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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!

Please help us by voting.

You can go directly to the Longview Animal Hospital page at this link:  or just click on the image below!

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

Locals Love Us 2018 Campaign

Locals Love Us 2018 Campaign
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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

Does your pet have bad breath?
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!