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This week (October 1 through October 7) is National Walk Your Dog Week!  National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate Colleen Paige, to bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of canine behavior issues and canine obesity in America. Walk Your Dog Week aims to improve the health and well being of America’s dogs and sends the message to unchain your dogs!

glowing dog leashSince Fall is officially in full swing and daylight savings time is fast approaching, we thought it might be helpful to a few moments talking about safety while walking your pets at night.  This comes in handy when thinking about the upcoming Halloween holiday as well!  

Visibility is the key:  You need to be visible to others and others need to be seen by you.  Walking in lit areas where there are sidewalks and streetlights is not always possible, so make sure to avoid wearing dark colored clothing.  

Clothing and Light Reflection: Light colored clothing is more reflective and will stand out more at night when there is reduced light.  You might also consider purchasing some reflective gear for your jacket (i.e. reflective arm bands made for runners) and a maybe a reflective attachment for your pet’s collar and/or leash.  

Don’t forget the leash:  Having your pet on a leash helps to protect you, your pet and others by helping to maintaining control.  You can bring a pet close to your side when cars or other walkers are oncoming, and allow some additional room for when the area is safer.  Flexi-leads are not encouraged for night walks as they are more likely to become entangled (around people and objects) and can inflict serious harm.  

Bring a flashlight:  In addition to making you more visible to others, a flashlight will help with being able to see the ground and assist with footing on uneven surfaces.  The extra light can also bring your attention to wildlife and other animals that might be around in the evening hours so you can avoid unwanted encounters.  

Keeping these four simple things in mind this fall and winter can help prevent accidents.  If you would like to share ways you keep safe when walking your pet at night, we would love to hear from you.  You can add comments at our Facebook Page!


Here are a few tips to keep your pet happy and healthy when it comes to the most common disease affecting most of our pets- dental disease:

1. Don’t Ignore Stinky Breath
Does your pet’s breath smell bad? If so, you may think it’s no big deal, or it’s just “dog breath”, but the truth is, a foul smell coming from your pet’s mouth is the first sign of a potentially serious problem.  The odor is usually caused by a bacterial infection called periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age.

2. Know the Facts
Periodontal disease is a progressive and irreversible loss of the structures surrounding the teeth, caused by chronic infection and inflammation in the mouth.  If left untreated, it may lead to:

  • Chronic pain and abscesses
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss
  • Organ damage (to liver, kidneys, heart valves) from bacteria entering the bloodstream from the mouth
  • Adverse behaviors caused by pain

3. Use Food & Treats that also Help Keep Teeth Clean
There are a lot of high quality food and treats that work to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy. We recommend Hills Prescription Diet t/d food and CET Chew Treats to reduce and/or prevent tartar. The t/d diet can be used as a whole meal or as treats added to another food or given at any time.  You’ll have the comfort of knowing your pet is getting a nutritious meal or treat with dental benefits.

4. Brush Your Pet’s Teeth Daily
This may seem like an impossible feat and maybe even a little weird to think about but it is necessary to protect your pet’s teeth from decay. It’s best to brush daily or at least 4 times a week, any less and you’re not really accomplishing much. Be sure to use a pet tooth paste and a tooth brush designed for pets. When brushing, be aware that almost all of the tartar is on the outside of the teeth and mouth where you can see it, so you’ll want to focus on that area as opposed to the inside surface of the teeth.

5. Have your Pet’s Teeth Professionally Cleaned
Even with the proper knowledge and taking the right steps to protect your pet’s oral health, it’s important to have your pet’s teeth examined by a veterinarian at least once or twice a year. In many cases (especially after your pet reaches 2 years of age), it’s necessary to have their teeth professionally cleaned. When you have your pet’s teeth cleaned at Longview Animal Hospital, our thorough dental cleaning includes scaling, polishing and a fluoride treatment. We take pet’s oral care very seriously and offer a discount on dental cleaning two times a year – during the months of February and September.  So make an appointment to have your pets teeth checked today.  You and your pet will be glad you did!