Indoor Pets Get Fleas

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It is the middle of summer in Albuquerque and we are in the height of flea season! Our pets love to go outside and roll in the cool dirt and sand. They love to run through the bushes and tall grasses. If you go on hikes in the mountains, or walks on the mesa, or stroll through the bosque, there are lots of great areas for your dog to pounce through and get fleas. Fleas live in the dirt and sand. So that explains how your outdoor pets get fleas, but what about your indoor pets. Most people think that they don’t have to worry about indoor pets and fleas.

Indoor pets are at a lower risk of getting fleas, this is true, but they can still get them.

  1. If you have a dog that goes in and out but your cat stays indoors, the dog can pass fleas on to your cat.
  2. If you go hiking or walking in the mountains, mesa, or on the bosque, you can carry fleas back with you. They can get on your shoes and clothes.
  3. If your pet comes into contact with other animals, or if your stuff, like clothing or blankets come in contact with other animals, it can bring fleas into the house.

Once you have fleas in your house it can be hard to get rid of them. It is not just a matter of getting rid of the fleas off your pet you also have to get them out of your house or you will reinfect.

Cleaning to get rid of fleas.

If you see fleas in your house or on your pet you want to make sure they get treated with Frontline Flea and Tick treatment immediately. You may want to keep them in the bathroom or laundry room while the fleas are getting killed off.

  • Keep them off the couch. Do not let them on anything with upholstery.
  • Keep them off the carpet.
  • Keep them off the beds.
  • Wash their dog bed, blankets and towels.
  • Wash all your sheets.
  • If your dog has been on your couch, consider having the upholstery cleaned.
  • Steam clean your carpets.
  • Wash your floors with bleach.
  • Wash your clothes.
  • Have your yard sprayed for fleas.

Once you get a flea infestation in your house it can be really hard to get rid of. This is why we suggest treating your pet with prevention. If you use Frontline Flea and Tick treatment monthly it will ensure your pet does not get fleas.

Reporting Aggressive Dogs in Albuquerque

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dangerous dogs albuquerqueIf you come across an aggressive dog in your neighborhood it can be very scary and possibly dangerous. Angels Law is in place to help protect the public from aggressive dogs, especially kids and people who are not able to protect themselves against dog attacks.  The City of Albuquerque does find owners to be liable for the harm their dogs cause, even if it is on their property.

If you are concerned about an aggressive dog you can report them to the city.

The act defines dogs as such:

  • “Potentially Dangerous Dog: A dog that may reasonably be assumed to pose a threat to public safety as demonstrated by the following behaviors: 1) Causing an injury to a person or companion animal that is less severe than a serious injury; 2) Chasing or menacing a person or companion animal in an aggressive manner and without provocation; or 3) Acting in an aggressive manner within a fenced yard or enclosure and appearing able to jump out of the yard or enclosure.
  • Dangerous Dog: A dog that has, without provocation, caused serious injury, great bodily harm, or mortal injury to a person or companion animal; or was previously designated as a potentially dangerous dog and subsequently: (1) causes injury to a person or companion animal that is less severe than a serious injury; or (2) is observed by any person chasing or menacing a person or companion animal in an aggressive manner and without provocation. Police dogs are excepted from the definition.
  • Irresponsible Owner: A dog owner deemed incapable or unable to safely or humanely own an animal.” -https://www.cabq.gov/pets/education-resources/dogs/dangerous-dogs

Actions taken by the city depend on what the City of Albuquerque determines.  Often times a hearing will be called at which time a judge will decide the fate of the dog and the dog owner. Most often, people are given the chance to get their dogs back under control and placed in an environment that keeps themselves, other people, and the dog safe. But depending on the severity of the charge, the dog can be euthanized.

It is very serious to report a dog, so please do not do so light heartedly. However, it is for your safety and the safety of the community that you report a dangerous dog. Please be safe.

Giardia in Dogs: What is it?

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Dog kisses are sweet but can also be full of parasites

Giardia or Giardtiasis is an infection that can affect both people and animals and is often known as parasitic diarrhea. It is caused by the parasite Giardia duodenalis. Can you guess what the primary symptom is? If you guessed diarrhea then you are right!

Giardia can live in a dogs gut, outdoors in water or in feces. In fact, the parasite can survive for several months. Most cases of Guardia are in puppies, or dogs below a year old, or dogs living in kennels.

Basically dogs get Giardia by eating infected feces or drinking from infected water. Infected water can be dog bowels, lakes, puddles, and pretty much any standing water. Most of the time when dogs get this they will be fine but puppies and older dogs can have potentially fatal symptoms.

Giardia Symptoms in Dogs

There are. a few different types of Giardia which can cause some slight variations in symptoms, as well as variation in symptoms due to the age of the dog. Sometimes symptoms can be sudden, chronic, intermittent, or temporary. But if you see these symptoms, you will want to get them treated.

  • Diarrhea with mucus, a bad smell, or a greasy texture. (refer to our dog poop blog to learn more)
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy

You should know that the symptoms of giardia in dogs may vary. The older the dog is, the more difficult it will be to identify them, as they are not as clear as in puppies. Note that symptoms[4] can be either sudden, temporary, intermittent or chronic depending on the type of giardia, so make sure you’re on guard:

  • Soft diarrhea containing: mucus, bad smell, greasy texture
  • Vomiting
  • Apparent weight loss
  • Lethargy

It is possible for your dog to have Giardia and not show any symptoms. The only way to be completely sure is to do a fecal test. When you get a new puppy, it is always a good idea to get them tested for Giardia. If you do see these symptoms, get in touch with your Albuquerque vet to get them tested and treated.

Treating Giardia

Thankfully treating Giardia is straight forward. Your vet will prescribe an oral medication that will be give for 3 to 10 days. You may be asked to bathe your dog with a anti-parasite shampoo to make sure there is not contaminated tool on their coat.

Treating Your Home

If your dog has Giardia it is a good idea to treat your home as well as your dog. This will help reduce any chance of re-infestation,

  • Remove any standing water and clean all water bowls.
  • Get rid of all fecal matter (poo) from around your house.
  • Clean hard surfaces with bleach.
  • Clean your carpet with a steam cleaner.

Make sure your dog is drinking lots of fresh water so they don’t get dehydrated. Also pick up any poo as soon as your dog makes it. Hygiene is incredibly important to avoid re -infestation.

Can I get giardia from my dog?

Yes. Because it is transmitted through feces they way humans get it is by their dog licking their anus and then licking your face. This is a really good reason not to let your dog lick your face.