Happy Holidays! The Season Is Full Of Pet Pitfalls

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Merry Christmas - Closed Monday

WE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY DECEMBER 24th – 25th

  • No Chocolate. Dogs can be made extremely ill by chocolate. Signs may include hyperactivity and vomiting.

  • Watch Out for Tinsel and String Both Cats and dogs get into wrappings and trimmings for the tree. Do your best to keep these out of animal’s reach.

  • Holiday Plants can be toxic to pets


Christmas Tree

Don't let your kitten get into the Christmas TreeThe Christmas tree is  usually the center piece of most of our homes during the holidays. But, we shouldn’t let their beauty cover up the fact that they are still mildly toxic to our animals. With the many species of trees that we bring into our homes, fir tree oil can irritate our pets mouths and stomachs. Symptoms of consumption include excessive drooling or vomiting. Make sure to also clean up tree needles since they’re not the easiest to digest for anyone. 

Woman with her dog at Christmas

Too many needles can cause GI irritation, vomiting, gastrointestinal obstruction or punctures. Be aware your animal won’t be drastically affected if they eat a few fallen pieces from the tree but make sure it’s not a regular snack that may eventually cause serious consequences.

Lilies and Daffodils

Aside from the holiday treats and  baked goods that you’ll be gifted, be aware that any bouquets or plant kits thatinclude lilies and daffodils are very harmful to cats and dogs. Plants that are in the lily, Narcissus, and daffodil families are very toxic to our pets. Symptoms include gastrointestinal signs, cardiac arrhythmia, kidney failure, convulsions and even death.

Poinsettia Plant

There have been talks that these red beauties are extremely toxic, however this assumption has been dubbed an urban legend dating back to 1919. The sap of Poinsettias are known to be mildly toxic and irritating, causing nausea or vomiting when consumed but it does not cause death.  So it would still be a good idea to keep your curious four-legged friends away from these holiday bloomers to save them from getting a belly ache.

Mistletoe and Holly

Hanging the mistletoe and holly in your doorway and hard to reach places may not be a bad idea. Even though we adorn both of these holiday trimmings in any spot we need more holiday cheer, both are very toxic for our pets. If you find your fuzzy fellow making these a mid-day snack call your vet or poison control as soon as possible for advice.

Old dog merry Christmas

Thankful For Our Pets

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So Let’s Not Feed Them The Wrong Things

We are thankful for our pets and all the joy they bring into our lives. This month we celebrate with food and company, but for our pets this can mean anxious and upset feelings as well as access to foods that they may or may not need to be eating.

No, Nos for your Dogs include Chocolate and Onions. Onions hide in a lot of dishes so make sure before you treat your pet to the left-overs. Nuts, alcohol and poultry bones also make the list.

Animals can over-eat too, so keep the fatty foods to a minimum to avoid an upset tummy.

FALL DATES TO REMBMBER:

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Diabetes Awareness Month

11/11 Veteran’s Day

11/13 World Kindness Day

11/22 Thanksgiving Day

Pet Diabetes Awareness

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Diabetes regimen includes a special diet and insulin twice a day

KETOACIDOSIS

Know the Signs

  1. Animal is drinking a ton of water. The process of converting fat into energy requires a ton of water and should be investigated if seen.
  2. Animal becomes incontinent. When a well behaved dog starts drinking lots of water and having accidents inside, this can be a sign.
  3. Loss of appetite. Eventually a diabetic animal that is short on insulin will become lethargic and may stop eating all together.
  4. Vomiting or other digestive issues.

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Taking FEAR FREE to the Next Level

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We’re taking FEAR FREE to the next level to insure that your dogs and cats have the most positive experience they can when visiting the veterinarian.

What is Fear Free?

Several of our team members have gone through the Fear Free Certified Professional program.

Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to better healthcare, satisfied clients and relaxed patients. It also reduces or removes anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved, including your pet(s), you and your veterinary healthcare team. Read More

Costume Contest

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TLC Vet Pet Costume Contest

Bring In Your Pet For Our Costume Contest

Event Details

Halloween No Nos

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 8 AM – 5 PM

TLC Pet Hospital

1300 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112
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Tricks Not Treats – Halloween No, Nos

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  • No Chocolate. Dogs can be made extremely ill by chocolate. Signs may include hyperactivity and vomiting.
  • Pit bull Awareness Day October 27th, 2016.
  • National Cat Day October 29th, 2016.

