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Are Your Exotic Pets Getting Stressed By Your Guests?

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exotic pets albuquerqueHouse guests are stressful. Did you know they are stressful to your exotic pets too?

Most people are accustomed to cats and dogs but not necessarily snakes, parrots or other exotic pets. Because people are less familiar with them, they can receive a lot more attention than the traditional pet and this attention is not always wanted by your exotic animal.

How to introduce your exotic pet to your guest:

  • One person at a time. A crowd can be scary.
  • Watch your pet closely for signs of stress or fear.
  • Teach the person how to handle your pet properly.
  • Don’t be afraid to take your pet back from the person holding them.

Reduce stimulation

Holidays are a big time for guests. But holidays often mean events like big meals or parties. Create a safe space for your exotic pet so they can escape the activity and reduce overstimulation.

  • Give them a quiet room to stay in
  • Give them comforts appropriate for your pet, like a blanket or heating rock.
  • Watch out for stress activities like feather plucking or hiding.
  • Be able to adjust for your pet’s mood and needs.


Cat Sitting is More Than Just Feeding

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albuquerque cat veterinarianCats are usually pretty easy pets to take care of. They are so easy that many people will go out of town thinking that they can just leave their cat unattended or that a sitter can just make sure they have food and water and call it good.  However, you cat needs more than just food and water while you are gone.

Cat Sitting and What Cats Need

Yes, cats need food, water and fresh litter. But they also need attention. When you are at home you give your cat lots of love and play time. When you are gone they get nothing. This can make them lonely and anxious.

  • Give them clean fresh water daily
  • Keep their food bowls full
  • Scoop out litter daily or else your cat may stop using it in protest.
  • Play with them once or twice a day. Tell your cat sitter to spend 15 or 30 minutes just hanging out with your hat. Of course, this is if your cat will hang out with your pet sitter.
  • If they are indoor/outdoor cats, just keep them indoors while you are away.

Communicate with your cat sitter what you cat needs and if there is anything they can’t have. For instance, if you don’t give your cat milk then tell the cat sitter so they don’t do it. You want to keep their diet and environment as normal as possible. This will reduce any stress or anxiety they may have during your absence.

Cats are great pets and often fairly low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean no maintenance. Make sure to take care of them when you are home and when you are gone.






What You Should Know About Papillon’s

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veterinarian papillon albuquerquePapillon are  popular speciality breed dog. They are popular because they are cute little toy dogs with fluffy coats and adorable little faces.

They weigh 7-10 pounds and can live up to 20 years.

Did you know that the word papillon means butterfly in French? Likely because of their wing-like ears and their spunky and fun personality, Papillon’s are great dogs.


How Friendly Are They? Incredibly! They are smart and easy to train, but they are also gentle and patient. They make great indoor dogs but are known for being a little difficult to house train.

Papillons are not known for a lot of barking and are good with cats and kids. But like any dog, they need exercise and can become aggressive if they have too much pent up energy.

Exercise Needs:

These cute little dogs have lots of energy. They need people to play with them, and taking them out of the house for a run around the park or yard is highly encouraged.


Grooming Needs:

They don’t have undercoats, which makes Papillon’s easy to groom. Their coat shed an average amount but their coat doesn’t typically mat or tangle. Regular brushing will take care of any shedding issues.

Just like any dog, you will need to brush their teeth regularly. This breed is prone to tartar build up which can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Make sure to bring them into Albuquerque Vetco for their annual dental cleaning.


Health Problems:

These cute dogs are generally pretty healthy. But like any dog they have a few health concerns to be aware of:

  • Luxated patella (kneecap problems, generally on the hind legs)
  • Anesthesia sensitivity
  • Fontanel (soft spot or opening on the top of the skull)
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) – Testing for PRA is available for papillons. The gene mutation for the condition was discovered by researchers at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (PDF). If you plan to obtain a papillon from a breeder, ask if this test has been performed on your potential pet or the parents. We do not offer testing at our clinic.

Once you get your Papillon, make sure to bring them into the clinic for a checkup, their annual vaccines and their microchip. You can speak to our vets about any dietary needs and health concerns you may have.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.