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Wags & Chile Festival at Marty's Meals at Marty's Meals Market

October 21, 2017 from 12pm to 3pm
This family- and dog-friendly event will feature a Canine Kissing Booth, a Photo Booth for you and your pets, $5 vegetarian Green Chile meals including a drink and dessert, Fun Contests for you and your pets, and a Raffle!See More
Oct 3
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Animal Communication with Dr. Laurie Moore at Marty's Meals Market

September 23, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm
National Therapist and Animal Communicator, Dr Laurie Moore, Returns to Santa Fe to Give Marty's Meals Customers Complimentary SessionsReadings will be held between 1:00 - 4:00pm on Saturday September 23rd. Advance reservations are required and sessions with Laurie fill up quickly, so please call us soon if you'd like to take advantage of this very special and generous opportunity.…See More
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Health & Balance: What does your Dog need from You? at Santa Fe LaFarge Library, Community Room

October 3, 2017 from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Join Dog Trainer David R. Crosby and Student Gaia Richards for our talk: Health & Balance: What Does Your Dog Expect From You?Dogs have certain needs for exercise, nutrition, affection and fun. But what specifically does your dog need from you? How much sleep, what kind of nutrition, work and play?The lecture is from 6:30pm till 7:30pm, but please come at 6:15 for introductions if you wish!We meet each month for these free talks and to get to know one another. Please join us!See More
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Local animal news in brief, Sept. 21, 2017

Pacheco Park hosts dog partyBusinesses at Pacheco Park are hosting a progressive dinner, showroom walk and dog party to support the local animal shelter.More than 20 businesses at the Design District, 1512 Pacheco St., are taking part in the second annual Bark at the Park event. It will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.Park merchants will be offering appetizers for both humans and dogs and a chance to enter individual raffles at each business during the event. Raffle entries will be…See More
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Lost your dog? Find a lost or injured animal? Here are important contact numbers in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County:

In the city limits, Animal Services is at 955-2701. On weekends and holidays, call SFPD dispatch at 955-2700.
In the county, Animal Control is at 992-1626. On weekends and holidays, call Sheriff's dispatch at 428-3720.

Still unsure about what to do to find your lost pet? Read these tips put together by Scoop member Julie.

Suspect an animal might be suffering from abuse? Call the toll-free statewide hot line for reporting extreme cruelty to animals at 1-877-548-6263.

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Shelter seeks funds for new dental unit for homeless animals; pet dental expert to speak Friday

Sara Lewis, protective eye gear and mask in place, homes in on decay – a dark sheen of plaque that needs to come off. The tiny Chihuahua is deep asleep, possibly dreaming of chasing critters instead of what’s been attacking her canines.

The machine makes a soft hum and whirls, as Lewis aims at the dog’s tooth, water gently cleansing the gums.

“You should have seen it before,” Lewis, the Santa Fe animal shelter’s medical director says. “You wouldn’t believe the change.”

But Lewis isn’t done with the little dog. A tooth needs to come out, not unusual for the tiny breed. “It’s been loose for some time, and that causes pain when he eats. So we’re going to take it out so he’ll be happier.”

The clinic staff does more than 10 dentals per week, which can range from simple teeth scaling or cleaning to multiple and almost whole-mouth extractions.

Dental disease, Lewis notes, is a quiet but persistent enemy of all pets, and quite common among companion animals. And while cleaning pets’ teeth may seem like a luxury to some, it’s become a necessity at many shelters, including Santa Fe’s.

“We’re fortunate that we do have a dental machine,” she says. “And for these guys, it just gives them a better chance for adoption. It helps the adopter out so they don’t have quite as big of an expense when they take them home.”

Dental disease can cause damage to other organs, including a pet’s heart, and create a variety of health problems. It’s estimated that four out of five dogs over the age of 3 have some sort of periodontal disease.

Kris Bannon of Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery of New Mexico, said her practice sees a variety of periodontal diseases – plaque buildup and gingivitis — along with broken teeth and orthodontic problems, especially among shelter animals, where the teeth aren’t lined up because of a broken jaw or deformity. Many of the dental problems are preventable.

“Just like with people, some are more prone to disease than others,” she said. “In general, the smaller the dog or cat the more they are prone to periodontal disease.”

Smaller dogs, Bannon said, have teeth that are larger proportionally than bigger breeds. “We have genetically shrunk the dog and changed the mouth, but we didn’t shrink the teeth in proportion. Their teeth are too big and they are crowded together and there is not enough bone support.”

On the other hand, larger dogs tend to break their teeth chewing on things or trying to escape.

Cats and dogs have always had dental issues but people tend to notice them more now, Bannon said, because animals have become such a part of our lives. They are in the homes and sleeping on the beds or on couches.

