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Squeezing a workout into your daily schedule when you have a busy lifestyle can be tough. Our time often needs to be dedicated to other pursuits like cooking, cleaning, commuting, reading, and of course taking care of our beloved four legged family members. Some of us find time for the gym and maintain a healthy fitness regimen, but the gym time takes away from our dog’s exercise, attention and affection time. What’s the solution? Start turning your dog walking time into fitness time for the both of you.

Not only is regular brisk walking with your dog exceptionally good for their health and yours, but making dog walking about fitness helps you stay motivated. When our workout isn’t just all about us, the usual excuses not to exercise tend to ring hollow. We can’t be too tired, because our dog needs us. We can’t be too busy, because our dog needs us. The weather is never too bad, because our dog needs that time and exercise. There are more benefits for you both than just getting fit and staying that way, too.

Health Benefits of Regular Walking

Even 20 minutes of exercise a day walking your dog has a good deal of positive health effects now and in the future. Here are some highlights:

  • Risk of breast cancer is reduced by 75 percent
  • Risk of heart disease is decreased by 49 percent
  • Risk of Diabetes reduced up to 35 percent
  • Risk of colon cancer lowered by 22 percent

That’s some pretty compelling data to keep you motivated about your fitness and workouts. Better still, there are similar health benefits for your faithful furry companion, too. You should always get your dog checked out by your veterinarian before starting a new exercise routine. So how do you go about making this walking fitness happen? Here are some tips and tricks. 

Easy Ways to Turn Your Dog Walking Into A Workout

There are many approaches to implementing a fitness regimen with your dog on a daily basis, but let’s take a look at a few of the easiest ones to start you out.

Set a Brisk Pace

The smallest and simplest changes are often the most powerful. It may seem a little obvious, but keeping a brisk rate of speed while you walk increases the benefits of your daily walk. Give yourself 2-5 minutes of your walk to warm up, then push yourself to walk quickly for the rest of your workout.

Walk Further

Sustained exercise helps you build up your endurance over time, and you will find you can walk faster for longer when you add distance to your daily walks.

Make Use of Elevation

Walking uphill and downhill (provided you have hills in your area) can add a significant boost to the amount of calories you and your dog burn during your walk, and helps you build up your strength and stamina more rapidly.

Intervals Work Wonders

Rather than walking at a rapid pace for the entire workout, try spreading it out into 30 second bursts over the course of your walk. Walk at a leisurely pace for a minute, then rapidly for 30 seconds, then at a natural pace again for another minute. This helps ease your body and muscles into working out without putting undue strain on them if you are new to personal fitness.

Take a Strength Training Break

While you are out at the park with your dog, give them a break to sniff around and rest a bit. Once your dog is occupied, do some stretching and calisthenics. Learn some yoga poses that help strengthen your walking muscles and your upper body, or do some push-ups, sit-ups or leg lifts as you are able. If the ground isn’t suitable for floor work, substitute squats, jumping jacks, and lunges. You don’t need to go for the world record here, but strength training is one of the most effective ways to get fit and stay fit even if you are older and less mobile than you used to be.

Make Time for Play Time

Once your strength training is out of the way, it’s time to break out the dog toys for some fetch or tug-o-war. These are great cardio and strength training for your dog, and  it helps older dogs maintain their coordination and mobility longer.

Are you ready to get fit with your dog? Skip the gym, save some money, and give these exercises a try. Go out walking every day, and stick to your routine. Let them be your fitness buddy to help you when you are unmotivated. Both you and your pet will be happier, healthier, and spend more time together now and in the years to come.

If you should have any questions or concerns about a fitness routine for your pet, please contact our team at Longview Animal Hospital. We will be happy to assist you!

Items in Your Household That Are Poisonous to Cats and Dogs


There are many joys that come with being an owner of a dog or cat. Pets provide comfort, happiness, and emotional support. Studies have been done that show owning a pet can help fight depression and can increase our odds of living longer, along with many other positives. With all the benefits that our pets provide us, we strive to do our best to care for them in return. 

When parents are expecting a new baby, they will go to great lengths to “baby proof” their home, such as keeping dangerous objects out of reach and installing cabinet locks. This same care and precaution needs to be applied to pets as well, for they are just as curious and able to get into places that can cause harm to their health.  Both dogs and cats have mischievous tendencies, and coupled with their ability to get into places they shouldn’t, this can spell disaster without preparation. 

It can be difficult to know how to prepare your home for every situation that can happen to your pet, especially when it comes to the consumption of a poisonous object. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of items around the house that pose a threat to your pets when consumed. With this knowledge, you can greatly decrease the chance of your pet eating any poisonous or dangerous items around your home. 

FOODS

Pets often beg for our food or try their best to snatch it off our plates and countertops. While we easily assume that they can eat “people food,” it is simply not the case. There are many food items that are poisonous to cats and dogs, many of which are the same for the two species. Consuming these items can lead to organ failure and death, so it’s important to know what to keep out of reach to prevent that from happening.

