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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

Summer Health Tips

  • NEVER leave your dog unattended in the car -- even with windows open the temperatures can rise dramatically. Here's a flyer (PDF), from the SPCA of British Columbia, that lists the dangers of heatstroke, along with emergency treatment.
  • Best time for exercise is when it's cool--early morning or evening
  • Don't let your dogs stand on hot asphalt--their pads can easily burn
  • Signs for overheating include weakness, excessive panting and drooling
  • Make sure your dogs have plenty of shade and cool, clean water
  • Avoid areas where you suspect insecticide has recently been applied

ASPCA Hot Weather Tips

panting Chester

Heat Stroke in Dogs

Could your dog have heat stroke? Black dogs, dogs with a short muzzle, overweight dogs, and old/young dogs are particularly at risk.


  • increased panting and salivating
  • excessive drooling
  • rapid heart rate
  • vomiting blood
  • lethargy
  • weakness, staggering or inability to move

Immediate Action

  • put your dog in bathtub/shower and run cool (not cold) water over her head
  • if you can't get your dog in a tub, cool him off with a garden hose or pool
  • put a cold pack on his head (frozen fruit or vegetables are fine)
  • briskly massage her legs
  • give her access to as much cool water as she wants; adding a pinch of salt will help replace lost minerals


As soon as your dog's temperature drops below 103, take her to your vet immediately.

PetMD info on heat stroke in dogs

Bellevue Animal Hospital, “How Hot is Too Hot?”

Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car in the Heat

With summer upon us, it's time for travel and a reminder about the dangers of leaving your dog in a parked car. With our extremely hot summers, parking in the shade--even if you're just gone a minute or leaving the windows cracked--is NOT ok. The temperature inside a car can skyrocket within a few minutes.

To convince yourself, get into your car on a warm, sunny day, turn off the engine, and crack the windows. It only takes a few minutes before it becomes unbearable. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 102 degrees within only ten minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees becoming lethal for your dogs.

Stanford University School of Medicine's study measuring the temperature inside a parked car on sunny days showed that a car's interior can heat up by an average of 40 degrees in an hour, with eighty percent of the temperature rise occurring within the first half-hour. So cracking a window or running the air conditioner before parking the car were inadequate.

Dogs are designed to conserve heat. Panting and drinking water helps cool them, but if they only have hot air to breathe, dogs can suffer brain and organ damage in just 15 minutes. Signs of heat stress include: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting or a deep red or purple tongue. If your dog becomes overheated, immediately lower their body temperature by doing one or more of the following before taking him or her to the closest vet:
  • Move him into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over their body to gradually lower their temperature.

  • Apply ice packs or cool towels to her head, neck and chest only.

  • Allow your dog to drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.

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, 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

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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September 21st - 27th

Our calendar is on hiatus until it's safe to go out again

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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 September 1, 2020

links last checked on August 11, 2020