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One of the most difficult things to do in the upkeep of your pet’s health is trimming their toenails.

Big dogs seem especially harder to keep controlled during this process.  Even if you start out doing this easily when they are puppies, they are still reluctant to hand over that paw to your care on their behalf.

Be sure to take a look at this great step by step guide from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine here:

https://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/outreach/Pet-Health-Topics/categories/procedures/dogs/clipping-your-dog’s-claws#39;s-claws

Things to remember:

Use the right tools for the job – familiarize yourself with the tools for nail trimming and determine which ones you want to use for your process with your dog.  The AKC has an overview of some of the clipping tools here: http://www.akc.org/content/dog-care/articles/how-to-pick-dog-nail-clippers/

 

Be careful not to trim too much.  The quick (the blood supply for the toenail) grows along with the nail, so if your dog’s toenails are long and have not been maintained, you will have to catch up to an ideal toenail length over a period of time by trimming a small amount each time you are able to trim.  The quick will recede naturally as the toenails are shortened – so you can safely trim a small amount of nail once a week until at the proper length – and then you can maintain every two weeks from there.  You will be able to see the quick if your dog has light colored nails, however, this will not be visible in dogs with dark colored nails.   Keep a wet Qtip and some styptic powder handy when you are doing your nail trimming just in case you hit the quick – it will help to stop the bleeding more quickly.

Image from https://dogs.thefuntimesguide.com

 

A few tips that you can try to help you with the nail trimming process:

The treat method – Give your dog a special treat a few minutes in advance of the clipping process.  (Make sure that is not the only time you treat them as you don’t want treats to be solely associated with nail trimming.)  While your dog is distracted by the treat, try to trim a little bit off of each toenail.

 

Slow conditioning – Clip a small amount off of one nail successfully and then immediately take your dog out for a fun walk.  Do this each day right before a walk until you have clipped all toenails, then start over and try for two nails followed by a walk, etc.  The hope is that your dog will come to see the nail clipping process associated with a positive reward and will be less likely to continue to struggle with it over time.

 

Quick Re-conditioning – Take a look at this video to learn how reconditioning works and see if it helps you in your process. Find a second person to help you with distracting the dog with treats while you go through the conditioning steps for trimming the toenails.

https://youtu.be/WWZUcLfHXLE


If all else fails, give our team a call at Longview Animal Hospital and we can schedule an appointment for your pet for a nail trim!  We’re here to help you.  

Longview Animal Hospital is pleased to announce that they have received the Texas Veterinary Heritage Practice Award at the 2017 Annual Conference and Expo of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) which took place in College Station in early March.  The award recognizes practices of veterinary medicine in Texas that have been in continuous operation for 50 years or more.

“We are honored to be recognized by the TVMA.  Our practice has a wonderful and rich history of providing quality care for animals since 1949”, stated Jill Foye, Practice Manager.  Longview Animal Hospital is the oldest continuously operating vet clinic 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 1950-1952); Dr. Bob Terrell (1952-1994); Dr. Christina Odom (1994-2011).

In 2011, the practice was taken over by Dr. Brian Foye (Owner from 2011 to present).  Located at 2500 Estes Parkway, just south of the location where Estes divides and turns into High Street and Mobberly Avenue, the clinic underwent a facelift and a slight name change to Longview Animal Hospital.  Dr. Foye added a second exam room, and state-of-the-art medical equipment, fresh paint and new decor.  He has since doubled the size of his team, added a third exam room, purchased an ultrasound and upgraded his x-ray machine to digital.

Dr. Brian Foye graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. A native Texan, having grown up in the Dallas area, he said he couldn’t wait to get back to his home state to start his veterinary career.  Before taking over the practice in Longview, he worked at Westlake Animal Hospital in Austin, Texas and Marshall Animal Hospital. “We appreciate the TVMA honoring this historic practice. I’ve been blessed to have owned it these past 5 years and look forward to many, many more!” shared Dr. Foye.
The award was presented to Longview Animal Hospital during the 2017 TVMA Annual Conference and Expo in College Station from March 3-5. ://tvma.azurewebsites.net/.