And please note that if you are hosting people over at your house where food will be out, make sure that it is placed high enough to be out of reach from your pets. If you have a cat who jumps onto countertops, you might have to keep them confined to a part of the house away from where the food will be. Also, make sure your guests know not to feed scraps of food to your pet. Unlike the movies, pets should not be given the leftover bits from your plate; save them for the real garbage disposal. 

Below is a list of food items that are poisonous or dangerous. 

Dogs:

  • Chocolate (especially dark chocolate and cooking chocolate)
  • Coffee
  • Onions
  • Grapes
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Garlic
  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Chicken Bones
  • Raw meat
  • Xylitol (an added sweetener)

Cats:

  • Caffeine drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Grapes
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast dough

PLANTS

Some plants can pose a very dangerous threat to curious pets who like to nibble on anything within reach. Be sure to check that the plants both inside and outside your home are nontoxic, in case your pet does ingest it. You might want to familiarize yourself with what these plants look like, so you can avoid them when taking your pet for a walk outside of your property zone. 

Below are a list of plants that are poisonous.

Dogs:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Ivy
  • Crassula Ovata/Jade
  • Dieffenbachia/Dumb Cane
  • Philodendron
  • Pothos
  • Sago Palm
  • Zamioculcas/ZZ Plant
  • Caladium
  • Corn Plant
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Foxtails

Cats:

  • Lily
  • Poinsettia
  • Aloe Vera
  • Azalea
  • Tulips
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Rhododendron
  • Mistletoe

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

When it comes to items inside your home, it’s safe to assume that anything is fair game. Dogs and cats like to chew up things both big and small, fluid or solid, so try to see your belongings from their perspective. If you’re worried your pet could swallow it, causing an obstruction in their stomach, then place that item out of their reach.

Items poisonous/dangerous to both dogs and cats when consumed:

  • Batteries
  • Small toys and figurines
  • Plastic bags
  • String, yarn, and dental floss
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cleaning products
  • Fertilizer
  • Pest-control products
  • Garbage
  • Antifreeze
  • Jewelry
  • Dishwashing detergent

What To Do If Your Pet Consumes These Items

If your pet has consumed any of these items or if you suspect they have, it is important to act fast. Call your vet or poison control immediately. Take note of what your pet ate, how long ago they ate it, how much they ate, and what symptoms, if any, they are showing. If you are able to, bring the substance that was consumed with you to the vet; this will help the doctor during the examination. It’s important to note that cats are masters at hiding their pain, so it’s imperative to watch for any change in their behavior. 


Symptoms to watch for in both cats and dogs:

  • Breathing trouble
  • Change in bathroom habits
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Lameness (especially in cats) and weakness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Tremors and shivering
  • Loss of appetite

If you have any questions, concerns, or are in need of guidance in the event that your pet consumes something they shouldn’t, feel free to contact our team at Longview Animal Hospital. The health of your pet matters.

Seeing Eye Dogs

If you are someone without a visual impairment, you might not have much experience with seeing eye dogs. Seeing eye dogs are service dogs trained specifically to assist and guide people who are blind or visually impaired. With this guidance, people who are blind can enhance their independence and self-confidence throughout their daily activities. 

 

The Seeing Eye is a great non-profit organization to turn to, whether you are in need of a seeing eye dog or in need of information on them. There are also Guide Dogs of America and Guide Dogs for the Blind, both of which offer free services.

 

If you’ve ever wondered how seeing eye dogs are trained and chosen for work, and how you should interact with one, then look no further! Here is everything you need to know about these fascinating guide dogs.

 

Breeding and Training

 

In the first seven to eight weeks of life, puppies are shown love, care, and affection in order to get them comfortable with human interaction. They are exposed to many different types of sights and sounds, such as vacuum cleaners, loud social environments and sound machines, in order to familiarize them with these every day occurrences. The goal is to desensitize the puppies, so that they are used to any given situation.

 

After their first seven to eight weeks, they are raised in foster homes until they reach 12 to 18 months of age. The goal is to train them, further expose them to social situations and human interactions, and get them comfortable with going out in public places. It’s important that their foster family is showing them as much of the outside world as they possibly can during their first year of life. Foster families are encouraged to take the puppies with them in public or anywhere that dogs are allowed.

 

Once they are in their first year, the dogs are checked for health and trained by a professional for four months. They train in rural, suburban and urban areas, and clicker-training is an important tool used by the instructors. After those four months, the instructor trains with the seeing eye dogs and their new owners. Bonding is an important part of this training; trainers will spend hours working with the dog and handler, in order to solidify their relationship before they go off on their own. It is important to note that seeing eye dogs are not pets; their relationship with their handler goes much deeper than that. Therefore, it is imperative that dog and owner are perfectly matched.  

 

Trainers take many considerations when pairing a handler with a service dog, such as matching personalities and environments. Some considerations include whether there are children or other pets in the home, what the hobbies are of the handler, how active their lifestyle is, and what type of city they live in. On top of this information, trainers will take note of how strong of a pull the handler has on a leash, so they can pair them a dog who matches that pull.

