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Alexa Will Read To Your Dogs

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Many dogs experience anxiety when their owners go to work. They are left alone in the house all day, bored, and just waiting for you to get home. Though there are many things you can do that will help relieve their anxiety, Alexa just announced a new one.

Alexa is the weird little speaker by Amazon that is voice responsive. You can ask it to play music, what is the weather, or to even adjust the temperature in your house if you have a smart house. Well, now they are venturing into the world of pet care. They call it petlexa. It started off as an April Fools joke but apparently, a lot of people thought it was a good idea so Amazon paired up with Cesar Milan and they just released a series of pet-friendly audio books.  There was a study done in 2015 that reported animals showing less stress if they listened to an audiobook.

Though the jury is out on whether this really quells your pet’s anxiety, it may quell your anxiety about leaving them alone. Now they are not alone, they are with Alexa.

Atopic Dermatitis

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Ydog skin problemsour dog can have allergies just like you do. Allergies can cause things like itching, scratching, rashes, sneezing, watery eyes, paw chewing, and inflammation. Some dogs get a condition called atopic dermatitis.

 

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin disease associated with allergies. It is the 2nd most common allergic skin disease in dogs and is typically brought on by environmental allergies.

You can see signs of atopic dermatitis as early as 3 months and up to 6 years. If they haven’t developed it by 6 years old, you are probably in the clear. Cats can get it too, though this is more rare.

 

Most Affected Areas

  • Ears
  • Wrists
  • Ankles
  • Muzzle
  • Underarms
  • Groin
  • Around the eyes
  • In between the toes

Signs of Atopic Dermatitis

  • Itching
  • Scratching
  • Rubbing
  • Licking

 

To diagnose atopic dermatitis you will have to bring your dog to your Albuquerque vet clinic for testing. Your vet will perform some tests and likely perform a full allergy test to identify the source of your dog’s allergies.

Treatment

Once diagnosed your vet may recommend different things depending on what is causing the allergy. Some vets may give you injects to decrease the sensitivity of your pet to their allergen. They may give you corticosteroids and antihistamines to reduce their symptoms.

You can bathe your dog with anti-itching shampoo to help improve their comfort level. Shampoo’s with colloidal oatmeal can help. If the allergens can be identified, you may want to see if you can reduce your dog’s exposure.

Your vet will want to see your dog on a regular basis. Make sure you don’t miss your annual checkup.

 

 

 

 

Euthanasia: What happens

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Pet Rainbow BridgeEuthanasia is the hardest decision you will ever have to make for your pet. You love your pet and your pet loves you. If you are facing this question then your pet is already at the end of her life. Choosing to euthanize is a humane choice for your aging or sick pet. Your pet cannot tell you when they are ready, so it is up to us humans to do our best and make that decision. Understanding what happens can make it a little less scary.

How to Prepare

Make sure you whole family has had time to say goodbye. If you have kids, explain what is happening in advance so they understand and can prepare for the coming loss. If you are not sure how to do this, try reading the book by Fred Rogers’ “When a Pet Dies”. It is a great way to explain pet loss to your kids. We also recommend deciding how you want to handle your pets remains before coming to the vet. We have extensive information about pet aftercare.

Can it be done at home?

It depends on the veterinarian. Some will make a home visit to euthanize. Call your local Albuquerque vet and ask if they can come to you.

Can I bring a pet bed or toy?

Of course, you can. Bring their bed or favorite toy with them. This is a nice way to help reduce their anxiety. Even though they don’t know what is about to happen, sometimes going in the car or going to the vet can be stressful. This will help ease their stress.

Do I have to be there?

No, you do not have to be there. It is up to you if you want to sit with your pet during the process.

What actually happens

Most vets will give your pet a sedative before the euthanasia. The vet will tell you what he is doing and where he will be giving the shot, so there are no surprises. Some vets will only use a sedative if your pet is anxious or frightened. Some pets don’t need a sedative.

The vet will give the euthanasia medication either in their leg or through an IV. Typically it is pentobarbital, which is a seizure medication. In large doses, it quickly renders your pet unconscious and shuts down her heart and brain function within one to two minutes.

What happens to my pet

When your pet passes her body will go through a few things that if you are not prepared you may find disturbing. Her eyes may not fully close. You are welcome to close them for her. She may urinate or defecate as her muscles fully relax. She may take a final breath or twitch. None of this hurts. Your pet is not in pain and is not aware of any of these things happening.

 

 

What next

At Vetco we help you with your pet’s aftercare. The City of Albuquerque has regulations for the disposal of your pet’s body. We can take care of this for you. We have a large resource for pet aftercare that can help you decide what you want to do.

Putting your pet to sleep is your final step of care for a pet you have loved for a lifetime. It is not an easy decision, and is one done with love and compassion.

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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.