dogs with microchips were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. July is National Lost Pet Prevention month and as such, our team at Longwood Veterinary Center...

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7 Tips To Keep Your Pet Healthy This Summer

7 Tips To Keep Your Pet Healthy This Summer

Summer Pet Safety Tips From Longwood Veterinary Clinic in Kennett Square Summer is finally in full swing; the sun is shining brightly, the temperatures are high, and there is plenty of opportunity to take your pet outside for much-needed playtime. The summer season is...

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Trips Are Better With Your Dog

Trips Are Better With Your Dog

Traveling with Pets– Tips From Your Kennett Square Veterinarian Traveling with pets can be a lot of fun, but it also requires a lot of forethought and preparation to ensure all goes smoothly. For some pets, the jetsetter life comes quite naturally, while for others,...

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Something Seem Wrong?

Something Seem Wrong?

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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COVID 19 Updates

COVID 19 Updates

Longwood Veterinary Center COVID Protocol Dear clients and friends of Longwood Veterinary Center. We want to thank all of you for the patience and respect you exhibited to our staff during the pandemic. While navigating uncharted waters we did our best to keep both...

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Don’t Let Your Dog Get Overheated in the Summer

Don’t Let Your Dog Get Overheated in the Summer

Heat Stroke in Dogs Summer is a wonderful time of year, one often filled with fun, outdoor activities. Getting together with friends and family is a priority, and getting more exercise is on most of our agendas. Especially post pandemic, people will find themselves...

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Enjoy a Safe Summer With Your Pet

Enjoy a Safe Summer With Your Pet

7 Hot Tips for Summer Pet Safety Kennett Square Summertime brings us longer days full of swimming, playing, beach trips, and outdoor activities, many of which we enjoy with our pets. That said, with hotter temperatures also come bigger risks for your pet– more...

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Tips for Keeping Your Pet Pest Free

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Pest Free

Parasite Prevention for Dogs Kennett Square If you’re a dog owner, you know that your pet is susceptible to a number of both internal and external parasites, and year-round treatment should be a component of your pet’s ongoing care. Parasites are more than just a...

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Arming Your Dog Against Pests

Arming Your Dog Against Pests

Oral Flea and Tick Prevention Fleas and ticks have been dangerous and annoying pests for dogs and cats since the beginning of time. History was changed, and the world severely impacted by the lowly flea. Everyone is aware of the Bubonic Plague, transmitted from fleas...

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Post COVID Life for Pets

Post COVID Life for Pets

Some pets may have post pandemic adjustment issues including separation anxiety. Separation anxiety in dogs is one of the most common behavioral issues we see in our Kennett Square veterinary practice.

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Loving and Losing a Pet

Loving and Losing a Pet

I was having a discussion with our office manager, Lisa, the other day. Her longtime friend and family dog, Monty, had recently died. I mentioned the fact that many of us at Longwood Veterinary Center had lost pets over the previous year, myself included.

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Keeping it Positive

Keeping it Positive

The Benefits of Positive Reinforcement in Dog Training When we find ourselves in a situation that makes us feel uncomfortable, bored, or perhaps unappreciated, what can we do? Usually there are only two options; change the situation or change how we feel about the...

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Raising a Well-Adjusted Dog

Raising a Well-Adjusted Dog

A popular buzzword in dog training is socialization. Socialization is the specific act of exposing an animal to novel situations in a slow and precise fashion focusing on keeping interactions short, positive, and fear free. Pet socialization is most effective and best implemented when a puppy is young.

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The Making of a Miracle

The Making of a Miracle

Years ago there was a small puppy that came into our hospital from a local rescue group. She had been spayed by the rescue that morning, but she wasn’t recovering from anesthesia in the normal fashion. The little puppy, so happy and excitable before the surgery, lay in a quiet mound, shivering and dull.

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5 Tips for Pet Owners During Wintertime

5 Tips for Pet Owners During Wintertime

Some dogs do fine in the cold weather, and others are more susceptible to cold. Smaller dogs, puppies, thinner, older, or shorter-coated dogs tend to get cold more quickly. Bear this in mind when planning how long they can spend outdoors during the cold months.

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Grateful for the Family

Grateful for the Family

Celebrating Thanksgiving at Longwood Veterinary Center Dr. Andrews holds rounds every Thursday morning. She calls these her morning “huddles” and we, like dutiful school children, line up to attend even though some mornings we want to get started on our day, make...

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Snap Photos, Spread Cheer

Snap Photos, Spread Cheer

Snap a photo, spread cheer! Enter Longwood Vet Center’s Holiday Pet Photo Contest for a chance to win a curated gift basket from the team at LVC. We can’t wait to see your festive furry friends! Submissions can be made until December 17th, and the winner will be announced on Facebook on December 18th!

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5 Important Reasons to Spay and Neuter Your Pets

5 Important Reasons to Spay and Neuter Your Pets

Longwood Veterinary Center Offers Spay and Neuter Services in Kennett Square, PA There are many reasons why spaying and neutering your pets is the responsible choice for pet owners to make. Our team at Longwood Veterinary Center wants to highlight five great reasons...

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Tribute to a Nurse from a Frightened Dog

Tribute to a Nurse from a Frightened Dog

I lie awake, afraid to sleep, From the fearful smells and high pitched beeps of the hospital room. My eyes try to focus, searching for peace. They fall upon you. You talk to me in a voice so kind, it soothes my soul and calms my mind.

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Start Things Off On The Right Paw

Start Things Off On The Right Paw

Puppy training has its challenges, but is oh so worth it. There’s nothing quite like raising a dog from puppyhood, bonding from the beginning, and taking a major role in shaping the habits you wish your puppy to learn early in life.

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Additions to Our Longwood Family

Additions to Our Longwood Family

Our Kennett Square Vet Clinic is Growing! Although 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us, there are some bright spots to note and news from our local vet clinic. For instance, there have been some wonderful additions to our Longwood family that have reminded us...

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