Has Your Home Received A New House Guest?

Guinea Pig on a yellow and purple sponge

The holidays often bring new friends with us into the new year. For a Guinea Pig there are some things to keep in mind:

Their habitat is one of their most vital needs. Buy as good of one as you can afford. You will need to establish a play area. Socializing with their owners is an important part of their day, so make time to play. Establish with your vet as soon as possible. We’d love to meet them. Make sure to pet proof your home, this includes interactions with other pets. Lastly,  Establish routines. Your new friend is a creature of habit, make sure to establish routines that are compatible with your lifestyle and their needs.

SUPPLY LIST:    

  • High Quality Food with Vitamin C
  • Bedding (change often)
  • Hay, they require a lot of hay.
  • Water Bottle
  • Dark / Quiet space
  • Clippers for nails
  • Chews

Tips for Cat Owners for Fear Free Veterinary Care

Preparing your pet for their visit to the Vet

Tips for Cat Owners

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. When carrying the carrier, use both hands to prevent your cat from being jostled and unbalanced.
  4. When driving, make sure the carrier stays flat and doesn’t tip over.
  5. Cover the carrier to reduce stimuli.
  6. Avoid loud music on the ride over and the way home. Instead, play calming classical music to decrease anxiety.
  7. Speak in a low, calm voice. High pitched praise or reaffirmation often increases anxiety.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.)
  10. 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.

we practice fear free veterinary medicine

Thankful For Our Pets

So Let’s Not Feed Them The Wrong Things

We are thankful for our pets and all the joy they bring into our lives. This month we celebrate with food and company, but for our pets this can mean anxious and upset feelings as well as access to foods that they may or may not need to be eating.

No, Nos for your Dogs include Chocolate and Onions. Onions hide in a lot of dishes so make sure before you treat your pet to the left-overs. Nuts, alcohol and poultry bones also make the list.

Animals can over-eat too, so keep the fatty foods to a minimum to avoid an upset tummy.

FALL DATES TO REMBMBER:

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Diabetes Awareness Month

11/11 Veteran’s Day

11/13 World Kindness Day

11/22 Thanksgiving Day

National Pet Wellness Month

Dog walk wellness

October is Pet Wellness Month! Just so happens, pet wellness is our specialty. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Keeping on top of your pet’s vaccinations, diet and exercise is a full time job. We’re here to help. Whether your pet needs a check-up or a heartworm test, we can help you keep on track. Ask about our wellness programs designed for your pet’s needs.

Pet Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes regimen includes a special diet and insulin twice a day

KETOACIDOSIS

Know the Signs

  1. Animal is drinking a ton of water. The process of converting fat into energy requires a ton of water and should be investigated if seen.
  2. Animal becomes incontinent. When a well behaved dog starts drinking lots of water and having accidents inside, this can be a sign.
  3. Loss of appetite. Eventually a diabetic animal that is short on insulin will become lethargic and may stop eating all together.
  4. Vomiting or other digestive issues.

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Heartworm Special

Heartworm test - treatment

We are focusing on Heartworm this month and want to remind you to have your animals tested for heartworm and we highly recommend preventatives. This nasty, invasive parasite is introduced usually through a mosquito bite. The treatment is not pleasant for owner or pet. We recommend regular testing and medication to prevent heartworm in the first place.Continue reading

TTA Now Available

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

TTA is an orthopedic procedure to repair deficient cranial cruciate ligaments in dogs.

Learn more about TTA

MMP uses a wedge-shaped implant of titanium OrthoFoam™ which both defines the degree of advancement of the tibial tuberosity and holds the bone in its new place while the bony ingrowth that provides permanent biomechanically robust fixation, develops.

Introducing K-Laser for Pain Management

K Laser for dog pain management and recovery

We are so excited to introduce the K-Laser

It has versatile applications and gives you some new opportunities to better treat your pet’s condition.

Applications for laser therapy include:

• Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia

• General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)

• Post-surgery healing (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)

• Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)

• Dental procedures

• Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, and lesions)

• Ear infections

Learn more about K-Laser

Fear FREE Certified Professionals

Fear Free Certified professional

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.

collie-w-treatsStress 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.

Tips for Dogs

Tips for Cats

we practice fear free veterinary medicine