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Pet Food Donations for Harvey

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So many people have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The devastation is not only affecting people it is affecting pets as well. We have seen story after story of abandoned dogs and cats, of people rescuing animals from flooded houses and on top of cars.It has been our mission to support the New Mexico animal community but we don’t want to leave our neighbors in need. Vetco is offering to take pet food donations for all the animal Hurricane Harvey victims. We will be matching all food donations with an equal amount of food. Let’s get together and help the animals who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please bring your pet food donations to Vetco on Menaul. If you have questions, please call the clinic at 505-292-3030.

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How dirty is your pets mouth?

Dog Dental Disease

Dog Dental DiseaseDid you know you can tell a lot about your dog’s health by looking inside his mouth? Though a dog’s mouth is never truly clean, meaning there are bacteria in there, it can be really dirty if not taken care of.


Healthy Gums: Gums are the first line of defense for a healthy mouth. You can lift your dog’s lips to see their gums and check out their health. Healthy gums will be pink, moist and without any spots. If they are gray, spotty or swollen then there is likely a health issue and you should bring your dog to see your vet for a dental check up.

Healthy Teeth: Healthy teeth lead to healthy eating. If your dog has decaying and rotting teeth, or a lot of cavities, this can keep them from wanting to eat which can result in sudden weight loss. Rotting teeth is also painful and can cause personality changes in your dog. Not to mention the bad breath. If your dog suddenly is reluctant to eat hard food, it may be time to look at their teeth to see if there is an underlying issue.

Bad Breath: Yes dogs have bad breath. But there are levels to typical doggy breath and BAD breath. If your dog’s mouth smells like something is dying in there it is likely because they are having teeth rot. No matter what you feed them, or how many charcoal biscuits you give them, it will not fix the smell that comes from rotting teeth. Bad breath is one of the fastest ways to detect an issue in your dog’s dental health.

If your dog has incredibly bad breath, swollen, gray or spotty gums, or you see their teeth rotting, you need to bring them in for a dental check up. It is possible it is time for a professional dental cleaning or even tooth removal. You can also do preventative dental care by brushing your dogs teeth weekly. If you are not sure how to do that, read our post on how to brush your dog’s teeth.


Keep Your Pets Safe Over Labor Day

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pet labor day tipsTime to get ready for labor day weekend! The kids are back in school and fall is coming. Time to have a nice 3 day weekend with the family and friends. Vetco in Albuquerque wants to help make sure that you have a great Labor Day weekend with our pet safety tips.

  1. It’s HOT! In case you haven’t noticed it is still hot in the 505. This weekend a lot of people spend a lot of time outside, going to the park or throwing a bbq. It is great fun to bring your dog with you, but make sure they have shady spots to cool down. Remember they wear a coat they can’t talk off. Give them water regularly and try to avoid hanging out on asphalt or concrete, move it over to the grass. The hot surfaces of concrete and asphalt can burn their feet. Also NEVER leave your dog in the car. The car heats up very fast and can kill your dog in a matter of minutes.
  2. Watch the Chemicals: When we go out on family outdoor adventures we tend to bring things like sunscreen and bug spray. Since you likely already know that your dog wants to eat everything, this includes your sunscreen and bug spray. If they ingest these things, they can be toxic causing issues like excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. Ingesting DEET can lead to neurological problems. Even citronella, if ingested, can make them sick. So keep all of them out of reach of your pets. If you think they have eaten a chemical, call  24/7 Animal Poison Control Center at 855-764-7661.
  3. Watch Your Food: If you are grilling you likely have a lot of yummy food sitting around. This is the perfect time for your dog, or cat, to try to sneak off with something. A lot of human food, like onions, is not good for your pet and can make them ill or even be deadly. So if you want to share your food, try making them something special just for them like a plainly grilled chicken breast, or check out some of our homemade dog food recipes.
  4. Pool Time: Not all dogs can swim. I know this is shocking but true. Watch what happens if a pug gets in the water, it is not good for the pug. But a lot of times if they see their owners in the pool, they want to get in. You can get life jackets for your dog, so if they jump or fall in they will be able to float. But if you are spending time around the pool, keep an eye on your dog to make sure he is not getting in the water unless he is fully supervised.

With these tips, we wish you a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.


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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.