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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.

 

How to Overcome Nervous Peeing

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albuquerque dogDoes your dog get so excited he pees or so nervous he pees? This is not an uncommon problem. It can happen when they are around another human or dog that they believe is superior or intimidating. This is not an issue of housebreaking. If it is a puppy that is doing it then they will typically grow out of it as they learn to manage their excitement better. If it is a submissive urination issue, you can address this with training.

FIRST: Never punish a submissive urination. This will not help and can make it worse. Even your body language can amplify their fear or anxiety. The primary goal of behavioral therapy with your dog is to build confidence. If they are confident they will not have a fear or submissive peeing reaction.

TIPS

  • Do not comfort your dog for peeing. Just as punishing is bad, so is comforting. Be relaxed and ignore the behavior.
  • Do not rush your dog into situations that make him nervous. Build up gradually to them to give him a chance to familiarize himself and feel comfortable.
  • Do basic obedience training so that he is well behaved and accustomed to listening to you.
  • Crate train your dog. This will give him a place to retreat if he is nervous.
  • Take him out regularly to let him relieve his bladder. If there is little urine in his bladder it is harder for him to have an anxiety pee.
  • If he urinates after letting him out of the crate, do not say anything. Let him outside and clean it up. But do not talk to him. He will start to realize that he is not in trouble but the behavior is not rewarded either.
  • When outside, give him commands to urinate and praise him when he does use only your voice. Do not do excited praise, but calming and reassuring.
  • Keep your body calm. Keep your movements and body language slow and calm. Keep your voice down. This will keep him calm.
  • Keep him on a leash in a situation that may make him feel nervous, even if it is in your house. Often they take comfort being on a leash because they feel you are in control of the situation.
  • Reaffirm the comfort of a leash by spending time sitting with your dog while he is on the leash.
  • Ask your friends to not engage with him, if he is really nervous around other people. Work towards introducing him, but only after he is comfortable in the environment.

If you are concerned there is a medical issue, please contact your Albuquerque veterinarian for a checkup.

Alexa Will Read To Your Dogs

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Many dogs experience anxiety when their owners go to work. They are left alone in the house all day, bored, and just waiting for you to get home. Though there are many things you can do that will help relieve their anxiety, Alexa just announced a new one.

Alexa is the weird little speaker by Amazon that is voice responsive. You can ask it to play music, what is the weather, or to even adjust the temperature in your house if you have a smart house. Well, now they are venturing into the world of pet care. They call it petlexa. It started off as an April Fools joke but apparently, a lot of people thought it was a good idea so Amazon paired up with Cesar Milan and they just released a series of pet-friendly audio books.  There was a study done in 2015 that reported animals showing less stress if they listened to an audiobook.

Though the jury is out on whether this really quells your pet’s anxiety, it may quell your anxiety about leaving them alone. Now they are not alone, they are with Alexa.

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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.