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Baking for others is a rewarding and inclusive activity.  Why not surprise your loving and loyal dog like you do your friendly neighbor, or even your neighbor’s own excitable dog, and pass on some baked treats?  And why not sweeten the pot by making it healthy for your dog?  The following recipe for Homemade Apple Oatmeal Dog Biscuits was found on Brownie Bites’ blog: http://www.browniebites.net/apple-oatmeal-homemade-dog-biscuits/

  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰ Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  3. Mash together in a bowl 1 cup of shredded carrots and 1 ripe banana.
  4. Stir in ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce and ⅛ cup of water.
  5. Fold in 1 cup of oats.
  6. Gradually add 1 ½ cups of whole wheat flour until dough is formed.  
  7. On a surface sprinkled with flour, roll out the dough until it is about ½ inch thick, and use a cookie cutter of any size to make the cookies, keeping in mind the size of your dog.  The batch will be small.  
  8. Place the cookies on the sheet and bake for 25 minutes.  After baking, leave the treats in the oven for 2 hours to make them chewy, or for 3 hours to make them crunchy, to your dog’s liking.  This practice also keeps them from going stale too quickly.  

 

Happy baking and treating!  

Preventing diseases and their discomforts through oral hygiene is another way we can promote healthier and happier lives for our pets.  

Dental care requirements for cats and dogs are relatively the same.  

  • Begin to care for the oral hygiene of pets as early as possible and for several days of the week, if not daily.  
  • Have annual or biannual check-ups and professional cleanings with your vet.
  • Diets, treats, and water additives can help reduce plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth.  Some dry foods, especially the Hill’s prescription diet t/d that we sell, are specially manufactured to be better at rubbing plaque and tartar off the teeth.  
  • There are cat- and dog-specific toothbrushes and toothpastes. We carry some, as do most pet supply stores.

 

Cats and dogs tend to be susceptible to the same dental health problems.  

  • In a study that took place over 3 years, about 2/3 of all pets that were taken to the vet had developed some degree and variety of dental disease. 
    • 2/3 of dogs in the three years had developed periodontal disease.  
  • Dental disease develops when tartar forms on teeth after plaque from food is mineralized.
    Bacteria and decaying food stick to tartar, and their presence can contribute to infection through wounds in the mouth as well as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).  This is because bacteria can be absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to various internal
    organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver.  
  • Gingivitis can also progress into periodontal disease, in which the infection and inflammation wear down the tissues and ligaments that support teeth, causing tooth loss and abscesses.  The latter stages and damage that is done are irreversible.
  • Cats may also develop lesions on their teeth, which occur when tooth enamel is worn away, exposing sensitive parts inside of the tooth and causing pain.  

 

These problems can also be treated with similar measures.

  • On their own, dogs and cats get rid of plaque and tartar buildup simply by eating and chewing..
  • A pet can only be treated for dental lmdisease while under general anesthesia with a veterinarian.  Anesthesia is required to minimize the pain and panic of the pet and to maximize the effectiveness of the check-up or cleaning. Damaged teeth that may be painful or cause problems in the future can then be removed.
  • Groomers and boarding kennels can only brush your pet’s teeth, which is NOT a dental cleaning.
  • During dental cleanings at the vet, the teeth are scaled ultrasonically snd then polished with a high speed polisher.  Tartar and plaque are removed from the teeth above and below the gumline.  Tartar below the gumline can contribute more to the recession of gums than does tartar above the gumline.  In cases of severe dental disease, antibiotics may be necessary before and/or after the dental cleaning.
  • Chew toys not only satisfy a craving to chew, but they can also help reduce plaque and tartar buildup.

 

If we want to protect the wellbeing of our pets through dental care, we have to do it the right way.  

  • Don’t try to remove tartar on your own.  You won’t be able to get under the gums like a professional can, and attempting to do so could hurt your pet.  Your pet would also not stand for it.  Since you can’t polish the teeth afterwards, the scratches and indentations left behind by the instrument would encourage dental disease to progress even faster by allowing bacteria and plaque to attach and build up more quickly.
  • Don’t use toothpastes for humans or baking soda to brush your pet’s teeth.  Ingredients like sodium and foaming agents can be toxic and cause internal damage.  Fluoride in our toothpastes can also make your pet sick.

If you have more questions or if your pet’s behavior changes, contact our team at Longview Animal Hospital.