“It used to be that we considered doggy breath normal, but we now recognize that doggy breath is actually infection,” she said. “Doggy breath is not normal; doggy breath is periodontal disease and that’s a problem.”

At the Santa Fe animal shelter, dental cleaning has become a common standard of care, Lewis said. So when they shelter’s 5-year-old dental unit kept breaking and eventually was not repairable, the clinic quickly needed to replace it.

“We used it almost about every day,” said Jennifer Steketee, the shelter’s executive director and former medical director. “Dental care really is an important part of animal care, and being able to provide basic dental procedures to our homeless animals is critical.”

A dental unit runs about $6,500 – an unexpected expense. The shelter has created a crowd-funding site to raise money for the machine. A dental unit consists of a scaler, a drill and a polisher. It allows the clinic staff to provide a range of dental services. To find out how you can help, visit

Lewis said the more people are aware of dental disease and how we can keep our animals healthy, the better it is for the animals and their families. On the shelter side, Lewis said, the staff does the best it can.

“Shelters across the country are working on it, but funding is always an issue,” she said. “And these dental machines cost a ton of money. A lot of times, these animals who come to us haven’t had the best care. Some of them haven’t had any kind of vet care for that matter. So we might as well give them a ‘paw up.’ ”

Pet owners can help prevent dental issues by being more observant of their pet’s behavior and getting in the habit of brushing the teeth of their dog or cat, Bannon said. She sees daily sessions as an opportunity to bond.

“We as pet owners have to be proactive and look for those problems,” she said. “Animals don’t know that if they show signs of weakness, we will help them. They think if they show signs of weakness, we’re going to throw them away or get rid of them or lower their status in the pack.”

Bannon will be the featured guest at this Friday’s talk at Teca Tu’s monthly Pawsworthy Pub Hour. The event, which features refreshments and snacks for both two- and four-legged guests, runs from 5-7 p.m. at the pet store in the DeVargas Center mall. Bannon will answer questions about pet-dental issues.


If You Go

What: Pet dental health

When: Friday, 5-7 p.m.

Where: Teca Tu, DeVargas Center Mall, 165 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe

Who: Kris Bannon, Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery


To Help Shelter Animals

Donate to the shelter’s fundraising drive for a dental unit at

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Blog Posts

Local animal news in brief, Sept. 21, 2017

Pacheco Park hosts dog party

Businesses at Pacheco Park are hosting a progressive dinner, showroom walk and dog party to support the local animal shelter.

More than 20 businesses at the Design District, 1512 Pacheco St., are taking part in the second annual Bark at the Park event. It will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

Park merchants will be offering appetizers for both humans and dogs and a chance to enter individual raffles at each…


Posted by Ben Swan on September 21, 2017 at 10:43am

Lost Dog - Lessons Learned

I was away from home on May 9, when we had that nasty storm.  When my dogsitter arrived in the morning, my red heeler Sage in her panic had tried to dig a hole through my living room door and finally pried open the panel on the dog door, and climbed over or pushed through the 5 ft high fence.  When I returned the next day, I started the search.

I found really good suggestions for finding and approaching a lost dog on I have contacted the shelters and vets,…


Posted by Peggy Powers on July 21, 2017 at 10:57am

Local animal news in brief, July 20, 2017

Police: Owners can be cited for leaving pets in hot cars

Dozens of reports of dogs left in hot cars this summer have prompted the Santa Fe Police Department to remind people the practice is dangerous and illegal.

Hundreds of pets die each year from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles, said spokesman Greg Gurule of the Santa Fe Police Department. He said the city’s Animal Services Division averages 300 calls for welfare checks for…


Posted by Ben Swan on July 20, 2017 at 9:53am

Adoptions Today at Aldea

Felines & Friends and Small Dog Rescue have wonderful cats and dogs available for adoption at the Aldea Community Center (off 599 Frontage Rd). We are here until 2pm

Posted by Bobbi Heller on July 15, 2017 at 11:28am

Professional Animal Care Permit for Pet sitters and Dog Walkers in Santa Fe

When searching for a pet sitter for your fur baby and your peace of mind consider to check this and Google reviews for local professional pet sitting companies.

Professional Animal Care Petmit for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers…


Posted by Pet Angel Irina on July 5, 2017 at 4:42pm

Local animal news in brief, May 18, 2017

Shelter, brewery host brew-naming contest

Name a new brew and get two VIP tickets to the Santa Fe animal shelter’s summer music festival.

The shelter and the Santa Fe Brewing Co., are brewing a small batch of American ale in connection with Dog Days of Summer, the June 4 event that features an evening of musical entertainment. A name will be chosen from the list of submissions on May 26 and the winner will receive two VIP tickets to the event. Submit a name at…


Posted by Ben Swan on May 18, 2017 at 10:13am


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