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Fun Ways to Show Your Pet How Much You Care

When it comes to our pets, they are a part of the family and it’s important to show them that. They provide us with irreplaceable and unconditional love. They never judge us or put us down and have the power to change our lives for the better. Pets crave attention and love too and there are different things that we can do to show them how much we really care.

Fun ways to show your pet how much you care

– Offer puzzles

It’s not healthy for us to just shower our pets with love through food. This can lead to making them overweight with too many calories. There are better ways to treat them and also keep their brains sharp in the process. Try a puzzle treat dispenser. This will keep your pet busy and also offer them a reward at the end.

– Keep their coat combed

Make sure to regularly comb your pet, especially during shedding season. Not only will this keep your home and clothes cleaner, it will also offer many other benefits. Your pet will be more comfortable, give you more time to bond and reduce your own stress levels. The act of combing or brushing is great for both you and your pet. The same can be said about petting your dog regularly. Some dogs love to snuggle, so make sure to make some time for this every day to show them how much you care.

– Help them get exercise

Pets can easily get bored and it’s very important to help them release energy through play and exercise. If you have a dog, add in some extra time during your regular walk or take a new route for them to enjoy a different environment. Play fetch and get them running around. For cats, you could take out a laser pointer or a flashlight for some fun time getting them to chase the light. This could work with dogs too.

– Get them a special present

Depending on the pet, this special present could vary. For a dog it may be a new toy, treats or a day at the park with you. For cats, it may be a cat tree or an indoor water fountain. Whatever your pet is into, make sure to treat them with it every once in a while.

– Talk to them

Many people have a tendency to do this anyway, but with our busy lives, it is important that you interact with your pet. Simply talking to them shows that you want to interact and that you’re engaged. Even if they don’t know what you’re saying, they do understand that you’re paying attention to them. It could even be therapeutic for you to voice things that have been swirling around in your head all day.

– Teach them something new

While we focus on teaching things when our pets are babies, they are still capable of learning as they get older. Make sure to reinforce old tricks as well. Your pet will love the extra attention you’re giving them and it also helps keep their mind sharper. It may take some work, but they can learn something new.

– Upgrade their bed

Pet beds tend to wear out, so make sure to monitor the condition and replace them when necessary. There are many choices out there and even specialty beds that can help with different pet ailments as well. You can even get your pet a memory foam bed to offer more orthopedic support. With the holiday season coming up, many stores will have deals as well, so keep an eye out during this time of year!

– Make time for them

The biggest thing that we can do to show our pets how much they mean to us is by simply making time for them. It can be difficult with how busy our lives get, but remember, pets need attention too. They want to feel loved and cared for. It’s so easy to put off things, so if you find yourself doing that too often with your pet, schedule some time. Put it on your calendar to spend some time with your pet. This will act as a great reminder and help you remember to take a breath as well.

– Keep regular vet appointments

It’s important for your pet to be healthy. Make sure you’re taking them for their regular vet appointments and keeping on top of any health problems.

Do something special to remind  your pets how much you love them. Not only will they feel better, but so will you! Contact our team at Longview Animal Hospital about any pet care concerns!

Dog Biscuit Love on Valentines Day

Whether you use dog biscuits for training or just as a tantalizing treat, your dog is definitely grateful to you. Treats are a great training tool to use to reward desired behavior. Treats also strengthen the bond between pet owner and pet.

At Longview Animal Hospital, we recommend Hill’s Science Diet treats. They’re made with wholesome ingredients like rice bran, whole grain wheat, chicken and potato.

Perhaps you are crafty in the kitchen and you want to make your own tasty treats. We have an easy recipe with just three ingredients: 3 cups of flour, 2 eggs and 1/3 cup of water. Mix it together to form a stiff dough, roll it out and use a cookie cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Voila! Your dog will consider you a hero.

However, don’t be too much of a hero—too many treats can make your pet fat. Pet obesity can cause several health problems for your dog. In general, treats should make up no more than 10 percent of a dog’s total diet. If you do feed your dog a lot of treats, count his calories and make sure you subtract those calories from your dog’s daily food intake.

If you are using treats for training, giving too many can make your dog lose incentive and therefore you will lose treat value as a training reward. Pet treats don’t have to be large. Your dog will work for even the smallest of little tidbits, so any little reward will do. Dogs don’t need a handful of treats either; they will definitely work for one little nibble at a time. In fact, too many treats can cause the pet to become unresponsive to your training. You can break the treats into smaller pieces to solve both of those problems. Be sure to choose a lower calorie treat, too.

You should not leave food out all day for your pet. Doing so will give your dog a tendency to “graze” and overeat all day. Just make sure to never give certain “people foods”—onions, raisins, grapes and chocolate—to pets because they are toxic. Also, don’t give any treats flavored or sweetened with xylitol to your dog, as it is also toxic to dogs (not humans).

All pets enjoy getting a treat, and the feeling of being rewarded. Just make sure to give healthy treats, and treat in moderation. If you should have any questions about treat options or pet diets, please contact our team at Longview Animal Hospital. We are happy to provide guidance for all our clients!

We are participating again this year in the Locals Love Us 2018 Campaign!

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Thank you in advance for your help in being a local favorite.

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Dr. Melissa O’Reilly Joins the Team

Dr. Melissa O'Reilly (Longview Animal Hospital New Veterinarian) and Dr. Brian FoyeLongview Animal Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of a new Veterinarian, Dr. Melissa O’Reilly, to their team, beginning on December 4, 2017.  Dr. O’Reilly graduated in May of 2015 from Louisiana State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and she comes to Texas from Virginia with her husband, Patrick, a mechanic.

The practice has experienced steady growth each year since Dr. Brian Foye took over in 2011 and according to Dr. Foye, “We’ve been stretching ourselves in different ways to care for all our clients’ fur babies.  It will be so helpful having a second veterinarian to meet our growing needs.”  In addition to enhanced appointment opportunities during normal operating hours, the addition of a second Veterinarian will enable the practice to extend their Thursday hours for full day operations and to open on two Saturday mornings each month, beginning in January.

“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 have Dr. O’Reilly join us and we know our clients are going to love her”, said  Jill Foye, Practice Manager for Longview Animal Hospital.

Dr. O’Reilly is looking forward to being part of the family at Longview Animal Hospital and to settling into the area with her husband and her animals. Their household currently includes horses, chickens and goats!  “I’m so excited to get back to the South to be near family and friends.  I believe I’ve found an excellent team to join and look forward to working with Dr. Foye and others at this well-established historic practice!”

The expanded hours on Thursdays will begin on Dec. 21 and Saturday walk-in appointments will start in January (2 Saturdays per month) from 8am to noon.

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.

We have great news to share with you!  On December 4, Dr. Melissa O’Reilly, will be joining our veterinary team at Longview Animal Hospital.  We are thrilled to be working with Dr. O’Reilly and can’t wait for all our clients to meet her.  We’ll be sharing a bit more information in the next few weeks, but for now, please meet our newest Veterinarian on the Longview Animal Hospital team by watching the short introduction below.

Meet Dr. Melissa O’Reilly

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The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth commonly caused by periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age. Dental disease can progress to a point where your pet may have pain, may stop eating, may lose teeth and, believe it or not, it can even lead to heart disease, kidney disease and liver disease.

Pets Get Arthritis Too!
If your older dog or cat has trouble getting up, or seems stiff or sore, they may be getting arthritis. Come by today and let’s talk about improving their quality of life!