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Tips for making your pet's holiday boarding stay easierBefore we know it, we will be in the thick of the holidays. Many people travel during this time to see family and friends. There may be a variety of reasons why you’re not able or don’t want to bring your pet with you while you’re traveling. It can also be hard to find friends or family willing to pet sit for you when they have family functions of their own going on as well. This is when you may turn to a resort or boarding facility for your pet.  Our boarding facilities at Longview Animal Hospital offer exceptional value – ask us about our protocols and be sure to reserve your spot early!

With all of the options available, it’s important that you do your homework before turning over your pet. You want boarding your pet to ease your stress about leaving them behind, not increase it. Different places offer different services and you want somewhere that will be comfortable for them and treat your pets well.

Tips for making your pet’s holiday boarding stay easier

– Ask for referrals

The first thing you need to do is make a list of places that you’re considering. Check with other pet owners that you know about boarding facilities that they trust. This will give you a great start because you know that they will be honest with you about their experiences. Your veterinarian is also a great resource for suggestions.

– Check out the boarding facilities in person

In order to get a good idea about the facilities you’re considering is by checking them out in person. Before you go, make a list of questions you may have. While you’re there, take some time to talk to the staff to see how friendly they are and how knowledgeable they are. Also, observe the cleanliness of the facility, the size of the enclosures and what access to the outdoors is like. If you live in a cold climate, make sure that the facility will be heated.

– Double check the rules and get your pet up-to-date on vaccinations

Many facilities have rules when it comes to vaccinations. Because your pet will be exposed to many other animals, you need to make sure they are protected. When you go to tour the facilities, it’s a good idea to bring your pet’s health record with you. Most of the time, boarding facilities will require that your dog be vaccinated for kennel cough because it is highly contagious and spreads quickly in these types of environments.

– Make sure your pet has its own room

You need to make sure that your pet has its own room. Do not let your pet go to a facility that will place it with another person’s pet. There are many things that could go wrong in that kind of situation and you shouldn’t have to worry about that when you leave your pet somewhere.

– Verify that you can bring in your own food for your pet

The last thing you want to worry about is upsetting your pet too much or them getting sick. Regardless of whether your pet actually requires a special diet, make sure that you can bring in your own food for your pet. If they are forced to change food quickly, this can make them sick and cause a lot of problems. They should be able to keep on eating their regular diet while staying at a boarding facility.

Also make sure to pack enough food and medication, if needed. You don’t want your pet to run out while you’re gone because you’ll have no way to get them more until you return.

– Book early

Good boarding facilities book up quickly, especially during the holidays. Make sure to do your research well ahead of time and pick a location. This will also give you peace of mind as you get closer to having to leave. At least you’ll have this set up far ahead of time.

– Provide contact information

Make sure to include all contact information for you, emergency numbers and your veterinarian in case someone needs to be reached while you’re gone.

– Make sure your pet has identification

When you drop your pet off, it’s important to have a collar with identification information on it. You may want to consider getting your pet a microchip as well, just in case. This will make it much easier to find your pet if the collar or tags get lost.

– Don’t draw out your goodbyes

When it comes time to drop off your pet, don’t make a big fuss over leaving. Even though you may be sad, put on a happy and calm face for your pet. If your anxiety is obvious or if you make the goodbye drawn out, you will actually make your pet more nervous about what’s happening. Also be sure to include familiar toys.

The holidays can be a stressful time, especially if you need to leave your pets behind. By doing some work ahead of time and finding the right facility for your pet, you will have a much more pleasant holiday for both of you! Check out information about our pet boarding facility and contact us now for more information!

pet cancerJust like humans, pets are susceptible to getting diseases and cancer is no exception. As your pet ages it is not uncommon for them to develop cancer. Getting the news that your lovable pet has cancer can be devastating and shocking. Learning and knowing the stages of the disease and treatment will help you provide a better quality of life for your furry friend.

 

Types of Pet Cancer

There are various types of cancer that can affect different areas of your pet’s body. Some of the types of cancers are specific to either cats or dogs, and others that may be more prevalent in specific breeds. The cancers specific to felines are less common but can still occur. Unfortunately, cancer in dogs is more widespread and has more types.

