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Keep Romance Away From The Vet: Pet Safety on Valentines

Pet Safety Tips Valentines Day
Pet Safety Tips Valentines Day

Always de-thorn your roses to keep your pets mouths and paws safe.

Nothing says romance like a trip to the vet. Oh wait, that’s not right. On the most romantic day of the year, the last thing you want to be worried about is your pet getting sick or getting your beloveds pet sick. Let’s take a moment to go over some Valentines Pet Safety Tips to help keep your Albuquerque pet safe this Valentines Day.

Bouquets of Flowers
Of course, you don’t want to think that your boo’s cat is going to eat the beautiful arrangement of flowers that you got for your her, but cats love to chew on greenery. What is best is to put the flowers someplace that their pet cannot get to, but to be on the safe side it is a good idea to remove any dangerous flowers and plants from the bouquet. That way if they do chew on your bouquet, it won’t be toxic. Lillies are a common flower for bouquets but highly toxic to cats, as are Hydrangeas which contain cyanide, Daffodils, and Cala Lily’s. The ASPCA has a great list of poisonous plants you can check.

For the Love of Chocolate!
If you have pets you are likely very familiar with the fact that chocolate can be life-threatening to them. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures, and elevated heart rate. If you receive chocolate, eat as much as you want, but don’t share with your furry friend and make sure to keep it in a place they cannot get it.

What a nice vintage…
Many people love a fancy cocktail or glass of wine, especially during a romantic evening. As good as it tastes to us, it also tastes good to your pets. The problem is that they are much smaller than we humans are and the alcohol affects them much faster. It can cause all the symptoms we get from getting drunk, including difficulty breathing, metabolic disturbances, central nervous system depression, and coma. Keep your alcohol away from your pet, don’t share no matter how much they beg, and if you spill any make sure to clean it up right away and don’t have your dog clean it up for you.

Sweet isn’t always sweet
Xylitol is a sweetener that is in many candies and gum, especially ones that are supposed to be low sugar. This sweetener can cause sudden hypoglycemia, depression, and seizures in your pet if eaten. Not to mention that the candies it is in can cause other digestive issues like stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting, and even intestinal blockages. So keep your “Be Mine” candies, and all others, to yourself and your beloved.

A Rose by any other name
May still smell sweet but has thorns that if eaten or stepped on by your four-legged friend can cause serious injury and infection. So be thoughtful and de-thorn your roses.

If you notice any vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or other strange behavior from your pet, and you think they may have eaten something they shouldn’t, make sure to call your Albuquerque Vet right away.

Happy Valentines Day!

 

DIY: How To Brush Your Cats Teeth

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cat teeth cleaning albuquerqueDental health is not just for dogs! Your cat’s need to have their teeth cleaned as well. The problem is that brushing cat’s teeth is notoriously difficult. So how can you get those feline teeth clean?

Start Early

Get your cat used to you cleaning their teeth early in life. If you can start cleaning their teeth as kittens, they will get used to it and be easy to clean as adults.

Play with their Mouth

Cat’s typically don’t like to have their mouth messed with. To be able to brush their teeth you need to get them used to you messing with their mouth. Start by lifting your cats lips, and exposing their teeth, for short periods of time every day. The more you do this, the more they will get use to it. Once they stop struggling with you lifting their gums, start touching their teeth with your fingers so they get use to the feeling of you touching their teeth and gums. Always reward them with a little treat after playing with their mouth.

What do I use to brush my cat’s teeth?

You can get specialty cat toothbrushes with soft bristles. If you do not have one of those, use a soft kids toothbrush, wrap gauze around your finger, use a finger toothbrush, or a cotton swab. You want to make sure you are able to reach all their teeth comfortably. Do I need to use a special toothpaste to brush my cat’s teeth? Yes!

Pet toothpaste, often flavored like poultry, malt, and other dog-friendly varieties are your best option. Never use human toothpaste, baking soda or salt. While safe for you, these cleaning agents can be harmful to your cat if swallowed. Be careful of homemade dog toothpaste recipes. Most of them contain baking soda which can lead to stomach upset for your cat. If you are interested in making your own, here is a baking soda free homemade toothpaste recipe care of k9Instincts.com

Homemade Cat Toothpaste Recipe:

  • 1 cup of unrefined, virgin coconut oil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kelp.
  • 1/8th tablespoon of dried parsley flakes.
  1. Place one cup of coconut oil in a hot water bath to make it soft and pliable. (Unless it already is!)
  2. Add the turmeric, kelp and parsley flakes.
  3. Mix thoroughly, store in the fridge between uses.

Pet toothpaste, often flavored like poultry, malt, and other feline-friendly varieties are your best option. Never use human toothpaste, baking soda or salt. While safe for pet owners themselves, these cleaning agents can be harmful to your cat if swallowed.

