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Dog Safety for the 4th of July

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4th of july albuquerque pet safety

The 4th of July is right around the corner. As we get ready to celebrate our Nations independence lets make sure we know how to celebrate safely so all of us, including our fur babies, have a good time.

Fun Fact: More dogs go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year! The loud noises are really scary and with all the BBQ’s and parties, it is easy for our fur-balls to get overlooked. Make sure you dogs are microchipped so if they do get separated from you they can be easily returned.

  • Keep your pets at home. It can be fun to bring them, but all the activity can be more upsetting than enjoyable. If you do bring them, make sure to give them somewhere they can retreat to, like a kennel. Keep them on a leash or in an enclosed area. DO NOT leave them in your car.
  • Keep your pets inside. If you go out, keep your pets in the house rather than in your yard. He will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to find you. When the fireworks start going off, even the home one’s your neighbors are shooting off, they can be very scary and your dog might try to jump the fence in an attempt to find you.
  • Fireworks are loud and can be scary to your pet. Keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure. If your pet is use to the television, put on the TV or radio to drown out the sound of the fireworks. Try putting lavender oil on their collar, as lavender is a natural calming agent and good for anxiety.
  • Quell anxiety. If your pet seems overly anxious, spend some time with your pet, speaking soothingly to help them to relax. You can give them rescue remedy to help calm their anxiety as well. Adding a couple of drops of lavender oil to their collar, or putting a lavender sachet in their crate, may help sooth them as well.
  • No food scraps from the grill or anywhere else. While tempting to our pets, any sudden change to your pets’ diet can cause stomach upset. If you do give them scraps, make sure not to give them things like  onions, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic. Watch out for bones as well. Remember, not all bones are safe for your dog to chew. Having your dog throw up all over your party is not much fun for anyone.
  • Watch for chemicals. Avoid spraying your pet with insect repellent and only use special sunscreen that is intended for animal use. Keep your pets away from matches and lighter fluid. They can be extremely irritating to the stomach, lungs and central nervous system, if ingested. If you dog does ingest lighter fluid, call your vet immediately! Just because it works for us does not mean it is ok for your dog.
  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. We know that a lot of dogs like beer and other sweet alcoholic beverages, but alcoholic drinks can poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases. If your pet drinks an alcoholic beverage, call your vet immediately!
  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets. Fireworks are very toxic. Keep any fireworks out of the reach of your pets. If your pet eats some fireworks, call your vet immediately.

If you do bring your pet with you to a fireworks show or bbq, make sure they have their microchips. That way if they get lost, they can easily be found.

Does My Dog Have Heatstroke?

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Heatstroke is not something to take lightly. It is sizzling hot in Albuquerque and that could put your dog in danger. heatstroke pets albuquerqueHeatstroke can not only cause immediate and mild discomfort, but can cause brain damage and even death.  Make sure you know the signs of heatstroke.

One of the reasons dogs get heatstroke is because they don’t sweat out their excess body heat like people do. The biggest way your

Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

  • Excessive or loud panting
  • Extreme thirst
  • Disorientation
  • Fast, noisy breathing
  • Collapsing
  • Seizures
  • Bright red tongue
  • Pale guyms
  • Thick saliva
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Coma

Dogs will often not stop retrieving if they are over heating, so it is up to their humans to make sure they are not overheating. You need to watch your dog closely for these signs.

Best Ways to Treat Heatstroke

Heatstroke should always be taken seriously.

  • Remove your dog from heat immediately. If possible move them inside to an air conditioned area, or at least a shaded area with good airflow.
  • Restrict their activity so they don’t continue to heat up.
  • Give your dog cool, or room temperature, water in small amounts. If he won’t drink it just apply some to his lips, gums and tongue. If you dog refuses the water, you can use cool or room temperature beef or chicken broth. If you r dog cannot drink the water on his own you can try squeezing some from a facecloth or clean towel.
  • Cool your dog down physically with water. DO NOT dunk your dog in a big pool or bath full of water. You do not want to cool them down too fast as this can cause other medical issues. Using a hose, at a reduced pressure, to spray her down will help slowly cool her down
  • DO NOT give your dog ice water or cool down with ice at all, or even really cold water. This can slow down the cooling process and cause other problems.
  • Wet a towel and place it between her back legs and in her armpits. This will help cool her down quickly but safely.
  • Put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and apply it to the pads of his feet. Dogs release heat from their pads. Rubbing them with rubbing alcohol can draw out some of their heat. Do not use too much as it can be harmful if your dog ingests.
  • Place your dog on a cool tile floor if possible.
  • Do not put them in a crate. Your dog needs to be able to get good air circulation and you do not want to trap any heat.
  • Place cool, damp towels over your dog and let them sit with a fan blowing over their body.
  • CALL THE VET! Even if you dog seems to be cooling down and is doing ok, you must call your Albuquerque vet. There can be a lot of consequences of heatstroke and your dog will likely need to be evaluated quickly.



Vaccines for my dogs: What does he need?

Dog vaccinations

Dog vaccinations
It is the start of summer and your dog is likely to come into contact with other dogs as you go out on hikes or play in the park. Making sure your dog is up to date with vaccines will protect your pet against serious illness and fatal diseases. A vaccination essentially imitates the virus or bacteria that it is protecting against; this then prepares your dog’s body to successfully fight off that same virus and bacteria should it strike.

When To Vaccinate

I would recommend that you contact your Albuquerque vet for advice on the types of vaccinations your dog needs and how often they need them. Although generally speaking puppies should be vaccinated at about eight weeks, or as soon as you get your new pet home. This is because for the first few weeks of their lives their mother’s milk will protect them from infection. Puppies are usually given their vaccinations along with a series of other injections to help their immune system.

Once your dog has been vaccinated they will require regular booster vaccinations. All good veterinary practices will provide you with a record of all the vaccinations and boosters that your dog has received. They will also inform you of when your pet is due back for their next booster, mine contacts me by text message but yours may call or mail you.

Diseases Vaccinated Against

Canine Parvovirus – This is a very contagious viral disease which is potentially fatal. It can be spread by ingesting infected feces. Some dogs will show no signs or symptoms but symptoms may include fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis – This contagious viral disease is seen throughout the world. It can cause liver and kidney damage but rarely results in death. It is spread through ingesting infected saliva, urine or faeces. Symptoms can include fever, going off their dog food, thirst, depression, coughing and a tender abdomen.

Canine Distemper – This is a viral disease and is highly contagious as it is an airborne infection and affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. The first stage of this disease is a fever including sneezing and coughing. Other symptoms which can develop include vomiting, diarrhea, depression and loss of appetite.

Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis – This will be more commonly known to dog owners as Kennel cough. This is a highly contagious respiratory disease which causes inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. It is generally a mild disease and not fatal but can be dangerous to puppies and pregnant bitches. It can be caused by a variety of infections including bordetella bronchiseptica and parainfluenza virus. It essentially, as the name suggests, is passed on from one dog to another in a kennel type situation. The most common symptom is a dry hacking cough but may be accompanied by watery nasal discharge and retching.

Bring your dog into Vetco to our daily walk-in shot clinics to get your dogs vaccinated. Make sure you look at our promotions page to get discounts on vaccines.

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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.