Keep Your Pets Safe from the Easter Bunny

Easter CatEaster may be a fun holiday for your family, but for your dog or cat it could be a death trap! Ok, maybe not quite that dire. But there are dangers you should be aware of to make sure you spend your holiday looking for eggs and not in the vets office.

Easter Lilies are beautiful but they are deadly to your cat. They can not only make your cat sick but they can actually cause kidney failure, and it can happen quickly! Make sure you read our blog on the full dangers of Easter Lilies!

Easter Grass may be pretty in the egg basket but can cause serious problems for your cat. Cats love to chew on grass, both real and fake. The problem with Easter Grass is it can get tangled in your cats intestines if they eat it. Because it is plastic, they won’t be able to break it down. If you notice your cat straining to throw up or poop, or you see grass hanging out of their mouth (ie. the grass is going down their throat) or hanging out of their bum, don’t try to pull it out. That could make it worse. Call the vet and seek treatment.

Easter is full of chocolate! Which is great for keeping the kids on a sugar high but not good for your dog. Chocolate is poison to your dog, it can make them very sick and can even be deadly if eaten in enough quantity. If you dog has eaten chocolate and you see him trembling, vomiting or having diarrea make sure to call your vet.

If you are worried that your dog will get jealous of your chocolate, give him some Carob instead. It is a great chocolate substitute and is healthy for him!

So have a happy and safe Easter!

Easter Lilies: Pretty but Deadly

Easter Lily Poison to CatsEaster Lilies are beautiful but they are also deadly….to your cat! The biggest danger of Easter Lilies is kidney failure. This can happen much easier than you may think. The plants are highly toxic to your cat and even ingesting a small amount can cause some sever physical reactions. In fact, your cat doesnt even have to eat the plant. Sometimes drinking the water from the vase or pollen exposure is enough to cause a sever reaction.

Symptoms of Lilly Poisoning include:

  • Vomiting
  • Anorexia
  • Drooling
  • Hiding
  • Lethargy (slowness, laziness, tiredness)
  • Halitosis (extreme bad breath)
  • Kidney failure
  • Excessive or decreased thirst and urination
  • Dehydration
  • Painful abdomen

Not all lilies are deadly. Non-deadly Lilies include:

  • Peace
  • Peruvian
  • Calla

These will only cause mild reactions which include:

  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Foaming
  • Vomiting
  • and rarely, difficulty in breathing

Most of the issues from non-deadly lillies are caused by tissue irritation in the mouth, thongue, pharynx and esophagus. If you cat has eaten a non-deadly lilly and is showing symptoms, offer them milk or chicken broth. This will help flush out their mouth and throat and should remove the irritant.

Take Action

If your cat has eaten any part of your Easter Lily call your vet or poison control immediately. Treatment may include inducing vomiting, IV fluids, kidney function monitoring tests, blood pressure monitoring, urine output monitoring and supportive care.

Please be hasty! The sooner you bring your cat in after ingestion the better. if you are not sure if you need to then call your vet or poison control and they will be able to advise you.

Happy Spring! Now Get to the Dog Park!

Los Lunas Dog ParkDog parks are a great way to celebrate the first day of spring and to enjoy our beautiful weather. Luckily Albuquerque is a very pet friendly city and has lots of dog parks located all over the city! At Vet-Co we try to get out in the gorgeous weather every chance we get!






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Make sure that you are a good dog when you visit the park and follow the dog park rules:

Dog Park Rules*

  • Park users and dog owners assume all risk related to dog park use.
  • Parks Hours – 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. unless otherwise stated.
  • Dog handlers must have a leash in their possession at all times.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash until inside the double-gated entry. Enter the first gate with the leash on and remove it prior to entering the second gate. Do the reverse when leaving.
  • Dogs must be under voice control and in sight of handlers at all times.
  • Any dog exhibiting aggressive behavior must be leashed and removed immediately.
  • Owners must clean up and properly dispose of waste left by their dog(s).
  • Puppies using the park must be older than six months.
  • Limit of three dogs per person per visit.
  • Owners must cover any holes their dogs dig.
  • Un-neutered male dogs and female dogs in heat shall not be permitted in the off-leash dog exercise area.
  • Children younger than 12 are not allowed inside the off-leash dog exercise area unless accompanied by an adult. Parents must refrain from bringing toddlers and small children to the dog park and at no time be allowed to run with, or chase after dogs in the park.
  • No food or drinks allowed within the fenced area.
  • Each owner or handler is legally and financially responsible for the actions of their dog in the off-leash exercise area.

*Rules courtesy of the City of Albuquerque

If your dog has not been neutered and you want to go to the parks then bring them in to Vet-Co in Albuquerque or Los Lunas and we will get your pup taken care of. Make sure you check our promotion page for the current coupons on surgeries and spay’s and neuters.