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Distemper Outbreak in New Mexico

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distemper albuquerqueThis month there has been a distemper outbreak in New Mexico. It started in Roswell at the beginning of March and brought to Albuquerque, mid-month. Thankfully it was detected and the exposed dogs have been quarantined. Distemper is a highly contagious viral illness that has no known cure. The only thing that can be done once your dog has distemper is to treat it and potentially euthanize when they get too sick.  Sounds horrible?

Distemper is a highly contagious viral illness that has no known cure. The only thing that can be done once your dog has distemper is to treat it and potentially euthanize when they get too sick.  Sounds horrible?  Yes it is. But distemper is easily prevented. It is part of your pets first, and regular, vaccination schedule.  Most of us think of vaccinations as just something we are supposed to do for our pets. But they go beyond that. Many stray dogs do not have their vaccinations, which means they are a breeding ground for illness. Distemper spread through the air as well as through direct, or indirect, contact.  This means that if a stray dog that is sick runs by your dog, your dog is at risk.

34 of the dogs that were caught and diagnosed with distemper exposure ended up being euthanized because they were sick. The other ones are currently in quarantine, have been vaccinated, are are waiting to see if they will remain healthy before reentering the shelter population.

This outbreak serves as a good reminder why it is so important to keep your dog’s vaccinations up to date. Their health and life is in your care. Please vaccinate your dogs and help them have a long and healthy life.

If you need to update your vaccinations, come into one of our daily Albuquerque walk-in shot clinics. You can also save money on your vaccinations by checking our promotions page.

 

Inhalers save you but kill dogs!

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inhaler dog albuquerque vetcoSpring time is allergy season which can mean that asthma sufferers might be using their inhalers more than usual. Though inhalers save people lives they can kill dog lives.

Dogs love to chew, and you likely already know this and are wondering what that has to do with inhalers and asthma.  We bring this up because dogs often like to chew on their owners inhalers. The problem is when they chew on them, they often get a dose of the medication.

The dose that you take could be toxic to your dog. Corticosteriodal inhalers work by decreasing inflammation in the airways. If you are overdosing on it, it can cause increased thirst and urination that lasts for days.  If your inhaler is a bronchiodialator, those work by opening up the airway to ease breathing. In an overdoes, it can cause a dangerously increased heart rate, affect the balance of electrolytes and potassium levels in the blood. If your dogs heart starts breathing too fast it means that it is not pumping blood normally and could even lead to a heart attack.

If you have a dog that has a cardiac problem, they could be at a higher risk of complications.

Additional risks are frostbite type lesions, aka. aerosol burn, on their tongues or lips, which may require antibiotics. If you think your pet has bitten into an inhaler, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 immediately.

Puppy CPR- What You Need To Know

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Puppy CPR- What You Need To Know

Pupply CPR and people CPR are not the same thing. Hopefully you will never have to use CPR on your dog, but it is a good thing to know in case that day every happens.

We found this great infographic by Carrington University to see how to give CPR to your puppy.

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