 

Feline Cancers

  • Leukemia – is a virus that affects the immune system. Possible signs of this cancer include loss of appetite, lethargy, weight loss, increased infections and swelling. Feline leukemia is transmitted through bodily fluids of the cats. There are treatment options and many cats live approximately two years after diagnosis.
  • Lymphoma – This affects the white blood cells and the immune system. The cancer is generally found in the lymph nodes and bone marrow.

 

More Common Canine Cancers

  • Lymphoma – is found in the lymph nodes and bone marrow and affects the immune system. This cancer starts with swollen lymph nodes in the neck or behind the knees and can progress  rapidly.
  • Hemangiosarcoma – generally found in the organs or under the skin, this type of cancer generally does not show any signs until the later stages. Hemangiosarcoma is predominantly found in the larger dog breeds.
  • Mast Cell Tumors – usually found in the skin and soft tissues. This cancer affects the immune system. Mast cell tumors generally start as lesions on the skin.
  • Melanoma – is skin cancer that can be found in any pigmented part of the body, including the eyes. The first signs of this cancer may be dark areas in the skin or color changes in the eyes. This is another rapidly progressive cancer.
  • Osteosarcoma – is found in the bone. Osteosarcoma may start by showing signs of swelling or lameness. This cancer grows quickly and the tumors are usually malignant.
  • Mammary Cancer – are tumors that are found in the mammary glands usually in female dogs. This type of cancer is generally missed because it first appears as a small nodule.

Early Warning Signs

If you can catch the warning signs early enough, the chances of recovery increase. Check your pet for any lumps, lesions, swelling or tenderness to the touch and contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns. Some of the signs to look for include:

  • Swelling
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased appetite
  • Lack of energy

Are Lumps Cancerous?

Not all lumps are cancerous, but it is best to err on the side of caution and take your pet to the vet to be checked out.  Once your pet has been checked, continue to monitor for lumps and advise your pet’s doctor of any changes. Generally the lumps that are not cancerous are fatty tumors but still need to be watched closely for any changes.

 

Treatment and Care

Just like any medical care, treatment can be expensive. Once the diagnosis has been received, talk with your pet’s doctor for your options. When discussing your options you need to not only consider the cost of the treatment but also the quality of life of your pet. Factors to include in your decision process are the stage of the cancer, your overall pet’s health, cost of treatment and possible additional after care.

 

Getting the news that treatment is not an option is the most helpless feeling you may have. When the cancer is in the advanced stages and is progressing rapidly, keeping your pet as comfortable as possible until the end is the most important care you can give your furry friend.

 

Another aspect of the care for a pet with cancer is the pet’s family. The loss of a loved one including a pet is very difficult. Not only do you need to take care of your pet but you need to take care of you and your family’s needs, including emotionally. If you need additional support, there are several support groups for families of pets with cancer. These groups can not only offer emotional support but also provide you with information on the progression of the disease. Knowing what to expect can help prepare you mentally and emotionally.

 

For more information on pets with cancer and the treatment and care, contact Dr. Foye and our team at Longview Animal Hospital.  

Pet Diabetes: Know the Warning Signs and How to Help

Pet DiabetesWhile public education and outreach has raised the profile for awareness of diabetes among people, it’s still relatively unknown that diabetes can affect pets as well. Longview Animal Hospital wants to raise awareness of this, and to let your know treatment is available for your pet.

 

Diabetes is a serious health condition for your pets, and unfortunately, it’s fairly common. A State of Pet Health Report  showed there was a 79.7 percent increase in diabetes between the years of 2006 and 2015, while the recorded instance of diabetes among cats has risen 18.1 percent in the same time frame.

By the numbers, these statistics mean that one in 308 dogs and one in 230 cats are affected by the disorder. Unlike humans, who can verbally communicate their health concerns, pets can’t tell us how they’re feeling. It’s up to the owner to be observant of their animals and watch for the warning signs a diabetic pet exhibits.

 

While it’s uncommon in younger animals, as our pets age, they can develop type 2 diabetes. Just like in humans, this can be caused by genetic changes or improper diet and obesity. If you notice any of these warning signs, it might be time to contact your veterinarian with your concerns and have your pet tested:

 

Symptoms Cats and Dogs Share

  • Increased thirst and demand for water.
  • Increased urination and accidents in the home.
  • Constant begging for food, even after they just ate with no weight change, or weight loss.
  • Lethargic or lack of energy, sleeping more and losing interest in activities.
  • Sticky or sweet smelling urine.

Dog Specific

  • Cloudy eyes.

