What If Your Dog Eats Chocolate?

Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

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Dogs are known for eating things when they are not supposed to. This is especially true of puppies. Also, dogs have an excellent sense of smell, making it fairly easy to find any secret hiding spots for the chocolate. This can be a dangerous combination when there is chocolate around the house.

 

Chocolate is derived from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao, which contains certain properties that can be toxic to animals: caffeine and theobromine. If ingested, these two ingredients can also lead to various medical complications and may even prove fatal for your dog.

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Dog Ear Care

Specially for those long eared and furry eared dogs!

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Canine Anatomy

Because of the twisty, curvy design of a dog’s inner ears, it’s easy for parasites, bacteria and yeast to hide and thrive in them. This also means that any debris in the canal must work its way up to escape. Infections can result from trapped debris. Dogs with allergies are particularly vulnerable, as are those with floppy ears, like Cocker spaniels, basset hounds and poodles.

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Sandia Pet Products

We sell collars, leashes and harness’ from Sandia Pet Products. They are a local company who make everything here in Albuquerque! They have a HUGE selection of prints and colors, can do custom colors, sizes and even team colors! Stop by to see our supply or call us to request a custom order!

 

 

Tips On Caring For Your Pet

A pet is more than an animal; it’s a member of your family. These articles from around the Web give some helpful suggestions on how you can keep your pet healthy and happy for many years to come.

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Cat’s and Vaccines

Vaccines and your cat

Vaccines are administered to prepare the body’s immune system to fight off a particular disease. The vaccine is created from a part of the organism–perhaps a bacterial protein, or maybe even a killed virus itself – that “tricks” the immune system into mounting a protective response, without risk of causing the original disease itself. Then, when the cat, dog, or human is actually exposed to the real disease-causing organism, the body is already prepared to respond.  Ultimately, vaccines are given to either prevent infection completely, or reduce the severity and duration of disease symptoms.

It may be confusing to know exactly what shots your cat should receive.  Most people do not want to put their cat through unnecessary stress, and though serious side effects of vaccination are uncommon, they can occur. The most common reactions are transient pain or swelling at the injection site, occasion stomach upset or loss of appetite, and lethargy/tiredness. These reactions come and go very quickly, and may not even be noticed.  Rarely, more serious allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis , or a tumor called an injection-site sarcoma can occur post-vaccination.

Nevertheless, vaccination plays a very important role in preventative care and the health of your cat Here is a list of the most common vaccinations, and which cats should be receive them. One vaccine is a combination vaccine, often abbreviated as “FVRCP” or “RCP” This vaccine protects against the following conditions:

  1. Feline Panleukopenia (aka feline distemper, feline parvo):  A highly contagious and usually deadly viral disease of cats. This virus lives easily in the environment, is resistant to extremes in temperature and humidity, and is resistant to many common disinfectants. This disease attacks the lining of the intestines, causing ulceration, diarrhea, dehydration and sepsis. It also causes a decrease in white blood cells, making it even harder for a cat to fight off disease.
  2. Feline Calicivirus/Herpesvirus : These viruses are responsible for over 80% of upper respiratory tract infections in cats. Most cats are exposed to one or both of these viruses in their lifetimes, and once infected, are generally carriers of the virus for long periods of time – maybe even for life! In periods of stress or other illness, these cats may have “flare ups” of disease.  Common symptoms include conjunctivitis, nasal discharge, sneezing, ulceration of the mouth (calici), and ulceration of the cornea (eyes) with herpes.  The currently available vaccines will minimize the severity of the upper respiratory infections.

The second vaccine recommended for all cats, and often required by law is the Rabies Virus Vaccine. Rabies is a deadly neurologic disease which is also a health risk to humans. Cats can be exposed to rabies through bites from wildlife, other cats or dogs in the area. Clinical signs include abnormal behavior (aggression, disorientation, and vocalization), seizures, paralysis, fever and hypersalivation.  Death is expected within 7-10 days after signs begin.

Some vaccines are only recommended for cats with a certain lifestyle that puts them at a higher risk of exposure to certain diseases. Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is one of these vaccines.
Feline Leukemia Virus is the leading viral killer of cats. The virus is spread through a cat’s saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces and milk. It is commonly spread through bite wounds, and can be spread through casual contact between cats (grooming, etc) or  from a mother cat to her kittens (before birth or while nursing) FeLV is a common cause of feline cancer, often causes blood disorders, and can damage a cat’s immune system.  The individuals who should definitely receive this vaccine are outdoor cats, indoor/outdoor cats, and cats living in households with FeLV-positive cats.  (Indoor-only cats have very little risk of contact with stray or infected cats, and do not necessarily need this vaccine every year.)

Other available vaccines include the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) vaccine, Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) vaccine, Chlamydia and Ringworm vaccines. These vaccines are not routinely administered, and all risks and benefits should be fully discussed with a veterinarian.

 

Financing Your Pet’s Healthcare

Healthcare costs are rising rapidly—not just for you, but for your pet too. Veterinary medical costs are on the rise & many treatments options once available only for humans can now be used on pets. This is great news for the health of your pet, but it may not be so great for your wallet.Continue reading