Several of our team members have gone through the Fear Free Certified Professional program for Albuquerque Veterinarians. We have adopted a culture of Fear FREE medicine in the clinic and try to add a little TLC into every interaction we have with your pet.
What is Fear Free?
Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to better healthcare outcomes, satisfied clients and relaxed patients. It also reduces or removes anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved, including your pet(s), you and your veterinary healthcare team.
Stress can start at home. We encourage you to check out our check-lists to insure that you are doing everything possible to start on the right foot.
Buy Heartworm Medication!
It’s sometimes hard to imagine that “an ounce of prevention”…really is worth it. In this case it is. Heart worms are highly invasive and the treatment, once afflicted, adds up quickly.
For the cost of what adds up to be 7 years worth of medication, the treatment is more than your dog and your wallet want to go through. The reality is that you love your pet and you don’t want to see them go through a case of Heartworm. Call to schedule a Heartworm test. See our offer to receive 1/2 OFF your next test.
Brought to you by the Mosquito (Culicidae)
Worms grow over 7 months and usually come in multitudes. The worms begin with an incubation period inside the mosquito. They carry the larvae and deliver it to the host, your cat or dog! They can grow up to 12 inches and dogs can be infected with as many as 250 of them. It’s nasty business for your dog or cat! This is why we recommend regular testing and most importantly, preventive medication.
Some pet care may seem self-evident, but we still like to remind everybody of the basics when it is summertime and you have other things on your mind.
- Never leave a dog or cat in a hot car. Just like with children, leaving your pet in a hot car can quickly have consequences for the animal.
- If you wouldn’t walk barefoot on the pavement, neither should your dog. Summer temperatures in July can result in second degree burns on your animals feet. (The same is true of trail hiking with your dog. Make sure the trail is not too hot.)
- Make sure you pets have LOTS OF WATER available. Dogs don’t sweat, so make sure they have access to plenty of water.
Change up your routine. Temperatures have been reaching their hottest right at 5:00pm. Take advantage of the cool early morning. Even with the heat, we’ve been cooling down at night. During the hottest parts of the year, try walking your dogs in the morning.
FIREWORKS AND YOUR PETS
Your pet can become very distressed when fireworks and people cause a commotion. If you are entertaining and or celebrating with fireworks this Summer, don’t forget about your furry friends.
- Your pet needs a quiet, safe place to be during the festivities. Make them comfortable with some extra pillows or blankets to help reduce the sound around them. If this is not possible, look into letting your pet stay elsewhere during your activities. Let them stay with a friend or think about boarding your dog for the night.
- Keep you dog out of the line of fire. It will be your dogs first instinct to chase after fast moving objects. It’s best to keep your dog away from ALL FIREWORKS activities.
- WATER – We can’t stress enough, keep your pets hydrated while they are outside in the heat enjoying the day with you.
Preparing your pet for their visit to the Vet
Tips for Cat Owners
- We recommend purchasing a carrier that opens from the top and/or has an easily removable top. Pulling or dumping a scared cat from a carrier is stressful.
- Place the carrier in a central area of the home at least 3 days prior to your visit. Wipe the carrier with pheromone wipes (Feliway) and place their bed, treats and toys inside. For best results, try keeping the carrier in a quiet location in your home all year round!
- When carrying the carrier, use both hands to prevent your cat from being jostled and unbalanced.
- When driving, make sure the carrier stays flat and doesn’t tip over.
- Cover the carrier to reduce stimuli.
- Avoid loud music on the ride over and the way home. Instead, play calming classical music to decrease anxiety.
- Speak in a low, calm voice. High pitched praise or reaffirmation often increases anxiety.
- If you must wait in the waiting room, face the carrier away from other cats present and place your cat on the seat next to you or on your lap. Never on the floor.
- On the day of your visit, if your appointment is in the morning, don’t feed your cat breakfast. If they are hungry, your cat will respond better to food rewards at the veterinary hospital. Cats experience similar endorphin release when eating, like people! (does not apply to diabetic cats.)
- If you believe your cat would benefit from an anti-anxiety medication or a natural soothing supplement, please let us know as soon as you arrive.
We hope this helps lessen stress for you and your pet.
Preparing your pet for their visit to the Vet
Tips for Dog Owners
- We recommend purchasing a harness or fixed length leash. This allows more control during what can be a somewhat anxious visit.
