Should You Bother With Pet Checkups?

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Why Pet Check-Ups Are Worth It

It’s something no one wants to think about – your pet is aging or ill and needs care. Getting regular check-ups for your pet in New Mexico can help alleviate some worry by identifying potential health problems and risks before they become a problem.

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Get regular checkups for your cat to ensure a long and healthy life!

All animals have a life cycle, and all animals age. From snakes and birds to cats and dogs, when your pet reaches a certain age, their system is going through specific changes. Young animals face different issues than ageing pets. Taking your pet to a veterinarian and having them examined by professional caregivers is an excellent way to learn about the particularities of your pet’s lifecycle. Regular check-ups are just as important to identify what may be wrong, as well as what’s perfectly normal.

Another issue to consider is pets’ invisible health risks. Even though we love our pets like our own, most of our pets can’t communicate with us as directly as we may like. As such, something may be going on in our pet’s system that they can’t express and we aren’t qualified to identify. A professional caregiver will be able to identify anything that may be bothering our animal friends. Regular check-ups are a good way to prevent health issues in pets and identify developing health issues in pets early.

Finally, there is the issue of preventative health care in pets. As difficult as it may be to consider, many health issues in our pets can be prevented or delayed by proper care. A disastrous snakebite in New Mexico may be less traumatic with a proper vaccine administered well in advance. Joint problems may be avoided by maintaining proper weight and exercise levels. Awareness of these sorts of preventable illnesses and issues are just another way in which check-ups with your local New Mexico veterinarian are worth it.

A pet health care professional from Vetco understands the every day experiences of you and your pet here in New Mexico. We can help you be the best possible friend to your best friend by making sure their health is always at its most optimal level.

Lastly, if all the other reasons aren’t enough to convince you to get an annual checkup, it saves money! Preventative health care is the best way to save money on your veterinary bills. Though no one is ever happy to discover their pet is having a small health issue. When you discover a small health issue you prevent a big health issue. Big health issues are not only harder to overcome but tend to come with bigger bills as well. So save your self some money, and give your pet a healthier and happier life, and get them an annual checkup.

Xylitol is in Peanut Butter? WHAT!

Xylitol in Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is a great treat for your dog. Not only is it healthy but your pup will love it.  We post a lot of dog food recipes that include peanut butter in the ingredients. However, not all healthy peanut butter is actually healthy. Many so-called healthy peanut butters are putting xylitol into their peanut butter as a sweetener to reduce the amount of sugar in it. While this might not be a problem for people, xylitol is toxic for dogs.

Depending on the amount of xylitol ingested your dog can get anything from mild hypoglycemia to liver failure. A lot of people use peanut butter as a way to get their dogs to ingest pills, or as a treat. But if you are not careful you could be causing more damage than good. Xylitol poisoning is on the rise.

Peanut butter’s do not mark their food as pet safe, though some companies will make a note on their website. When you are shopping for peanut butter, make sure you check the ingredients list and remember that just because it is organic doesn’t mean it won’t have xylitol. A lot of grocery stores are letting you grind your own peanut butter now. The great thing about doing that is you know the only ingredient is peanuts. If you are unsure, bring the jar into Vetco on Menaul and we will look at the ingredients to let you know if it is pet safe.

If you think your pet has xylitol poisoning, call your vet immediately.

Dangers of Anesthesia

albuquerque pet surgery
albuquerque pet surgery

Pets need anesthesia if they have to undergo a surgery or dental cleaning. This is a necessary part of their veterinary health care, but anesthesia is not with out risk. It is important to understand the risks, and what you can do to help lower the risks. 

Most dogs are fine with anesthesia. Only 1 in 100,000 have a reaction to it. Your dog is at a higher health risk by getting into the car to drive to the vet than from the anesthesia. 

How to Reduce Your Dog Risk of Anesthesia

At our Albuquerque veterinary clinic, we give all of our patients pre and post-op instructions. These instructions are provided to help reduce the risk of negative affects of anesthesia, and complications from surgery. These instructions must always be followed.


Fasting for several hours before they are given anesthesia is important. Having food in their stomach during surgery can increase their risk of vomiting during the procedure and aspirating food (getting food into their lungs) or fluid into their lungs. Aspirating food or fluid can lead to aspiration pneumonia which can be deadly. 

Health History

Make sure you give your Albuquerque vet a complete health history, including information about vaccinations, lifestyle (how active are they), andy medications or supplements, and diet. There are certain health risks that may present themselves during a health history that are risk factors and these are important for your veterinarian to know. 

How soon after anesthesia will your dog be back to normal?

Pets typically recover very quickly from anesthesia. Often when you pick them up they will be a big groggy and may remain groggy for a few hours. This can have more to do with being tired from the stress of the visit and surgery than the anesthesia. Your dog should be left to rest for a few days after the procedure. Typically you are allowed to feed your dog as soon as they get home. If there were any issues, or if the surgery requires ongoing fasting, your vet will let you know. 

Make sure you follow all go-home instructions for your dog, including feeding instructions. It is very important to follow all the instructions. We give those to you to help your dog recover quickly and properly. If you have any concerns, call the emergency number provided to you by your vet.