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Albuquerque Dog Health

Dog Health

Albuquerque Dog Emergency Info

24-hour Emergency Clinics

VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital
9901 Montgomery Blvd. NE, 292-5353

Vet Emergency & Specialty Clinic
4000 Montgomery NE, 884-3433

Poison Control

New Mexico Poison Center
272-2222 or 1-800-222-1222

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
1-888-4ANI-HELP (1-888-426-4435)
($45 consultation fee)

First Aid

American Vet Assoc. First Aid tips

How to perform CPR on your dog

Low-Income Vet Care

If your dog is sick or injured, seek immediate professional care from a veterinarian. If the expense of veterinary care is a concern, contact your local animal shelter, which often has full-service veterinary clinics and may offer reduced rates; or find other options in this excellent article from lessonsfromaparalyzeddog.com.

The OSCAR Foundation provides need-based financial assistance for dogs requiring physical therapy.

The SAGE Foundation assists "dog who serve" in the military, police, or search and rescue.

Assistance with Vet Bills

American Humane


Banfield Charitable Trust HOPE Fund

Best Friends Animal Society

The Big Hearts Fund

Brown Dog Foundation

Care Credit

Dylan's Hearts

Fairy Dog Parents

Frankie's Friends

Friends & Vets

Harley's Hope Foundation

Humane Society of the U.S.

The Magic Bullet Fund

The Mosby Foundation

Paws 4 A Cure

The Pet Fund

Petco Foundation

PetSmart Charities

Red Rover

Shakespeare Animal Fund

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Long Leash on Life

Albuquerque dog save a life - spay/neuter
Thousands of unwanted dogs are euthanized in ABQ every year. Don't let them be one of your dog's puppies. Save a life--spay or neuter your dog!


Alliance for Albuquerque Animals provides free spay/neuter to low-income pet owners living in zip codes 87105 or 87121. Call 344-7387 for further information or e-mail info@ABQanimalalliance.org.

Animal Humane's Low Income Spay/Neuter Clinic provides low-cost spaying/neutering of animals for for low-income people. Call 217-0300 for details.

City of Albuquerque Spay/Neuter Mobile Clinic offers free services to qualified low-income and seniors. Call 311 for information.

Bernalillo County

Friends of Estancia Valley Animals offers low-cost spay/neuter services, with no income restrictions, for dogs living in the Estancia Valley basin: Edgewood, Estancia, Moriarty, Mountainair, Stanley, Tajique, and eastern Bernalillo County. For more info call 505-281-3475, or email hoymnd@msn.com.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society offers reduced rate spay/neuter, with a further discount for low-income people. For more info, contact Eva Paloheimo at 505-474-6422.

New Mexico

Spay NM is a statewide program of Animal Humane NM to provide one central place to learn about why to spay/neuter your dogs, as well as locations, FAQs, cost, and more. Great website that's very easy to use.

Animal Protection of New Mexico's low-cost spay/neuter resources by county.


Spay/USA helps find affordable spay/neuter services across the country.
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Albuquerque Dog Health Rumors
Troubled about the latest scary animal story that flies across the net? Don't Panic. Check out Urban Legends for the facts.

Poisonous Foods for Dogs

Dangerous Foods for Dogs

  • alcohol
  • avocadoes
  • caffeine
  • chocolate
  • cooked bones
  • dairy
  • fatty, fried, or greasy foods
  • garlic (in excessive amounts)
  • grapes
  • macadamia nuts or walnuts
  • mushrooms
  • onions
  • raisins or currants
  • xylitol (in sugar-free products)
Poisonous Foods for Dogs

Plants Toxic to Dogs

  • amaryllis bulb
  • avocado leaves, seeds, stem & skin
  • azalea
  • begonia
  • bird of paradise
  • bittersweet
  • calla lily
  • heavenly bamboo
  • chrysanthemums
  • clematis
  • crocus bulb
  • cyclamen bulb
  • delphinium
  • fig
  • four-o'clocks
  • hyacinth bulbs
  • iris corms
  • lantana
  • morning glory
  • narcissus, daffodil
  • oleander
  • onions
  • peaches
  • poinsettia
  • potato leaves & stem
  • rhubarb leaves
  • scheffelera (umbrella plant)
  • tomato leaves & stem

For a more complete list, check out ASPCA's Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants or Poisonous Plants at Pro Flowers.

