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Pet Photos with Santa in 1 Week

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and then after that all the holiday festivities get started. Don’t forget to add Pet Photos with Santa to your calendar. It is next weekend, Saturday December 2nd from 1-4pm. Come in and get your free photo with Santa. While you are here give your pet the gift of vaccines during our walk-in shot clinic.

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Don’t Let Thanksgiving Poison Your Pets

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Vetco ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a great time for food, friends and family. Of course, family includes the family pet. But if you want to stay at the table and not end up at you Albuquerque Veterinary office, then you should follow these safety tips.

Your Food is Poison

That yummy food might be great for you but for your pet it could be poison. Not all human food is good for your pet to eat. Often our holiday meals are filled with foods that can make your pet seriously ill.

  • Fatty Foods: Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest. They are also known to cause pancreatitis in dogs. One of the signs of pancreatitis is vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy. It an also be deadly.
  • Not Healthy: Raisins, grapes and onions might make up a healthy diet for humans but for our pets it is poison. These foods are very difficult to digest and can cause a variety of gastrointestinal issues.
  • No Chocolate: Your dog may want some of that chocolate pie, but do not share it. Chocolate is very bad for pets and can even be deadly to both cats and dogs.
  • Sweeteners: Many of us are swapping out sugar for sugar alternatives so we can be a bit healthier when we eat our desserts. A common artificial sweetener called xylitol, which is commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods, can be deadly to cats and dogs.
  • Dough: Dough can be a special treat for kids but can cause painful gas and dangerous bloating in your pet, especially dough that contains yeast. If you want to give your pet a sweet treat, make them a nice home made dog biscuit.
  • Take out the Trash: You are doing a great job at putting away all the food on the counter, and not giving your dog scraps. But when you have your back turned he may start digging in the trash where he get get his mouth around all sorts of food he shouldn’t be eating, like turkey bones, strings and packaging. Keep your trash in a tightly closed bin or take it out.
  • Centerpiece: No one things about the pet eating the table center piece or that pretty bouquet of flowers your guests brought. But there are plenty of plants that are toxic to your pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more.

Food Safety

Make sure you take precautions with all your food prep. You don’t want your pets or your family to get sick because of a foodborne illness. Hand washing and proper food prep is important. Make sure you know about safe food handling and preparation to keep your whole family safe.The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers tips for handling, thawing and cooking turkey, as well as saving your leftovers. Because nothing ruins Thanksgiving like food poisoning.

If you notice your pet vomiting, having diarrhea, lethargic, or loss of appetite please call your vet immediately.

Halloween Safety for Your Pet

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albuquerque halloween dogThe best way to have a Happy Halloween is to keep your family safe and that includes your pets. Here are some great tips to help keep your pets safe and keep your Halloween happy.

No Candy – Candy is not good for your pets. In fact, most candy is dangerous for your pet. Chocolate is especially bad and can make your dog very sick. So if you want to give treats to the dogs trick or treating at your door, get some dog treats and keep the kid treats for the kids.
No Eating Jack-O-Lanterns – Pumpkins are good for your dog, but allowing him to eat the whole pumpkin is not. Eating too much pumpkin can give him an upset stomach. Plus most jack-o-lanterns have been out for a few days after being cut which can lead to them getting mold. The mold can also make your dog feel sick. So its best to not let them eat your leftover pumpkin.
Costumes! Some dogs like costumes. But if you don’t normally dress your dog up, then don’t start on Halloween. This can cause your pet anxiety which can lead to aggressive behavior.
Microchip: It is not uncommon for dogs or cats to get scared on Halloween. There is so much activity around the neighborhood and at your door that it can freak them out. Make sure your pet is microchipped so if they get out of your house or yard, and can’t find their way back, that they can be easily returned to your home. We also recommend putting your pets into a room where they are away from all the activity so they have less of a chance of getting out. You can come to our daily walk-in shot clinic to get your pet microchipped.

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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.