Cat Specific

  • Dull, dry coat.

 

How Your Pet Will Be Tested

Testing for diabetes in pets is a little different than in humans. Your vet will likely do a series of urine and blood screens designed to detect ketones and excess glucose in the blood. A consistently high level will generally indicate that your pet is diabetic.

 

It’s a good idea to bring your pet in for testing if they exhibit any of the above warning signs, and as your pet ages, you may want to include the testing in standard health checkups. After all, the longer diabetes is left untreated, the more potential damage can be done to your pet’s organs.

 

Untreated diabetes can have serious health effects that include vision problems, kidney malfunction, general weakness, excessive thirst and more. 

 

Your pet will likely begin a daily regime of medication in an effort to help them process out the extra sugars in their blood. Your vet may ask what type of food your pet is given and the frequency or amount of feedings.

 

Depending on the diet your pet has, it may be recommended to switch foods, provide less, or supplement with other items. Regular feeding with high-quality food in conjunction with medication is key to maintaining your pet’s blood sugar and safeguarding their health.

 

If your pet is overweight, its vital to begin a gentle exercise routine with them. Lowering their body weight can help manage their diabetes symptoms and increase the effectiveness of their medications.

 

The fantastic news about diabetes in pets is that, just like in humans, early intervention and effective treatment can help your pet regain their health and live long, full and happy lives.

 

Additional screens will be added to your pet’s checkup and may include eyes, heart and kidney function as diabetes tends to impact these organs first.

 

If your pet does have diabetes, you should be familiar with the warning signs your pet may exhibit if they reach a critical stage in their disease. Untreated diabetes, or an insulin spike or drop that may occur if your pet eats a high-sugar item or misses meals can be life-threatening.

 

Warning Signs in Diabetic Pets

  • Hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia can happen if there is too much insulin in your pet’s bloodstream. If your pet is suddenly restless, anxious, shows muscle twitching, extreme sleepiness or seizures, call your pet hospital right away.

 

If you are certain that your pet is hypoglycemic due to not eating or an accidental overdose of insulin, you can hand-feed them small bits of pasteurized honey or karo syrup to help keep them alert on the way to the hospital. Be sure to check with your pet’s doctor before giving them more insulin.

 

  • Kidney Damage: A diabetic pet is at greater risk for kidney damage. You should pay close attention to the urinary habits of your animal. Excessive urination and thirst or a sudden decrease can both indicate problems.  Diabetes can also make urinary tract infections more likely.  If you notice bloody urine in the litter box, be sure to call the vet.

 

If you’re concerned that your pet might have diabetes, please contact Longview Animal Hospital. Our doctors and staff will be able to help you arrange for testing and inform you of the current treatments needed to help your pet remain healthy.

Canine Senior Wellness Screenings

OCTOBER SPECIAL

As our pets become seniors, their metabolism slows down, the aging process settles in and they become more prone to hormone problems, heart issues, kidney disorders, and even cancer! Sound familiar? It should, if you’re over the age of 30, chances are you’ve already had the same tests performed at your last wellness screening!

With veterinary medicine, it is essential to stay proactive rather than reactive. Diagnosing any medical condition early on can help broaden treatment options and improve long-term outcomes. An early diagnosis can be particularly life changing for our senior pets. With age, seniors are more vulnerable than younger animals, and less able to cope with physical and environmental stresses.

Throughout October, we are able to offer you the best way to promote your pet’s health and longevity by offering a significant discount with our wellness special.
Sincerely,

Dr. Foye and the Team at Longview Animal Hospital

Canine Senior Wellness Screenings – Save $100 During the Month of October

howl-o-ween pet costume contest

Happy Howl-O-Ween!

Today, we announce our 2018 Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest.  This year, the program will be run entirely through our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/LongviewAnimalHospital/), so make sure to follow us there!

Post your photos to our page (*instructions below) starting today  (10/1) and we will add them (within 24 hrs) to our 2018 Howl-O-Ween Costume “Album”.  Once added, you can share with friends and family to build likes and comments.  Submissions must be made prior to 5pm on October 30th.  Votes will be tallied and winners will be announced on October 31, 2018.  The images with the most likes will be selected as our top three winners.  Note: Contest winners must reside with their pets within our business operating region (throughout East Texas).

Voting will take place on images in the official 2018 Contest Album  LINKED HERE  between October 1 and October 30 (5pm CST) – 1 like = 1 vote.

