Civic Duty and Your Pets

voting dog
voting dog

It is election day! If you did not mail in your ballot or voted early, make sure you get to the polls today and make sure your voice is heard! Everyone knows that voting is considered a civic duty, but did you know that keeping your pets up to date on their vaccines is also a part of your civic duty. Rabies is the only vaccine that is required by law for every pet to have, but the other vaccines are strongly recommended by the American Veterinary Association to keep your pet healthy. Depending on what you do with your pet will determine what vaccines are required. For instance, if you are traveling, your pet will likely have to update them on all of their shots. If you are kenneling your dog, you will have to have Bordetella.

If your are going out to vote you should bring your pet by our daily walk in shot clinic, open from 2:30-5:30 Monday through Friday and 1-4 on Saturday.

Vaccines we offer

  • Dog Combo
    (Distemper, Adenovirus 1&2, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and FREE 1 year Rabies)
  • Cat Combo  (Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia, Feline Leukemia and FREE 1 year Rabies) 
  • FVRCP
  • Feline Leukemia
  • 1-year Rabies
  • 3-year Rabies
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
  • Rattlesnake Vaccine 

While you are here you can get your microchip done as well. We look forward to seeing you!

Why You Should Care About Chocolate and Your Dog

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This is the time of year when our bowls and bags are overflowing with chocolate. There is candy everywhere! Because of this we have to be extra careful to make sure our dogs don’t eat any. Though we all know that it is bad to feed chocolate to your dog, it is pretty easy to forget why. Chocolate is incredibly toxic to your dog, let me explain why.

Theobromine is a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant. Cacao is the primary ingredient in chocolate. It is what makes chocolate, chocolate. Though humans can easily process theobromine, dog’s process it much more slowly. This allows it to build up to toxic levels in their body. Technically it is possible for a person to get theobromine poisoning but because of how quickly our human bodies process it, it is very difficult.

A lot of people ask, how much chocolate is bad for my dog? All chocolate is bad for your dog, no matter how small. That being said, there are a lot of factors that determine how much your dog can consume before suffering from theobromine poisoning. For instance, a large dog can typically consume more than a small dog. Also, the different types of chocolate have differing levels of theobromine. Cocoa, cooking chocolate, and dark chocolate contain more than milk chocolate. But less than an ounce of dark chocolate can poison a 44 pound dog.

Signs of Chocolate or Theobromine Toxicity are:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomitting
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Heart attack

If you think your dog may have eaten chocolate, it is a good idea to call your Albuquerque veterinarian right away. Your vet may ask you what symptoms your dog is having and then instruct you on what to do next.  A typical treatment for eating too much chocolate is inducing vomiting. Never induce your dog to vomit without veterinary supervision. Inducing vomiting incorrectly can also cause a lot of it’s own veterinary problems. The level of treatment required is entirely dependent on the level of theobromine toxicity.

This Halloween, be safe and keep the chocolate away from your dog. Go grab him some special dog treats so he can have some special Halloween treats with you instead of trying to share yours.

Why Your Dog Loves Your Socks

DOG MISCHIEF. JACK RUSSELL PLAYING ANS STEALING SOCKS IN THE MOUTH.

Why dogs love to eat socks is a question for the ages. I mean, why socks? They are smelly and kinda gross. Is this how they show love? Do they like the taste? Is something about chewing on socks enjoyable instead of their toy?

Ok, so what is the big problem if your dog chews on your socks. Yes it is gross but what else?

  • Stomach upset: Dog toys are designed so your dog does not eat them and if they do swallow parts, it should pass through their system without issue. A sock is not a dog toy, despite what your dog tries to tell you. Though there are not likely to be any toxins in your sock if your dog eats the sock it can put him at risk of gastrointestinal issues ranging from a simple tummy upset to a serious blockage that can lead to surgery or death.
  • Expensive habit: Socks are not cheap. You do not want to have to create a sock budget just because your dog is putting holes, or completely swallowing, your socks.

There are few reasons why dogs like to chew on socks. For one, it is a pleasurable experience for them. They like the feel of the sock in their mouth. Boredom is a factor. If your dog is bored, they may look around for things to chew on and socks are easy targets. Acting out can be a cause of sock chewing. Dogs that are having anxiety issues or are emotionally upset about something may try to destroy something that is yours and a sock is an easy target. The biggest reason is the smell. It may be gross to you but it is great to them. Your dog loves you and they want to be close to you. Smelling and chewing on something that smells like you is another way they express love and affection.

If you notice your dog chewing on your socks you will likely want to do some behavioral training. Take the sock away from them and tell them no. Give them alternative things to chew on. If training does not work, try keeping your laundry out of reach of your dog, or at least your sock pile. If your dog has been eating socks and you are concerned that they are having a gastrointestinal issue please call your Albuquerque veterinarian immediately.