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Kennel Cough

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Albuquerque kennel coughKennel Cough

Kennel cough, aka. Bordetella, is a highly infections respiratory disease in dogs.  Puppies, pregnant and older dogs are at the most risk due to underdeveloped immune systems. Thankfully you can vaccinate against Kennel Cough.


  • Dry hacking cough
  • Retching
  • Watery nasal discharge
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite

Most dogs contract Bordetella from a kennel type environment, hence the name. A lot of times it will be left alone to run its course. If your pet has a more severe case then they may be given antibiotics or medication to help with the symptoms.

If you are concerned your dog has kennel cough, call your vet immediately. It can be a very serious disease and it is highly contagious.

National Puppy Day

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National Puppy Day

new puppy albuquerque It is National Puppy Day! What a great day to go to your local shelter and rescue a super cute fluffy puppy.  But after you get your newest addition to your family, make sure you know what to do to get started on their life long veterinary health.

New Puppy Checklist

  • Vaccination – make sure you get in to get your shots updated
  • Pet license  – Albuquerque requires that you have a pet license, we can take care of that for you.
  • Microchipping – If your fur baby ever gets lost, a microchip will make it much easier for them to be returned to you safe and sound.
  • Spay and Neuter – Not all puppies and kittens come already spayed or neutered. You can get them fixed as young as 2 months.
  • Declaw – This is best to do when they are young and can be paired with their spay/neuter.
  • Flea and Tick treatment/prevention – It is a good idea to treat every new pet for flea and ticks as well as get them started on their semi-annual Frontline Flea and Tick prevention treatment.
  • Supplies – food, food bowl, water bowl, litter, toys, leash, collar, catnip, fur ball remedy, soft paws, water dish, dog bed, crate, treats.

Glaucoma in Dogs

dog glaucomaGlaucoma in Dogs

Glaucoma is an eye condition that can cause blindness in dogs. It is caused from pressure in the eye resulting in fluid build up. 40% of dogs that get Glaucoma will become blind.

Certain breeds of dogs are more likely to get Glaucoma than others, Samoyeds, Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Chows and Siberians.

Primary Glaucoma is due to the eye’s inability to drain fluid. Symptoms include:

  • High eye pressure
  • Lots of blinking
  • Eye receding into the back of the head
  • Redness of the eye
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Vision loss
  • Enlargement of the eye

Secondary Glaucoma is due to an eye infection. Symptoms include:

  • High eye pressure
  • Redness
  • Cloudy appearance
  • Debris visible in front of the eye
  • Iris sticking to the cornea
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargic

Often both eyes will be affected, especially if it is Primary Glaucoma. Your vet will need to run some tests to diagnose your dog.


Your vet will likely prescribe medication to help reduce the pressure in your dogs eye.  Other treatments may involve draining fluid or removal of the dogs eye. If you are able to catch Glaucoma early your vet may be able to manage the condition and your dog may be able to keep their vision, however, early detection is absolutely necessary.  Call Vetco to get your dog checked for Glaucoma.

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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.