Happy Thanksgiving

We want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving weekend. Our clinic will be closed on Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th so our staff can spend the holidays with their family. We will resume normal clinic hours on Saturday the 30th.

Recipe: Flea Repelling Dog Treats

We were told about this recipe that naturally repels fleas. We are not sure this truly works, but it does make a yummy and healthy treat for your dog. We were told that the yeast and the garlic repels fleas, but both things are good for your pup. Though we wouldn’t throw out the Frontline Flea and Tick treatment, we may add this to our regular treat schedule as an added booster.

Ingredients

  • 3 cubes beef bouillon
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup brewers’ yeast
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 egg yolks

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Dissolve beef bouillon cubes in boiling water, and set aside.
  3. Grease cookie sheets.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, corn meal, brewers yeast, and garlic powder.
  5. Add the egg yolks
  6. Slowly pour in the bouillon water while stirring.
  7. Mix thoroughly to form a firm dough. You may need to use your hands to really get it all mixed. It will be a stiff dough. If it is too stiff or flaky, add water a little at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add more flour.
  8. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
  9. Cut the dough into small pieces with a knife or cookie cutter. Make sure the size is appropriate for the size of your dog. Small cookies for a small dog and bigger cookies for a bigger dog.
  10. Place cookies one inch apart onto cookie sheets.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn the oven off, and leave the cookies inside for at least 3 hours or overnight to harden.
  12. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

If you like your treats to have some color, you can add a few drops of food coloring. Always check with your vet before giving your dog any new kinds of food.

Snow Dogs for a Snowy Albuquerque

The farmers almanac is predicting a cold winter this year! If you are looking to get a dog that likes cold weather, here may be some good breeds to chose from.

Samoyed

These cuties are originally from Siberia, and seem to be built for the snow. Used for herding reindeer, pulling sleds and helping to keep their owners warm, Samoyeds are renowned for being able to thrive in harsh conditions and were used to help traverse and explore the north and south poles. Because of their remote origins, Samoyeds are bred independently of other dogs, making them one of four dog breeds to be considered directly descendant of wolves. If you live in the Sandia Mountains, these would be great dogs for you.

Great Pyrenees

These dogs are named of the Pyrenees mountain range, so they do pretty well in the mountains and snow. A great Pyrenees has a special double coat that is particularly weather resistant which made them great dogs to protect herds of sheep from predators while keeping them safe from the cold mountain climate. Good for herding sheep or small children on sleds.

Newfoundland

Newfoundlands or Newfies have been the breed of choice for many people, Beyond the major awwwww factor and the fact they come in colors other that white, which makes them easier to find in the snow, the strong, sleek coat of a Newfoundland makes it an ideal choice for colder climates. Newfoundlands are also incredible strong swimmer and love water. They will jump in water pretty much any time they see it. These dogs are great to have in Placitas and Bernalillo, or even the foot hills of Albuquerque. They make excellent family dogs.

Alaskan Malamute

These gorgeous pups are one of the oldest and largest breeds of the Arctic sled dogs. Malamutes, not only being a hardier breed of dog, also have a thick coat to keep them warm and are recognizable by their fluffy, plumed tails. They do better in places that stay colder, so if you live in the Sandia or Manzano mountains, these would be a great dog for you.

Siberian Husky

When most people think of a snow dog, the husky is one of the first breeds to come to mind. Huskies built for the snow, with a dense undercoat, their hunting instincts makes them a perfect choice for a winter hunters. New Mexico has a lot of great winter hunting, so this may be a good dog for you if you like to hunt.