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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:

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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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senior-petHaving an older pet in your life is a wonderful thing.  All the work that has gone into training your younger pet pays off greatly when your pet ages into a more calm, seasoned adult. All dog breeds are considered to be approaching senior years when they reach about 7 years of age.

Testing is important as your pet begins to age so that there is baseline information on file and changes throughout each year can be tracked and evaluated as your pet continues to grow older.  It is recommended that screening labs and bloodwork are updated once or twice each year.  This helps to identify any illnesses or age-related diseases while still in the early stages, making diagnosis and treatment more effective for your pet.  Treatment in the earlier stages also tend to be less costly.

It is not uncommon for older dogs and cats to outwardly appear perfectly healthy, as they are very good at hiding symptoms for long periods of time.  Often they seem to go from healthy to very sick almost overnight, when they can no longer hide that something is wrong.  Regular screenings are a reliable way to be sure that your pet remains healthy and are recommended every 6 months along with a physical exam.

Screenings typically include a Complete Blood Count, serum chemistry panel, a thyroid test and a urinalysis.  These tests give an overall indication of your pet’s health and can detect conditions, infections and illnesses in the early stages.  As your dog or cat ages, they may require changes to their diet or perhaps they need medications to help keep them more mobile.  They may become more susceptible to parasites.  Older pets may also begin to exhibit some behavior changes (disorientation or hearing loss, vision loss, mood changes, repetitive behaviors, etc.).  Regular exams and screenings help to address these issues as they begin to occur.

If you have any questions about the health of your senior pet, please contact our team at Longview Animal Hospital at (903) 807-0887.  We are happy to help guide you through this special time.

For additional resources on caring for a senior pet, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association. 

 

 

Dr. Foye and the crew at Longview Animal Hospital, along with our families, enjoyed a team outing to watch the final Rangers game of the regular season. What a beautiful stadium, an enjoyable game (although they could not quite pull off a win after going into an extra inning in overtime) and an amazing staff!! It was nice to get out, relax and have fun together.

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It’s that time of year again!  (Entry deadline updated.)dog-1547114_1280

Stop by at Longview Animal Hospital to have a photo taken of your costumed pet (and receive a free halloween treat bag for your pet), or send your information and photo to us by email.

 

Entries are accepted by email starting today (10/1) through FRIDAY, October 28, 5:00 pm.
Note: Contest winners will be limited to those who reside with their pets within our business operating region.

Entries will be placed in our dedicated 2016 Pet Halloween Costume Contest Album that evening on our Facebook Page.

Voting will take place on our Facebook Page ALBUM from 10/28 (evening) through noon on 10/31 (1 like = 1 vote).

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

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.

 

Please submit your entry by email to longviewanimalhospital@gmail.com.
Please include:

Pet’s Name
Owner’s Name
Costume Description
Pet’s Age
Pet’s Breed
Any Additional Information
Town where you live
Don’t forget to attach your photo!

Thank you!  We look forward to seeing your pictures – good luck to all!

Click Here to Submit Your Entry

View Official Contest Rules Page

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Hip dysplasia is a genetic condition that is found commonly in larger dog breeds but can occur in smaller breeds and even cats as well.   The condition occurs when the ball of the femur bone does not fit perfectly into the pelvic socket. Instead of a smoothly operating ball-and-socket joint, there is laxity in the joint that over time will cause inflammation and loss of function of the joint.  Dogs with hip dysplasia experience pain and limping and are prone to more severe arthritic symptoms due to inflammation and the continued degeneration of cartilage in the hip joint.

Some breeds have a genetic susceptibility for hip dysplasia, others can develop it as a result of poor nutrition or obesity.  A combination of a physical exam, and x-rays are usually necessary to determine if the condition exists. Swimming exercises and weight control are two possible non-invasive treatments that can help alleviate some of the damage of the condition.  Most dogs, however, need anti-inflammatory and/or pain medications and we carry a variety of options.  For more severe cases, there is also the option of injectable medications or corrective surgery in younger dogs.  Older dogs with severe disease can sometimes be candidates for hip replacement, just like in humans.

If you should have any questions about this topic or if you are concerned that your pet may be suffering the effects of this condition, please give us a call at 903-807-0887 and set up an appointment for an exam with x-rays.  We will work with you to develop a plan for the most effective treatment based on you and your pet’s needs.

To view some frequently asked questions about Hip Dysplasia on our ePetHealth Portal  (login required), and then you can access information at the link below:
https://www.epethealth.com/Articles/Dog/53

Click Here to learn more about our ePetHealth Portal – a great resource for all pet owners!

Service dogs are amazing animals and typically possess certain characteristics like good health and temperament and the ability to be trained.  Any dog can be a service dog if they possess the proper qualities.servicedogcc

Service dogs are specifically trained for individuals whose physical and/or psychiatric disabilities make it difficult to complete at least one major life task alone.  They can free people from the confines of the mind and body, and help them lead happier and safer lives.
Service dogs may be trained to:

  • lead those with hearing/visual impairments
  • calm and focus those with PTSD and/or autism
  • dial 911
  • help someone stand and walk by acting as a brace
  • help pull someone’s wheelchair
  • open and close doors
  • turn light switches on and off
  • pick up small objects
  • let someone know that they are going to have a seizure
  • let someone know that their insulin levels are low
  • remind someone to take medication

Because of the life-or-death nature of the tasks service dogs may perform, it is vital that they aren’t distracted.  If we coo over them, they may miss the warning signs of a seizure, and any consequential injuries would be our fault.  As much as the soulful eyes plead with us to give them attention, it is respectful that we politely ignore them.  Don’t worry though, service dogs get off-time when they can play in the grass and are shown they are loved.

