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Tips to Make Your Cat’s Visit to the Vet Less Stressful

Cat_TrainingFearfulCatDid you know that cats are taken to the vet far less than dogs? The biggest reason for this is anxiety. Cats experience a lot of anxiety when visiting the vet, which can lead to a reluctance by cat owners to bring their cats into the clinic.

Here are some great tips to help reduce stress on your cat during their vet visit.

  1. Learn to love the carrier
    If you cat only goes into their carrier for vet visits, then the carrier becomes associated with anxiety.  Turn your carrier into a place of stress relief. Turn it into a bed for them and make it a place they can escape and get away from the hustle and bustle of the house. Leave it in a sunny spot so she will be more likely to lay in it. If the carrier is a stress free zone then she will be more comfortable getting into it to go to the vet.
  2. Car rides! You don’t have to reserve car rides for the dog, bring your cat too. Sometimes the car ride is stressful too, but if you take your cat in the car regularly she won’t think anything of it.
  3. Reduce waiting room stress.  Our walk-in shot clinic has a lot of animals in the waiting room. If this is too stressful for you cat, call and make an appointment instead of using the walk-in clinic. Another option is to bring someone else with you. Then one of you wait in the car with your cat and the other stay in the waiting room. Then come get the person with your cat when it is your turn.
  4. Handing your cat. The way the vet handles your cat can be upsetting to him. Lifting his tail, looking in his ears and mouth, and touching him all over can feel unfamiliar. Practice doing this at home. If your cat is used to be being handled this way, it won’t feel unfamiliar when the vet does it. Don’t forget to give him treats when you are practicing. Rewards are good behavioral reinforcement.

Even if your cat has anxiety, it is important to bring them to the vet for their vaccinations and checkups. If you are concerned, talk to your vet beforehand about her anxiety and your veterinarian may be able to offer some additional advice to quell the anxiety.






Fall Pet Safety Tips

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albuquerque fall petThe weather is cooling down and fall is coming! While we get our evaporative coolers shut down and are gardens winterized, make sure to take some fall pet safety precautions.


There are more rats and mice in the fall as they try to seek shelter. You may be laying out mice traps or rodenticides. These are toxic and dangerous for your pets. Make sure you put them in places that are not accessible to your pets. If you think your pet ingested rodenticide, call your vet immediately!

Car Coolant

This is a great time of year to change our your car’s coolant.  But did you know that coolant smells sweet and pets like to drink it. Engine coolant can kill your pet. There glycol-based coolants that are less toxic than the ethylene glycol coolants, but both are dangerous. If you have any coolant spills, clean them up immediately and don’t leave any open coolant out for your pet to drink. If you think your pet ingested coolant, call your vet immediately.

Mushrooms grow in the fall

Though New Mexico is a dry place we still grow mushrooms. Most mushrooms have little to no toxicity, some still do. The ones that do can be highly toxic and cause life-threatening problems in your pets. If you have mushrooms growing in your yard, put on some gloves and pick them. If you encounter mushrooms on hikes, do not let your pet eat them.  Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom.

Rattlesnakes and others

It is a great time for hiking! Snakes are also preparing for hibernation, this can make them more aggressive when they have been discovered. Make sure you get the rattlesnake vaccine to keep your dog protected and try to keep them from sticking their noses in holes or under rocks where snakes may be trying to sleep.


Green Chile is for People Not Dogs

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Green Chile PetGreen chile is here!! Everyone is starting to roast and stock up on our favorite food. If you live in New Mexico, you likely put green chile on just about everything.  But the one thing you shouldn’t put it on is your dog’s food.

Green chile is great for people. It boosts your immune system, get the oxytocin flowing, and it tastes amazing! But it does not do good thing for your dog.

Thankfully green chile is not toxic, but it can still make them sick.  What can happen if your dog eats green chile:

  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Mouth blisters
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety

You may recognize these symptoms because the same things happen to you if you eat chile that is too hot for you. Though they can cause some discomfort, thankfully they pass quickly.
What to do

  • Lots of water – the water can help dilute the acid in the stomach, which causes the stomach upset. It can also help flush their mouth of the acid that causes the burning.
  • Milk – If you dog seems to have a severe burning in his mouth, milk can help neutralize the burning.
  • Grass – Grass is your dogs natural pept0. If their stomach is upset, let them eat some grass and that can help calm their stomach down, or help them to vomit to get rid of what is upsetting their stomach.
  • Pepto-Bismol – You can crush up Pepto-Bismol in water and give it to them. This can help if your dog has diarrhea or is vomiting. The amount you can give depends on your dog’s weight. Make sure to call Albuquerque Vetco to consult with a vet before you give your dog pepto.

Eat all the green chile you can handle, just don’t share with your dog!

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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.