During the month of February, Longview Animal Hospital offers 15% off dental cleaning services for your pet.  Additional information on our process can be found at our Dentistry Page at http://www.longviewanimalhospital.com/dentistry/.

Call today at 903-807-0887 to arrange for an appointment!

Why is it important?  Maintaining the dental health of your pet is as important as maintaining your own.  It can prevent gum disease and organ infection from bacteria that may enter the bloodstream through the mouth, as well as the pain that comes with these problems.  As with humans, plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth can in animals also be a source of the bacteria that contributes to organ infection.  An animal that has one of these afflictions may have bad breath or bleeding, swollen, or irritated gums.  They may shy away from being touched around the mouth, drop food, and lose their appetite and some weight if they can’t eat for discomfort.

How does one take care of a pet’s dental health in general?  Taking care of your pet’s dental health is a lifetime commitment, and so should take place several times a week if not daily, and early on in the pet’s life.  A pet should have a dental exam and professional cleaning at least once a year, and there are pet-specific, non-toxic toothpastes for many kinds of pets.  Although only complementary to professional cleanings and daily brushings, choice of diet, toys, and treats for your pet can also make a difference for their dental health.

 

How can diet, toys, and treats help?  The act of chewing can eliminate as much as 70% of plaque and tartar and stimulate gums.  Some diets are manufactured specifically to target plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup in the mouth.  Larger, crumble-resistant, and specially coated kibble can help scrub a pet’s teeth and disintegrate the problem substances.  Dental chews and chew toys not only provide exercise for a pet’s jaw and satisfy the urge to chew, but the products may also combine knobby and pointy textures with disintegrative enzymes to attack the three culprits of dental disease and provide gum stimulation.  There are also some fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs that dogs and cats can eat as healthy treats.  For dogs, they include carrots, cucumber, celery, apples, watermelon, cilantro, and parsley.  Cats can eat the following in small portions: broccoli, green beans, and cooked carrots.  All of these, as well as bones and biscuits, can help both dogs and cats in these ways.

 

What else is there to consider when choosing treats for a pet? Bones can present a few problems.  For cats, it is important that bones are hard and large enough that they don’t splinter and cause problems upon ingestion.  Raw bones tend to be sturdier than cooked ones.  Similarly, for dogs, it is important to fit the dog with the kind of bone or treat.  If the dog is an aggressive chewer or has a sensitive mouth perhaps due to disease, harder bones may break teeth, which would increase the chances of infection and could cause other problems if ingested.  Some of the softer treats for dogs like pigs’ ears are also shown to risk more bacterial contamination and plaque and tartar buildup, so while your pet may favor them, it is important to not let them eat them for a long time if at all.  It is also important to compare the size of the treat or toy to the size of one’s pet and question whether it is a product that would cause choking, would go down too fast to be of any service to your pet’s teeth, and whether your pet would want to play with or eat it in the first place.  With a new pet, of course, one needs to experiment.

During the month of February, Longview Animal Hospital offers 15% off dental cleaning services for your pet.  Additional information on our process can be found at our Dentistry Page at http://www.longviewanimalhospital.com/dentistry/. Call today at 903-807-0887 to arrange for an appointment!

Nutrition is the foundation of health and happiness, both for humans and our companions.  This is because food is not only where we get energy for daily activities, but it is also a major source for the composition of our bodies, which directly dictates how well we can perform those activities.  If we feed ourselves poorly, we can expect eventual physical and mental consequences.  Eating the wrong foods may not provide the energy we seek from them and can negatively influence our moods, and it can also cause bodily complications later on from excessive or insufficient nutrients.  If we feed our pets similarly, we a can expect the same complications in them.  For example, in the case of protein, too much can hurt a pet’s kidneys and too little can stunt its growth, but just enough fortifies a pet’s lean muscle and encourages growth.  Hill’s Pet Nutrition products recognize this, and their foods are developed with the correct balance of nutrients that are the best at keeping pets healthy at different life stages, sizes, and specific conditions.  


At times, weight can be an indicator of a pet’s poor or fair nutrition, and Hill’s Canine/Feline Metabolic Weight Management diet meals are aimed at restoring health through weight reduction and maintenance.  The daily feeding guide is based on the ideal weight for the pet, but the perfect nutritional balance works at the rate of each pet’s metabolism.  After about 2 months on the diet, 88% of pets lose weight.  After these first two months, it is recommended to keep one’s pet on the diet, as it works to maintain or return to an ideal weight.  The diet achieves this because it helps the pet feel full between meals and because it also includes strong antioxidants that prevent the deterioration of stored nutrients.  


