Green Chile is AMAZING but not for your Dog.

Green Chile Pet
Green Chile Pet

I couldn’t believe it. I went to the grocery store the other day and when I stepped out of my car I smelled green chile roasting. I stopped and thought…wait, what? It’t not chile roasting season! Though this one batch was on the early side, it is the beginning of chile roasting season! OMG I can’t wait for all the fresh green chile. Enchiladas, stew, salsa, jam…and pretty much everything I eat.

Green chile has a host of wonderful qualities. It boosts our immune system. It gets the oxytocin flowing. It is yummy! Though it does good things for you, it does not do good things for your dog. Luckily green chile is not toxic to your dog. So if your dog eats it, he will be ok.

Signs of Eating Too Much Green Chile

  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Mouth blisters
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety

Pretty much what happens to you when you eat chile that is too hot, happens to your dog. Though it can be highly unpleasant, you know it will pass.

What to do

  • Lots of water – the water can help dilute the acid in the stomach, which causes the stomach upset. It can also help flush their mouth of the acid that causes the burning.
  • Milk – If you dog seems to have sever burning in his mouth, milk can help neutralize the burning. Be careful with giving them too much milk as this can also make them sick.
  • Grass – Grass is your dogs natural pepto. If their stomach is upset, let them eat some grass and that can help calm their stomach down, or help them vomit to get rid of what is upsetting their stomach.
  • Pepto-Bismol – You can crush up Pepto-Bismol in water and give it to them. This can help if your dog has diarrhea or is vomiting. The amount you can give depends on your dogs weight. Make sure to call Albuquerque Vetco to consult with a vet before you give your dog pepto. NEVER give your dog a human over the counter medication without consulting your vet first. You can cause more damage than you are fixing if you give them the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage.

No matter how much your pooch begs for a bite of your green chile burger, resist the temptation to share!

Happy Labor Day!

This year we should all send our appreciation to all the essential workers who have been putting their safety on the line and working during the Covid-19 pandemic. We will be closed today to let our staff spend time with their family. 

 

Happy Labor Day!

 

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Why Your Dog Loves Your Socks

DOG MISCHIEF. JACK RUSSELL PLAYING ANS STEALING SOCKS IN THE MOUTH.

Why dogs love to eat socks is a question for the ages. I mean, why socks? They are smelly and kinda gross. Is this how they show love? Do they like the taste? Is something about chewing on socks enjoyable instead of their toy?

Ok, so what is the big problem if your dog chews on your socks. Yes it is gross but what else?

  • Stomach upset: Dog toys are designed so your dog does not eat them and if they do swallow parts, it should pass through their system without issue. A sock is not a dog toy, despite what your dog tries to tell you. Though there are not likely to be any toxins in your sock if your dog eats the sock it can put him at risk of gastrointestinal issues ranging from a simple tummy upset to a serious blockage that can lead to surgery or death.
  • Expensive habit: Socks are not cheap. You do not want to have to create a sock budget just because your dog is putting holes, or completely swallowing, your socks.

There are few reasons why dogs like to chew on socks. For one, it is a pleasurable experience for them. They like the feel of the sock in their mouth. Boredom is a factor. If your dog is bored, they may look around for things to chew on and socks are easy targets. Acting out can be a cause of sock chewing. Dogs that are having anxiety issues or are emotionally upset about something may try to destroy something that is yours and a sock is an easy target. The biggest reason is the smell. It may be gross to you but it is great to them. Your dog loves you and they want to be close to you. Smelling and chewing on something that smells like you is another way they express love and affection.

If you notice your dog chewing on your socks you will likely want to do some behavioral training. Take the sock away from them and tell them no. Give them alternative things to chew on. If training does not work, try keeping your laundry out of reach of your dog, or at least your sock pile. If your dog has been eating socks and you are concerned that they are having a gastrointestinal issue please call your Albuquerque veterinarian immediately.