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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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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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Facts You Should Know About Your Pet’s Teeth

We know you take your responsibility as a pet owner seriously. It’s important to ensure your pet has everything needed to be healthy, and that includes pet dental care. It’s important to factor this in for the wellbeing of your pet.

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Dogs and Arthritis– Treating Senior Pets

Although we treat pets as our job, advising our clients on how best to treat any manner of medical conditions ranging from diabetes to seizures, we also have first hand experience managing our own pet’s health.

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Acupuncture for Dogs

What is acupuncture? Commonly associated with traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles through the skin into strategic points on the body to treat pain, specific disease conditions and help the body recover from stress. From the...

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Longwood Vet– A Cat Friendly Practice

If you’re a cat owner and had to take your cat to the vet for check ups, vaccinations, or other treatment, the experience may have been a bit stressful for both of you. Going to the vet shouldn’t be a hassle or a traumatic experience. That’s why the Cat Friendly...

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Dogs and Cats Can Help Reduce Stress

There are many things we can do to reduce stress, and one of them is–you guessed it– having a pet. The benefits of having a pet are incredible. Not only does having a dog or cat enrich life from the standpoint of companionship, but also, studies show that dogs can help reduce stress in their human counterparts.

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How We’re Doing

Staff at Longwood Veterinary Center is Caring for Pets During COVID-19 Exceptional Veterinary Care As always, our staff here at Longwood Veterinary Center is committed to providing exceptional care for your pets.

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Pets & COVID-19: What We Know So Far

Two cases of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, have been confirmed in pet cats by the CDC, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and National Veterinary Services Labratories (NVSL).

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Finding Refuge with Our Pets

COVID-19, Social Distancing, and Quality Time With Your Pets I wish I was one of those people who could “rise above” in any occasion. One of those people who sees the good in everything, remains focused, optimistic, who does not worry.

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Home with Your Pets

Make the Most of Social Distancing with Quality Time with Your Pets There’s a new normal in town. COVID-19 has stormed in, and flipped our “normal” on its head. It has left many of us working remotely from home offices. It has left many of us homeschooling our...

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Puppy Training During Social Isolation

Don't Let COVID-19 or Social Distancing Derail your Puppy Training Efforts Need help training your new puppy? Unfortunately, social distancing required by the COVID-19 crisis has led to the cancellation of all in-person puppy training classes and private lessons. But...

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Telemedicine at Longwood Veterinary Center

Veterinarians Offer Virtual Pet Appointments During Coronavirus Pandemic We are all facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, one thing is certain, pets are important members of our families, and the need to keep them healthy and safe...

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Guidance in the Face of a Global Pandemic

Department of Agriculture Offers Advice for Pet Owners Amid COVID-19 Restrictions In the light of COVID-19 mitigation, it's important to be prepared as a responsible pet owner for anything that may happen. Pennsylvania pet owners have been offered the following...

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As you are well aware, Governor Tom Wolf has expanded COVID-19 mitigation efforts to Chester County. Governor Tom Wolf issued a statement on March 19th requiring all non life-sustaining businesses to close immediately. Veterinary hospitals are considered life-sustaining businesses and, for now, are permitted to remain open so that we may continue to care for your beloved pets.  

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Oscar– the Labrador with So Much Life

If you are Dr. Strine’s dog, Oscar, you know her family’s steadfast love and devotion to him goes well beyond stereotypical displays during a Hallmark holiday. He’s as much a rescue dog as can be. And so our story begins. Oscar was just another routine puppy patient nearly 13 years ago. He was an energetic and funny Labrador with poor manners and a huge personality that made it easy to forgive him for his “naughtiness.”

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A Safe and Happy Howliday!

Holiday Pet Safety Tips to Safeguard Your Animals Keep your Pets Safe from Traditional Holiday Plants There are few symbols of the upcoming Holidays as significant as mistletoe, Poinsettia, or the magnificent pine tree embellished with the trappings of the season....

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2019 Pet Pictures with Santa

Join us for photos with Santa, cookies, coffee, and hot cocoa, and bring a canned food item donation for the Kennett Food Cupboard.

Thursday, December 12th / 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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LVC is Grateful for Our Pets This Holiday Season

Man's Best Friend– Pets Bring Joy to Our Lives Why We're Grateful for Our Pets I asked our nurses to contribute to the blog you are reading today. My question for them was this, “What makes you grateful for your pets?” I believe Andrea put it best when she simply said...

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Dr. McCabe Meets Unique Needs of Senior Pets and Their Owners

“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.” — Pearl Buck, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author The above quote is a perfect...

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The Dog Who Lived– A Very Special Rescue Dog

The practice of medicine is part science, part art, part miracle. As veterinarians, an injured or sick pet can test our emotional strength, strain our hearts, and cause us to question if we are doing the right thing. Some patients recover immediately, some take...

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7 Tips To Keep Your Pet Healthy This Summer

Summer 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 a...

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Featured Employees

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh) With great sadness, we will be saying goodbye to two beloved LVC employees. Dawn has been with Longwood Veterinary Center since we first opened in 1999. She will be...

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Longwood Vet has an Online Store!

Shop for food, prescriptions, preventatives, and supplements (including CBD!) from the comfort of home! Sign up for the convenient Autoship option and delivery is free. Prefer to make a single large order? Shipping is free on any order of $49.00 or more! Our online...

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Memorial Day is for Canine Soldiers as well

On Memorial Day we remember those soldiers that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and for us, the people of the United States. Only 0.4% of the U.S. population currently serves in the military. Looking back at everyone who has ever served, the number...

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Foreign Body

Help! My dog Swallowed his Ball! Winston, an exuberant and happy 1-year-old “puppy”, is usually active and playful. He enjoys days spent tossing and chewing his favorite toys. Being a young dog, he has not outgrown his playfulness, and has the unfortunate habit of...

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LVC Offers the Convenience of Online Appointment Scheduling

Longwood Veterinary Center is proud to offer an updated online scheduling system. From our Pet Portal, you can update your client information, view important reminders, schedule preventative or medical progress exams, view and print vaccine, and rabies certificates,...

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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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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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