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Does my dog have fleas?

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dog skin problemsIt is summer in Albuquerque and your dog wants to be outside playing in the sand and grass and fleas. The best way to prevent fleas is with a monthly flea treatment. At Vetco we recommend Frontline Flea and Tick. It can be used to both treat and prevent fleas. Before you infest your house with fleas, make sure you know the signs to look for.

Signs of Fleas in Dogs

  • Dirt in the dog’s coat. This “dirt” is actually flea droppings
  • Flea eggs on the dog
  • Allergic dermatitis which includes raw spots on the skin with itching, scratching, rubbing and licking
  • Excessive scratching, licking and biting at their skin
  • Hair loss
  • Hot spots
  • Pale Gums

 

Dogs who live outside are the most prone to fleas. If you are concerned your backyard may be infested it could be a good idea to bring in a pest control company like Truly Nolen to treat your yard.

 

How Do I Treat Fleas?

If your dog has fleas you need to treat them with Frontline Flea and Tick treatment. It is an easy once a month application that will get rid of the fleas. You will also want to thoroughly clean your house and the dog’s environment to make sure that you don’t have fleas living in your furniture or the dog bed. The only thing worse than getting fleas is getting reinfested.

If you have questions about flea treatment, please contact your Albuquerque veterinary clinic. You can also come by Vetco any time to pick up your Frontline Flea and Tick treatment.

Dealing with a Dog That Chews Too Much

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dog gnawing albuquerqueDoes your dog chew? Does he chew a lot? Are you going insane because of how much he chews? You are not alone, many dog owners complain about this behavior. The hard part is that chewing and gnawing is a natural activity for dogs.

Most of the time dogs gnaw because they are bored. They may also gnaw due to anxiety.

Boredom chewing

If your dog has nothing to do he may chew to occupy his time. Try leaving things that he can chew on around the house such as rawhide flips nylabones, cow hooves, and KONG toys. If you don’t give him things he can chew on, then he will likely find something to chew on, like your couch or dining room table. If you have a teething puppy, they need things to chew on to help the new teeth come in. Plus it feels really good on their sore gums. Give them something they can gnaw on for a good long time.

Anxiety chewing

If your dog is having anxiety because you are gone or because of environmental stimulus, he may start gnawing on everything he can get a hold of. Providing things for him to chew on will help him direct the behavior but it is not fully addressing the issue of the anxiety. Try to find ways to quell his anxiety. A lavender scented collar is a good natural remedy. Lavender is naturally calming. Rescue Remedy is good for situational anxiety like travel, house guests, or parties. Crate training can help dogs deal with their anxiety when you are away.

Clean Up

If your dog is chewing your socks and shoes, you need to make it harder for him to get them. Time to clean up your room, and around the house. Pick up all the things he is likely to chew. If he can’t get to them he is more likely to chew on the things your provide him. If you want to try using a deterrent, try getting Bitter Apple and spraying it on the items you don’t want him to chew. They don’t like the taste so they are likely to keep away. Though some dogs like it.

Behavioral Training

If you see your dog chewing on something he shouldn’t be you need to reprimand him. Make a loud noise to distract him and get him to stop chewing, then tell him “No!” loudly. When he starts chewing something that is acceptible, give him praise. He will start to learn what he can and cannot chew on.

If you find something they have already destroyed, do not reprimand them. It is too late. You have to catch them in the act.

 

 

 

Chewing is not just a bad habit it is potentially dangerous to your dog. A lot of furniture is not made from solid wood. Ingesting particle board pieces is not good for them. These pieces could be toxic or cause tears in their gastrointestinal tract. If your dog chews on an electrical cord he can get electrocuted or start a house fire by exposing wires.

If your dog won’t stop chewing not matter what you do, you may want to bring him into your Albuquerque vet. It could be a sign that his teeth or gums are hurting.

 

 

 

Recipe’s for your Dog: Frozen Banana Smoothie

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dog food recipe albuquerqueIn the hot summer, a nice cool treat for your dog is a very refreshing reward. This is a simple and easy to make recipe that your dog will love and cool him down.

Ingredients
4 cups plain yogurt
2 tablespoons peanut butter (if you need to, try melting it for 30 seconds in the microwave)
3 bananas, ripe, peeled & mashed

Makes 8 1 oz treats

Directions
Blend all ingredients together into a puree using a food processor, magic bullet/ninja, or blender.
Pour into ice trays, popsicle tray, or small paper cups.
Freeze until firm.

These can be kept in freezer for up to two weeks.

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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.