Cool Cats in the Summer

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Everyone thinks about dogs getting hot in the summer but most people don’t think about their cats. I hate to break it to you, but your cat needs some relief from the summer heat as well. 

Tips on How To Keep Cats Cool In Summer

  • Keeping your cat indoors is the best suggestion. This will keep them out of the hot sun.
  • If your cat goes outside, try to keep them inside from 11 to 3, that is when the sun is the strongest.
  • If your cat does go outside, you can apply non-toxic waterproof sunblock, or a sunblock specifically designed for pets, on their ears, noses, and areas with very little hair. 
  • Give you cat access to fresh clean water at all times. 
  • Keeping your cat properly groomed will help them deal with the heat better. Talk to your groomer about the best way to groom your cat for the summer. 
  • Put screens on your windows. The breeze through your house is nice but your cat can squeeze through a surprisingly small space. Make sure you only open windows with screens. 
  • Some cats like to play with ice cubes, you can freeze cat nip in an ice cube tray to give them a fun treat that will keep them cool and feeling good. 

Signs of Dehydration and Heat Stroke

  • Heavy panting
  • Loss of energy
  • Collapse
  • Dribbling

If you suspect your cat may be over heating, move them to a cool place. If you have a room with a draught, even better, wet their coat with cool water but not freezing cold water, and then call your Albuquerque veterinarian immediately. 

If your cat does go outside, make sure that they have their microchip so if they get separated from you they can be easily re-homed. 









Is CBD Good For Dogs?

albuqeurque cbd dog
albuqeurque cbd dog

CBD is catching everyones attention these days. It seems to be the most interesting thing since sliced bread. There are accounts of it curing everything and it seems to be the miracle drug. But there is a lot of misinformation going around about CBD. 

Here is a great interview from The AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein about CBD, what it does and if it is safe. This interview is taken directly fro the AKC’s website, here is the link to the original article:

“What Is CBD Oil?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Dr. Klein says it is essential to note that in most cases, CBD does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana.

How Does CBD Affect Dogs?
Currently, there has been no formal study on how CBD affects dogs. What scientists do know is that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.

What Afflictions Can CBD Treat?
While there’s no definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat dogs, there’s anecdotal evidence from dog owners suggesting it can treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures.

According to Dr. Klein, CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits, although there’s no conclusive data on this use.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is currently sponsoring a study, through the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, that will evaluate the use of CBD in treatment-resistant epileptic dogs. The CHF hopes that this will be the first study to gain scientific data on the use of CBD in dogs with this condition.

Possible Side Effects of CBD in Dogs
While there’s no scientific data on the side effects of CBD usage for dogs, there are potential side effects based on how CDB affects humans.

Dry mouth: Research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For dogs, this would manifest as an increased thirst.

Lowered blood pressure: High doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Even though the drop is small, it might create a brief feeling of light-headedness.

Drowsiness: Dog owners have used CBD to treat anxiety. The calming effect of CBD can also cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.

Risks of Using CBD
The safety and risks of using CBD for dogs have not yet been researched. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved CBD and has not issued a dosing chart. Therefore, we do not know what size dosage would be toxic. Any medication or supplement carries the risk of a reaction. It is always advisable, when giving your dog something new, to start out with small amounts and then closely monitor the effects. And always check with your veterinarian first.

CBD Products on the Market
If you and your veterinarian decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing CBD oil. Not all oils are the same; you’ll want high-quality CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.

Look for organic. If the CBD oil is not organic, it at least should not contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents.

Don’t price shop. The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. You don’t want to go for a cheaper option that could have toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals. Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives.

Get the analysis. The manufacturer should provide a certificate that tells you the amount of CBD that is in the product. Many CBD oils contain only small amounts of CBD. You’ll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.
Buy CBD as a tincture. You can buy dog treats containing CBD, but the best form to administer is a tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop.
The CBD Trend
Why are we hearing so much about CBD oil now? Dr. Klein points to the legalization of marijuana in many places, which has triggered interest in marijuana-related products. “We are likely to see continued interest in CBD and an increase in research about its uses and efficacy in the coming years,” he says.

To learn more about the CBD study funded by the Canine Health Foundation, click here.


Before starting any type of CBD regiment for your dog, please discuss it with your Albuquerque veterinarian. It may not be the right treatment for your dog. Please note that Vetco does not specifically endorse the use of CBD in pets.


Puppy Vaccinations: Your Albuquerque Guide to Puppy Shots

Dog vaccinations
Dog vaccinations

Getting a puppy is the best!! I am sure you already have a collar, and your food and water bowl, probably a few chew toys, and hopefully a few puppy pads. It is important to have all of these things, but just as important is making sure your new puppy has all her shots

When puppies are in their first year of life, they need more shots than any other time in their life. This is because you are setting them up for a lifetime of health in these first few months. After your first big round, then it becomes an issue of yearly maintenance, but these first vaccinations are very important. 

What Vaccinations Does My Puppy Need?

The puppy booster is known as DAHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus 1&2, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus). These are the basic ones but there are also a few that you will want to throw in for good measure. 

Bordetella Bronchiseptica: aka. Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a highly infectious bacteria that is incredibly uncomfortable for you dogs and can lead to some sever complications such as seizures and possibly death. Most kennels and dog parks will not allow your dog to come unless they have been given their Bordetella vaccine, though this is not a part of the booster and is not mandatory.

Canine Distemper

Distemper is a highly contagious disease that attacks their respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system. It is not only found in dogs. It can be found in raccoons, skunks, and other animals. Of course, Albuquerque has a lot of raccoons and skunks so even if your dog is not around any other dog, they are still at risk of exposure. The disease is airborne, as well as passed on through water bowls, shared food, and toys. This disease in incurable and has many severe symptoms, including death. It is included in the puppy booster. 

Canine Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a highly contagious viral infections. It affects the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs and eyes. Though many dogs can survive the symptoms of the mild form of the disease, the severe form can kill them. There is no cure, your Albuquerque veterinarian will only be able to treat the symptoms.  This is not the same kind of Hepatitis that is found in humans and cannot be transmitted to people. This is in the puppy booster. 

Canine Parainfluenza

Parainfluenza is a virus that can contribute to developing kennel cough. This is part of the puppy booster. 


Adenovirus Type 1 and 2

This is an infectious disease that affects the respiratory system. Type 1 can affect your dog on a system level, meaning their whole body, while type 2 is limited to their respiratory system. This is an other disease that can lead to kennel cough. Though it typically only lasts up to 10 days, and is self treating, it can also lead to pneumonia.  This is included in the puppy booster.


Rabies is included part of the first set of shots and is mandatory. Rabies is incurable and only fully diagnosable after your pet has died. It is passed through an infected animals saliva, and most typically through a bite. Rabies can be transmitted to humans from animals. 

Albuquerque Dog Vaccine Schedule
Recommended puppy vaccination schedule

Vetco prides itself on offer the lowest cost vaccination at our daily walk-in shot clinic from 2:30 to 5 during the week, and 1-4 on Saturday. You do not need an appointment, just bring your puppy and get their vaccines. You can save even more money on your shots by visiting our veterinary promotions page.

Starting your puppy with their shots is vital to a long a healthy life. If you have questions or concerns about vaccinating your dog, please ask the Vetco veterinarians. Remember, shots are not just a good idea, they are the law.