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Albuquerque Dog Health

Dog Health


Visit Animal Protection's website for information on protecting you and your animal family.

Albuquerque Dog Emergency Info

24-hour Emergency Clinics

Rt. 66 Veterinary Emergency Care
136 Washington St. SE, Ste. B
266-RT66 (-7866)
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

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

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

American Humane


Banfield Charitable Trust HOPE Fund

Best Friends Animal Society

Brown Dog Foundation

Care Credit

Dylan's Hearts

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

Pets for Patriots helps vets with veterinary costs

Red Rover

Shakespeare Animal Fund

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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

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

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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Dog Food Info

Dog Food Analysis rates dog food & gives dog food analysis

best dog food from

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!

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

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)

for a colorful list of these and more toxic foods, check out The Goody Pet

Poisonous Foods for Dogs

Plants Toxic to Dogs

  • amaryllis bulb
  • avocado leaves, seeds, stem & skin
  • azalea
  • begonia
  • bird of paradise
  • bittersweet
  • calla lily
  • chrysanthemums
  • clematis
  • crocus bulb
  • cyclamen bulb
  • delphinium
  • fig
  • four-o'clocks
  • heavenly bamboo
  • 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, and this helpful infographic on poisonous plants.

Canine PT

Animal Neurology and Imaging Center, 5 Camino Karsten, Algodones, 431-0555

Paws-Abilities now using water therapy
Theresa Barton, PT, CCRP, 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

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)

Dog Safety

ADT provides a nice infographic for dog-proofing your home.

Emergency planning for your animal companions Fire safety tips for your pooches.

Home Advisors 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.

Canine First Aid & Safety

When your dog is sick or injured, you need information fast. Here are some links to help:


dog CPR
All About Frenchie's CPR Chart

General First Aid

ASPCA's Emergency Care instructions tells you what to look for and what to do if your dog is sick

AVMA (American Veterinary Medicine Association) helps with the most common problems





PetHelpful Home Remedies

HowPup Natural Relief




Seasonal Tips

Lyme Disease

Be sure to check your dogs for ticks after they've been outside. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your vet:
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • lameness
  • lethargy
  • loss of appetite
  • unusual breathing (cats)

To safely remove a tick, see our section under "Health How-Tos"

pumpkin dog recipes

Pumpkin for Pooches

This symbol of autumn is good for more than just carving -- it's full of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber, which is good for people and poooches alike. Our dogs love anything with pumpkin in it. Find out how pumpkin can keep your dog healthy at PetMD's page about dogs and pumpkins. You can also try these easy and good-for-your-dog pumpkin recipes:

    • doggy pumpkin biscuits

    • peanut butter and pumpkin biscuits

PetMD's Dog and Pumpkin

Halloween Safety Tips

dog Halloween dog costumes
  • Keep all chocolate and other candy away from your dogs (even locked up if your kids have a tendency to hide some in their rooms)--chocolate and low-calorie sweeteners are poisonous, and dogs may eat whole candy (including wrappers and sticks, which may cause intestinal blockages that won't show up for days)
  • Hide glow sticks, which dogs like to chew until they get a taste of the bitter fluid, which can cause drooling & agitation
  • Confirm that your dog is okay with a costume before buying one
  • Check dog costumes to make sure they fit well , don't restrict movement or vision, and aren't a choking/tangling hazard
  • Do a rehearsal a few days before to she gets comfortable in it
  • If your dog spends a lot of time in the backyard, Bring him in before dusk to prevent anxiety from kids' noise & constant doorbell ringing
  • During trick-or-treating, keep your dogs inside, preferably in an inner room to protect them from running outside and to keep them from getting too agitated
  • Ensure that your dogs have IDs on their collars in case they get loose
  • Move decorations like skulls or pumpkins, which your dog may want to stick his head in, out of reach; ditto for dangling lights that may entangle your dog
  • Keep lit jack-o-lanterns, wires, and candles safely away from curious noses, paws and mouths

For more tips, see AVMA Halloween Safety Tips, Pet MD's Halloween Safety Tips, and Dog Geek's Infographic on Halloween Dog Safety

Halloween Dog as Lion

Halloween Dog as Crawfish

Health How-Tos

doggy dentures

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

Remove Ticks

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.

dogs and bees

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!

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 Creations, which also links to many other sites for homemade treats.

Their birthday cakes look incredible and pretty tempting to a human, too.

Puppy Leaks 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 list of Twenty Fruits & Veggies Your Dog Will Love

Are You Being Scammed with Natural Dog Treats, from Dogs Naturally Magazine.

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October 26th - November 1st

Microchip & Shot Clinics

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

(event locations below)

microchip your dogs

9 am - noon &
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.

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

9 am - noon &
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.

9 am - noon &
1 - 4 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Valley Vetco, 413 Montaño Rd NE.

1 - 4 pm: Walk-in shot clinic at Vet-co, 8200 Menaul 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

Best Pets Pet Food
3500 Menaul Blvd NE, 881-4347

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

Everyday Adoption Center (at PetSmart Eubank)
350 Eubank NE, 298-4122

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

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

Paws and Stripes
617 Truman Street NE

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

7200 Montgomery NE, Suite C, 888-2059

PetSmart Academy
8070 Academy NE (at Wyoming), 796-0561

PetSmart Coors/Montaño
5600 Coors, 348-3997

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

PetSmart Winrock
2100 Louisiana Blvd. NE Suite 322, 313-8089

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

Satellite Coffee Alameda
1640 Alameda Blvd. NW, 899-1001

Sprouts Market San Mateo
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

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Albuquerque Dog Behavior and Health Info

Animal Blood Bank Hotline, 800-243-5759

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

Veterinarian Oncology FAQs, treatment options

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

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN) info on dogs struggling with arthritis

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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)

Advanced Veterinary Dentistry
136 Washington St SE, #H

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

Northview Animal Hospital
7601 Anaheim NE

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

Route 66 Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Center
136 Washington St. SE, Suite B

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

Consumer Advocate Guide to Pet Insurance

FIGO Pet Insurance

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

Online Pharmacies

Find a Safe Online Pharmacy

Pet Rescue Rx (donates 100% of its profits to dog charities!)

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last updated on October 23, 2020

links last checked on October 15, 2020