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Biggest Health Threat To Your Dog

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overweight dog albuquerqueYour dog is at risk!

There is a 53% chance your dog will be afflicted.

It is slowly killing pets every day.

It is an epidemic.

It is obesity.

Obesity in your dog can cause:

  • Hormonal diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Hypertension
  • ACL tears
  • Heart dieseas
  • Tumors
  • Overweight dogs are more prone to injury.

Most dog owners don’t see their dog’s as being fat. This is because most of us don’t recognize what our dog’s weight should be or should look like. Please consult your vet about your pet’s weight. They will get you on the proper diet and exercise plan to keep your dog in shape.

Did you know that your pet can gain weight after being spayed or neutered? This is because of changes in their hormones. You may need to adjust their diet and exercise after the surgery.

Keeping your dog in a healthy weight range not only helps them live a better quality of life but can help them live on average 2 years longer than overweight dogs.

The best way to determine if your dog is overweight is to bring them to your Albuquerque vet for an annual exam.


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.






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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.