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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


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.



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.

Pet Fire Safety

When we welcome pets into our home, we think of many things; toys, vet visits, training and maybe obedience school for our new friends. Something that we rarely think of is pet fire safety and emergency plans for our pets. It may seem like a minor concern, but The American Red Cross estimates that over 1,000 fires are started by pet related accidents, and over 500,000 pets are affected by house fires annually. With statistics like these, it becomes apparent that fire safety with your pets is a genuine concern. Read on for some tips on fire prevention with your pets, and how to keep everyone safe in the event of a fire by creating an emergency plan that includes your pets.


Fire Prevention With Pets


The old saying ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ couldn’t be more true when it comes to pet fire prevention. There are a few simple steps you can take to help limit the chance of a house fire affecting you and your pets. Take a moment to read them, and try to incorporate them into your life. They’ll soon become a positive habit that will help prevent pet-related fires and keep your family safe.


  • *Never leave any flame open and unattended. Candles, incense, or any item that burns are hot enough to start a fire, particularly if kept near blankets, curtains and other fabrics. Double check to ensure all flames are extinguished prior to leaving the room. Consider investing in flameless candles to enjoy the ambiance of candlelight without the risk.  


  • *Buy stove knob covers or remove the knobs before leaving your house. Stoves look like a lot of fun to pets, and even if they’re clean, those sensitive noses can smell the delicious remnants of what you’ve cooked last. Pets are curious, and a nose bump, hop onto the counter or a lick could easily turn a knob to on. Stove burners left on are one of the leading causes of accidental fires, but very few realize it may not be the people in the house leaving them on. This is also a concern for non-electric stoves, as the same curiosity could cause gas to escape into the home if a knob is turned.


  • *Pet-proof your home. Puppies like to chew, and kittens like to play. Any loose or trailing wire could look like a great toy to your new pet, but if the wire is connected to a live charge, it could easily fray and expose both you and your pet to electrical shock, in addition to a possible cause of fire. Taking the time to analyze your pet’s surroundings with fire safety in mind is one of the best steps you can take in pet fire prevention.  


Include your Pet in your Emergency Plan


When you set up an emergency plan for your family, don’t forget the furry members. A spare carrier, some extra food, and an extra bottle of water should be stored aside for them. If possible, keep a copy of their recent vaccinations and other important medical information with the rest of your paperwork.  (See our video and resources for An Emergency Plan for Your Pets)


When you practice your escape plan, include your pet. Pets are likely to hide or be afraid during a fire. Training your pet to go to an area and into a carrier could help save a lot of time and ensure you all evacuate safely. Remember, though, to never endanger yourself or others attempting to evacuate your pet. If you must leave your pet in the home, you can still help first responders and your pet by telling emergency workers the type of pet you have and their last known location in the house.


Help Firefighters Find Your Pets


You can purchase a Pet Alert cling to stick to the windows of your home. These special clings allow you to write the number and types of pets that you own. By helping firefighters know what to look for if they should have to enter your home, you help increase the odds of your pet being rescued.


When you leave the house, attempt to keep your pets in a central location near an entrance to the home. Shut doors and place food and water in the area. By placing your animals near an entrance, you help ensure that they are easily found.  

Pet related fires are tragic, but they are also preventable. Longview Animal Hospital cares about your pet and your family and has a long history of living up to our motto of Friendly Care, Healthy Pets, and Happy Families. We hope that you have enjoyed reading these tips on pet-related fire safety. Please contact us at 903-807-0887 or by email with any questions or concerns about your pet; we’re here to help!  

Ticks and Your Pet's HealthWell, it’s that time of year. The weather is nice and everyone, including our pets, want to be outside to enjoy the summer festivities. Just like we take precautions when going outside, we need to make sure to take care of possible issues for our pets as well. One of the things that your pet can easily encounter during the times they are adventuring outside is a tick.  Learn a little bit about ticks and your pet’s health in the information below.

Ticks can cause serious pet health issues, so it’s important to pay attention to our pets and make sure that they have any ticks taken care of quickly. You don’t want to end up with bigger problems later on. The best method is prevention, but sometimes things can happen.

Tick prevention tips:

– Treat for ticks all year.

Instead of just focusing on the summer months, it’s a good idea to treat for them the whole year, especially in our region since our temperatures remain above freezing for most of the winter months. Although ticks are more common in the summer months, some can also survive indoors during the winter. This is the main reason to give your pet preventatives during the entire year. You never know when one could be lurking somewhere in your house. Check with our team at Longview Animal Hospital on recommendations for the best preventative for your pet.

