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Does Your Pet Have Sustained Allergies?

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dog sneezingDoes Your Pet Have Sustained Allergies?

If your pet experiences allergic symptoms year-round, it is likely that the sensitivity can be attributed to something constant in their diet and/or in their environment. Treating Sustained allergies requires a persistent course of treatment that incorporates diet and lifestyle parameters into the care of your pet. Here are a few signs to look out for.

1. Pets with allergies also often have problems with their ears, especially dogs. The areas inside the ear and deeper in the ear canals may be itchy and inflamed as part of a generalized allergic response. In extreme cases, if left untreated or over long-term exposure, they may grow infected with yeast or bacteria. If your pet is experiencing problems with their ears, you may notice head shaking, excessive deep scratching, hair loss, and an odor or discharge from the ears. You must take your dog to your local New Mexico veterinarian to alleviate these symptoms.

2. Pets with allergies will often experience skin issues – fur loss, irritated skin, and hot spots are all common sings that your pet may be experiencing an allergic reaction in their skin. You also may notice swelling or bleeding. You must take your dog to your local New Mexico veterinarian to alleviate these symptoms.

3. Food is one of the most common causes of long-term allergic reactions in dogs. Many pet foods’ primary ingredients are corn or corn-based. Corn is one of the most common allergens for pets today, and a corn allergy in dogs is very common. A raw or 100% natural diet is the best way to rule out and identify food allergens. Keeping food simple, yet balanced is key. Adding coconut oil to your pet’s diet is also a great idea. Coconut oil for dogs is very healthy and helps remedy other health issues as well.

Does you pet have a sustained allergy that seems to be food-based or environmental? If you believe your pet is suffering an allergic reaction please go to an emergent care clinic immediately. If you have questions or the event is occurring during our open hours feel free to call our local New Mexico Vetco veterinarian. You can reach us any time by telephone (505) 292-3030, or drop by our office located at 8200 Menaul Blvd NE #R in the Albuquerque Heights, NM 87110.


Why RawHide is Dangerous

Image courtesy of Rodney Habib

Image courtesy of Rodney Habib

Rawhide might be one of the most popular chew sticks for pets but it is also the most dangerous. Planet Paw had a great article about the dangers of RawHide.

Rawhide is actually animal hide. The top layer of animal skin is separated from the “raw” and used for leather. The “raw” that is left is used for making rawhide. 

The hide is treated with a chemical bath to help preserve it. Then treated in a toxic solution of either ash-lye or sodium sulphide liming. This strips the hair and fat that might still be attached from the hide. The hides are then bleached and whitened. To make them look nice they are painted and coated with artificial flavors. Glue is then added to help keep the rawhide together in its shape. 

Dangers of RawHide

  • Rawhide often causes blockages in the throat or other parts of the digestive tract, sometimes requiring abdominal surgery to remove. An unresolved blockage can lead to death.  
  • The chemicals used in RawHide are obviously not good for your dog’s overall health.
  • No dental benefit. People use to believe that RawHide would help clean your dogs teeth, but after they chew it the RawHide gets gooey and slimy, therefore contributing to plaque buildup.

If your dog has been chewing on rawhide and you believe may have an obstruction, call your vet immediately.  Instead of RawHide, give your dog a safe treat and/or chew toy. The Kong chew toy is great because it is rubber and you can hide a treat inside it.

Canine Gum Disease

pet_dental_monthGum disease can be devastating to your dogs health and to their mouth.Gum disease can cause chronic pain, eroded gums, tooth loss and bone loss. What makes it so difficult is that it can develop without you even noticing until it gets too late. The good thing is that gum disease is easily preventable.

Dogs get gum disease due to bacteria. After a dog eats, bacteria, food particles and saliva create a plaque over the teach. Plaque leads to tartar, and a build up over time leads to tooth loss and gum disease.

Dogs are far more likely to get gum disease than humans. This is because a dogs mouth forms more plaque than a human, when combined with the fact that most dogs don’t brush their teeth every day, it leads to a likelihood of developing gum disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease in Dogs


Because there are no early symptoms of gum disease, buy the time you notice symptoms it is likely pretty advanced.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Blood in their water bowl
  • Blood on their chew toys
  • Bad breath
  • Talking when they eat or yawn
  • Difficulty picking up food
  • Lumps in their mouth
  • Bloody or ropey salica
  • Head shyness (not wanting their head touched)

Gum disease can affect more than your dog’s mouth. It can also lead to a higher risk of heart, kidney and liver disease.

Preventing Gum Disease in Dogs

The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it.


There is no cure for gum disease. Once your dog has it, and 80% have the beginning signs by the age of 3 years, there is nothing you can do to cure it. Once they have gum disease you can only treat it.

Bring you dog into Vetco today to get their teeth examined and cleaned.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.