Albuquerque Dog Health Alerts

Multiple Brands of Pig Ears Recalled Due to Salmonella - March 2017

[April 4, 2017] - EuroCan Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Barnsdale Farms, HoundsTooth and Macís Choice pig ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Dogs with Salmonella can infect other animals or humans. If your dog has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately. Symptoms of those affected include:
  • lethargy
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • decreased appetite
  • weight loss
  • abdominal pains
If your puppy or dog experiences these symptoms, contact your vet right away.

Beef Thyroid Hormones Dog Food Recall - February 2017

[March 18, 2017] - Due to the potential of possible elevated levels of nbaturally occuring beef thyroid hormones, two dog food companies are voluntarily a small number of their products. Wellness is voluntarily recalling some lots of their 95% Beef Topper for Dogs and Blue Buffalo is voluntarily recalling one lot of their Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe for Dogs. Dogs ingesting high levels of beef thyroid hormones may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the use of the affected food is discontinued. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Should these symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Evanger's Beef Dog Food Recall - February 2017

[February 28, 2017] - Evangerís Dog and Cat Food Company is expanding its voluntarily recall of specific lots of its beef products due to their potential of contamination with the deadly drug, pentobarbital. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance or nausea ó or in extreme cases, death. If your dogs exhibit any of these symptoms, contact their vet immediately.

Blue Ridge Beef Raw Dog Food Recall - January 2017

[January 20, 2017] - Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, Georgia, has announced it is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Turkey with Bone raw frozen product due to potential contamination with Listeria, which shares the same symptons of Salmonella below. If you or your dogs exhibit any of these symptoms, contact the appropriate healthcare provider.

Sign up here to receive food recall alerts from Dog Advisor

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Canine PT

Canine Physical Rehabilitation of NM
with the uber-fabulous Dr. Laura Hady, DVM, CCRP
Animal Neurology and Imaging Center, 5 Camino Karsten, Algodones, 431-0555

Paws-Abilities now using water therapy
Theresa Barton, PT, CCRP
tgbartonpt@aol.com, 328-3204

Albuquerque dog massage

Canine Massage

Argeres Animal Alternatives
Dr. Argeres works in her office or your home

Steve Hallack, In-home massage, MA, LMT, Certified Canine Massage Therapist

Seasonal Tips

No chocolate for dogs!

No Chocolate for Valentine's Day

Remember to keep all that wonderful chocolate away from your pooches -- it is very poisonous to dogs. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • rapid breating
  • elevated temperature
  • seizures
If you suspect that your dog has been poisoned, contact your vet immediately. For more info, check out petMD.

Winter Tips for Dogs from ABQDog

  • Keep coolant and antifreeze away from your dog -- they are both lethal to dogs

  • Keep your dogs inside if the temperature is below freezing

  • Make sure your doghouse is still big enough for your dog to be comfortable, but small enough to retain body heat

  • Make sure your doghouse has a door and that the opening points south

  • Give your dog an additional blanket/dog bed for warmth and comfort

  • Your dog may need more food to keep warm in the winter

  • Make sure your dog's water is fresh, not frozen

get free straw to keep animals warm

City of Albuquerque Cold Weather Tips

APNM's Cold Weather Tips

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Tick Removal

dogs and ticks
To safely remove a tick:
  • place fine-pointed tweezers around the tick's mouth where it's connected to your dog's skin
  • gently pull up until the tick detaches
  • disinfect the bite site and tweezers and wash your hands thoroughly (never use your bare hands to remove a tick)
  • place the tick in a small container, labeled with the date, name and type of your pet, and contact your vet to see if the tick needs to be tested
  • crush, puncture, or squeeze the tick
  • don't try to burn the tick with a match, lit cigarette, or hot nail
  • don't throw away or toss down the toilet, neither of which kills the tick
For more detailed instructions, go to ASPCA's article on tick removal.