Service dogs are not required to wear a vest or any other identifying or proving information.  Although it would be helpful that handlers provide us with some kind of identification, for those of us who melt at the sight of any pet (which a service dog is not – they are working dogs, and legally classified as medical equipment), it is always good practice to ask if a stranger’s dog is a service animal before we kneel down to pet it.

Fleas Can Kill

On June 2, 2016, a normally bright and active cat named Paul was presented to Longview Animal Hospital in very bad shape.  He was almost comatose and could not even lift his head.  His gums were very pale, almost white and he had a temperature that was so low it would not even register on our thermometers.  

After an extensive examination and blood work, it was determined that Pauls’ main source of illness was his anemia, which was due to a severe flea infestation.  Paul’s owner was informed that he needed extensive care and still may not survive.

Paul, upon admission
Paul, upon admission

We immediately started killing the massive amount of fleas, got Paul on a heating blanket to warm him up, started IV fluids and other medicines to get him out of shock and began working on a plan to get a unit of blood to give him a transfusion.  We worked with the emergency clinic here in town and got a unit of cat blood within an hour.  

Just prior to starting the transfusion, Paul went into cardiac and respiratory arrest.  He was dying.  While trying to keep Paul alive, his owner was contacted to give a very poor prognosis and to determine if they still wanted us to give the blood and incur that expense.  

His owner wanted to do everything they could, no matter the cost, so we proceeded with the transfusion.  Almost immediately, Paul began to show signs of life and even lifted his head.  We had a small glimmer of hope!  By the end of the transfusion, he was even starting to try and sit up.  We all began to think that Paul might be our little June miracle!

Sure enough, the next day Paul was standing up, had a normal temperature and was already eating food again.  His owner brought a video of Paul playing vigorously just a few days later!  He is back to being an active, playful, sweet kitty and we couldn’t be more happy for him and his owner.  And we couldn’t be more proud of our team for working together, making the most of every second and not giving up on Paul.  Here are the fruits of that labor of love…

Beginning the transfusion for Paul
Beginning the transfusion for Paul

 

Paul, perking up
Paul, perking up

 

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Paul – alert and sitting up

The takeaway message is that we all think fleas are a nuisance and are gross, but we often forget that they can kill pets.  PLEASE keep your loved ones protected this summer with flea and heartworm prevention!  As much as we enjoy telling this story about Paul’s miraculous recovery, we don’t want to have to do it again!  😀

For more information about fleas and ticks, click here.

For more information about heartworm prevention, click here.

Contact our team  at Longview Animal Hospital with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment.   We can recommend the proper prevention for both your dogs and your cats and discuss treatment if necessary.

July 4th Celebrations can be Scary for Pets

sparklers-923029_640Everyone loves a good Independence Day party complete with cookouts and guests and a night full of fireworks.  The 4th of July is our annual kickoff for the summer season – long days, warm nights and lots to do.  As much as we love to celebrate July 4th, our Independence Day celebrations can often be scary for our pets.  According to the Humane Society, animal shelters throughout the US report a dramatic increase in the number of lost pets during the 4th of July weekend.

Help to keep your pet as comfortable as possible during the weekend by following these simple tips for safety:

•  Whatever your plans, keep your pets indoors and make sure you leash your pet when going for walks throughout the weekend.  Find a quiet, comfortable room for your pet to stay in throughout the festivities and provide water throughout the day.  If you are hosting your own party, this will prevent your pets from becoming anxious or overexcited from having a lot of people around.  It also assures that they can’t get into human food that might accidentally get dropped on the ground.  If you are attending a barbecue somewhere else, keeping your pets contained indoors will prevent them from roaming to a neighbor’s celebration where the good smells of grilling foods can lure them away from home.

•  Excessive heat can also be a cause for concern for pet’s on the 4th of July.  Be aware of the temperature and watch your pet for signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.  More information about heat and your pets can be found here.

•  Keeping your pet safely away from fireworks is necessary to prevent accidental burns or ingestion, but also helps to prevent them from running off due to the loud noises, bright flashes and strong smells of explosives.  Turning on a TV or a radio in the room with your pet can help keep them distracted from the jarring noises of nearby fireworks.  If you are traveling to watch a community fireworks display, leave your pet safely at home.

•  If your pet is severely impacted by the noise, we can help you find a medication that can be used to help reduce your pet’s anxiety (never provide over the counter medication without guidance from your vet).   If you are with your pet during these times of fear, resist the urge to comfort or distract your pet with food or treats as this can be interpreted as a reward for their nervous behavior.

•  As a general safeguard, make sure that your pets  are wearing collars and that they have appropriate identification tags so if that should they run off, they can be easily identified and returned to you. If you are considering using a microchip for your pet, please let us know – we can help you with up-to-date information and procedures.

Our team at Longview Animal Hospital wishes you and your families a Happy and Safe 4th of July!  

 

For more summer safety tips, click the poster image below from Petfinder!

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