4th of July Microchip!

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microchip albuquerqueThe 4th of July is coming up and it is time to get your pet their microchip.  You may be wondering what the 4th of July has to do with microchips. Did you know that more dogs go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year? The reason behind that is the noise. Fireworks can be really scary for dogs. When they hear them go off, they often try to hide for safety. Sometimes hiding means running from the noise, which can mean running out of your house, your yard or your bbq.  It is really easy for them to get lost in all the confusion of the holiday.

One of the best ways to ensure that your pup make it back to you is to have them microchipped. That way if they do get lost, they are easily returned to you when they are found.

Microchips are easy and quick to get. Bring your pet into our daily walk-in shot clinic and they can implant the chip in a matter of minutes. It is an easy procedure that does not require any overnight stays or anesthesia.

Remember, microchips are not just for dogs. You should make sure your cat has their chip as well.

Thanksgiving Food to Share with Your Pet

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Albuquerque Pet ThanksgivingThanksgiving is such a yummy time of year and your dog thinks it is yummy too. Instead of kicking them out of the kitchen and trying to keep them from sneaking your food, give them some things they can eat.  Here is a list of food that is good, and safe, for your dog to eat.

Dog Safe Thanksgiving Foods

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are great for your dog. They have loads of good vitamins such as beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Give your dog some sweet potato, raw or cooked, but give it to them before you add any of your other ingredients like marshmallows, cherries, or sugar. Do not give them canned sweet potatoes, only fresh.

Turkey

Turkey is a great protein for your dog. It is lean and healthy and yummy! Your dog can eat both light and dark meat turkey. The most important thing is to make sure that there are no bones. Bones can splinter and cause intestinal obstruction or internal bleeding. Don’t give your dog the turkey skin either, it is too fatty and can cause stomach upset or issues with pancreatitis.

Green Beans

Does your family love the green bean casserole? Green beans are great for your dog. Your dog will prefer these raw then cooked, and only give her fresh or frozen green beans. Do not give your dog the green beans after they have been seasoned or added to the casserole. This is a perfect treat to give while you are cooking.

Carrots

Carrots are another great raw treat for your dog. Before you cook up your carrots, you can toss a few to your pup. They are loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin A and C, and fiber.

Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a great food for dogs. Not only do they taste good but they are great for you. Make sure to only use fresh pumpkin. Do not use your jack-o-lantern or canned pumpkin pie. When you give your pup some pumpkin, it is best cooked. Roasted or boiled will work, and just strip it of seeds. Do not give it to your dog once you have added any spices to it.

Rolls and Bread

Bread is not good for your dog, but will not hurt your dog either. Feel free to share yummy rolls. Do not share dough. That can cause serious stomach upset.

Apples

Are you making an Apple pie for Thanksgiving? Dogs love apples. Give them a slice before you put it in your pie. Just like with pumpkin, give it to them without the spices.

 

If you are concerned your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t, is vomiting, has diarrhea, or is lethargic, call your vet immediately.

Remember to only give your dog these treats in moderation. Even good for you food can give you an upset stomach if you eat too much of it.