Albuquerque Dog Canine First Aid Kit

Albuquerque Dog Canine First Aid Kit

Everything below (except the blanket) fits in a small toolbox:
  • adhesive medical tape
  • antibiotic ointment
  • antihistamine tablets or liquids for allergies (consult your vet for dosages)
  • antiseptic wipes or spray
  • bandages & gauze pads
  • blanket
  • blunt-tipped scissors
  • canine first aid book
  • cotton balls & swabs
  • disposable, non-latex gloves
  • eye dropper/plastic syringe
  • heat/ice packs
  • hydrogen peroxide (can be used for cleaning or to induce vomiting if poisoning is suspected)
  • nail clippers
  • photos of your dogs
  • splints/tongue depressors
  • sterile saline solution
  • styptic powder
  • thermometer
  • extra leash and collar with tags
  • tweezers
  • vet's name, address, & phone number (and any allergies your dogs may have)

Health How-Tos

doggy dentures

Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

  • When first introducing toothbrushing to your dogs, don't rush the process or they may become resistant
  • Always give a treat at the end of the session to make it enjoyable
  • If your dog shows any sign of agression, such as growing or biting, stop and contact your vet for more information
  • NEVER use human toothpaste, it could harm your dog
  • Giving your dogs Milkbones does not take the place of regular brushing. Milkbones are not effective for cleaning teeth.
  • Chew toys can help remove plaque and tartar above the gumline, but DO NOT give hard chew toys, such as hooves or bones. These can break your dog's teeth.
  • Oral rinses and gels have antibacterial properties and promote the health of your dog's gums.
For more information, check out Dental Vet or watch this video on how and why to brush your dog's teeth: VetVid's How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth.

How to Trim Your Dog's Nails

Washington State University's clear guide on how to trim your dog's nails, with close-up photos of the nail and the quick, so you know just what to do.
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April 24th - 30th, 2017

Microchip & Shot Clinics

The HEART ordinance requires
dogs over six months old be spayed/neutered & microchipped.

(event locations below)

9 am - noon: Walk-in shot clinic at Valley Vetco, 413 Montaño Rd NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Vet-co, 8200 Menaul NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Valley Vetco, 413 Montaño Rd NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Vet-co, 8200 Menaul NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Valley Vetco, 413 Montaño Rd NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Vet-co, 8200 Menaul NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Vet-co, 8200 Menaul NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Valley Vetco, 413 Montaño Rd NE.

9 am - noon: Walk-in shot clinic at Valley Vetco, 413 Montaño Rd NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Vet-co, 8200 Menaul NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Valley Vetco, 413 Montaño Rd NE.

9 am - noon: Walk-in shot clinic at Valley Vetco, 413 Montaño Rd NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Vet-co, 8200 Menaul NE.

2:30 - 5:30 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Valley Vetco, 413 Montaño Rd NE.

In-store clinics change too frequently to be reliable. Check out these local stores for dates of their shot clinics:

Event Locations

Albuquerque Animal Welfare
  Eastside: 8920 Lomas NE, 768-1975
  Westside: 11800 Sunset Gardens SW, 768-1975

Animal Humane | NM:
  main: 615 Virginia SE, 255-5523
  Westside: 10141 Coors Blvd. NW, 323-7387

Beck 'n Call
9308 Susan Ave SE, 243-2117

Boofy's Best
  8201 Golf Course RD NW, Ste C-2, 890-0757

4022 Rio Grande NW, 344-8139

Clark's Pet Emporium
  Lomas: 4914 Lomas Blvd NE, 268-5977
  Menaul: 11200 Menaul Blvd NE, 293-5977

Flying Star Cafe
  Juan Tabo: 4501 Juan Tabo NE 275-8311
  Nob Hill: 3416 Central Ave NE, 255-6633
  Paseo: 8000 Paseo Del Norte, 923-4211
  Rio Grande: 4026 Rio Grande NW, 344-6714
  Corrales: 10700 Corrales Road NW (at Alameda), 938-4717

Going to the Dogs Adoption Center & Resale Store
  4405 Jager Dr, Rio Rancho, 867-5347
  136 Calle de Presidente, Bernalillo, 850-2578

Long Leash on Life
  9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, Suite 13; 299-8800

Lucky Paws
6600 Menaul NE (SW corner of Coronado Mall)

Petco Academy
San Mateo & Academy NE, 797-1910

Petco Lomas
10700 Lomas NE, 296-0978

Petco West
3601 Old Airport Road NW, 898-2450
  (just south of 528, between Ellison and Coors)

Petco Santa Fe
2006 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, 424-1667

6600 Holly Ave. NE, 821-7387
PetSmart Academy
8070 Academy NE (at Wyoming), 796-0561

PetSmart Costco
1424 Mercantile NE (near Costco), 341-2431

PetSmart Cottonwood
10248 Coors Bypass NW, 792-1772

PetSmart Eubank
350 Eubank NE, 298-4122

PetSmart Santa Fe
3561 Zafarano Dr., Santa Fe, 471-5255

Pet Food Gone Wild
2415 Southern SE, Rio Rancho, 994-0101

Pet Vet Market
  Eubank: 3732 Eubank NE, 296-7200
  Montgomery: 11200 Montgomery NE, 296-7200

