24-hour Emergency Clinics
Rt. 66 Veterinary Emergency Care
136 Washington St. SE, Ste. B
Animal Welfare Dept. emergency vet for injured stray, adopted, or reclaimed animals
VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital
9901 Montgomery Blvd. NE, 292-5353
Vet Emergency & Specialty Clinic
4000 Montgomery NE, 884-3433
New Mexico Poison Center
272-2222 or 1-800-222-1222
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
($45 consultation fee)
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.
The Ultimate Guide to Financial Aid for Pets
lists assistance by state.
Assistance with Vet Bills
Banfield Charitable Trust HOPE Fund
Best Friends Animal Society
The Big Hearts Fund
Brown Dog Foundation
Fairy Dog Parents
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
Pets for Patriots
helps vets with veterinary costs
Shakespeare Animal Fund
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
'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.
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
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.
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.
helps find affordable spay/neuter services across the country.
Dog Food Analysis rates dog food & gives dog food analysis
choosing a good dog food, from Consumer Affairs
compare dog food reviews, from Consumer Affairs
Feeding the Cardiac Patient
Vermont Veterinary Cardiology's excellent reference page for everything about canine heart problems
Ohio State University's Vet School Nutrition
Discover your dog's caloric needs and with other great info!
Nutritional information, sample diets for homemade food, and more
- cooked bones
- fatty, fried, or greasy foods
- garlic (in excessive amounts)
- macadamia nuts or walnuts
- raisins or currants
- xylitol (in sugar-free products)
for a colorful list of these and more toxic foods, check out The Goody Pet
Animal Neurology and Imaging Center, 5 Camino Karsten, Algodones, 431-0555
now using water therapy
Theresa Barton, PT, CCRPtgbartonpt@aol.com
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
- 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
- extra leash and collar with tags
- vet's name, address, & phone number (and any allergies your dogs may have)
provides a nice infographic for dog-proofing your home.
Emergency planning for your animal companions
Fire safety tips for your pooches.
offers a room-by-room guide for dog-proofing your home and lawn.
Kitchen Safety for Pets
: Keep your dogs safe around common kitchen appliances (thanks to Denver, CO, Girl Scouts!)
Pool Safety Tips
keep your dogs and other critters safe around the pool
SafeStars' Pet Safety Review
is a thorough listing of ways to keep your dog safe,
including everything from seasonal tips, to transportation, food, natural disaster safety, and more. Great resource.
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.
get free straw to keep animals warm
- 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
Cold Weather Animal Safety tips
from the American Veterinary Medical Association
Healthy Dog Treats
It's so fast and easy to make healthy dog treats from ordinary kitchen ingredients, like this beauty, Berry the Bone
, from Personal
, which also links to many other sites for homemade treats.
Their birthday cakes
and pretty tempting to a human, too.
links to treats with five ingredients or less.
Check out Cooking Light
for some yummy-looking treats, too.
For general ideas of good & bad ingredients for treats, Vet-co NM
has you covered.
Woofalicious Holiday Treats
Iheartdogs.com list of Twenty Fruits & Veggies Your Dog Will Love
Are You Being Scammed with Natural Dog Treats
, from Dogs Naturally
Brush 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, 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
PetMD has a good 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.
How to Clean Your Dog's Ears
The best way to prevent ear infections in your dogs, is to know how to clean their ears. Petguide has put together a thorough guide on the six ways to
properly clean your dog's ears
, which breeds need more cleaning, and other helpful tips.
De-Skunk Your Dog
Summarized from the excellent article on Dogtopia
- keep your dog outside
- check for injuries, like irritated eyes or scratches
- soak up the spray ASAP, by patting, not wiping, with rubber gloves and paper towels
- de-skunk your dog with their easy recipe
- give your dog extra love & affection after this stressful ordeal
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
Remove Bee Stings
Although bees are vital insects and rarely sting, sometimes they do. The treatment of a bee sting is somewhat similar to tick removal, but slightly different.
Check out Vetco's How to Remove a Bee Sting
for more information. Remember that dogs can experience anaphylactic shock to bee stings
so monitor your dog carefully!
last updated on November 30, 2020
links last checked on November 30, 2020