 

Because dogs are color blind, seeing eye dogs cannot interpret street signs. However, they do assist their owners in crossing streets and navigating through traffic. In addition, they are trained to intelligently disobey.  This means that they will ignore a command by their owner if it will jeopardize their owner’s safety, such as stepping out into oncoming traffic. It is important that seeing eye dogs take directional cues from their owners, but also be on the lookout for hazards and obstacles that their owners cannot see.

 

Interacting with Service Dogs

 

It is very important for people to be aware that service dogs are working dogs. When you see a service dog in a public setting, it is not appropriate to approach them with the intent to pet them, like you would a non-service dog. This can cause a distraction, and interacting with a distracted service dog can put the safety of their owner at risk. Unless you have been given permission by their owner, do not pet, feed, or make eye contact with a guide dog at work. If you are given permission to interact with a seeing eye dog, make sure to do so calmly. Otherwise, when you encounter someone with a service dog, it is best to ignore the dog completely.

 

Fun Facts

 

Common breeds that are chosen for seeing eye dogs include Labrador and Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds, while Standard Poodles can be good candidates for people in need of a hypoallergenic dog.

 

Female dogs retire at age four, and male dogs sire eight to ten litters before they are adopted. If a dog is not chosen to work as a seeing eye dog, oftentimes their foster family is given the opportunity to adopt them before they are adopted by someone else.

 

Dogs of various breeds, sizes, and personalities are acceptable and closely matched to their human partner. The Seeing Eye in particular puts less emphasis on breeding the perfect dog, and more on finding the perfect partnership between owner and dog.

 

National Seeing Eye Dog Day is coming up on January 14th, and International Guide Dogs Day is celebrated on April 25th.

Mutts Make Great Pets

Not every dog is a purebred dog, and that’s okay. In fact, 95 percent of dogs in shelters are mixed breed mutts. Many dog lovers out there would much rather have a mixed breed mutt for a pet. Most dogs are mixed breed, and many pet owners feel it is their duty to adopt a mixed-breed dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. Not only are you saving a pet’s life, you’re getting a companion for life. What a wonderful feeling it is to take one more dog out of the shelter into his or her forever home.

Unfortunately, some mixed-breed dogs result from unethical breeding practices, so by adopting a dog, you’re doing a great thing.  You may get the best qualities of both breeds in your mixed breed dog. After all, purebred dogs are bred for certain tasks like hunting or herding. Mutts are a mix of all traits, and tend to have better temperaments and fewer health problems as well. In general, these dogs are more adaptable and less prone to the behavior problems that some purebred breeds have.

Genetics do play a role in what personality a dog will have but so does training and socialization, both of which have a huge impact on a dog’s temperament and behavior as they grow and adjust to their new home and surroundings. Think about obedience training right away to help your new pet get off on the right foot (or paw, that is).

Mixed-breed pets cost far less than pricey purebreds over a lifetime. Certainly, up-front costs like shots and spaying or neutering are the same regardless of the dog, but lifetime vet bills will likely be less with a mixed breed. This is because mutts in general have far fewer health issues over their lifetimes. Purebred genetics can lead to specific breed problems like hip dysplasia or specific types of cancer. Mutts are simply hardier and have longer life expectancies. A more diverse genetic composition means that the pet is far sturdier healthwise, and that’s easier on your pocketbook. By comparison, purebred dogs are much more likely to suffer from inbreeding and therefore have mutated genes.

Mutated genes often lead to health issues like neurological issues and epilepsy, bone and joint disorders, cancers and reproductive issues. Purebreds are much more likely to carry diseases, and have specific medical problems for a certain breed. For example, golden retrievers and German shepherds often have hip dysplasia, and Cocker spaniels often suffer from eye problems.

One of the greatest things about mutts are their uniqueness. Mixed breed dogs can have genes from two or more different breeds, so you’ll get your own little (or big) ball of fur unlike no other.

You might be surprised to find out that poodles are the most common purebred found in mixed breed dogs. Labradoodle (Labrador and poodle)? Labsky (labrador and husky)? What kind of mixed breed do you want. One thing is for sure—your mixed breed will be one-of-a-kind, and will look and behave differently from any other dog.

Perhaps you’re looking for just the right sized dog, not to small but not too big. Mixed breeds tend to be average-sized dogs between 30 and 60  pounds. Purebreds on the other hand can range from Chihuahua size to mastiff!

Just remember that 95 percent of dogs in shelters are mutts. These dogs are durable, healthy and lovable. There are several places in our area to find your forever pet, including: Hope for Pets, Texas Star  Rescue ,  The Cat’s Meow Rescue, Longview Animal Care & Adoption Center, and Regard for Life.

Mutts are generally healthier, but it is really important for you to start your journey right with your new pet, from that very first vet visit after you get home, to annual visits after that.

Just like you have a schedule for doctor’s checkups, so should your pet. At Longview Animal Hospital, we can help. We want to meet your new furry friend! We will make sure that you and your pet have access to our high quality veterinary care. Come visit us to request an appointment. We’d love to have you as a new client; in fact, we’ll give you 50% off your pet’s first physical exam. Give us a call – we’ll treat your pet just as if he or she were our own. Your mutt will be in good hands, we promise!

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/.