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National Pet Awareness Month

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cat and dog health albuquerqueNovember is National Pet Awareness Month!  This is a good time to look at your pet’s health and veterinary history and make sure they are ready for a long and healthy life. Here is a checklist of things you should do, or need to do annually, for a healthy pet.

  • Annual Checkup – this is very important. It is good to have your vet look over your pet annual to make sure that everything is on the up and up. Most issues, when caught early, are easy to treat.
  • Annual Vaccination – Yearly shots are not only mandatory but good to do. These vaccinations keep your pet from getting any disease that could be potentially fatal.
  • Spay and Neuter – Most kittens and puppies end up without a home. This is terribly sad. The best way to help control the animal population is by spaying and neutering your pet. Unless you are planning to be a breeder, there is no reason not too. Not only is it good for the animal population but it is healthier for your pet.
  • Heartgard – Heartworm is not seasonal and if your pet gets them the treatment is extremely expensive and not always effective. The best treatment for heartworms is prevention. Heartgard is an easy monthly treatment that will keep your pet healthy for life.
  • Frontline – There are times of the year that fleas are worse, but because it is a warmer climate in New Mexico we are always in flea season. You can give your pet a topical monthly flea and tick treatment and keep them flea and tick free.

Happy Halloween!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!


Myth of the Black Cat

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black cat halloween myth and safetyBlack cats are iconic on Halloween. Don’t let them cross your path! They are the familiar of witches!

The superstition of black cats has a long history. In Medieval France and Spain they were considered bringers of bad luck and cursed people that came near them. In Germany they believed that you would be cursed if they crossed your path from left to right.  However, in England, they were believed to bring affluence to any house in which they lived. In Japan, they were thought to bring good luck and they were worshiped as sacred in Egypt.

Black cats were associated with witchcraft and thought of as the “familiars” of witches. In the US the Puritan Pilgrims were actively fighting anything to do with witchcraft, and black cats were clearly on that list. They were among the persecuted during the witch trials. That secured them in the mythology of Halloween and became a popular part of the ghoulish decorations.

The biggest risk on Halloween and black cats is violence. There are always cases of people being violent to black cats on Halloween. Often times animal shelters won’t adopt out black cats during the Halloween season because they are afraid of people abandoning them immediately afterward.

If you have a black cat, we recommend keeping them inside. Though most people are not going to hurt your cat, better safe than sorry. That is not the Halloween trick you want to get.  If you notice anything strange about your cats behavior over Halloween, call your vet immediately.

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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.