Welcome to TLC Pet Hospital. Keep your pets safe this Halloween. Keep them away from candy and wrappers. Make sure you have a doggie treat just for them.

TLC Vet Pet Costume Contest

KEEP THE TREATS AWAY FROM DOGGIES

Smiling black halloween cat in purple witch hat.

Treats, Wrappers and Especially CHOCOLATE need to stay out of dog’s reach to help avoid tummy trouble or an emergency visit to the Vet!

A Quiet Place

If your dog gets anxious around a lot of activity, find a safe quiet place for your pet to be. Soft music and low light can help calm your pet. Make sure they have their toys and blanket.

A Safe Distance

To keep dogs and cats out of trouble, keep them away from the front door either by getting them out of the way or even using a baby/doggie gate to keep them away from trick or treaters. It’s also a good idea to keep cats inside during Halloween, lest they be caught up in mischief.

Hot Pavement, No Dogs Allowed

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Hot Pavement doesn't require hot temperatures

Hot Pavement Doesn’t Require Hot Temperatures

Don’t go out for walks once it gets past 80 degrees. Especially on dark pavement, but gravel trails get just as hot under the New Mexico sun.

Make sure that you have plenty of water for you and your pet. read more →

Heartworm Special

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Heartworm test - treatment

We are focusing on Heartworm this month and want to remind you to have your animals tested for heartworm and we highly recommend preventatives. This nasty, invasive parasite is introduced usually through a mosquito bite. The treatment is not pleasant for owner or pet. We recommend regular testing and medication to prevent heartworm in the first place. read more →

Your Dog Has Diabetes

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Diabetes regimen includes a special diet and insulin twice a day

“Your Dog Has Diabetes”

These were not the words I ever thought would come…with a great amount of relief. But, I thought my dog was dying and we had spent the weekend preparing the kids for the worst. Our mid-sized dog suddenly dropped her weight nearly in half. She had been losing weight, but we thought this was a positive result from a change to a healthier diet.

However, she took a turn for the worse and we ended up at TLC, with a dog who had lost 38 pounds.

Two signs stood out in retrospect:

  1. She was drinking a ton of water. (We originally thought that was the food too.)
  2. She became incontinent. She has always been a good dog. She was unable to process all that water and was having accidents every other day.

If your dog is seven or eight and you are not sure you have been feeding them the best food, you should be aware of the signs of diabetes. If you have a breed that is more susceptible, you should be on the watch for signs.

You may want to look into a improving the diet of your aging pets. We have always been healthy eaters ourselves but we didn’t pay a lot of attention to the dog’s diet. And we were guilty of giving them way too many fatty table treats and have found out that many of the store treats were full of sugars.

Just like humans, diet matters to your pet’s health. If you want to improve the overall health of your pet, diet and exercise have to be addressed. Otherwise, you may be looking at our new situation. A by the clock eating schedule of low carb food, followed by an injection of insulin. Twice a day. She is doing great, and actually has looked better for a couple years. We only wish we’d seen the signs sooner.

She had grown so weak that she couldn’t stand  and was so thirsty that she just lay by her water bowl.

It’s Customer Appreciation Week 5/14 – 5/20

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join us for pastries and coffee for TLC Customer Appreciation Week

It’s Customer Appreciation Week 5/14 – 5/20

It's Customer Appreciation Week 5/14 - 5/20

Join us every day this week for a special treat for all of our customers.

Everyone who pays a visit to TLC Pet Hospital is a VIP and this week we want to celebrate you. Stop in any day this week for a special treat for our human and animal friends.

FRIDAY – Pastries, Coffee and Juice

THURSDAY – Pastries, Coffee and Juice

WEDNESDAY – Pastries and Coffee

TUESDAY – Donuts and Juice

MONDAY – Cookies and Soda