How to Clean Your Cat’s Teeth

  1. Find a comfortable place for your cat to sit during the tooth brushing.
  2. Let them try the toothpaste before trying to brush their teeth.
  3. Lift their lips to expose their teeth.
  4. Brush with a gentle motion to clean the teeth and gums, as you would with your own teeth. If they are having dental issues such as gum disease, their gums might be sensitive. If the brushing seems to be causing pain, try brushing lighter. Cleaning will often help with gum sensitivity by removing plaque and helping with gum disease.
  5. Clean everything that is visible, from their cheeks to gums, to teeth. Your cat will not likely allow you to clean the inside of their teeth.
  6. Clean their back molars. This tends to be where they have the most amount of tartar build up.

It is best to brush your cat’s teeth at least once a week. Frequent cleanings will help with maintaining good dental health.  We recommend having your cats teeth professionally cleaned by your Albuquerque dentist once a year. Just like you, your cat needs to have their dental health evaluated and have a good thorough cleaning. Proper dental health can help your cat live longer and stave off life-threatening illness such as organ failure and heart disease.

Make sure you bring your cat into Vetco on Menaul for their annual dental cleaning and take advantage of our coupon to save $15 off your cat’s dental cleaning.

 

DIY: How to Brush Your Dogs Teeth

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albuquerque pet dental healthIt is pet dental health month! And to start it off we want to give you some basic tips on how to help keep your dog’s teeth healthy. Brushing their teeth is the easiest and best way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy, looking and smelling better.

Did you know that your dog’s dental health is just as important as your own? Plaque buildup, gum disease, and gingivitis are all issues that affect both you and your dog. Just like you need deeper cleanings than a toothbrush can offer, Vetco offers deep dental cleanings. For the month of February 2018, we are offering $15 off dental cleanings. 

How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

What You Need

Despite what many pet stores will have you believe, you do not have to have a special toothbrush for your dog. Though you can use a dog toothbrush or a child’s toothbrush, you can also use gauze wrapped around your finger or a cotton swab. What is important is that you are able to reach all corners of your dog’s mouth comfortably.

If you are going to use a toothpaste, you do need to use one formulated for dogs. Do not use human toothpaste, baking soda, or salt. These cleaning agents can be harmful for your dog

 

Do I need to use a special toothpaste to brush my dog’s teeth?

Pet toothpaste, often flavored like poultry, malt, and other dog-friendly varieties are your best option. Never use human toothpaste, baking soda or salt. While safe for you, these cleaning agents can be harmful to your dog if swallowed. Be careful of homemade dog toothpaste recipes. Most of them contain baking soda which can lead to stomach upset for your dog. If you are interested in making your own, here is a baking soda free homemade toothpaste recipe care of k9Instincts.com

Homemade Dog Toothpaste Recipe:

  • 1 cup of unrefined, virgin coconut oil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kelp.
  • 1/8th tablespoon of dried parsley flakes.
  1. Place one cup of coconut oil in a hot water bath to make it soft and pliable. (Unless it already is!)
  2. Add the turmeric, kelp and parsley flakes.
  3. Mix thoroughly, store in fridge between uses.

At Home Dog Teeth Cleaning

Let your dog try the toothpaste before jumping into brushing. Once he realizes that it tastes good, he will likely be more cooperative.

  1. Lift your dog’s lips to expose their teeth and gums
  2. Brush with a gentle motion to clean both the teeth and gums. If your dog flinches or pulls away, try brushing more gently in case it is a little painful. Dogs with gum disease may have some sensitivity in their gums, but this is also why brushing is important. Brushing will help treat the gum disease and make the gums feel better, even if it may be a little sensitive at first.
  3. Clean any visible surface, including their cheeks. Most dogs won’t allow you to brush the inside of their teeth. Just do the best you can and clean as much as you can.
  4. Make sure to clean their back molars. This is where the most build-up tends to be.
  5. Give your dog a reward, like a nice dog biscuit as a treat for letting you brush her teeth.

You should brush your dog’s teeth at least weekly, though every day is ideal. If you cant brush every day, make sure you get dog chews that help clean plaque build up.

 

How Often Does My Dog Need Professional Cleaning?

Just like you, it is good to get their teeth cleaned annually. The cleanings allow for a truly thorough cleaning of all their teeth which helps prevents tartar buildup, gingivitis, and gum disease. If your dog has any teeth that need to be extracted due to cavities, these can be removed at this time. It also gives the vet the chance to assess your dog’s overall dental health. Poor dental health can lead to a lot of other health problems such as life-threatening illness, organ failure, and heart disease.

Take advantage of our February $15 off dental cleaning coupon and bring your dog into Vetco on Menaul for their annual dental cleaning.

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