Pet Health

We are committed to providing you with the latest in pet health information. Below we offer Educational Articles, How-To-Videos for Cats and Dogs, information on Pet Health Insurance, and the Pet Health Checker. This information is for educational purposes only to help you understand your pet’s healthcare needs. Please contact us directly for specific concerns about your pet.

How-To Videos

A series of helpful short videos on dog and cat care.

Helpful Tips for Cats

Brushing your cat’s teeth
Instructions Teaching your cat to accept brushing will take some training, but will be very beneficial to the cat once he is accustomed to the process.

Administering cat’s eye drops
Make sure that you wash your hands both before and after administering the medication to prevent the spread of infection.

Liquid medication for cat’s
The easiest way to give your cat liquid medication is to mix it in with some canned food. To ensure that the medication is actually taken, it is best to give a small amount of food that the cat is certain to eat rather than a large portion that the cat may not complete.

Giving your cat a pill
The easiest way to give your cat a pill is to hide the pill in food. This usually works best if the pill is hidden in a small amount of tuna or cream cheese.

Administering ear drops to your cat
Instructions Remember that the ear may be very painful and that the cat may respond by scratching and biting.

Helpful Tips for Dogs

Collecting a urine specimen from your dog – Male
Make sure that you use a clean plastic container. Your vet may provide you with one or you may use a clean margarine dish or something similar.

Collecting a urine specimen from your dog – Female
Make sure that you use a clean plastic container. Your vet may provide you with one or you may use a clean margarine dish or something similar. A pie plate…

Brushing your dog’s teeth
Teaching your dog to accept brushing will take some training, but will be very beneficial to the dog once he is accustomed to the process. Daily brushing is most beneficial…

Administering eye drops to your dog
Make sure that you wash your hands both before and after administering the medication to prevent the spread of infection. If your dog’s eye is painful, you may need to…

Administering ear drops to your dog
Remember that the ear may be very painful and that even a passive dog may respond by biting. You may need to muzzle the dog for this procedure. Instructions Click…

Giving liquid medication to your dog
The easiest way to give your dog a liquid medication is to mix it with some canned food. To ensure that the medication is actually taken, it is best to give a small amount of food that the dog is certain to eat rather than a large portion that the dog may not complete.

Giving your dog a pill
Instructions Grease the pill with a very small amount of margarine or butter so that it doesn’t stick in the pets mouth or throat. Hold the pill between your thumb

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We caught the CUTEST SashWeenie roll on Halloween! Show us your pets halloween fit in the comments below!
A few tips to remember when picking your pet's next outfit:
1. Choose Clothes That Won’t Cause Harm
Make sure that any clothing you buy is made out of non-toxic materials, and that it doesn’t have embellishments (like buttons) that could be swallowed or pieces that could become tangled. Also beware of loosely woven knit garments that could snag a tooth or toenail.
2. Make Sure Your Pet’s Clothes Fit Properly
Is your dog’s t-shirt too loose? You want to make sure that your pet has enough room to comfortably move around, but not enough room that the garment will cause chaffing or catch a leg in a loose opening.
3. Don’t Leave Your Pet Alone In Clothes
Even if you buy the safest garment you can find, there is still a chance that your pet could get twisted up in it, catch it on a hook or fence, or get bored and decide to give it a chew, swallowing pieces that could cause intestinal obstruction.
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Grand Opening of the new Dog Park at Bixby Park!

November 4, 2017, 11:00am - November 4, 2017, 12:30pm

Attention all dog lovers! 🐶❣️ A grand opening ceremony for the new Dog Park is taking place this Saturday! 📍 Where: Bixby Park 130 Cherry Avenue 📅 When: Saturday, November 4, 2017 ⏰ ...

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No one is more TGIF than our Guest Relations Specialist @crazycatbuttercup Who hasn't hid under their desk till the weekend?! #veterinarian #longbeach #lbc #562 #tabbycat #alleycat #princess #adopted #locallyowned #locallyoperated #belmontshore #catsofinstagram #cat #ilovemycat #kittycat ... See MoreSee Less

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We LOVE to see our patients with their favorite toys and treats! As a low-stress geared Hospital we encourage all of our clients to bring in their favs. For active pups with anxious energy a toy to hold can be a great way to distract and redirect your pup to more appropriate behaviors and a much more comfortable visit! #dog #behaviorist #rvt #longbeach #locallyowned #dogtraining #toys #treats #germanshepherd #englishbulldog #lowstress #fearfree #veterinarian #germanshepherdsofinstagram #veterinarymedicine #dogbehavior #lbc #belmontshore ... See MoreSee Less

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With the holidays right around the corner, we’re preparing to send our annual holiday cards and we can't think of anyone better than your pet to be on the cover! Please submit a holiday photo of you...

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Each and every one of our veterinary nurses work tirelessly every day to care for the pets and people who love them. Sometimes that means they're scratched, bitten, or hit with some ... unsavory smells! Knowing the impact they have in saving and improving lives of people and pets is what makes them show up to work every day - we can't put into words how important and appreciated they all are. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our vet nurses build relationships with our clients as well as patients. We have many clients who specifically request some of our technicians because of the trust they have been able to gain with their compassion, experience, and skill. ... See MoreSee Less

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Vet techs do so much more than people know - they're expected to perform as anesthesiologists, phlebotomists, xray technicians, dental hygienists, laboratory technicians, surgical assistants, therapists, nutritional counselors, and so much more! ... See MoreSee Less

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Did you know our hospital has more credentialed Registered Veterinary Technicians than most hospitals in the city? We have SIX! They complete rigorous testing, extensive formal training, and have over 4,000 hours of clinical experience. They have been certified to practice as veterinary nurses by the California Veterinary Medical Board. This week, we'll introduce you to two of them each day! ... See MoreSee Less

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Pet Health Insurance

At Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital we encourage our clients to research the benefits of pet insurance. Most companies offer a wide variety of plans that can be worked into any monthly budget. Some families opt for a wellness plan to help cover the cost of routine care such as vaccines, dental cleanings, and laboratory work. Others prefer plans that limit coverage to emergencies, accidents, and illness. An unexpected illness or medical emergency can be a very stressful time for any family, and pet insurance can help you focus on what’s most important – your pet’s health – rather than worrying about how you are going to pay for his or her care.

Although we will be happy to work with any pet insurance company you choose for your pet, we are often asked to make a recommendation. After interviewing the top insurance companies and taking our clients feedback into account, we recommend Pets Best insurance to our clients. We have included their contact information for your convenience. Please take the time to speak with their trained representatives to find the plan that works best for you and your pet!

Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital: Pet Insurance Discount Link

Pet Health Checker

Use our Pet Health Checker tool to help you decide if your pet’s symptoms require immediate attention or if you should continue to monitor those symptoms at home. To get started, click on the dog or cat to identify which type of pet you have, and then enter your pet’s symptom to continue.