Positive Paws
1616 Eubank Blvd. NE, 814-1714

Satellite Coffee Alameda
1640 Alameda Blvd. NW, 899-1001
Sprouts Market Academy
  6300 San Mateo NE (at Academy), 821-7000

Sprouts Market Lomas
  933 San Mateo NE (at Lomas), 268-5127

Sprouts Market Westside
Alameda & Corrales Rd., 890-7900<

Teca Tu
Sanbusco Center, 500 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe,

Three Dog Bakery
9821 Montgomery NE, 294-2300

Triangle Grocery
  12165 State Highway 14 N, Cedar Crest, 281-3030

Valley Vetco
413 Montaño Rd NE, Suite A, 344-0780

Vet-co Menaul
8200 Menaul Blvd NE #R, 292-3030

Whole Foods Academy
San Mateo & Academy

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Albuquerque Dog Behavior and Health Info

Animal Blood Bank Hotline, 800-243-5759

A list of household hazards from the American Veterinary Medical Association. If you believe your dog has ingested any of these, DON'T WAIT FOR SYMPTOMS TO DEVELOP, immediately contact the New Mexico Poison Center at 272-2222.

American Veterinary Medical Association
First aid, poison control, how to select a vet, and much more

Canine and Feline Cancer Information
FAQs and info on treatment

Dog Obedience Advice
Lots of tips on biting, jumping, housebreaking, etc. Good general resource on dog behavior

Dog Owner's Guide to Dog Behavior
All sorts of information from gingivitis to handling high-energy dogs and more

Feeding the Cardiac Patient
Vermont Veterinary Cardiology's excellent reference page for everything about canine heart problems

Kitchen Safety for Pets
Keep your dogs safe around common kitchen appliances (thanks to Denver, CO, Girl Scouts!)

Ohio State University's Vet School Nutrition
Discover your dog's caloric needs and with other great info!

Veterinarian Oncology FAQs, treatment options

Pet Diets
Nutritional information, sample diets for homemade food, and more

Pet Education
Drs. Foster & Smith's website for all sorts of information

Pet Place
Incredible resource for different diseases, conditions, tests, treatments and more

Pool Safety Tips
Keep your dogs and other critters safe around the pool

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Albuquerque Dog Local Veterinarians

an incomplete list of vets in the area, no endorsement or recommendation is implied

ABQ Mobile Vet
Dr. Ashlee Andrews, 933-2238

9032 Montgomery Blvd NE, Suite C
299-VETS (8387)

Aztec Animal Clinic
4340 Coal SE

Bolton Animal Hospital
2005 Yale Blvd. SE

Canyon Crossroads Animal Hospital
I-40 & South Rte. 14, Tijeras

Dr. Paul B. Malin
makes home visits!
111 Third St. NW

El Rincon Pet Hospital
4192 Hwy. 528, Rio Rancho

Eye Care for Animals
8724 Alameda Park Drive NE, Suite C

Good Shepherd Animal Clinic
4601 Menaul Blvd. NE

Mobile Veterinary Services of NM
Dr. Richard D. Gastellum

Northview Animal Hospital
7601 Anaheim NE

Road Runner Mobile Veterinary Services
Melinda Martinez, D.V.M.

Thunderbird Animal Clinic
155 Wyoming Blvd. NE

TLC Pet Hospital/Uptown Cat Hospital
2632 Pennsylvania NE
Dogs: 275-DOGS, Cats: 271-CATS

VCA Town & Country Animal Hospital
8414 Fourth St. NW

VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital
9901 Montgomery Blvd. NE

VCA West Mesa Animal Hospital
3200 Coors Blvd. NW

VCA Wyoming Animal Hospital
1300 Wyoming Blvd. NE

ABQ: 8200 Menaul Blvd NE #R, 292-3030
Los Lunas: 2510 Main St. NE #1, 865-0662

Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Clinic
4000 Montgomery NE

Vista Larga Animal Hospital
2 Marietta Ct., Suite E; Edgewood

Dog Health Insurance

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance

Veterinary Pet Insurance

Don't know if insurance is right for you? Check out the interactive tool at Consumer Affairs, or ideas from Dogster.

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last updated on April 24, 2017
links last checked on March 15, 2016