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

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 →

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

 

TTA Now Available

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Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

TTA is an orthopedic procedure to repair deficient cranial cruciate ligaments in dogs.

Learn more about TTA

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.

Autumn Pet Alert – Fall Foods and Treats – Pet Allergies

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Food allergies - pet allergies - dog food allergies

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

Pet Allergies - Bad kitty feeds onions and chocolates bad for dogs

Bad Kitty – No Chocolate for the 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.

Pet Allergies

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.

Fear FREE Certified Professionals

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Fear Free Certified professional

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.

collie-w-treatsStress 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.

Tips for Dogs

Tips for Cats

we practice fear free veterinary medicine

There is No Fooling Around with Heartworm

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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.

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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.

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Summer Pet Tips

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Fireworks summer vet pet care tips

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.

  1. dog-on-a-hikeNever 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. WATER – We can’t stress enough, keep your pets hydrated while they are outside in the heat enjoying the day with you.