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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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Common Health Problems Affecting Small Breed Dogs

  Patellar Luxation Patellar luxation, commonly known as dislocated kneecap occurs with such frequency in small and miniature dog breeds that it ranks as the #1 health problem according to most pet healthcare experts. This problem is usually a congenital defect but can also result in a blunt trauma injury. Veterinarians grade this condition on a scale of 1-4 wi...
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Fun Facts About Small Animals

  This week’s blog introduces children to some fun facts about small animals. Since spring and the Passover and Easter holidays are a time when many families gift children with small animals, we thought this was a good time to introduce information on small animal care and introduce our readers to our Pet Education Series – Just 4 Kids. Aquatic Turtle The shell of a ...
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KISS THEM – THEY’RE IRISH

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re pleased to bring you this information on Native Irish Dogs from the Irish Kennel Club. “The Native Irish Dogs which have been developed down the centuries in the mountains, woods and bogs of Ireland are the legacy we have inherited from our forefathers. We are proud of the number of counties, which have adopted our dogs and are pleased with the way th...
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Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Pets

The middle of an emergency is no time to plan — if you have pets, taking some simple steps now can prevent tragedy in case of a fire, flood, or other disaster. Although no one likes to think about these things, it’s important to plan ahead and be prepared. Here are some tips: PET CARRIER Be sure you have at least as many pet carriers as number of cats or other small anima...
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7-Tips on Caring for Senior Pets

  It’s common practice for Veterinary practices in the US to offer special Senior Care Programs. Just like humans, a pet’s “golden” years bring about changes in their overall health, mobility and neurological functions. According the Bernadine Cruz, DVM, at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital in Laguna Hills, CA, “providing that special care is fundamental to improving their qualit...
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Dogs in the White House

Having a dog in the White House is nothing new, as 32  U.S. presidents undoubtedly found comfort in the loyalty, friendship, and unconditional love of “man’s best friend”. George Washington George Washington (no party): 1st U.S. President (1789-1797) Sweet Lips, Scentwell and Vulcan: American Staghounds Drunkard, Taster, Tipler, and Tipsy: Black and Tan ...
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