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 →
“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:
- She was drinking a ton of water. (We originally thought that was the food too.)
- 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
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
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
TTA is an orthopedic procedure to repair deficient cranial cruciate ligaments in dogs.
MMP uses a wedge-shaped implant of titanium OrthoFoam™ which both defines the degree of advancement of the tibial tuberosity and holds the bone in its new place while the bony ingrowth that provides permanent biomechanically robust fixation, develops.
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.
- Pet Allergies to food include onions, avocados, grapes and raisins.
- No Chocolate. Dogs can be made extremely ill by chocolate. Signs may include hyperactivity and vomiting.
- Pit bull Awareness Day October 28th, 2017.
- National Cat Day October 29th, 2017.
KEEP THE TREATS AWAY FROM DOGGIES
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.
Just Like Vampires Garlic is not good for dogs. Remember anything with chocolate is a no no for dogs. This includes chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. Raisins and Grapes. Avocados are all no, not. Onions, garlic, chives. Different dogs react differently to meats as well. Beef and chicken can often be offenders.
Also onions and garlic are in a lot of dishes, make sure you are not feeding them to your pets.
Several of our team members have gone through the Fear Free Certified Professional program for Albuquerque Veterinarians. We have adopted a culture of Fear FREE medicine in the clinic and try to add a little TLC into every interaction we have with your pet.
What is Fear Free?
Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to better healthcare outcomes, 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.
Stress can start at home. We encourage you to check out our check-lists to insure that you are doing everything possible to start on the right foot.
Buy Heartworm Medication!
It’s sometimes hard to imagine that “an ounce of prevention”…really is worth it. In this case it is. Heart worms are highly invasive and the treatment, once afflicted, adds up quickly.
For the cost of what adds up to be 7 years worth of medication, the treatment is more than your dog and your wallet want to go through. The reality is that you love your pet and you don’t want to see them go through a case of Heartworm. Call to schedule a Heartworm test. See our offer to receive 1/2 OFF your next test.
Brought to you by the Mosquito (Culicidae)
Worms grow over 7 months and usually come in multitudes. The worms begin with an incubation period inside the mosquito. They carry the larvae and deliver it to the host, your cat or dog! They can grow up to 12 inches and dogs can be infected with as many as 250 of them. It’s nasty business for your dog or cat! This is why we recommend regular testing and most importantly, preventive medication.
Some pet care may seem self-evident, but we still like to remind everybody of the basics when it is summertime and you have other things on your mind.
- Never leave a dog or cat in a hot car. Just like with children, leaving your pet in a hot car can quickly have consequences for the animal.
- If you wouldn’t walk barefoot on the pavement, neither should your dog. Summer temperatures in July can result in second degree burns on your animals feet. (The same is true of trail hiking with your dog. Make sure the trail is not too hot.)
- Make sure you pets have LOTS OF WATER available. Dogs don’t sweat, so make sure they have access to plenty of water.
Change up your routine. Temperatures have been reaching their hottest right at 5:00pm. Take advantage of the cool early morning. Even with the heat, we’ve been cooling down at night. During the hottest parts of the year, try walking your dogs in the morning.
FIREWORKS AND YOUR PETS
Your pet can become very distressed when fireworks and people cause a commotion. If you are entertaining and or celebrating with fireworks this Summer, don’t forget about your furry friends.
- Your pet needs a quiet, safe place to be during the festivities. Make them comfortable with some extra pillows or blankets to help reduce the sound around them. If this is not possible, look into letting your pet stay elsewhere during your activities. Let them stay with a friend or think about boarding your dog for the night.
- Keep you dog out of the line of fire. It will be your dogs first instinct to chase after fast moving objects. It’s best to keep your dog away from ALL FIREWORKS activities.
- WATER – We can’t stress enough, keep your pets hydrated while they are outside in the heat enjoying the day with you.
Preparing your pet for their visit to the Vet
Tips for Dog Owners
- We recommend purchasing a harness or fixed length leash. This allows more control during what can be a somewhat anxious visit.
- Condition them early to enjoy car rides. Start with short drives around the neighborhood. Feed treats and make the experience happy and positive. Add more and more time as they get used to it. If they ever get anxious, stop and try again another day.
- On the day of your visit, if their appointment is in the morning, don’t feed them breakfast, and if your appointment is in the afternoon, only feed a small breakfast. If hungry, your dog will respond better to food rewards at the veterinary hospital. Dogs experience similar endorphin release when eating, like people! Does not apply to diabetic dogs.
- Bring in their favorite treat, kibble or toy. You are the best at knowing what your dogs go crazy over!
- Avoid loud music on the ride over and on the way home. Instead play calming, classical music to decrease anxiety.
- Speak in a low calm voice. High pitched praise or reaffirmation often increases anxiety.
- If you have an anxious dog, leave them in the car when you arrive and check in with the receptionist. They will advise you when an exam room is available. You can wait in your car, take a walk or sit outside on our bench. Limiting time in the waiting room creates a calmer visit.
- If you believe your dog would benefit from an anti-anxiety medication or a natural soothing supplement, please let us know as you arrive.
We hope this helps lessen stress for you and your pet.
Cotton Balls, Cleaner, Helper, Towel
We will demonstrate how to properly clean your dogs ears. You will need the following:
- Cotton balls
- Cleaning solution (available at our clinic)
- a helper
- and a little patience
While some dogs may behave through the process, others won’t. Recruit an assistant to help hold your dog’s head still while following the steps.
First, saturate a cotton ball with the cleaning fluid. You may want to squeeze the cotton ball and get some of the fluid into the ear to loosen things up. Then massage the ear to break up any wax or debris, then wipe out the ear canal with the cotton ball.
Once you have dirtied up the cotton, prepare a fresh cotton ball and repeat the wiping out of the ear. Repeat until clean.
For smaller dogs you can place them on a towel on a table or for larger dogs you may want to get set up on the floor.
Let’s review: Wet a cotton ball with cleaning solution, moisten and loosen debris in the ear. Wipe clean. Repeat with fresh cotton.
Thanks for watching this episode of Canine Corner.