- Condition them early to enjoy car rides. Start with short drives around the neighborhood. Feed treats and make the experience happy and positive. Add more and more time as they get used to it. If they ever get anxious, stop and try again another day.
- On the day of your visit, if their appointment is in the morning, don’t feed them breakfast, and if your appointment is in the afternoon, only feed a small breakfast. If hungry, your dog will respond better to food rewards at the veterinary hospital. Dogs experience similar endorphin release when eating, like people! Does not apply to diabetic dogs.
- Bring in their favorite treat, kibble or toy. You are the best at knowing what your dogs go crazy over!
- Avoid loud music on the ride over and on the way home. Instead play calming, classical music to decrease anxiety.
- Speak in a low calm voice. High pitched praise or reaffirmation often increases anxiety.
- If you have an anxious dog, leave them in the car when you arrive and check in with the receptionist. They will advise you when an exam room is available. You can wait in your car, take a walk or sit outside on our bench. Limiting time in the waiting room creates a calmer visit.
- If you believe your dog would benefit from an anti-anxiety medication or a natural soothing supplement, please let us know as you arrive.
We hope this helps lessen stress for you and your pet.
Did you just Adopt a Cat? You need to be prepared. Learn what to do when you are getting a new cat and bringing it home for the first time.
Like a good Scout, Be prepared should be your motto when bringing a new pet into your home. Felines are sensitive to new surroundings and some may hide under a bed or in a closet for days and sometimes even weeks until they feel comfortable with where they landed. You can help your new cat adapt more easily by following these guidelines:
What To Expect – The First 30
Be Sure To Prepare Before You Bring Your Cat Home:
Cats are territorial, and coming into a new environment leaves them feeling unsettled. There are some many unknowns, and they don’t know what may lurk there. Provide a small area to call his own for the first few days or weeks. Put in the space all of the kitty essentials, such as food, water and a litter box. Spend time with your cat, so make sure there’s a comfortable place for you to sit as well.
Fill a litter box with one or two inches of litter and place it in his room where he can use it undisturbed. Set up a feeding station with food and water bowls. Locate it away from the litter box.
“A new cat may hideout for days or weeks before they are comfortable with their new environment.”
Look at your house with a curious cat’s eye view for its climbing and exploring potential. When your cat is acclimated to your home, you may be surprised to find him on top of the upper kitchen cabinets, so make sure there’s nothing on display there or on other high shelves that can be damaged or knocked off. Look for holes or registers that leave ductwork accessible and cover them up. A kitten can easily slither into one of these. Bone up on how to introduce your cat to other pets. Keep her door closed and don’t let your other pets race in unexpectedly.
Now, you’re ready to bring your cat home. Preferably, bring him or her home in a cat carrier. It will feel safer to her. Take her directly to her new room.Generally, you should restrict her exposure to the whole family, but of course, everyone is going to want to see the new pet. Remind them of the ground rules you’ve set up.
Sit on the floor and let her come to you. Don’t force her. Just let her get acquainted on her own time. If she doesn’t approach, leave her alone and try again later. Some cats are particularly frightened, and she may retreat to her hidey hole and not come out when you’re around at all. She may only come out at night when the house is quiet. Give her time.
Your newly adopted cat may not eat much or at all at first. It’s best to give your cat the same food she had at the shelter or in her foster home, at least at first. Keeping some things familiar will make her feel more secure. Be sure to change her water frequently and make sure that she is drinking. If your cat hasn’t eaten for a few days, call your vet to ask for advice.
Easter Egg hunting is a lot of fun, but loose candies can be hazardous for canine and feline friends. Chocolate is a big time favorite this time of year, but that’s a big no, no for your pets. Small chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, there are chocolates in all shapes and sizes. If you are having festive events, have a plan for your animals. An egg hunt combines some of a dogs favorite things. Rummaging around in the yard and treats. Make sure you know what you hid and make sure that everything gets accounted for. Plastics, foils, etc. can also be a problem. It’s best to err on the side of caution for our curious pet friends.
What is hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism is the most common glandular disorder in cats. It is caused by an excessive concentration of circulating thyroxine—a thyroid hormone better known as T4—in the bloodstream.
What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism? read more →
What Is Bad Breath?
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by a variety of health problems. Don’t worry, your cat’s breath isn’t supposed to smell minty fresh—but if there’s an extremely strong, fetid odor, there could be an underlying medical problem.
What Could Be Causing My Cat’s Bad Breath? read more →