Winners (top 3 of those with the most likes) will be announced on our Facebook Page before 5pm CST on October 31.

1st Prize: $50 gift card for use at Longview Animal Hospital and a Pawsitively Awesome Pet Gift Basket!

2nd Prize: $30 gift card for use at Longview Animal Hospital and a large bag of Hills Science Diet  pet food.

3rd Prize: $20 gift card for use at Longview Animal Hospital.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Make sure you “Like”/”Follow” the Longview Animal Hospital Facebook Page  at https://www.facebook.com/LongviewAnimalHospital/

Post to our page and Upload Your Photo

In the Text Content, please include:

Happy Howl-O-Ween!  followed by: Pet’s Name, Age & Breed (if known), Costume description and any additional information you would like to share about the photo.

(We will attempt to tag your profile when we upload the image and info to our album so that you can share the link directly with friends. If you are not listed as ‘liking’ the page, we won’t be able to do this.)

Thank you!  We look forward to seeing your pictures – good luck to all and Happy Howl-O-Ween!

View Official Contest Rules Page

service dogsMost people do not think about the difficulty of some routine daily tasks like turning on a light switch.  But some individuals with disabilities need help. That help comes from their service dogs. Service dogs are trained to help individuals with disabilities complete daily tasks. The service dog makes the individual with the disability more independent. A service dog is not a pet. They are there to do a job. A most important job, which is to provide a service to their owner with no distractions. The service dog’s full attention must be on their owner and the owner’s needs. If the service dog is distracted, the dog may miss an important que that could mean life or death to the individual.

 

Uses of Service Dogs

The service dogs training aid individuals with specific disabilities. The dogs training includes:

  • Guiding an individual who is blind or has hearing loss
  • Pulling a wheelchair or help an individual walk
  • Calming an individual with autism or post traumatic stress disorder
  • Opening or closing doors
  • Turning lights on and off
  • Picking things up
  • Warning someone if the owner is going to have a seizure or blood sugar is low
  • Alerting their owner when it is time to take their medication

 

Training A Service Dog

A service dog’s training consists of two steps, basic training and service training. Basic training should begin when the dog is under six months old. The basic training will include the sit, stay, down, come commands, along with socialization skills. During this time, the trainer or owner will be working to make sure the dog can perform these basic tasks in various locations without distractions.

 

Service training occurs between six months to one year. At this point the separation of work and play must occur.  The dog must learn to understand that when his or her service dog vest (gear) is on it is time for work. While the service dog in training is in the gear, the dog begins learning specific tasks related to the owner or individual with the disability. The service dog in training will be learning skills like turning a light on or off. The service dog in training is not expected to complete the task 100% of the time but be consistent.  During training the dog needs time and repetition.

 

Service training is a gradual process. The training begins with tasks in a location with little to no distraction then moves to ones where the distractions increase. For example, first teaching the service dog to heal at home. Then as the dog masters that task move the training to a street where there are other distractions.  Continually move the training to areas with more distractions. This helps the service dog in training to focus on his work tasks at hand. Once the dog has turned 18 months old and has completed his or her service tasks in public 100% of the time, the dog can then move from a service dog in training to a service dog.

 

Life of a Service Dog

A service dog’s main focus is to work. So, once the service vest or tags are put on the dog is at work. From early morning until night the dog must help the individual assigned to him or her. While at work, the service dog must focus on performing the trained daily tasks. Whether it is guiding someone that cannot see very well through the house or turning on and off the lights. When the day is over and the service gear is off, the service dog can socialize with other people or dogs, run and play, or do other dog things.

 

Service Dog Versus Regular Pet

The main difference between a service dog and a regular pet is the service dog is a working dog. While a service dog will have time to run and play, everyone must realize when the dog in the service gear it is at work. Work means complete and total focus on the owner or individual the dog is there to help.  People cannot pet or play with the service dog especially while it is in “uniform”. Everyone involved with the service dogs training must keep a line drawn between work time (in the service gear) and play time (wearing no service gear). Making the distinction of the expectations will help to not confuse the service dog. Another difference is the required amount of training for a service dog.  The training will generally take approximately two years to complete.

 

A regular pet does not need more training. The basic training and socialization is enough. A regular pet can play or be petted at any time. They can also get and give attention to the owner or the family at any time.

