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Albuquerque Now Requires Insulated Dog Houses

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winter dog house albuquerque vetAlbuquerque is cracking down on pet owners. Despite our relatively mild winters, it still gets cold here, especially at night. It is not uncommon for temperatures in Albuquerque to drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit at night, and even colder if you live in the mountains or even a bit farther north like Placitas.

The City of Albuquerque is requiring pet owners supply their outside dog with an insulated dog house. If you don’t you face a fine of $500, a court appearance, and up to 90 days in jail.  Many people believe that because their pets have fur they won’t get cold. For most breeds this is not true. The majority of domestic cats and dogs are not equipped for cold weather and are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite.

You may chose to put a sweater or jacket on your dog, or possibly even booties for their paws. This is great for when they are running around, but for night time, your pet needs to have a suitably insulated place they can retire to and stay warm. Many pet stores have insulated dog houses you can buy. You can also insulate your own with supplies from the local Albuquerque hardware store. We also suggest giving your outdoor pet a nice bed to sleep in and some of your own blankets.

If you see anyone with a dog outside without suitable cold weather protection you should report it to the ABQ Animal Welfare office by calling 311.


If you have questions about hypothermia, frost bite, or how to care for your dog in the winter, please call Vetco at 505-292-3030.

What To Do If Your Pet Is Hit By A Car

You hear the tires screech and the sound of a thud. Looking around you can’t find your pet. You look up and realize it was your pet that was just it by a car. This is pretty much every pet owners worst nightmare. Any time a pet is hit by a car it is a life and death situation, so make sure you know what to do.

No matter what, even if your pet seems ok, you need to get them into your Albuquerque veterinarian immediately.  There can be injuries like internal bleeding, brain trauma, and shock that are not obvious but life threatening none-the-less.

When helping your pet at the accident scene you need to make sure to stay safe.

What to do at an accident scene

  • NEVER put yourself in the road when there is oncoming traffic.
  • If your pet is injured he may attempt to bite. If your pet is trying to bite you, call the vet and ask them to come to the scene and help you move them. Do not try to move an aggressive animal on your own. If you can’t get help, place a blanket or towel over their body to act as a barrier between you and your pet. You can also try to place a muzzle on them. In a pinch you can turn a leash into a temporary muzzle.
  • Minimize movement as much as possible. Broken bones are very common and very painful. Try to lift them onto a flat board or blanket. Be extra careful when handling their head and neck, and try to minimize movement, in case of a broken neck.
  • Perform CPR: Check to see if your pet is breathing and if their heart is beating. You can watch their chest for movement, or place your hand or a mirror in front of their nose to look for exhaled air. If no heart beat or breath is found, initiate CPR or get immediate veterinary help.
  • If you see dirt or debris in your pets wounds, do not try to clean them.
  • If a wound is bleeding profusely, place a bandage or clean cloth over the area and apply pressure. This will help slow the bleeding.
  • Get your pet to the vet immediately.

Your vet will likely give them a shot of penicillin right away to help fight off any infection. Likely she will give your pet x-rays and an exam. If your pet is in pain, she might give him pain medication to keep him comfortable. Depending on the severity of the wounds your pet may need surgery or could be kept in the clinic for observation.

The most important thing is to keep calm. You being calm will help your pet to remain calm. The sooner you get help the better off your pet will be.

Happy New Years!

Happy New Year Vetco

We would like to wish you and your family and wonderful and safe New Years. We hope that 2018 is an amazing year for everyone. Our clinics will be closed on January 1st to celebrate the first day of 2018.

Happy New Year Vetco

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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.