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Be SAFE Around Dogs You Know

  We’re so happy to bring you this week’s BLOG courtesy of our new friends at Good Dog in a box. They have a wonderful array of free information on keeping kids of all ages safe around dogs as well as a COOL online store. We’re not stopping here. COMING YOUR WAY NEXT WEEK: Be SAFE around strange dogs. Now, let’s get started! EVEN FAMILY DOGS CAN BITE Don’t let your child become a st...
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Dealing with Your Dog's Digestive Dilemmas

We suspect that most of you are intimately familiar with the digestive system, that amazing mechanism that takes in food, pulverizes it, transforms it into nutrients and uses it to fuel the body. The dog’s digestive tract is not so different from ours in that respect; it converts food into all the nutritional building blocks a dog needs to grow and develop. If you’ve ever experience...
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Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties in Dogs

    With the July 4th holiday approaching, we felt this was the appropriate time to discuss this topic. Fears, phobias and anxieties affect millions of dogs, let’s shine a light on the subject so that owners and caregivers can alleviate some of the suffering.    Definition of Fear Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or ob...
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4 WORMS YOU CAN GET FROM YOUR DOG

Worms are icky enough without having to worry about catching some from your dog. However, there are several worm infections you can catch from Fido—and it’s a lot easier than you think to get them.  Hookworms Hookworms are one of the easiest, most common worms for dogs to get infected with. “Hookworm larvae migrate into a person’s bare feet often when walking on san...
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Pet Insurance – Is it the right choice for you

  Pet owners will probably incur at least one $2,000 to $4,000 bill for emergency pet care at some point during their pet’s lifetime, says Louise Murray, D.V.M., a veterinarian and vice president of the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City.  Pet insurance is sold with the promise that by helping to cover some of your pet’s medical bills, you won’...
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Hot Cars Can Kill Pets

On a warm day, ask yourself the following question: “Is it too warm to take my pet along today”? Cool outside doesn't mean cool in the car It doesn't have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside. Here are some facts: When it's 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour. When it's 80 de...
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Protecting Pets from Memorial Day Mishaps

  Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of summer. Here in New Mexico, the weather is at its best and offers us a great excuse to get outdoors. As we prepare to party, barbecue, or simply enjoy our gorgeous New Mexico weather, it’s important to keep our pet’s safe. To prevent any Memorial Day mishaps, we’ve put together some tips to help protect our furry friends. P...
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Facts About Feline Upper Respiratory Infection

  In June of 2017, after searching five rescue agencies in Albuquerque for my new kitten, I found Gracie – Amazing Grace. The moment I held her, I knew she was “the one.” She has proven to be everything I hoped for, funny, playful, loving and an unending source of joy. One of the gifts in my adoption packet was a free exam from VCA Veterinary. Having her examined was highly recom...
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A Snake Bite Is Always An Emergency

Spring is the breeding season for rattlesnakes. Rattlesnake bites occur frequently during this time of year, and well into the summer. In the warmer parts of New Mexico snake bites can occur year round. Immediate veterinary attention is required with all pet snake bites, no matter how negligible they seem. The sooner treatment is started, the more effective it will be. Snakes carry a l...
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Air Travel With Your Pet – Is It Safe?

    Last November we wrote a blog Traveling By Air With Your Pet. Since that time, there have been a number of incidents, not the least of which is the death of a pet on a United Airlines flight when the cabin attendant insisted that the pet be placed in the overhead bin. This was United’s response: “This was a tragic accident that should have never occurred, as pets should never ...
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