 

If you would like more information on service dogs, or if it’s time for a health check for your service animal, please contact us at http://www.longviewanimalhospital.com/contact-us/.

responsible pet ownership

Preparing for a New Furry Friend – Are you Ready?

Pets are a beloved part of their owner’s and family’s life. Responsible pet ownership is an important part of a pet’s life and well-being. Pets bring joy into our lives, and it is equally as important that pet owners take care of a pet’s needs and keep them safe and healthy. This is a big responsibility and requires thoughtful consideration.

What is Responsible Pet Ownership?

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) defines responsible pet ownership through a series of qualities: committed, invested, compliant and prepared. They also provide a comprehensive set of guidelines for what these responsibilities entail. These qualities point to the types of actions and behaviors pet owners need to have to be attentive to their pet’s wellness and survival.

Commitment

At the top of the list is commitment. This should come as no surprise because committing to take care of another life is a serious thing. These animals are in your care and they do need your love and attention. Even in the wild, animals depend on one another for survival. The commitment to welcome a pet into your family is a lifetime commitment. Specifically, this means that you are committing to care for this pet for its lifetime. The best part is that pets will thank you for your commitment and shower you with love, affection and maybe some wet kisses. Healthy, well cared for pets will share lots of love with their owners. And studies have shown that pets bring wonderful health benefits to their owners and families. It’s a win-win!

This commitment also includes making sure your pet is properly identified and wears tags or is chipped at all times in case of an emergency or if the pet becomes lost. In addition, committing to responsibility attend to the reproductive health of your pet for its lifetime is also a core tenant of the AVMA’s guidelines. Pet overpopulation is real in American and around the world. Luckily, pet owners always have the easy option of having their pets spayed or neutered to help with this.  

Investment

Any pet owner can tell you that having a pet is definitely an investment. Some people do purchase their pets and that can cost a lot of money. But that is not the investment the AMVA is referring to. Just like humans, care for a pet requires money. Food, veterinarian visits, accessories and emergencies are all reasonable and general costs associated with pet ownership. Anyone considering becoming a pet owner should do a little research and understand these expenses and prepare for them.

And yes, there are some pets that are more expensive to care for than others. It would not be surprising to think that a horse may cost more to care for than a dog, but what about birds or fish or hamsters?  Before taking on a pet, make sure to become familiar with the needs of the pet you plan to adopt into your family. There are many online resources filled with helpful information but don’t stop there. Also, consider reaching out to friends or family who have similar types of pets for advice. There are even online groups for specific types of pet owners that can offer additional support and answer specific questions as well.

Responsibility and Compliance

There are specific rules and laws for pets just as there are rules and laws for cutting down trees, driving a car or building houses. Life is filled with rules to learn and to follow. The same is true for pet owners. Once your family has chosen a pet, find out what types of rules and laws exist for your pet. One very important thing to do before you get a pet is to find out if your house or apartment has rules about pets. This is super important! Pet deposits may be required or your complex or neighborhood may not allow pets at all. Find out before adopting a pet.

Specific pet rules and guidelines can vary from city to city and state to state as well. Leash laws for dog owners are an example of a rule that can vary depending on the location. To be a responsible pet owner, always find out what the laws are for your living spaces and in your surrounding areas.  

Preparation

The best thing for a pet is for their owner to be prepared to welcome them into their lives. Having a pet can change your life. Will a goldfish change your life like a puppy or a baby goat? No. Each pet is unique and has its own set of needs. As a responsible pet owner, it is your job to prepare to meet those needs. Human babies need diapers, food, clothes, a place to sleep and someone to care for them. What does your new pet need?

Prepare to succeed as a pet owner and embrace the responsibility. Many families like to introduce pets into a home to help children with responsibility too. This can work if everyone is informed, clear and aware of what the needs of the pet are and what it means to be truly responsible. Over prepare to welcome your new pet into your home.

Providing a healthy, safe, loving and fun home for your pet is a privilege and a responsibility. And if you need support, you can always talk to your veterinarian.

Contact the Longview Animal Hospital for any questions about adopting a new pet or how to better care for an existing pet: www.longviewanimalhospital.com or 903-758-2082.

And enjoy this new client coupon for 50% off your pet’s first exam (for new clients):

Microchipping your PetHave you considered microchipping your pet? Or does your pet already have one?  If so, then make an appointment with your veterinarian to get your chip checked.  Each August the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends an annual check to make sure microchips are still in place and working properly.