If you just can’t resist doting on your dog with some treats, Hill’s also produces Canine Metabolic and Mobility treats.  They are designed not only for weight management but also for the purpose of preserving and promoting a dog’s ability to run, walk, and jump by preventing osteoarthritis, a disease in which joints deteriorate.  Like the Canine/Feline Metabolic meals, the treats use fibers from fruits and vegetables, work with each dog’s individual metabolism, and impose a sense of fullness between meals.  The allowed number of treats per day is also determined by the particular dog’s ideal weight.  Unlike the meals, the treats exclude the antioxidants but include high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.  Effects in mobility are expected in 3 weeks, and effects in weight are expected in 2 months.  

The nutritional demands of humans and their pets are not the same, but the process of intake and outcome is. By caring for our pets a healthy diet, we are giving them the opportunities for long, healthy, and happy lives, which is something they provide for us simply by being our companions.

We carry several of the Hills Diet products for both canines and felines.  Please stop in for our recommendations for your pet!

Thinking about something fun for your pet for the holidays?  Consider a home-made gift for them this year, perhaps re-purposing some of your household items!  Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

For Cats:

  • Use some cloth scraps or pieces of felt to make a shaped toy and stuff it with catnip.  cloth or felt toy with catnip.
  • Be creative with some cardboard boxes to create an area for your cat to play and rest.
  • Find a fleece blanket, and sew it up with some filling. Add mesh loops to the corners and use caribiner clips or velcro to fasten under a small table or to a wire pet crate for a perfect hammock for your cat.
  • Build a scratching station for your pet by taping together two straight toilet bowl brushes (new) and affix them in a horseshoe shape over a cloth covered piece of wood.

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For Dogs:

  • Cut up some of your old t-shirts into strips and use macrame knots to create a braided tug toy for your dog.
  • Use an old soft colorful t-shirt to wrap up a tennis ball or other squeaky ball.   Lay the shirt flat and cut just below the sleeves to make one large tube of cloth.  Cut off a small 2 inch strip from one end (to use to tie off the ball once it is placed), and cut the remainder into two equal sections.  Criss cross the sections into an x shape and place the ball in the center.  Wrap the ball and tie off and knot.  Cut the remaining hanging cloth into strips.  Braid in sections (for multiple ‘legs’), knot and tie off!
  • Use peanut butter and yogurt in a silicon mold and freeze for a great treat for your pet.

Let us know if you try any!  We’d love to post your pictures.

You Can Take them With You!  

Although traveling with your pet for a long distance trip isn’t always easy, it can save a great deal of stress for pets and owners who experience separation anxiety.  With a bit of extra planning and an eye towards safety, you can find ways to have a great travel experience without leaving your pets at home!  

Before deciding to travel with your pet, make sure they will be welcome at your destination.  Many destination areas usually offer an array of pet-friendly hotels, but it is always a good idea to research their pet rules before you go.  If you are traveling to someone else’s home, make sure they are able to accommodate you and your pet by possibly providing a special pet-safe room or quiet space for everyone’s well-being.  If they have pets of their own, make sure that all dispositions allow for having another animal in the house for a few days.  

In any travel situation, there are a few additional things that you should always do.  Always visit  your veterinarian before your trip to make sure that your pet is up to date on all their vaccinations and that they are healthy for travel.  Obtain a copy of your medical records for documentation to bring with you.  Bring emergency contact information along in case you need it and make sure your pet is always wearing his/her collar with full identification and tags.  

