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National Fire Pup Day

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fire safety dogsThis Saturday is National Fire Pup Day! It is a great day to honor our four-legged firefighters’.Dalmatians are the most famous of all fire fighting dogs. They are commonly known as firehouse dogs.  Before we had cars we had horses that pulled the fire engines. Dalmations have a natural affinity to horses and were used to run alongside the carriage and clear the way for the cart and the horse.

In honor of our firefighting pup’s, let’s take a look at some good fire safety guidelines for pets.

How to prevent your pets from starting fires:

  • Do not leave any open flames that can be knocked over by curious pets or wagging tails.
  • Removed stove knobs, or use kid safety knob covers. Stoves are the number one piece of equipment in your house involved in pets starting fires.
  • Use flameless candles.

How to keep your pets fire safe:

  • Keep collars and leashes near the entrance to your house in case firefighters need to get your pts out.
  • Keep your pets away from potential fire-starting hazards
  • Consider using monitored smoke alarms so if you have a fire when you are not home, someone gets alerted and can rescue your pets.
  • Get a Pet Alert Window Cling. You can write down the number of pets in your house and put the cling on the window near your door. You can get free ones by getting in touch with your local fire department.
  • Create an emergency exit plan that includes who is in charge of the pets.




Green Chile is for People Not Dogs

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Green Chile PetGreen chile is here!! Everyone is starting to roast and stock up on our favorite food. If you live in New Mexico, you likely put green chile on just about everything.  But the one thing you shouldn’t put it on is your dog’s food.

Green chile is great for people. It boosts your immune system, get the oxytocin flowing, and it tastes amazing! But it does not do good thing for your dog.

Thankfully green chile is not toxic, but it can still make them sick.  What can happen if your dog eats green chile:

  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Mouth blisters
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety

You may recognize these symptoms because the same things happen to you if you eat chile that is too hot for you. Though they can cause some discomfort, thankfully they pass quickly.
What to do

  • Lots of water – the water can help dilute the acid in the stomach, which causes the stomach upset. It can also help flush their mouth of the acid that causes the burning.
  • Milk – If you dog seems to have a severe burning in his mouth, milk can help neutralize the burning.
  • Grass – Grass is your dogs natural pept0. If their stomach is upset, let them eat some grass and that can help calm their stomach down, or help them to vomit to get rid of what is upsetting their stomach.
  • Pepto-Bismol – You can crush up Pepto-Bismol in water and give it to them. This can help if your dog has diarrhea or is vomiting. The amount you can give depends on your dog’s weight. Make sure to call Albuquerque Vetco to consult with a vet before you give your dog pepto.

Eat all the green chile you can handle, just don’t share with your dog!

Puppy Mill Awareness Day

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pit bull puppy veterinarian albuquerqueWe all see the adopt a pet promotions, the shelters setting up adoption locations, and many of us have been lured by big round puppy eyes. Adoption is one of the best ways to save the life of an animal. It gives the pet a good loving home and reduces our stray pet population.  Though we all love rescues, sometimes people want to get a purebred dog. When buying purebred dogs, you have to be careful that you are getting them from a reputable breeder and not a puppy mill.

A puppy mill is a breeding facility that breeds their dogs back to back and without a break. As soon as the female is able to get pregnant again, she is bred. This is incredibly unhealthy for the dog.  The dogs are usually kept in small and overcrowded quarters. When the female is no longer able to breed, she is often killed. Because of the conditions at the puppy mills, many of the puppies do not live.

Most puppy mill breeders do not follow proper animal husbandry practices, so they do not remove sick pets from the breeding rotation. This leads to an increase in health issues with the puppies. Common health problems are:

  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, etc.)
  • Endocrine disorders (diabetes, hyperthyroidism)
  • Blood disorders (anemia, Von Willebrand disease)
  • Deafness
  • Eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, etc.)
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Giardia
  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Kennel cough
  • Pneumonia
  • Mange
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Heartworm
  • Chronic diarrhea

This Saturday is Puppy Mill Awareness day.  It is a good day to adopt a pet or support an honest and good breeder.

If you suspect your puppy came from a puppy mill, you should get them to a vet for a check up to make sure they do not have any health complications.


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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.