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Our Weapons in the Fight Against Heartworms

Heartworm Disease is preventable and is far more efficient and cost-effective to prevent than to treat.  In honor of National Heartworm Awareness Month, please find the following heartworm disease prevention resources to help learn about this disease, how it is spread, it’s symptoms and what you can do for your dogs and cats!

Since symptoms don’t always occur right away, it is recommended that pets are tested every year month (through a very simple blood test).  Contact our team at Longview Animal Hospital with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment.  We can recommend the proper heartworm disease prevention for both your dogs and your cats and discuss treatment if necessary.

View our Article on our Cat Chat and Dog Blog “Heartworm Prevention Saves Lives”.

View our Heartworm Prevention Featured Products  Here.

Heartworm Disease Prevention Resources
(from the American Heartworm Society)

Click here to view General Information

Click Here to view information for Canines

Click Here to view information for Felines

View Symptoms for both Dogs and Cats in the image below.

heartworm disease prevention resources

 

We offer the following Heartworm Prevention Featured Products for your pet.

Trifexis (for dogs)

Heartworm Prevention Featured ProductsTrifexis is a chewable beef flavored tablet given by mouth once every 30 days to prevent heartworm disease in dogs. Trifexis also kills fleas within 30 minutes and keeps working to prevent flea infestations all month long. Trifexis also treats and controls Roundworms, Hookworms and Whipworms. This product can be given to puppies 8 weeks of age and older and 5 lbs. and greater.

Receive a $10 mail in rebate with the purchase of 6 doses.
Receive a $25 mail in rebate with the purchase of 12 doses.
Use Promo Code TFX2018.

Sentinel (for dogs)

Sentinel is a pork liver flavored tablet given by mouth once every 30 days to prevent heartworm disease  in dogs. Sentinel stops fleas before they become adults to end the infestation cycle. This product also removes and controls Whipworms, and Roundworms. Sentinel controls Hookworms as well. This
product is safe for dogs four weeks of age and older and two pounds of body weight or greater.

Receive a $7 mail in rebate with the purchase of 6 doses.
Receive a $20 mail in rebate with the purchase of 12 doses.

Pro-Heart 6 (for dogs)

Pro-Heart 6 is an injection given in the veterinary hospital that protects dogs from heartworm infection for 6 full months. Pro-heart also treats hookworm infections present at the time of infection. Pro-heart can be given to dogs 6 months of age and older of varying sizes and breeds.

 

Advantage Multi (for cats)

Advantage Multi is a topical parasiticide used for the topical treatment of cats eight weeks of age and older, weighing 5-18 lbs. Advantage Multi kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching for one month. This product also treats and controls ear mites, roundworms and hookworms.

Receive a $40 rebate with Heartworm Test when you purchase one 6-pack;
Receive a $25 rebate without Heartworm Test when you purchase one 6-pack;

Receive a $75 rebate with Heartworm Test when you purchase two 6-packs;
Receive a $60 rebate without Heartworm Test when you purchase two 6-packs;

free phone appWe are excited to tell you about our New FREE Phone App!  Join our Loyalty Program and earn rewards for your purchases & visits, receive notifications about important pet health and hospital updates, request appointments and refills right from your smartphone!

 

Click the links below to download our FREE App or Search LAH Vet in the App Store and in Google Play.

iPhoneApp LAH Vet Android App LAH Vet
 

Using the Free Phone App

If you should have any questions or need any assistance in using the phone app, please let us know or ask us at your next visit.  We will be happy to help you!

chocolate toxicity in dogs
Chocolate is a big part of many of our holidays – Valentine’s Day, Easter and Halloween seem to be the big ones.  We know that for humans, chocolate can be beneficial for us – it provides antioxidants (the darker the chocolate, the better it is for us),  it may help with memory function,  it tastes great and it makes us feel good.  While this is wonderful for humans, it’s not so great for dogs.

There are compounds found in chocolate (methylxanthines theobromine and caffeine) that are highly toxic for dogs.  Darker chocolates and cocoa powders have more of these compounds than lighter chocolates, and white chocolate has very little.  While these compounds are metabolized very quickly in humans, they break down very slowly in dogs.  Because they are processed so much more slowly in dogs, they can accumulate quickly and reach toxic levels.  The effects of the toxin depends on the weight of your dog and how much chocolate they consumed.  

