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Dealing with a Dog That Chews Too Much

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dog gnawing albuquerqueDoes your dog chew? Does he chew a lot? Are you going insane because of how much he chews? You are not alone, many dog owners complain about this behavior. The hard part is that chewing and gnawing is a natural activity for dogs.

Most of the time dogs gnaw because they are bored. They may also gnaw due to anxiety.

Boredom chewing

If your dog has nothing to do he may chew to occupy his time. Try leaving things that he can chew on around the house such as rawhide flips nylabones, cow hooves, and KONG toys. If you don’t give him things he can chew on, then he will likely find something to chew on, like your couch or dining room table. If you have a teething puppy, they need things to chew on to help the new teeth come in. Plus it feels really good on their sore gums. Give them something they can gnaw on for a good long time.

Anxiety chewing

If your dog is having anxiety because you are gone or because of environmental stimulus, he may start gnawing on everything he can get a hold of. Providing things for him to chew on will help him direct the behavior but it is not fully addressing the issue of the anxiety. Try to find ways to quell his anxiety. A lavender scented collar is a good natural remedy. Lavender is naturally calming. Rescue Remedy is good for situational anxiety like travel, house guests, or parties. Crate training can help dogs deal with their anxiety when you are away.

Clean Up

If your dog is chewing your socks and shoes, you need to make it harder for him to get them. Time to clean up your room, and around the house. Pick up all the things he is likely to chew. If he can’t get to them he is more likely to chew on the things your provide him. If you want to try using a deterrent, try getting Bitter Apple and spraying it on the items you don’t want him to chew. They don’t like the taste so they are likely to keep away. Though some dogs like it.

Behavioral Training

If you see your dog chewing on something he shouldn’t be you need to reprimand him. Make a loud noise to distract him and get him to stop chewing, then tell him “No!” loudly. When he starts chewing something that is acceptible, give him praise. He will start to learn what he can and cannot chew on.

If you find something they have already destroyed, do not reprimand them. It is too late. You have to catch them in the act.

 

 

 

Chewing is not just a bad habit it is potentially dangerous to your dog. A lot of furniture is not made from solid wood. Ingesting particle board pieces is not good for them. These pieces could be toxic or cause tears in their gastrointestinal tract. If your dog chews on an electrical cord he can get electrocuted or start a house fire by exposing wires.

If your dog won’t stop chewing not matter what you do, you may want to bring him into your Albuquerque vet. It could be a sign that his teeth or gums are hurting.

 

 

 

Rattlesnake’s are Biting in Albuquerque- Get the Rattlesnake Vaccine

Snakes in New Mexico

Snakes in New MexicoNew Mexico has rattlesnakes and thankfully the rattlesnake vaccine. This is not likely news to you. Many of us have seen them in the mountains, on the Bosque or even in our own backyards. Most of the time rattlesnakes want to stay away from us. They come with this great warning system to let us know if we are getting too close to them, their rattle. Though most dogs have a natural fear of snakes, some highly curious dogs override that fear which makes them susceptible to bites.  If you like to hike with your dog, you are at an even higher risk because even if your dog is not that curious, sometimes rattlesnakes will bite without warning. So if your dog runs up on one unnoticed, the snake could strike before your dog even knows to turn around.

The good thing is that Vetco offers the rattlesnake vaccine with reduces the effect of the venom from a rattlesnake bite.

Rattlesnake bites are painful but they can also cause some serious damage. The area where the bite is will get swollen, the venom impairs the ability of blood to clot, your dog can go into shock and it can even cause death. The treatment is an anti-venom which neutralizes the venom, pain medication, IV fluids and antibiotics for any potential infection. Even with treatment, your dog may have long-term health issues.

Thankfully with the rattlesnake vaccination at Vetco in Albuquerque, it will actively help prevent the severity of the envenomation. Not only will it help reduce the effects of the venom and potential long-term complications, but it may save your dog’s life.

The vaccination is mostly an annual to biannual vaccine. When you get the first vaccination your dog will need a booster one month later. Then you will only need to get it annually, or every 6 months if you live in an area that has rattlesnakes all year. Talk to your veterinarian about the frequency for rattlesnake vaccinations.

It is best to get the booster done in the summer during prime hiking season. This will cover him for the summer months as the vaccination is most effective for the first 4 to 6 weeks after vaccination.

When hiking with your dog please follow good safety rules:

  1. Stay on paths.
  2. Keep your dog on a leash.
  3. Discourage digging under rocks
  4. Discourage running through brush.

 

You can get the rattlesnake vaccine in our daily walk-in shot clinic. If you have question about if the vaccine is right for you, please call Vetco to speak with a veterinarian.

When Should You Vaccinate?

When should you vaccinate your pets? This is a question that every pet owner has. Vaccinations are essential to your pets ongoing happy and healthy life. Throughout their lifetime, they will be exposed to many viruses, way more than we realize. Even just meeting a dog in the park or a quick sniff as you walk by can expose them to Parvo or Bordatella.

As you plan your vaccinations, let look at the recommended shot schedule for your pet.

Cat recommended shot schedule:

Albuquerque Cat Vaccine Schedule

Dog vaccination schedule:

Albuquerque Dog Vaccine Schedule

 

If it is time for your pet’s vaccines, bring them into one of our daily shot clinics in Albuquerque or Los Lunas.

 

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