It’s Spoil Your Dog Day!

spoil your dog day

SPOIL YOUR DOG DAY

August 10th is Spoil Your Dog Day. Remember to keep the treats healthy. You can also spoil them with lots of affection and a good long walk!

National Mutt Day

Mutt Day

It’s National Mutt Day

Time to celebrate all of our adorable mutts. Thanks to everyone who has adopted a pet. You don’t always know what you are going to get, but it is sure to include licks and love!

There is No Fooling Around with Heartworm

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.

Mosquito400Brought 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.

 

New Pet Portal and Appointment Scheduler

Is it time for your next appointment? We have changed our customer portal.
Schedule Appointments

If you have an existing account with us, your information should already be ported over. You will need to do a pet look-up and then reset your password. Just click on the button above to get started. If you are new to TLC, you can use this link to set up your account – REGISTER HERE

New Pet Portal

Fear FREE Certified Professionals

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

Your Dog Has Diabetes

Diabetes regimen includes a special diet and insulin twice a day

Diabetes Awareness Month “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.

National Adopt a Dog Month

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Thinking about getting a new pet?

It’s National Adopt A Dog Month, so be on the look out for shelter pets if you are looking for a new dog. Adopting a dog is a wonderful opportunity to help in your community.

Read our veterinarian to do list when adopting a new animal into your home.

 

World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day

It’s World Rabies Day –

While rabies is a 100% preventable disease, more than 59,000 people die from the disease around the world each year. World Rabies Day is an opportunity to reflect on our efforts to control this deadly disease and remind ourselves that the fight is not yet over. CDC on Rabies

At TLC Pet Hospital we want to remind you to keep up with your Rabies vaccinations for your pets. This is a requirement of the City of Albuquerque in order to license your pet in the city limits, but it is also important for the health of your pet. No one wants to risk rabies in their pet. Wild animals including squirrels, bats and raccoons can be carriers that can spread the disease to your animals. Rabies infections can lead to death for both pets and humans, so do your part and keep up with your pet’s vaccinations.

It’s Animal Pain Awareness Month

Animal Pain Awareness Month at TLC Pet Hospital

Animal Pain Awareness –

It’s very difficult when we know that our loved ones are in pain, and our pets are no different. There are lots of reasons why a cherished pet might be in pain and having pain awareness can help reduce stress for you and your pet. Certain disease states and post-operative states have a lot of pain involved. Arthritis, degenerative joint disease or hip dysplasia and post-surgery healing may have varying levels of pain associated with them. Just like humans, long term use of drugs can take a toll on mood and other body systems. There are some other options to help long-term pain.Continue reading