Consider this a yearly tune-up that helps keep your pets safe, healthy and close to home. For pet owners that are just considering microchipping their pets, this could be the perfect time to learn more. Here are a few key answers and lots of information to that can help shine a light on the technology, process, benefits and risks of microchipping pets.

What Is A Microchip?

A microchip is a radio frequency identification technology commonly known as RFID. Microchips can be as small as a grain of rice and are implanted just under the skin of animals. These chips transmit a radio frequency that can be scanned to confirm the identity of the animals.

For any pet owner that has lost a pet or had pets run away, microchips bring comfort and relief. Lost dogs are twice as likely to be reunited with their owners if they are chipped and cats are 20% more likely. Pets are valuable and special parts of any family, and yet there are circumstances where they can get lost or may run away.

When families move homes, many animals may become disoriented and run away or get lost. And, unfortunately, there are rare instances where pets are actually stolen. Microchipping is one more safeguard that pet owners can use to increase the chances of the safe return of their animal should any of these situations occur.

For those who are new to the idea, there may be questions.

How Are Chips Used?

Microchips are used by pet or animal owners to track animals that are within their care. Chipping is available for various species of animals from dogs and cats to horses, cows, alpacas and even elephants.

Once a chip is implanted in an animal, the chip gives off a frequency that can be identified by a microchip reader. Microchips are not designed to be tracking devices.

Microchip readers and the microchip will have to be in close proximity to one another. When a lost pet is found, it is often taken to an animal shelter. These shelters have chip readers that can scan the lost animal’s chip and tell the shelter its true identity.

Procedures for Implanting

Chips are implanted just under the skin in animals. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is working to create standard implant sites for specific species of animals throughout the world. They have released a series of helpful guidelines for pet owners and veterinarians.

The recommended site for implanting chips in dogs and cats is below the skin along the upper back, near the shoulder blades. There are actual global standards being negotiated for chip implant sites for animals, which is helpful for families or animal owners who may move or relocate to other countries. It is comforting to know that all over the world veterinarians are thinking about the well-being of your pets and how to keep you together.

Importance of Checking the Chip

Microchips can move after being implanted. This is an important reason to do the annual “chip check” to make sure your pet’s chip is still in place. This movement is sometimes referred to as a “chip migration” and typically happens just after implantation.

Checking the chip regularly is the key to make sure your pet’s chip is still in place and working properly. Make an appointment to have your pet’s chips checked and enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you are doing all you can to keep your pet safe, healthy and close to home.

For more information about microchipping, annual “Check the Chip” events or for other questions, please visit the Longview Animal Hospital online at www.longviewanimalhospital.com or call 903-807-0887 for a consultation or to make an appointment.

And please enjoy this infographic from the American Animal Hospital Association (AVMA) that has more helpful information about how microchips bring lost pets and owners back together.

SEPTEMBER IS DENTAL HEALTH MONTH!

All dental cleanings that take place during the month of September will receive 15% OFF

In addition, this year we have TWO Giveaway contests (details below)

 

Dental Gift Basket  Giveaway

(Promotion begins on September 5)

Includes a bag of Prescription Diet T/D food (which can we served as the pet’s main diet or given as a treat after meals), a dental chew toy, a bag of dental treats, a pet tooth brush and tooth paste, a bottle of Vetra-dent water additive.

1) Comment on the post (https://www.facebook.com/LongviewAnimalHospital/photos/a.327223800649167/1943077032397161/?type=3&theater)

2) Tag 3 or more friends in your comment

The winner of the Dental Gift Basket will be announced on Monday, September 17.

 

Official Contest Rules can be viewed here. 

 

COMPLETED: Dental Cleaning Giveaway

Includes our Presurgical physical exam and bloodwork, and our dental cleaning which includes scaling, polishing and a flouride treatment. Winner will receive a sample of our Prescription Diet T/D food to be used as dental treats (up to a $385 value). Pet must be up to date on vaccinations.
This offer does not include any needed teeth extractions or medications.

To Enter:

1) Like Us on Facebook (at https://www.facebook.com/LongviewAnimalHospital/

2) Like the Post for 2018 Dental Cleaning Giveaway (Click Here for Direct Link to the Facebook Post)

3) Share the Post on your personal FB page (public settings)

The winner of the Dental Cleaning Giveaway will be announced on Tuesday, September 4, so enter today!

