Labor Day Pet Safety Tips

Labor Day Weekend always seems to mark the end of summer. Cool weather is coming but it is still hot enough to want to jump into the pool. As you get ready to have a nice time with friends and family, make sure to follow these tips to keep your pets safe.

It’s HOT! II know they keep saying it is going to cool down, but cooling down seems to be going from 100 to 96…not what I would call a breather from the heat. Over Labor Day Weekend a lot of people spend a lot of time outside, going to the park or throwing a bbq. It is great fun to bring your dog with you, but make sure they have shady spots to cool down. Remember they wear a coat they can’t talk off. Give them water regularly and try to avoid hanging out on asphalt or concrete, move it over to the grass. The hot surfaces of concrete and asphalt can burn their feet. Also NEVER leave your dog in the car. The car heats up very fast and can kill your dog in a matter of minutes.

Watch the Chemicals: When we go out on family outdoor adventures we tend to bring things like sunscreen and bug spray. Since you likely already know that your dog wants to eat everything, this includes your sunscreen and bug spray. If they ingest these things, they can be toxic causing issues like excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. Ingesting DEET can lead to neurological problems. Even citronella, if ingested, can make them sick. So keep all of them out of reach of your pets. If you think they have eaten a chemical, call  24/7 Animal Poison Control Center at 855-764-7661.

Watch Your Food: If you are grilling you likely have a lot of yummy food sitting around. This is the perfect time for your dog, or cat, to try to sneak off with something. A lot of human food, like onions, is not good for your pet and can make them ill or even be deadly. So if you want to share your food, try making them something special just for them like a plainly grilled chicken breast, or check out some of our homemade dog food recipes.

Pool Time: Not all dogs can swim. I know this is shocking but true. A lot of times if a dog see their owners in the pool, they want to get in. They either want to play with you, or they may even think you are in trouble and want to come and “save” you. You can get life jackets for your dog, so if they jump or fall in they will be able to float. But if you are spending time around the pool, keep an eye on your dog to make sure he is not getting in the water unless he is fully supervised.

With these tips, we wish you a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.

How Young is Too Young to Spay Neuter My Cat in Albuquerque?

cat spay and neuter
cat spay and neuter

The most responsible thing you can do as a cat owner is to spay or neuter your cat. The ASPCA freports that there are between 74 and 96 million cats in the US and as many as an additional 70 million strays. 70 million!! 41% of the strays that come to the shelter get euthanized. Typically pets become strays because an “accident” happens and a pet cat or dog becomes pregnant and someone can’t find a home for all the puppies or kittens. 

The most effective way to decrease the number of strays and decrease the number of pets that end up in the animal shelter is by getting your pet spayed or neutered. Thankfully, because of the amazing pet owners in Albuquerque, we have the fewest number of animals coming into our shelters in over a decade! Great work!

A lot of cat owners wonder when it is ok to spay or neuter their new puppy or kitten? 

A spay or neuter can be done as early as six to eight weeks old but the standard age is five to six months. Some people like to wait until after the first heat, which is usually between eight and twelve months of age. 

If you are worried that you won’t do it when they are older, then get it done when they are young. But, you can alter your cat at pretty much any age. Though the older the cat the higher risk of complications from the anesthesia, which is another reason why it is good to do when they are young.

Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Cat

Beyond the reduction of stray cats, there are a lot of health benefits to altering your cat.

  • Spaying your female cat before their first heat cycle pretty much eliminates the risk of breast cancer. Yes cats can get breast cancer, and it is very aggressive in cats.
  • It will also prevent your female cat from developing uterine or ovarian cancer, or pyometra, which is a potentially fatal uterine infection.
  • In male cats it eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer.
  • Reduces the risk of Feline AIDS and leukemia which is often spread though male cat sexual competition. 
  • Reduces spraying, yowling, and escape attempts. 
  • Decrease depression
  • Decreases urge to fight

 

Albuquerque Vetco offers low cost and high quality spay and neuters for cats. You can save extra money on surgeries through our promotions page. Call today to make an appointment to alter your cat, and ask us any questions about the procedure. 

Back to School for Kids and Pets in Albuquerque

Can you believe that summer has already slipped away? Kids are starting school next week!!! Some kids have already started. I don’t know about you, but we are all in full back to school mode with our checklists of what has to be done. As you check off your kids honey-do list, why not take a look at your pet’s honey-do list and make sure that all of their fall needs are being met.

Back to School Checklist for Pets

  1. Enroll them in school! It sounds funny, but if you have a new puppy, or even an adult dog, now is a great time to enroll them in dog training classes.
  2. Flea and Tick Treatment: Make sure you get them started, if you are not already, on their monthly Frontline flea and tick treatment. In Albuquerque we have flea’s year round, so you must stay vigilant and consistent with your flea and tick treatment or you and your pet will be at risk of a flea infestation.
  3. Microchip: If you pet is not yet microchipped, now is the time to do it. It is require by Bernalillo county to have your pet microchipped, but it is also a really good idea. If you pet ever gets separated from you and can’t find their way home, a microchip will help ensure that if they are picked up they will be returned to you quickly.
  4. Fresh Toys! It is a fun time to go shopping for your pet. You are getting all the great school supplies for the kids, what about getting some new bowls or chew toys for your pets. Give them something fun to play with.
  5. Spay or Neuter. After your pet gets spayed or neutered they need time to recuperate and with the kids in school, they get all day at home to relax and heal without having to worry about the kids.
  6. Vaccines! If your pets are not up to date on their vaccines, after you take your kids for their pre-school physical, bring your pet into get their annual checkup and vaccinations.

Albuquerque Vetco would love to help you with your back to school pet checklist. Bring your cat or dog into one of our daily walk-in shot clinics to get them up to date on their shots, microchipped, and pickup your Frontline Flea and Tick.