If you plan to travel by car, start early by spending some positive time with your pet in your vehicle so that they associate the vehicle with good things.  Practice car travel by visiting fun places with your pet – dog parks, pet stores, hiking trails – and gradually increase the amount of time you spend on the road.  Bring toys or items of clothing with your scent to help make your pet feel more comfortable.  Try not to travel right after a full meal as some pets will experience nausea, and whenever possible, secure pets in the car with crates, carriers, and travel harnesses.  

dog-restraintIf you haven’t yet tried vehicle restraint options with your dog, there are some good reasons why you should.  Just as seat belts protect drivers and passengers, a seat belt harness or booster seat (made specifically for pets) can help protect your pet from being thrown in the case of an accident or a short stop.  A safety harness can also prevent your pet from rushing out of the vehicle when you open your doors and keep them from being hit by a car.  A restraint system prevents your pet from nudging or distracting the driver of the vehicle, and keeps them from finding things to eat.  For a great comparison of vehicle restraint options, check out this link:

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Traveling by plane? Typically, all pets will need to travel as cargo in a carrier that is properly sized for your pet.  Check with your selected airline for full details on the rules for pet travel before you purchase your tickets so that there are no surprises along the way.  

Traveling with your pet adds a bit of extra work and planning, but can make your vacation a fun one for you and your family without leaving your pet behind.  If you find that you prefer to travel without your pet, you can always schedule to board them with our team at Longview Animal Hospital!  

For additional Tips, See this article:

http://www.ebay.com/gds/10-Tips-for-Traveling-Stress-Free-with-Your-Dog-/10000000205086785/g.html?roken2=ti.pQnJhbmR5IEFybm9sZA==

Veterinary offices – with the smells and scents of other animals and people they don’t know – can be scary places for your pet. While some pets are excited to go to the vet’s office, other animals can experience a great deal of anxiety. We would like to help you and your furry friend have as stress-free a visit as possible, so we have put together the following list of things that you can do to help reduce some of the anxiety that might come with a visit to the veterinarian. These suggestions are part of the Fear Free movement, promoted by noted veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker. Some of these things will take time and practice to see improvements, but overall, they can help your pet have a more positive experience when it comes time for their checkups or scheduled procedures.
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  • If you use a carrier or restraint device, begin conditioning your pet to these items before your vet visit. You can use a carrier as a place to rest around your home so that it is more familiar and doesn’t become associated with fear. You can travel with your pet with these devices when they go other places so that they are not associated only with going to the vet’s office. An occasional meal in your car can also alleviate some of the stress of travel. You can also make a fun stop into your vet’s office for a treat or some loving attention from the staff when you don’t have an appointment to help your pet become accustomed to the clinic and the people.
  • Before your vet visit, you might want to take a walk with your dog to get him/her a little tired so that they are more relaxed when it is time for their appointment. If you notice expressions of anxiety, look away so that it sends a message that you don’t agree with their need for feeling upset. Try soothing music prior to your visit or in the car on the way to your appointment – something classical or special-made calming CD’s for pets.
  • Try to schedule your appointment for earlier in the day so that there is less time in the waiting room, or wait with your pet in the car until the exam room is ready for them. You can also make sure there are no other pets in the lobby prior to bringing yours in so that the “threat level” to your pet is reduced.
  • Don’t feed your pet a full meal prior to their appointment – and bring along some of your pet’s favorite treats. If they are still a bit hungry, they will be more receptive to accepting a positive reward for good behavior – and a less full stomach can prevent vomiting if the animal is anxious.
  • Make sure that you are relaxed and not stressed yourself. Animals will often pick up on cues about emotion from their owners. If you are not comfortable or if you are experiencing anxiety about a procedure, consider allowing your pet to be taken to an exam room unaccompanied.

If these methods don’t help, there are also anti-anxiety medications that can be given to your pet prior to their visit that can help to calm them and provide for a better experience. Our office can make recommendations for these if it is determined that they might be helpful.
We are always looking for ways to make your pet’s vet visit a stress-free experience for all. If there are other ways that we can help you, please let us know!

 

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img_4889Troop 7286 of Hallsville, led by Teresa Coats, donated a DataMars microchip scanner to Animal Control Officer Tom Campitiello of the Hallsville Police Department.  He is pictured above with the Girl Scout Troop and Dr. Brian Foye of Longview Animal Hospital.

The girls were undergoing training in preparation of their Microchip Event being hosted at Hallsville City Park on Saturday, November 5 from 2-4pm.  Longview Animal Hospital is sponsoring this event.  The Girl Scouts will be offering belly rubs, paw nail painting, dog walks and microchipping. The cost for microchipping pets will be $25.  This will be a great event for the community and we hope to see you there!


Updated November 29

It was a beautiful day and several members from the community came by to enjoy the event.  Thank you Girl Scout Troop 7286 for planning this fun event!

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