If you have more than one pet, you need to treat them all at the same time. This will help prevent cross infestation and keep all your pets safe from ticks.

– Do not use old or expired tick preventatives.

It may be tempting to use up old tick products, but just as with other medications, it’s important not to do so because they can lose effectiveness. It’s not worth the risk and there may also be better products that have come out in the market since you bought that treatment, so you should always double check if you have any questions.

– Only use products specific to your type of pet.

It’s important that you only use products that are specific to your kind of pet. This is especially important when talking about cats. There is an ingredient in some preventatives that are specific to dogs that is toxic to cats. It can cause a severe reaction to your feline, so you really need to use preventative that is specific to a cat instead.

– Check for ticks regularly.

It’s especially important that you check for ticks on both yourself and on your pets when you’ve been in areas that may have ticks. Once you’re inside, inspect your pet’s armpits, skin and ears as soon as possible.

– Keep your yard cleaned up.

Ticks like longer grass, so make sure to mow your lawn on a regular basis. They also prefer moist, warm and shady areas that have organic debris. By simply raking your clippings, leaves and brush, ticks will have fewer places to hide as well as breed.

– Visit your veterinarian regularly.

During our normal wellness exams, we will look for any signs of parasite issues with your pet. This is an important appointment to keep to make sure your pet is healthy.

What to do if your pet gets a tick:

– Remove a tick immediately.

You need to remove the tick right away. Hopefully you will be able to find it before it has attached and imbedded too far into the skin. Make sure to put on gloves to protect yourself from infectious agents that a tick could be carrying.

Next, while keeping your pet calm, use a tweezers to grab the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible, while being careful not to pinch your pet’s skin. Pull the tick out with a straight motion to get all of it out of the skin. If any part of the tick is left in your pet, you may want to contact your veterinarian. After removal, disinfect the bite site with antiseptic spray or wipes.  

NOTE: For some of the smaller ticks, there are specialized tweezers you can use as well to help make extraction as easy and effective as possible.

Dispose of the tick properly by placing it in a container with rubbing alcohol, or sandwich it within a piece of scotch tape. (When using tape, you can also indicate date and location of where your pet may have picked up the tick.) You should save the tick in the container with a lid just in case your pet begins to show any symptoms of disease.

– Treat the surrounding environment at the same time as your pet.

You should make sure that there are no other ticks or eggs in the surrounding environment. If it was found indoors, make sure to wash all bedding and vacuum sofas and carpets. Once you’re finished, make sure that you empty the vacuum containers as well.

– If your pet seems ill, take them to the vet.

Make sure to watch your pet carefully for a few weeks for different symptoms. If they seem lethargic, have swollen lymph nodes, fever or loss of appetite, contact us for an appointment and let us know that your pet had been bitten by a tick and bring along the specimen removed.  If you have any additional questions about ticks and your pet’s health, please feel free to contact our team at Longview Animal Hospital. 

A Guide to Living With Allergies and Your Fur Babies

Having pets is an enjoyable experience – they love you unconditionally, they are incredibly adorable, and they can add a lot of value to your life. However, what happens if you’re allergic to the animals that bring you so much joy?

Many people are allergic to common pets like dogs and cats, and if you’re one of them, it may seem like having a fur baby is out of the question. After all, won’t you be suffering nonstop while they’re in your house?

Although life with allergies and a pet can be challenging, it doesn’t have to mean that you can’t have an animal with you. It just means that you have to be more careful about your situation and plan accordingly.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can make life easier when your pets are the ones triggering your allergy symptoms.


Understanding Pet Allergies

Before we get into the various methods you might be inclined to use to cope with your allergies, let’s first understand what’s triggering them. Once you know why you’re reacting, it’s much easier to prevent the next one.

Dander is a Trigger, Fur Isn’t – most people assume that the more fur there is, the easier it will be to have a reaction. However, it’s usually skin flakes that will cause problems, meaning that you could have a bald pet and still get allergies. Other triggers can include saliva, urine, and yes, fur in some cases.

Some Breeds are Less Trigger-Happy – just because you’re allergic to cats doesn’t mean that all cats will cause you to start sneezing. Some breeds are naturally hypoallergenic, or they don’t shed as much skin, allowing you to live in relative peace. Simply put, finding a different breed may help resolve the issue as much as anything else.

Get Tested to Be Sure – you can visit an allergist to find out what specific pets will cause the most severe reactions. Having this information can help determine what steps you can take to minimize the effects.


Living With Pets and Allergies

For most pet owners, the benefits of having pets largely outweigh the inconvenience of suffering through allergies. However, because no one wants to be coughing, sneezing and stuffed up all the time, let’s go over some simple ways that you can live relatively allergy-free, even while your pet is shedding dander all over the place.

