Plague alert!

Via KOB 4, "1st human case of plague this year in New Mexico is reported."

Pets at risk of contracting plague or tularemia include all cats and dogs with exposure to fleas or the rodents and rabbits that carry them. This can include hunting the rabbits or rodents as well as spending a lot of time near their burrows or holes!

If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors or meets the description above, and he or she is exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms, get to a vet ASAP!

Common symptoms include:

  • Lethargic (low energy)
  • Uninterested in food
  • Febrile (has a high temperature)

Here's a hand-out with more information about plague and tularemia.

Do you know how to act if your pet is bitten by a rattlesnake?

From KOB 4, "Cat's rattlesnake bite calls attention to outdoor safety."

And a couple of tips from us:

  • You can give your dogs rattlesnake vaccinations. However, there is no consensus as to how well these vaccinations work, and the manufacturers still recommend that you seek treatment at a veterinary hospital as soon as your dog is bitten, even if he or she has been vaccinated.
  • If you THINK your pet has been bitten by a rattlesnake, time is important! Bring him or her to see us right away. There's no real home remedy for that condition.

Summertime!

Summer is/appears to be/seems to be/might be here! 

(Now look, it'll snow on Friday night. Mark my words.)

We have a lot of clients and guests from out of town who visit us in the summer, so I'm going to re-post these articles about pet hazards specific to New Mexico. Click the link below to find articles about hazardous plants, diseases, and environmental conditions. It's a wild and woolly place out here!

New Mexico Pet Hazards!