Fall Prep and Pet Safety

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With so many of us working from home we should have all our fall planning and prep in hand! Oh wait…I was watching that show on Netflix. As fall officially starts next week a lot of us are laying out our fall preparations. Many of us are ready to dig into some big projects or wrap up some projects. Then there is the winterizing! WOOF that can be a lot of work. As you are planning your fall prep make sure that you keep some pet safety in the back of your mind so you don’t clean your pup all the way to a vet check.


There are more rats and mice in the fall as they try to seek shelter. You may be laying out mice traps or rodenticides. These are toxic and dangerous for your pets. Make sure you put them in places that are not accessible to your pets. If you think your pet ingested rodenticide, call your vet immediately!

We also suggest looking for alternatives to poison or dangerous traps. There are some great ways to trap rodents that won’t put your pets or kids in danger or poison or hurting themselves. If you are working with a pest control company make sure they are aware of what pets you have and where they spend their time. They will make sure to use pet safe rodenticides and traps.

Car Coolant

This is a great time of year to change our your car’s coolant.  But did you know that coolant smells sweet and pets like to drink it. Engine coolant can kill your pet. There glycol-based coolants that are less toxic than the ethylene glycol coolants, but both are dangerous. If you have any coolant spills, clean them up immediately and don’t leave any open coolant out for your pet to drink. If you think your pet ingested coolant, call your vet immediately. This is not something to “wait and see”. Poisoning from coolant is fast acting and very dangerous. If there is ANY chance your pet drank coolant call your emergency vet immediately.

Mushrooms grow in the fall

Though New Mexico is a dry place we still grow mushrooms. Most mushrooms have little to no toxicity, some still do. The ones that do can be highly toxic and cause life-threatening problems in your pets. If you have mushrooms growing in your yard, put on some gloves and pick them. If you encounter mushrooms on hikes, do not let your pet eat them.  Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom.

Rattlesnakes and others

It is a great time for hiking! Snakes are also preparing for hibernation, this can make them more aggressive when they have been discovered. Make sure you get the rattlesnake vaccine to keep your dog protected and try to keep them from sticking their noses in holes or under rocks where snakes may be trying to sleep.

School is in Session in New Mexico for Kids and Dogs!

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School is in session…well, kind of. Covid-19 has really caused a lot of changes. Only 5 people allowed in Vetco at once, everyone is wearing masks properly (over their nose and mouth) at all times, only 1 person per pet(s) ( 1 person can bring in multiple pets but not multiple people per multiple pet), we ask that you do not bring children if possible, anyone feeling ill should wait until they are feeling healthy before bringing their pet in for a procedure, and kids are going to school from their computer. However, Fall is fall and we all get the itch to start getting things done before winter sets in. As you are doing your kids school shopping and buying those end of season garden necessities, you may find yourself with a new dog. Here is a great checklist to make sure your pet is getting “back to school”.

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. You may not want to bring your pup to an in person training school. Thankfully there are a lot of great resources for online dog training. Check with your local dog training school to see if they will zoom instruction with you. You can also look at Youtube and binge watch some of the Dog Whisperer (We like to do that anyway, its our guilty pleasure).
  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.

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!