Vetequitte- Etiquette tips for the Vet’s Office

Albuquerque Vetco

Albuquerque VetcoVetco in Albuquerque can be a fun place for your pet or a stressful one. The best way to make it fun, or at least reduce the stress, is to follow some basic Vet office etiquette.

Pets in Carriers or on Leashes

You may love how friendly your dog is but not everyone around you may love that. The best way to minimize any potential encounters, or spreading of infection (even though we are a well animal vet clinic, some animals are sick when they come into the clinic), is to keep them from interacting with the other pets. Keeping your your pet in a carrier or on a leash will reduce any incidents.

Discuss Finances Before Your Visit

If you are concerned about paying for your pets veterinary bill, please call and speak with us prior to your visit. We may be able to offer you coupons, or programs through the city, but if you ask for help after services have been performed there may be less we can do to help.

Be On Time

We offer a no appointment necessary walk-in daily shot clinic. So you can just come by any time you want. However, if you do have an appointment, make sure you are on time. We see a lot of pets and if you miss your appointment time, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to see your pet that day.

One Appointment is For One Pet Unless You Ask First

If you have 3 dogs and want all of them to be seen by the vet, you need to let vet assistant know at the time of booking. We have to make sure we schedule your appointment to cover the amount of time needed to see all of your pets. If you show up with more than one pet, and didn’t let us know in advance, we may not be able to see the extra pets.

Get Off Your Cell Phone

Being at a veterinary office can be stressful for your pet. While you are there with them, you need to give your pet your full attention. Also, the sound of phone’s ringing can be stressful for some pets. Please put your cell phone on silent and put it away.

Accidents Happen

We know accidents happen. It is never a big deal if your pet goes potty, or vomits, on the floor. If it happens, don’t worry about cleaning it up. We have all the proper disinfectants and cleaning tools. Just make sure to let someone at the desk know so they can get it taken care of. We don’t want your pet to get it all over them, or anyone else for that matter.

e unwanted pets. Clinic staff must consider how they are going to pay for their pet’s care, whether they can have another pet in their apartment/house and if they have the time for the proper enrichment of an additional pet. Even if they would love to take every pet that walked through the door, it just isn’t practical.

If you bring into the clinic a pet that you found, be prepared to pay for its care. If you can’t pay anything, please don’t be angry with the veterinary clinic for expecting you to do so. It’s their job. There are rescue organizations and humane societies out there that are financially equipped to handle strays.

Don’t Feed The Animals

It is a great idea to bring treats for your pet. This can help keep them happy and calm. But your treats are not necessarily suitable for all pets. Please do not share your treats with anyone’s pet without asking them first.

Don’t Share Your Toys

Bringing toys is a great way to keep your dog calm at the vet’s office. Even if other pets are interested in your toy’s, do not share. It is very common for dog’s to fight over toys and we don’t want anyone to accidentally get hurt.

 

 

 

 

 

Rattlesnakes are biting! Time To Get the Vaccine!

Snakes in New Mexico

Snakes in New MexicoYou may think we are at the end of Rattlesnake season in New Mexico, but you would be wrong. In the past week we have heard of 2 different cases of people being bitten by Rattle Snakes, and people are a lot less likely to be bitten than your dog.

Rattlesnake bites are painful but they can also cause some serious damage. The area where the bite is will get swollen, the venom impairs the ability of blood to clot, your dog can go into shock and it can even cause death. The treatment is an anti-venom which neutralizes the venom, pain medication, IV fluids and antibiotics for any potential infection. Even with treatment, your dog may have long-term health issues.

The good news is Vetco on Menaul offers a rattlesnake vaccine which reduces the effect of the venom from a rattlesnake bite. This simple vaccine can save your dog’s life, and you can get it during our daily walk-in shot clinics.

The vaccination is mostly an annual to biannual vaccine. When you get the first vaccination your dog will need a booster one month later. Then you will only need to get it annually, or every 6 months if you live in an area that has rattlesnakes all year. Talk to your veterinarian about the frequency for rattlesnake vaccinations.

The vaccination is most effective for the first 4 to 6 weeks after vaccination, which will cover the majority of the remaining hiking season in Albuquerque.

When hiking with your dog please follow good safety rules:

  1. Stay on paths.
  2. Keep your dog on a leash.
  3. Discourage digging under rocks
  4. Discourage running through brush.

You can get the rattlesnake vaccine in our daily walk-in shot clinic. If you have question about if the vaccine is right for you, please call Vetco to speak with a veterinarian.

Why Should You Microchip Your Dog in Albuquerque?

Albuquerque MicrochipWell first, it is required by law that if you live in Bernalillo County you have to have your dog microchipped.  But beyond that, it is just a great thing to do. Back before microchips if a dog went missing, you relied on flyers posted around your neighborhood to let people know your dog was missing and how to return him. Not many dogs were found and re-homed. But with microchips, if your dog gets picked up, all it takes is a quick scan and all your owner information will come up and your dog can be easily returned home.

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. They are put in during an in office visit. You can even get one put in during our daily walk-in shot clinic in Albuquerque.

Some people don’t like to microchip because often dogs aren’t lost, they are abandoned. This is a sad reality about the chips and animal owner behavior. But for the dogs that are not abandoned, it keeps them from getting lost forever or being lost in the animal shelter.

Microchips are not the same as a geo tracking device. A microchip will not track your dog’s location. So if your dog is lost, the microchip won’t help find him. But if your lost dog is found, it will help them find you to return him to you. Did you know that a pet is 20 times more likely to be returned to it’s home if he has a microchip?

Microchip typically last a lifetime. So once it is done you never have to worry about it.

The microchip does not hold the animals veterinary records, it simply gives an ID number to your pet which is linked to your address.

You can update the information at any time, so if you move it is not a problem.

 

If you have any questions about microchips, please call the Vetco clinic. Did you know that Vetco is listed as a trusted pet resource by CABQ?