Is A Drunk Pet Funny?

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You have probably seen the Youtube videos of drunk dogs and had a good laugh. A drunk dog is no barking matter. No matter how tempted you are to give your dog just a little taste of your beer – DONT. Most dogs will not turn their nose up to alcohol, but the fact is, it can be very dangerous to ingest. A dog’s body is not able to process the ethanol in alcoholic beverages, so it’s important that you never give your dog alcohol on purpose, and should it happen accidentally, you should seek veterinary help immediately.

Just like us humans, when a dog or cat is exposed to alcohol, it causes depression of their central nervous system, slowing them down, so they become drowsy and loses their coordination. If they’re exposed to higher levels of alcohol, it can depress their nervous system to the point that their breathing and heart rate slow down, and their body temperature drops. Their blood chemistry is also altered, leading to a dangerous condition called metabolic acidosis where the blood becomes too acidic. At this point, without treatment, death soon follows usually due to cardiac arrest. Even if a dog or cat doesn’t die from the acute effects of alcohol poisoning, it can be harmful to their kidneys and liver.

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

It can take several hours after ingestion for symptoms of poisoning to occur. Even if your dog appears fine at first, watch for these signs and contact a vet immediately if you notice them:

-Slow or uncoordinated movements or weakness

-Fainting

-Vomiting (which may contain blood if the dog has ingested a large amount of alcohol and it burns through the stomach lining)

-Panting or difficulty breathing

-Lethargy

-Painful abdominal area

-Dehydration or excessive water drinking

-Problems urinating

-Diarrhea

-Seizures

-Foaming at the mouth

-Coma

Treatment:

Alcohol poisoning in dogs is treated in much the same way as any other toxic substance. The vet will run tests to determine the amount of ethanol in the dog’s bloodstream and then give activated charcoal to absorb as much of the alcohol as possible before it enters the bloodstream. The vet may also pump or flush the stomach to remove the toxic substance. Alcohol consumption causes quick and severe dehydration, so the vet will also administer fluids through IV to speed recovery.

Prevention:

The best way to avoid the dangers of alcohol poisoning in your pet is to prevent your dog from consuming it in the first place! Never give it on purpose and if you are hosting a party, make sure all cups and bottles are out of reach if your pets are part of the festivities, better yet confine them to an area where guests and drinks are inaccessible. Clean up any spills as quickly as possible so it won’t get lapped up off the floor.

Even if you don’t give your pet’s alcoholic drinks and keep them away while hosting a party alcohol can still be found in some surprising places! Such as rum-soaked fruitcake, unbaked dough containing yeast and other fermented foods.

If you think your dog has ingested alcohol, and is sick, make sure to call your vet immediately.

21 Reasons to Use Coconut Oil on Your Pets

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Did you know that you can save yourself a lot of money in veterinary bills by some simple home remedies. You have probably heard all the benefits of using coconut oil for yourself, but did you know that it is good for your pet too!

Eat it!

  1. If your pet is on antibiotics, taking it can help protect their liver.
  2. Reduces hairballs
  3. Reduces risk of cancer
  4. Helps digestion
  5. Energy boosting
  6. Boosts metabolism
  7. Gives your pet a shiny coat
  8. Coconut oil with a drop of oregano oil improves gum health
  9. Can help improve insulin levels if your pet is diabetic
  10. Supports a healthy thyroid
  11. Increases absorption of calcium and magnesium
  12. Can help with allergy symptoms
  13. Speeds weight loss

Touch it!

  1. Good moisturizer for paws, nose and ears
  2. Use as a sunblock
  3. Kills yeast topically
  4. Helps skin heal faster
  5. Soothes psoriasis or eczema
  6. Naturally antibacterial
  7. Stimulates hair growth
  8. Speeds healing of fungal infections

Before giving coconut oil, or any supplement, to you pet, make sure to check with your Albuquerque veterinarian first. If you are using coconut oil to treat any medical conditions, make sure you New Mexico vet is aware of those issues and has approved the use of coconut oil as a remedy. Always bring your pet into the vet clinic if you have any veterinary health concerns.

Best Natural Health Treats for Dogs

Dog Treats That Are Healthy for Your Dog and Your Wallet

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Standing at local Albuquerque grocery store or specialty pet food store and staring at the treats. Do you get your dog a box of dog biscuits? Should you find something healthier? What snacks should you give her?

Giving your pet a special treat of food, chew toy, or a puzzle that involves a food item is a great thing. Everyone loves the joy such a simple action brings. But sometimes treats can be overwhelming. There are so many options for pet treats, and it’s easy to wonder about the differences in flavors, ingredients, and formulation. Will your pet like their treat and most importantly is it good for them?

Healthy Treats for Dogs

1. Raw Sweet Potato

Depending on the time of year, sweet potatoes generally go from affordable to even more affordable. A raw sweet potato chopped up into bite-sized pieces appropriate for your dog’s size is a great, natural way to give Fido a sweet and healthy treat.

2. Brussels Sprouts

Stop fighting with your kids over eating Brussels sprouts and give them to your dog. Brussels sprouts are a healthy treat and a fun toy rolled into one! When you are looking for healthy pet treats, a raw sprout mimics a ball and gives your dog their greens. Pick fresh raw sprouts directly from the stalk or get one of those convenient pre-washed bags of Brussels from your local New Mexico grocery store. Your best friend will love playing with the ball-like shape before eating their tasty healthy dog treat.

3. Blueberries

Blueberries are an excellent bite-sized natural treat for pets, especially for smaller dogs. Blueberries are filled with vitamins beneficial to all dogs, are a fun shape, and occasionally will enhance your dog’s smile with a little bit of blueberry color. Watch out, you may have a battle between yourself, your kids, and your dog, over who gets to eat the blueberries.

4. Carrots

Dogs love baby carrots. They are the perfect bitesize snack and super healthy. Next time you are munching away on a little bag of baby carrots, toss a couple to your pooch.

Each of these ideas is a healthy way for you to give your dog a special food treat, while also feeling secure in the ingredients – 100% fruits and vegetables – and perhaps saving a little money on the side.

Note: Never feed your pet fruits and veggies that may be toxic, things like tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, garlic, avocados, grapes, raisins, or corn, which is a common pet allergen.

To get the green light on the best options for your specific species and breed, be sure to call or visit the Vetco New Mexico office today.