Mild reactions to chocolate toxicity will include digestive distress – indicated by upset stomach, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.  Consumption of larger amounts of chocolate can result in more severe health effects – tremors, seizures, heart malfunctions, damage to the pancreas, internal bleeding and more.  Moderate to severe symptoms require veterinary treatment and can result in fatality.

If your pet has eaten chocolate and is experiencing any symptoms beyond mild reactions, give us a call and let us know so that we can advise you on the best actions for your pet.  Use the calculator provided below for general guidance based on weight and amount of chocolate consumed.

Note: one Hershey’s Kiss is approximately .16 ounces; one single bar of chocolate is approximately 1.55 ounces; and a large bar of chocolate is approximately 4.4 ounces.
 

stray animal

If you are a person that has a natural affinity for pets, you are likely at some point to come into contact with a stray or feral animal that might need help.  A stray animal is one that has had contact and socialization experiences with people at some point in its past, but has been lost or is no longer in a domestic living situation.  A feral animal is one that has never been socialized with humans – as it was likely born in the wild and has remained so.

Safety (for both you and the animal) is the most important consideration when trying to rescue a stray or feral cat or dog.  Since you have no knowledge of the animal’s medical condition or of it’s past experiences with people, there is little guidance on how it might react to someone trying to intervene on its behalf.  Chances are that the animal will be fearful and wary (your presence can be a high stress situation for it), in which case it is more likely to act aggressively as a way to protect itself, so biting and scratching behavior can be expected.

If you are not equipped to deal with a stray animal, you can contact a local agency (Animal Control in city limits or sheriff’s department at local town offices) for help.  Give the specific location/address of the animal and if possible, stay at the scene until help arrives. If you are in a vehicle, stay inside so that you don’t scare the animal away in the meantime.

To protect yourself and the animal, rescues should always be handled carefully.  If the animal is able to be approached, food can be offered to gain trust. Use long, heavyweight gloves and have containment or restraint options available (a crate, leash, etc.).  If you are able to safely contain the animal, you can take it to a veterinary service location where employees have expertise in dealing with strays and where the animal can be scanned for an id chip or tags/licenses can be checked. A description of a found animal should be reported to local shelters in case the owner contacts them seeking a lost pet.

If you do bring home a stray animal and you have other pets at home, it’s important  to keep them separated until you can have the rescued animal examined for any health issues and if they are healthy you can have them vaccinated to protect them moving forward. After that time you can slowly introduce them to other furry family members at home.

In most cases a rescued or stray animal makes a wonderful pet!

If you would like to consider adopting a shelter animal, contact one of our local organizations:

 

Aggression in Dogs

Aggression in dogs can be a serious issue.  If you notice unpredictable, aggressive behavior in your pet, you should consult a professional for guidance.  Canines typically, like most other animals, give warning signals before they act.  They might bark, growl, snarl or bare their teeth as warnings that they are about to respond.  Learning how your dog expresses a warning is an important part of being able to appropriately respond to prevent bad behavior.

Dogs can behave aggressively for a number of reasons, but it is almost always an emotional response or reaction to something else that is happening.  It could be as a result of feeling fear or trying to provide protection (for a pack/family member or home territory) or maybe to defend food or toys.  It could be a result of frustration or pain stemming from an injury or medical issue.  Your responsibility as a pet-owner is to help minimize the stressors to your pet so that they don’t get to the point of eliciting an aggressive response.

According to the ASPCA, stranger aggression is common – 60-70% of all pet dogs will bark threateningly at strangers or act unfriendly when around them.  If your dog reacts with warning signals when you have a guest in your home, you can make it a habit to bring the dog to a comfortable place in another room along with a nice treat for the duration of the visit.

If you are out in public with your pet, you might be able to determine if their behavior changes depending on how close a person gets to them.  Be aware of that comfort zone and use rewards or treats to associate other people with good things.  Work closely with a trainer and be patient since behavioral changes will take time.

In addition to training and behavior motivations, we encourage a visit to a vet to determine if there might be an underlying medical issue that is causing the behavior, particularly if the animal escalates to aggressive behavior quickly or with little-to-no warning signs.  A pet that behaves unpredictably or reacts in a confrontational manner without warning requires professional attention.

If you are in need of support, please schedule an appointment with us or contact a local trainer.  Two trainers in our area are listed below.

Pam Orms, Pam’s Dog Grooming and Obedience School(903) 845-4890;
https://www.facebook.com/PamsDogGroomingAndObedienceSchool

Jenny Lavender, People Training for Pets,  (903) 702-9877;
https://www.facebook.com/PTFPeasttexas903

 

Pet Exam with Dr. O’Reilly

pet exam dr oreilly

Not sure what happens during a Pet Exam wellness checkup?  We thought this video might help!