Keep Your Home Clean – Always

The first and best method to avoid coming into contact with dander is to remove as much of it from your home as possible. Whether it’s vacuuming every couple of days or wiping down surfaces whenever you get a chance, the less dander there is in the air, the fewer attacks you will experience.

Yes, most people hate cleaning almost as much as they hate getting an allergic reaction, but once you’ve gotten into the habit of it, you won’t even think about it as a chore.

Remove Allergen-Trapping Materials

Carpets and area rugs are breeding grounds for allergens. Dander, fur, and other particles can get trapped in the fibers easily, making it harder to remove them from the house. If you’re committed to your pet, you may consider replacing your carpets with something easier to clean, like hardwood or laminate.

Overall, anything fuzzy will attract allergen particles, so try to avoid keeping furniture or decor that may become a hotbed of dander flakes.

Maintain an Allergy-Free Room

Being exposed to allergens on a consistent basis can be a little overwhelming at times. However, you can give yourself some respite by having a room or section of the house in which your pet cannot go. This way, you can be sure to avoid any triggers whenever you’re in there, thus allowing you to get a break from the constant bombardment. Just be aware that you will track allergens on your clothes, so don’t think that you can avoid cleaning that space.

Bathe Your Pet Often

When we have dander and flakes on our scalps, what do we do to manage it? We wash and condition our hair. The same is true for your pets. The more frequently you clean them, the fewer allergens that will slough off into your home.

When washing your pet, you can look for specialized shampoos that may help reduce dander (a la Head and Shoulders). You should also make sure to clean as thoroughly as possible so that you can get some relief for at least a couple of days.

Use Air Purifiers and Filters

Despite your best efforts, allergens are going to continue to float in the air. However, you can eliminate the majority of them with an air purifier. These machines can be a godsend for allergy sufferers as they remove particles like dust, pet dander, and pollen from the air all day long. Put purifiers in rooms where allergens are likely to collect (i.e., those with carpets) and you should notice a significant decrease in attacks. Just make sure you’re changing or cleaning the filters regularly.


Contact Longview Animal Hospital

If you’re ready to live the allergy-free life without getting rid of your pet, we can help you find the solution that works best for you. We’re committed to both our patients and their owners having happy, healthy, exciting lives. Contact us today  – we are happy to provide assistance.

Five Tips to Keep Your Pup Cool

Five Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool

Wet Towel or Blanket – Wet a towel or blanket in cool water and leave outside for your pet to lie down on as a way to escape from the heat.

Wading Pool – Fill a wading pool with cool water and allow your pup time to swim and cool off when it’s hot. Provide supervision during swim time, play water games and have some summer fun!

Provide Shade – Make sure that there are areas for your pet to get out of direct sunlight. Use a tarp or umbrella or an open sided tent to provide your pet with relief from the sun.

Early or Late Walks – Schedule your walks or outdoor exercise/play time for early in the morning or late in the day to avoid the hottest parts of the day. You and your pet will be much more comfortable!

Ice Cubes – Add a tray of ice cubes to your dog’s water or freeze some chicken broth in a tupperware container and give to your dog outside on a hot day.


Saturday hours for walk-insLongview Animal Hospital is pleased to announce that the practice is extending their Thursday hours for full day operations and is also opening up on the first Saturday morning each month.

“Many of our clients find it hard to schedule appointments during the work week and we’ve had requests for Saturday hours.  We’re thrilled to be able to add our new Saturday hours for walk-ins and we know our clients are going to appreciate that extra convenience”, said  Jill Foye, Practice Manager for Longview Animal Hospital.

Longview Animal Hospital is one of the oldest continuously operating vet clinics in the area.  The practice, originally named Longview Veterinary Hospital, was established in 1949 by Dr. Alec Sears.  It has changed owners several times over its long history: Dr. Jack Clayton (Owner from about 1950-1954); Dr. Bob Terrell (Owner from 1954-1994); Dr. Christina Odum (Owner from 1994-2011).

In 2011, the practice was taken over by Dr. Brian Foye.  Located at 2500 Estes Parkway, just south of the location where Estes divides and turns into High Street and Mobberly Avenue, the clinic offers updated state-of-the-art medical equipment and a full spectrum of Veterinary Services including diagnostics, surgeries, dental cleanings and extractions, vaccines and boarding.  Learn more about Longview Animal Hospital at their website at or call 903-807-0887.

NEW Saturday Hours for Walk-Ins:

First Saturday of each month from 8am to noon.

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.

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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.