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Celebrate Mother’s Day for Dog Moms!

dog mom dayNot everyone has a family full of human children. Some people have fur babies! But fur mom’s should not feel left out of the Mother’s Day celebration.

Here are the Top 5 reasons you deserve to celebrate a Fur Mama Mother’s Day:

  1. You love your dog unconditionally. You take care of them, nurture them, throw money at their toys, take them to dog school. Just like human babies, they are a part of your heart.
  2. In sickness and in Health: You are there for your little furry monsters in sickness and in health. You bring them to your Albuquerque vet for their annual checkup and vaccinations. You are there for them when they need surgery. You give them their medicine when they are ill. It is heartbreaking when they are hurting and you do everything you can to help that hurt stop.
  3. Fiercely protective: Just like human mama’s, if your fur baby is in danger you are fiercely protective. You immediately turn into that mama bear and will stand in harms way. This could be protecting them from other dogs, other animals, or other people.
  4. Spoiling! Just like human mom’s, you love to give gifts for your pup. You get him that favorite tug toy, or bring him special snacks. You may even throw him a birthday party. You love to see the look on his face when you have a surprise and it warms your heart to see him so happy after getting a gift.
  5. Middle name! You know you are in trouble when your mom uses your full name! It is the same with our pups. If they are getting into trouble we yell, MR FUFFERS MICHAEL HOUGHTON! When they hear that middle name, they know they are in the big kind of trouble!

Being a mom is about love. Whether you love a fur baby or a hairless human baby, you are there to love and care for your family. So on this Mother’s Day, make sure you celebrate the fur mama’s as well.

HEALTH WARNING: The Plague is in Albuquerque!

A stray cat in the North-East height was discovered to have the plague. The people who found the cat, and the health department employees who were exposed, were put on “fever watch”. This means they are being watch for symptoms but not under quarantine. So far all people exposed are not showing symptoms. The cat did die from the disease.

The plague may sound like a 18th century disease, but it is not one that has been completely eradicated. Every year we see cases of animals that have the disease.  Treatment is possible if it is detected early. However, if it is left alone it can kill its people or animal hosts.

The plague is most commonly transferred through a flea bite or through direct contact with the infected. It is not like rabies where you need to be bitten. The plague is highly contagious.

The city is warning people to avoid contact with stray animals in the heights. If you see any animals that look sick, please report them to 311. If your animal has any signs of illness, bring them to your vet immediately.

The best course of action is prevention. Get your Frontline Flea and Tick treatment immediately!!! It is an easy treatment to apply, offers no discomfort to your pet, and will keep them safe from plague infected fleas. This small health safety measure can save the life of your pets and your family.

Drop by our veterinary clinic to pick up your Frontline Flea and Tick treatment, no appointment necessary.

Why does my dog cock her head?

why dogs tilt their headhead I love it when my dog cocks her head. She hears something or looking at something and turns her head to the side. It is adorable. But why does she do this?

It can be so your dog can hear better and try to make sense of what you are saying. Some experts believe they do this if they think you are trying to communicate something important to them. It could be your dog concentrating on the words she understands, or your inflection.


Dogs are able to use hearing to determine the distance of the sound. Even slight movements in their head can help them focus on a sound and more accurately determine its location.

You can also encourage this behavior through reinforcement. If you get happy and praise your dog for doing this, she will be more likely to do this more often in the future.

Dogs with floppy ears are more likely to tilt their head than ones with pointed ears. This is likely to improve their hearing. Dogs with socialization problems are less likely to cock their head. This follows with them not engaging with their human’s, and not being interested in what you are saying.

Most of the time a head tilt is just a head tilt. But sometimes it can be a symptom of something medically wrong. If you notice your dog tilting their head frequently and without a trigger (aka. a noise), then you should bring them to your Albuquerque vet at Vetco on Menaul. This could be a sign of infection, brain disease, inflammation or cancer.

Long and short, it is mainly a cute behavior that can help them hear better. If you like it, praise her for doing it and she will likely reward you with doing it more often.

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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.