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New Years Pet Safety Tips

Can you believe that 2017 is almost over? As we welcome in the new year, lets make sure that we start off 2018 in good health with these easy pet safety tips.

  • Keep your pet inside. If you are having a party or going out for the night, make sure to keep your dog or cat inside for the night. There is a lot of noise, fireworks, cars, parties etc outside that can be very scary for your pet. You don’t want them to get scared and run away. Keeping them inside is the best way to keep them safe. It is also a good idea to get them microchipped so if they do get away from you house they can be found and easily returned to you.
  • All that noise! New Years Eve can be super noisy. Maybe it is the party at your house, or your neighbors fireworks, or that bottle of champagne popping, but all that noise can cause your pet to feel anxious. Give them a room away from the noise. If your dog is crate trained then give them access to their crate so they can be alone.
  • No table scraps: Many of us have a big New Years meal and our dog or cat would do just about anything to get some of those scraps. Remember that a lot of what we eat can make our pets ill. You don’t want them puking all over the house when you are trying to get your midnight kiss. If you want to give them a special meal, then make something just for them.

Stay safe and have a great New Year!

Stinky Ears! Does Your Dog Have an Ear Infection?

dog ear infection

dog ear infectionDoes your dog have really stinky ears or yucky stuff coming out of their ears? If so, then he might have an ear infection. Thankfully most ear infections can be prevented with basic hygiene. Keeping your dogs ears free of wax buildup, trimming their ear hair, drying their ears if they get wet, will all reduce the change of an ear infection. Other things like ear mites, allergies and hypothyroidism can also contribute to ear infections, but can be treated with proper medical supervision.

Symptoms of an Ear Infection in Your Dog

  • Shaking their head
  • Tilting their head
  • Ear odor
  • Loss of balance
  • Redness of the ear canal
  • Swelling of the outer (visible) portion of the ear
  • Brown, yellow or red (bloody) discharge

 

If your dog is showing signs of an ear infection, call your local Albuquerque veterinary clinic at once. Most of the time an ear infection can be treated with simple drops. In rare cases a surgery may be needed.

Pets as a Gift

We always have that one person that is really hard to buy a gift for. Well, if you are thinking about buying them a pet as a gift, we want you to really think it through. It use to be thought that pets bought as gifts were at a higher risk of being abandoned, but more recent research has shown that to be incorrect. That doesn’t mean you should rush out and buy someone a new kitten or puppy.

For one, many people like to be a part of the choosing process. So make sure you know exactly what the want.

One of the biggest gifting faux pas of gifting a pet is not taking care of all the new pet care. Nobody likes being given a gift that comes with a bill attached to it. So if you decide to give a puppy or kitten make sure to go through our new pet check list. Your giftee will be thankful.

 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 in our Los Lunas and Albuquerque Vet-Co clinics.

 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.

 

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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.