Albuquerque VetCo is proud to work with so many different rescue groups and shelters to provide veterinary services to rescue animals. Our community has many homeless and in-need animals. This is due to abandonment, run-aways, not spaying or neutering your pet and rescues from abusive and neglectful situations. We help by providing vet services like spay’s, neuters and vaccinations to rescue animals. We also connect people with rescue groups so they can give back to the community. Maybe it is time for you to give back as well!
How can you help?
- Spay and neuter your pets!-This will help cut down on the number of unwanted pets and potential strays.
- Adopt a rescue animal
- Report abandoned, neglected or stray animals – don’t let these animals go abandoned. By reporting them, you are helping them get the veterinary help they need, as well as helping them find a home.
- Volunteer! – Many animal rescue groups need people to help them. This might mean helping with adoptions, taking care of animals, volunteering at their facility. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and help out our furry friends.
Call today to make an appointment to get your pet spayed, neutered and get their vaccinations updated.
Click here to see a full list of New Mexico shelters and rescue organizations.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are frequently used in dogs to manage pain and inflammation in dogs. They are used to treat arthritis and inflammation, and they are also used after surgery or injury. You may be familiar with the names of the commonly used drugs Rimadyl, Metacam, Previcox, and Etogesic. If your dog has an acute or chronic condition that results in him being in pain, NSAIDs may be prescribed by your vet to help him feel more comfortable.
Key Things to Ask Before Giving Your Dog NSAIDs
Before using any drug on your dog (including NSAIDs), make sure you understand:
- What the drug is being used for.
- The dose rate for your dog – how much to give and how often.
- How to give the drug – for example, with or without food.
- How long to keep treating your dog – determine if the drug is for short term treatment or if it can be safely be used for the long term.
- How often your dog needs to be checked by your vet.
- Whether there are any interactions between the drug and your dog’s other treatments.
- What the side effects might be from taking the drugs.
You can obtain all this information from your vet, who is the only one who can prescribe these drugs for your dog.
Potential Side Effects – What to Look Out For
While NSAIDs are helpful drugs that will ease your dog’s suffering, they can also cause several unpleasant side effects if you are not careful. A major side effect of NSAIDs is irritation to the upper gastrointestinal tract leading to ulceration and bleeding. Signs of this are:
- Lack of appetite.
- Depression and lethargy.
- Vomiting, especially if the vomit looks like coffee grounds. Coffee ground vomit is produced when there is blood that has been digested by stomach acid.
- Black sticky feces – again the result of blood in the stomach being digested as it moves down the gastrointestinal tract.
NSAIDs may also affect your dog’s liver and kidneys. You’ll notice increased thirst, vomiting, depression, and sometimes yellowing of the gums or whites of the eyes. If you see any of these signs, then stop giving him the drugs and take him to see your vet immediately.
You can minimize the risk of side effects by:
- Not using NSAIDs unless prescribed for your dog by your vet. This includes giving a NSAID prescribed for one dog to your other dog, or even giving your dog a NSAID that you take yourself.
- Following directions closely – use the exact dose at the exact frequency.
- Not using any other medications at same time without checking with your vet first.
Don’t let these side effects scare you from using NSAIDs when your vet prescribes them. These are very useful drugs that are helpful in treating illness and injury in dogs. If used properly, they are safe and effective, and you and your dog have nothing to worry about.
Susan Wright DMV is a vet, a dog expert and freelance writer. Susan shares articles on health conditions that pertain to both people and pets.
When cats were wild, their shape was sleek and agile. How does your cat compare? If you see your cat as (theoretically) unable to escape a predator because she doesn’t have the speed or agility to escape, you need to do something about it.
Almost 50 million cats in the U.S. suffer from obesity, which can lead to heart trouble, blood pressure problems as well as diabetes.
Aside from changing her feeding habits, you need to ensure that your cat gets lots of exercise. While your cat may lie around the house most of the time, quick spurts of energy need muscles that are toned and honed and ready to contract and release fast and strongly.
This can be achieved if you have routine playtime built into your schedule. Give your cat 30 minutes of your time every day. You know what your cat likes best when it comes to toys. Even if you don’t have any new toys, there are plenty of household items that will fascinate your cat.
Here are 10 easy tips for giving your cat exercise.
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