 

 

 

Vaccinations for your PetsIf you have a new pet, or an old friend, chances are that they need vaccinations to keep them healthy. At Longview Animal Hospital, we care about your pets as much as you do, and want to help you keep them active and happy for as long as possible. We would like to take a moment to go over some standard vaccinations that your pets need, and why they benefit from them. These are referenced in dog and cat vaccinations, however, other animals have vaccination needs as well. Remember, a vaccine strengthens your pet’s immune system against a particular disease, which help prevent the disease, if encountered in real life, from affecting your pet. For example, if you haven’t given your puppy a Parvo vaccine, going to the dog park could expose them to the virus, which is very difficult to treat. If your puppy is vaccinated, the chances that they will become ill are far lower.

Vaccinations for your Pets

Dogs

Everyone loves dogs! They are friendly and outgoing, and love to play. That means dogs are often outdoors and subject to exposure to a lot of things. Thankfully, there are vaccinations that can help protect them. We’ve broken this up between puppies and adults to make it easier, since puppies have a different vaccine schedule than adult dogs.

 

Vaccinations for Puppies

If you ask any new parent, it seems the first few months of a child’s life are spent getting vaccines. It’s no different with puppies. It’s a great big world, and there are lots of health hazards in it. Puppy vaccination schedules are designed to strengthen the immune system against the most commonly encountered or dangerous viruses while the puppy is young and has an immune system that is underdeveloped. The hope is that the puppy can live a long life free from disease through vaccination.

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends the following vaccines as core vaccines – vaccines every puppy should have, regardless of geographic region or lifestyle:

  • Canine parvovirus – potentially deadly, the virus is contagious and causes lethargy, fever, vomiting and severe bloody diarrhea.
  • Distemper – causes fever, coughing, neurological abnormalities, and death.
  • Canine Hepatitis – spreads in urine, blood, saliva and nasal discharge, causes fever, congestion, depression, and coagulation (blood) disorders.
  • Rabies – this disease inevitably causes death once symptoms appear and can be spread by bites, or in rare cases, saliva. You may not realize your dog has been bitten if you spend time outdoors and in a high bat population area. Rabies progresses from stiff joints, hydrophobia (fear of water) extreme irritability to seizures and death. Rabies can be transmitted to humans through an infected animal, and may take several weeks to show symptoms, so it’s vital all dogs be vaccinated.

 

Vaccines that are given in relation to your puppies exposure risk include:

  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica – a contagious disease that has the ability to live in the environment for an extended period and is similar to whooping cough in humans.
  • Leptospira Bacteria – causes leptospirosis, which can affect humans and animals causing fever, chills, muscle aches, thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice and potentially death.
  • Canine Influenza – a contagious virus that typically causes lethargy, lack of appetite, fever, nasal discharge and a dry nonproductive cough but can be more serious in puppies, older dogs or any dog with a compromised immune system.

 

Vaccinations for Adult Dogs

Once puppies have had their vaccine series, they need boosters once yearly for distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, lepto and rabies. Bordetella for dogs in high risk environments needs to be boostered twice yearly.

 

Cats

We love our cats for their independant and loving natures. Many pet owners think if they keep their cat indoors, no vaccines are needed. However, this couldn’t be further than the truth. Cats can be exposed by people or other animals coming into the house. The following vaccines should be given to your cats to keep them protected.

Vaccinations for Kittens

Kittens need several vaccines in the first months of their lives to stay healthy.

  • Panleukopenia – feline distemper, highly contagious and potentially life threatening.
  • Feline Calicivirus – causes respiratory infections in cats and may sometimes cause ulcers to develop on the gums, hard palate, lips and nose that can make eating uncomfortable.  
  • Feline Herpesvirus Type 1 – various symptoms, eye discharge, fever, miscarriage.
  • Rabies – same as in dogs.

Adult Cats

Adult cats also need booster shots to keep the benefit of the vaccinations. Longview Animal Hospital can help you develop a schedule for your cat.

As you can see, not getting these vaccinations for your pets can cause serious illness not only to them, but to the members of your household. The best and easiest way to protect both your pets and your family members is ensuring that your pets are vaccinated and receive the proper booster shots throughout their lives. Contact our team at Longview Animal Hospital today and let us help you find out what vaccines your animal needs, or if it’s time for a booster. We look forward to seeing you and believe in friendly care, healthy pets, and happy families.