Watch Dr. Melissa O’Reilly as she examines Peggy-Sue, one of our clinic animals here at Longview Animal Hospital, with explanations along the way.  This tooth to tail wellness exam video will help you learn what happens during a standard checkup!

Pets in the WorkplaceThe concept of bringing pets into the workplace is increasingly being recognized as beneficial to business operations by improving employee effectiveness and sense of well-being, and increasing customer satisfaction.  More and more businesses are getting on board, and studies and articles are highlighting the results:

  • When workers bring their pets to their workstations, they report less stress by the end of the day, unlike coworkers who do not bring their pets or who are without pets, both of whom report an increased amount of stress by the end of the day.

  • Employees work more hours in a day, stay at an organization for longer, and have fewer absences if they can bring their pets into the workplace.

  • Customers are more likely to relax and enjoy their time at a business, as well as view it as forward-thinking.

  • Gleeful pets may facilitate more positive coworker exchanges and can allow employees to step back from problems before getting too engrossed to find a solution.

  • Being able to take time at work to care for their pet’s needs allows long-distance or long-working employees to cut the costs of walking services.  Simply owning pets saves billions in healthcare costs, but being able to walk those pets saves millions.

Are you interested in bringing these benefits into your work environment, but aren’t sure how to get the ball rolling?  Here are some considerations to help get you started:

 

Decisive Initial Questions – Pets in the Workplace

  • Does your industry-type match up?  The medical, pharmaceutical, chemical, and food industries may not have the regulatory standards compatible with pet-hospitality in the workplace.

  • What is the condition of your workplace?  Even if you work outside of these industries, you may want to consider whether the condition of your workplace poses any threat to the health of your pet, or whether it can handle the wear and tear that  pets might cause.

  • What will insurance cover?  As implied above, pets can impose some level of risk for  property damage and personal injury at the workplace, as well as the legal and insurance issues that may follow them.  It is important for both business owners and employees to verify with their agents how they can be covered in this situations before moving on.

  • Is your work community up for it?  Some people have moderate to severe allergies or phobias.  Others may be concerned about pets being the causes of and outlets for distraction.  How will a pet impact cleanliness and order at work ; are there fears of property damage and personal injury.

 

Suggestions for Implementation

If the movement gets a go-ahead, it can be helpful to co-create/collaborate on a pet-policy!  Why make a policy?  Not only could it address any legal issues should they occur later on down the line, but rules can support the execution of both work goals and interpersonal harmony during the transition into work life with this new addition.  Furthermore, if a business owner includes employees in the policy-making process, participants may be more likely to follow through on requirements because they understand the reason for existence and they all generally agreed on them.  For sample policies, consider these sources: Workable, Pet Sitters International, and LawRoom (this one includes a reminder about Service Dogs).

 

Lastly, check out articles on pets in the workplace supplied by The Balance and Cesar’s Way for more ideas of details to think of adding to a pet-policy.  From fun to strictly practical, they have it all; here are some of the ones we find the most important and the most fun:

  • Fun Group Idea: Make a habit of gathering up the team’s friendly furry family members before/after work or during lunch for a group walk, run, or bike ride!  Be sure they meet in a neutral area and have plenty of time to smell each other.

  • How will the pets be contained and supervised throughout the workday?

  • Pet Play Time: For at least 20-30 minutes a day, declare a jamboree – have the pets share a toy, play one-on-one, or go to a pet-friendly park!  Make sure your pet has an outlet for all of their energy and attention!

  • Which behaviors will be met with which level of consequences?

  • Before they Arrive: Designate a special place for your pet in the workplace, perhaps with a special cushion, and lead them to it.  It may decrease territorial behavior and increase feelings of safety and a willingness to share the area.

  • What level of training is required for pets, and what phase of learning are coworkers willing to support?  That being said, what are any rules around how coworkers and customers can interact with pets at which times – will there be a no touch, no talk, no eye-contact policy?

  • To Maintain that Work-Life Balance: Play, run, walk, or bike for at least 30 minutes before work so that it serves the dual purpose of bonding with your pet  through activity and also allowing them to tire out enough to allow you to work for more sustained periods of time.  A backpack for your pet may also have a similar effect.  Be sure to walk your pet every few hours.

  • What are the requirements surrounding a pet’s vaccine status, health condition, and grooming rituals?

