New Years Eve and an Anxious Pet

Pets hate New Years Eve. Ok, not all pets, but a lot of pets really hate this holiday. They basically hate any holiday that involves fireworks.

When ringing in the new year, take some precautions to keep your pet safe.

Here is a quick reminder, we will be closed at 4 pm on December 31st and closed all day on January 1st for the holiday.

Here are some tips to keep your pet safe on New Years Eve!

  • Alcohol – Don’t leave any alcohol where you pet can get to it. Dogs love to drink beer, and pretty much anything sweet. Sometimes cats will as well.  Just like you, your pet can get drunk. And just like you if they get drunk they can vomit, have diarrhea, pass out and have dehydration. Plus, it is really easy for your pet to get alcohol poisoning. They are much smaller than we are and it doesn’t take much for them to be affected. In addition to getting sick, many pets find getting drunk to be very upsetting. They don’t understand what is going on and may be more prone to hurting themselves because they don’t know how to handle how they feel.
  • Food – Do you make a special meal for New Years? We talk a lot about food that is ok for your pets. In general, don’t give them table scraps. There are a lot of human foods that can make your pet sick. If you do share your food, make sure it is pet safe food.
  • Fireworks – Let’s face it, here in New Mexico we pretty much just look for an excuse to set off fireworks and we don’t wait until midnight to get started. Fireworks are fun for humans but can be very scary for pets. If your neighborhood has a lot of fireworks, consider giving your pets a safe place, that is dark, for them to hide. Your bedroom is often an ideal location. Give them blankets to go under. You may even want to put them in there before the fireworks start. Being in a dark spot that is away from the hullabaloo and will help relieve their anxiety.

If your dog or cat gets really scared their natural reaction is to run and hide. Every year pets go missing because they get out of their yard or house. Make sure that your pet has their microchip, that way if they do get out, they can be re-homed easily.

Merry Christmas and Holiday Hours

We want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. We will be closed on December 24th and 25th so our staff can celebrate the holidays with their family. We will resume normal hours on December 26th.

A Christmas Meal for Your Dog

turkey dog food recipe

turkey dog food recipeYou are probably in the thick of planning your Christmas dinner, whether it is turkey or enchiladas, but have you thought about planning one for your dog too? Sharing your meal with your dog is not a good idea, there are often a lot of foods that can make your dog sick.

Don’t risk making your dog sick on Christmas, and just make them a yummy meal just for her. This recipe can be made as your are cooking your dinner or with leftovers.

A good portion is 3/4 cup for small dogs; 1 1/5 cups for medium dogs; 3 cups for larger dogs. Ask your Vetco Vet about the right portion size for your dog.  This recipe will make about 9 cups of food.

Ingredients

  • 3 lb skinless turkey pieces (light and dark meats are both ok, but not bones.)
  • 1 cup cooked oatmeal
  • 1 lb cubed sweet potato, this is typically 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp cranberry sauce. We recommend using the home made sauce and make sure it has no alcohol in it.
  • 4 tbsp turkey gravy (you can substitute olive oil) Make sure the gravy does not contain onions.

Directions

Use turkey leftovers or roast the turkey:

    • Dice the cooked turkey into bite size pieces.
    • Roast or boil your sweet potatoes. Roasting at 400 F for 45 minutes or boil for 20 minutes.  You can dice them before or after cooking. If cooking a whole sweet potato, it may take longer.
    • Cook the oatmeal according to package instructions. Regular oatmeal is better than instant and takes about 10-20 minutes depending on the kind of oats you purchased.
    • Mix together the turkey meat, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. If using gravy or oil, add it now and mix thoroughly.

If your dog is at all prone to pancreatitis or other fat-related upsets, do not use the gravy and consult your vet to make sure that the olive oil is ok.

Once all mixed together you will have a yummy meal for your dog, you can even share it with her if you want but she may want to keep it all to herself.