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Albuquerque pet vaccinationsVeterinary care can become expensive. Albuquerque Vetco prides itself on being the lowest cost, highest-quality veterinary clinic in Albuquerque.  But no matter what, sometimes costs can sneak up on you. The best way to prevent high vet bills is to practice good preventative veterinary care. Often the money you spend preventing something is a drop in the bucket compared to what you spend if you have to treat something.

The best overall preventative veterinary tip is to get their annual exam. This is a quick exam where the vet looks at your pet and their overall health. If they see anything that might be a concern, they will bring it up. This is a great way to find out if your pet is overweight, or having dental issues, as well as making sure they don’t have any concerning lumps or bumps.

Dental Disease

This is one of the most common preventable diseases in dogs. Not only does dental disease affect their teeth and gums, it can affect many other systems in their body and cause an overall health crisis.

Routine care such as brushing your pet’s teeth can make a big difference in their dental health. For issues bigger than a toothbrush can handle, Albuquerque Vetco can perform dental cleanings and deciduous tooth removal.

Flea and Tick

Fleas and ticks are terrors and it is really easy for your pet to get them and it can be a nightmare to get rid of them. Fleas and ticks also spread Lyme disease and can cause allergic dermatitis. Instead of getting rid of them, just give them a simple monthly Frontline Flea and Tick treatment. This will keep your pet healthy and keep your house flea free.


Internal parasites are not just gross but they can make your pet really sick. Doing annual fecal exams and monthly Heartgard treatment will help you stay on top of most parasite issues. Heartworm is one that is very serious because it is extremely difficult to treat and extremely expensive.

Infectious Disease

Most infectious disease is easily prevented with annual vaccinations. Vetco likes to make it easy to get your annual vaccinations by offering daily walk-in shot clinics and low-cost vaccinations. Some infectious disease is treatable at a considerable cost. But some are not treatable, only preventable. This is one prevention you definitely do not want to skip out on.

Reproductive Diseases

This is not something most of us think about. But reproductive organ disease is fatal and very preventable. Spay and neuters do not just help control the animal population, it also helps prevent reproductive organ disease. Your animal is healthier after being altered. Bring them into Vetco for low-cost spay and neuter.






10 Tips to Stay Safe from Ticks

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10. Ticks crawl up

Unlike fleas and other parasites, ticks crawl up. They tend to attach to your feet and hen climb up. They are trying to reach your head where the skin is thinner and easier to get blood. They will try to climb up your whole body.

9. All ticks (including deer ticks) come in small, medium and large sizes

If you see a big tick it is likely full of blood. Most of the time when you see a tick it will be smaller, and therefore waiting to eat.

8. Ticks can be active even in the winter

It is not just a summer issue. For instance, Deer ticks don’t become active until after the first frost. They are also not killed by cold temperatures. In New Mexico, it doesnt get that cold, so ticks that go dormant in the winter in other areas of the country may not go dormant here. This is why you need to have active flea and tick prevention year round.

7. Ticks carry disease

There are a number of diseases carried by ticks such as Lyme disease bacteria, Babesia protozoa, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and other rickettsiae, even encephalitis-causing viruses, and possibly Bartonella bacteria. Back in the day, tick bites were more of an annoyance but now a bite is much more likely to make you sick.

6. Only deer ticks transmit Lyme disease bacteria

The only good news about Deer ticks is that they are the only tick that carries Lyme disease. So if you have been bitten by a tick, it is important to find out what kind it is. Because if you get sick, knowing the kind of tick can help identify what disease you may have contracted.

5. For most tick-borne diseases, you have at least 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection

Most ticks take 24 hours to infect you. That means they have to be attached to you and feeding for 24 hours before you are at serious risk of infetion. This is why it is important to do a thorough tick check after walking in areas where you could have picked some up, and remove them immediatly.

4. Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin

Ticks usually climb up under your clothes…yes under. They like to hide in hard to find places, like in hair, or behind your knee’s. They are often very small, about the side of a seed. So look very closely when you are checking yourself because they are easy to miss.

3. The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with a pointy tweezer

You may think you can pluck a tick with your fingers, but you are at risk of squeezing out all their bacteria into you by doing that. The best way is to use tweezers, that way you can grab them right next to the skin and pull them out like a splinter. If you successfully remove it, try to save it for identification.


2. Clothing with built-in tick repellent is best for preventing tick bites

For your pets the best prevention is Frontline Flea and Tick treatment. One treatment will keep your pets free of ticks for a month! For people, getting some clothing with built in tick repellent is a good idea. These clothes keep your skin protected and will last a long time.

1. Tick bites and tick-borne diseases are completely preventable

The best way to avoid a tick disease is to avoid being bitten. If you have them in your yard, get your yard treated for ticks immediately. Keep your pets safe by treating them with Frontline.

Remember these 10 things and you’ll stay safer.

Does my pet really need an annual exam?

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Cat Dog SurgeryThe short answer? Yes.

The long answer? Yes, they do.

The annual exam is the only way to monitor your pet’s ongoing health. Your vet can track changes to make sure that there are not any big changes year to year in your pet’s health. The vet will also look for signs of any problems and catch them before they become a serious threat to your pet’s health. The vet will look at your pet’s skin, fur, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, joints, weight and even organs!

Most of the time an annual exam is a simple check up, but if anything is found you will be able to address is quickly and hopefully before it becomes an issue. This is also a great time to ask your vet any questions you may have about their health, diet or exercise. As our pet’s get older some of our care may need to change, and these are issues you vet will bring up with you.

Give your pet the best holiday gift. Give them a gift of health. Schedule your annual exam today.