Fall Pet Safety Tips

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albuquerque fall petThe weather is cooling down and fall is coming! While we get our evaporative coolers shut down and are gardens winterized, make sure to take some fall pet safety precautions.


There are more rats and mice in the fall as they try to seek shelter. You may be laying out mice traps or rodenticides. These are toxic and dangerous for your pets. Make sure you put them in places that are not accessible to your pets. If you think your pet ingested rodenticide, call your vet immediately!

Car Coolant

This is a great time of year to change our your car’s coolant.  But did you know that coolant smells sweet and pets like to drink it. Engine coolant can kill your pet. There glycol-based coolants that are less toxic than the ethylene glycol coolants, but both are dangerous. If you have any coolant spills, clean them up immediately and don’t leave any open coolant out for your pet to drink. If you think your pet ingested coolant, call your vet immediately.

Mushrooms grow in the fall

Though New Mexico is a dry place we still grow mushrooms. Most mushrooms have little to no toxicity, some still do. The ones that do can be highly toxic and cause life-threatening problems in your pets. If you have mushrooms growing in your yard, put on some gloves and pick them. If you encounter mushrooms on hikes, do not let your pet eat them.  Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom.

Rattlesnakes and others

It is a great time for hiking! Snakes are also preparing for hibernation, this can make them more aggressive when they have been discovered. Make sure you get the rattlesnake vaccine to keep your dog protected and try to keep them from sticking their noses in holes or under rocks where snakes may be trying to sleep.


National Pet Memorial Day

Pet Rainbow BridgeThe loss of a pet is very hard. Some of us have lost pets over the past year and some of us have pets that we lost a long time ago but we still feel the weight of their loss. This Sunday is National Pet Memorial Day. It is a day to remember our lost pets and honor their memory.

At Vetco we have helped many people through the loss of a beloved pet. We offer euthanasia at our clinics and if you are facing a tough decision regarding your pet’s health, we would be honored to speak to you about your options. We also offer remains disposal and have many resources for pet memorials, burials, and cremation.  When you face the loss of a pet, you are not alone. The Vetco family is here to help you and support you.

If you would like more information on grief and aftercare resources, please view our page on Pet Euthanasia and Aftercare. Feel free to call us or make an appointment to discuss your options with a veterinarian.

Let us all remember the pets that have come in and out of our life with the poem, The Rainbow Bridge.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown…


Top Cleaning Mistakes Many Pet Owners Make

Keeping your pets safe during spring cleaningHere are the top cleaning mistakes most pet owners make.

  1. You don’t clean the food bowl daily.
    You wash your plate after every meal, you should do the same for your pets. Food bowls are prime for bacteria which can make your pet sick.
  2.  You don’t clean the food storage monthly.
    You should clean your food storage bin about one a month, if not a little more frequently.
  3. You don’t clean the water bowl daily.
    You don’t drink out of dirty glasses and neither should your pet. You should clean their water bowl daily.
  4. You don’t clean the water fountain monthly.
    Just because it is a closed system does not mean it doesn’t get dirty. You should take it apart and clean it monthly.
  5. You don’t clean their crate weekly.
    This is a great place for parasites to live. Clean your crate or carrier weekly and your pet will be healthier and more comfortable.
  6. You don’t clean the litter box enough.
    Many people slack on litter box maintenance. You should be cleaning this out twice a day!
  7. You don’t launder your pet’s bedding.
    You do your bedsheets weekly, you should do the same for your pets.
  8. You have never washed your pet toys.
    Rubber ones should be washed and plus ones can be thrown into the laundry. Just let them air dry.

These regular cleaning rituals will help keep your pets happier and healthier!