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Microchip November

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microchip albuquerqueMicrochip in November

Microchipping your dog is extremely important. It can be the determining factor of if your pet gets found when it has gotten lost. We all love our pets and we like to think that they will never run away or get lost. But sometimes it happens. A microchip is the best way to ensure that if your pet is found, they make it back home to you.

What is microchipping?

It is a quick and virtually painless in office procedure. It is placed under the skin, between your pets shoulder blades. Much like a shot, it is injected under the skin. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It does not emit any frequency and therefore poses no ongoing health risk to your pet.

You can get your pet microchipped during their annual vaccinations. Come to our daily shot clinic to get your microchip.

How does is work?

The chip is not a GPS device. It does not emit a tracking signal. It is a RFID. This means that when a scanner is passed over the chip it will pull up the pets registered information, which includes your name and contact information. So when you pet is found, they will be scanned and you will be called to bring them home.

A microchip lasts a lifetime! You only have to do it once. The information is tied to your animal license in the city data base, and can be updated if you move. At Vetco, we will get your pet registered and take care of all the licensing when we do your microchip.

Getting Stickers Out Of Your Pets Fur

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dog with burrsGetting Stickers Out Of Your Pets Fur

If you have a pet then most likely you know about those small, prickly thorns found on sticker burrs that love to attach themselves to fur (especially with dogs). Not to mention the tedious chore of getting them out. Even a brief romp outside can mean hours of tedious work removing burrs from your dog’s coat. There is no magic shortcut; it takes time and patience, both on your part and your pet’s. However there are ways to get the stickers off without hurting your pet or your fingers.

Step One: Finding the buggers.

Inspect your doggy’s entire body for stickers when he comes in from the great outdoors. Examine the areas first (by patting gently) that might be more painful and uncomfortable, such as the belly, face and between the toes. Make sure to inspect the small crevices (stickers often burrow there), such as in the ears and armpits, between his toes and around the genitalia. Don’t forget to check both the outside and the inside of the ears. If you can, pull them free using your fingers. You might have to use one hand to push the skin down (so you don’t pull it while you try to pull the sticker out) and remove the sticker with the other hand.

Step Two: Comb out the loose ones.

Use a metal dog comb to pull any loose stickers from your dog’s fur. Gently comb the affected hair from above the sticker. The burr slides down the hair shaft where you can remove it a bit more easily.

Step Three: Remove by hand the difficult ones.

To protect your fingers put on a pair of leather work gloves before carefully removing stubborn stickers by hand. Avoid hurting your pet by holding down the roots of your dog’s hair with one hand and gently pull the sticker burrs out with the other. You may need to untangle sticker burrs that are deeply caught in your dog’s fur. Pull the matted hair apart with your fingers, starting at the tips of his fur and working your way down to the roots. Once the fur is untangled, extract the sticker by hand.

If this does not work then try applying some oil (any cooking oil or even baby oil will do) in your fingers and then rub it over the sticker or even pour it around the severely tangled stickers. The oil helps loosen and lubricate the fur around the burr so you can slide it out with your fingers. . Add more oil as needed. You might need to wait a few seconds after applying so the sticker softens and it’s easier to untangle. Afterward, give your doggy a bath using warm water and dog shampoo to remove the vegetable oil.

Step Four: Cut extremely stubborn stickers out only as a last resort.

Use small blunt-tipped scissors to prevent injuring the skin (such as the kind you can find in a manicure set). Only do this for stickers that are too tangled, especially in the case of long-haired dogs, where trying to pull stickers out might cause more pain than necessary. Angle the scissor blades perpendicular to your dog’s skin instead of parallel to it so any resulting bald spots aren’t quite so noticeable. Gently work your way around the sticker, cutting as little hair as possible. You can also try cutting the sticker in half using the scissors. Once it’s broken, it should be a lot easier to untangle the pieces. Don’t try this if you have a jumpy dog that might stab himself trying to get away from the scissors.

Scissors are best in areas that are “hidden,” such as the belly, the toes or inside the ears. If you start cutting away on the back or neck, you might end up with lots of bald spots, so avoid it unless you have no other choice.

Step Five: Last but not least…

Groom your dog with a slicker brush after removing all of the stickers. This helps smooth out his fur and ensures that you removed all of the burrs.

The downside of outdoor fun is that your Doggie may end up covered in stickers. These stickers if not removed, can borrow into the skin and cause a lot of pain and irritation. Long-haired dogs in particular might be in for a world of trouble, as stickers can get caught in their legs, between the toes and in the hair of the ears. Tend to burrs promptly, though, as they cause matting that irritatingly pulls on your dog’s hair and skin.

If the skin is irritated or bleeding after you remove the stickers, wash it gently using a mix of water and hydrogen peroxide and a soft sponge or cotton pads. Pad — rather than rub — softly. This will prevent skin infections and ease the pain and discomfort.

Take your dog to a veterinarian or groomer if his sticker problem is too much for you to handle.

 

Drunk Pets: Funny or Tragic

beer_PNG2388If your dog starts singing “Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay” it may not be as funny as it seems. A drunk dog is no barking matter. No matter how tempted you are to give your dog just a little taste of your beer – DONT. Most dogs will not turn their nose up to alcohol, but the fact is, it can be very dangerous to ingest. A dog’s body is not able to process the ethanol in alcoholic beverages, so it’s important that you never give your dog alcohol on purpose, and should it happen accidentally, you should seek veterinary help immediately.

Just like us humans, when a dog or cat is exposed to alcohol, it causes depression of their central nervous system, slowing them down, so they become drowsy and loses their coordination. If they’re exposed to higher levels of alcohol, it can depress their nervous system to the point that their breathing and heart rate slow down, and their body temperature drops. Their blood chemistry is also altered, leading to a dangerous condition called metabolic acidosis where the blood becomes too acidic. At this point, without treatment, death soon follows usually due to cardiac arrest. Even if a dog or cat doesn’t die from the acute effects of alcohol poisoning, it can be harmful to their kidneys and liver.

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

It can take several hours after ingestion for symptoms of poisoning to occur. Even if your dog appears fine at first, watch for these signs and contact a vet immediately if you notice them:

-Slow or uncoordinated movements or weakness

-Fainting

-Vomiting (which may contain blood if the dog has ingested a large amount of alcohol and it burns through the stomach lining)

-Panting or difficulty breathing

-Lethargy

-Painful abdominal area

-Dehydration or excessive water drinking

-Problems urinating

-Diarrhea

-Seizures

-Foaming at the mouth

-Coma

Treatment:

Alcohol poisoning in dogs is treated in much the same way as any other toxic substance. The vet will run tests to determine the amount of ethanol in the dog’s bloodstream and then give activated charcoal to absorb as much of the alcohol as possible before it enters the bloodstream. The vet may also pump or flush the stomach to remove the toxic substance. Alcohol consumption causes quick and severe dehydration, so the vet will also administer fluids through IV to speed recovery.

Prevention:

The best way to avoid the dangers of alcohol poisoning in your pet is to prevent your dog from consuming it in the first place! Never give it on purpose and if you are hosting a party, make sure all cups and bottles are out of reach if your pets are part of the festivities, better yet confine them to an area where guests and drinks are inaccessible. Clean up any spills as quickly as possible so it won’t get lapped up off the floor.

Even if you don’t give your pet’s alcoholic drinks and keep them away while hosting a party alcohol can still be found in some surprising places! Such as rum-soaked fruitcake, unbaked dough containing yeast and other fermented foods.

If you think your dog has ingested alcohol, and is sick, make sure to call your vet immediately.

 

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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.