  • Where and when, or, for what events, are pets not allowed?

  • Remember your Responsibility to the Needs of your Pet and to the Items in your Policy

Trainers and veterinarians can be valuable sources of input on whether a furry family member is ready for a trip to the workplace, or on whether a workplace is ready for a few furry visitors!  All questions are welcome at Longview Animal Hospital! (903)-807-0887

 

Other Sources

https://appliedpsychologydegree.usc.edu/resources/articles/the-benefits-of-bringing-pets-to-work/

https://www.selective.com/info-center/resource-center/newsletters/commercial-connections/volume5-issue1-2016/liabilities-for-pet-friendly-business

care credit

The Care Credit program works differently than your typical credit card since it offers shorter term options with no interest as long as you make minimum payments each month and pay in full by the end of the promotional period.    It helps to pay for pet health and wellness care purchases that  exceed $200 and can be just the right product if you have an emergency situation with your pet or if you are just caught short on funds at the time of service.

You can learn complete details and apply online at the Care Credit website at https://www.carecredit.com or you can ask our staff for details.

 

 

pet eye careCats and dogs don’t have adequate and safe tools and strategies at their disposal to clean their own facial areas, so there are things every owner must do to maintain proper pet eye care.  Paws have sharp nails that accumulate bacteria throughout the day, and rubbing their faces into cushions and on floors can pose similar threats.  You, as a pet owner, can do much to protect your furry family members from the suffering of infections and loss of sight, or to support them through it.

 

Pet Eye Care – Maintenance & Prevention

Professionals recommend visiting the vet annually or biannually, making sure your pet receives vaccines, and performing a home health check on your cat or dog on a weekly basis.  This last process can include:

  • checking the eyes for any of the signs and symptoms listed in the section below
  • trimming hair that could scratch the cornea
  • thoroughly cleaning tear-stained fur
  • wiping away discharge with damp cotton balls

There are additional things you can do to support your pet’s defenses against eye issues.  You can administer ointments under the top lid of your pet’s eyes for protection during baths, facial cleanings, and chemical exposures.  Use gentle shampoos (which are easier on the eyes), to keep your pet free from particulates and prevent possible irritants.  Don’t allow your to pet ride in your car with its head out of the window –  while fun for passersby and suspectedly also for your pet – wind, debris, and insects can dry out eyes, cause injury, or inflict infection.

 

Common Malaises

Different breeds of cats and dogs have different predispositions to varying eye ailments.  All are susceptible to infections, and aging can also produce some visual impairments.  The following are not absolute, but occur for both cats and dogs.  

  • Glaucoma: the cornea clouds and the eye swells due to increasing pressure from within.
  • Cataracts: gray or white discoloration in the lens that impairs vision.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy: the layers of the retina slowly break down over time, presenting first in a loss of night vision and leading to blindness.
  • Conjunctivitis: the eye lining becomes irritated, red, and swollen, due to allergies, damage, tear duct issues, or other sources, and it also produces discharge.

 

Signs & Symptoms

When your pet’s eyes are healthy, they are wet and clear, and the linings are pink.  If your cat or dog is distressed about their eyes, they may give you a behavioral cue: rubbing their faces on surfaces or pawing at their faces.  

A closer look may provide you with any of the following physical cues:

  • redness on eyeball or eyelid linings
  • whiteness on eyelid linings, swelling
  • squinting, excessive amounts of tears
  • tear stains around eyes, visible third eyelid
  • unequal pupil size, and mucus or crust buildup at the corners of the eyes

 

Caring While Affected

In the event that your pet displays any of these symptoms for a prolonged period of time, it is important to contact your vet for diagnosis. Treatments and the role you play in them will vary from this point based on the underlying problem.  It is also likely that you will be engaging in some upkeep after surgeries, so it is important pay heed to your vet’s explanations!

  • Saline (saltwater) eye drops or spreadable ointments can treat some infections.
  • A glaucoma drainage implant may be inserted to relieve pressure.
  • Cataract surgery involves replacing the impaired lens with an artificial one.  
  • Conjunctivitis treatments vary based on the underlying reason for infection: drugs and antibiotics for infections and allergies, and surgery for issues like tear-duct malfunctions.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy cannot be definitively cured, but antioxidant supplements may delay degeneration or prevent it if persistently taken from an early time.  

 

Questions?  Concerns?  Give our Longview Animal Hospital Team a call at  (903)-807-0887. 

(Remember, starting in January 2018, we will have walk-in availability on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8am to noon!)