Unusual Pets – Caring For Your Rabbit

Rabbit Vet Albuquerque

Rabbit Vet AlbuquerqueUnusual Pets – Caring For Your Rabbit

You may not think of your pet bunny as being especially unusual, however caring for a rabbit in New Mexico has its challenges. Bunnies have special dietary and lifestyle needs that your local rabbit veterinarian can help you determine.

Here are some basic bunny facts and tips on bunny care.

1. Bunnies have a lot of personality and are great companions. They are intuitive, intelligent, sociable, and affectionate. Bunnies can be trained to use a litter box, they’ll come when called, and may even learn to play tag with your other pets.

2. There is a lot of variety among domestic rabbits – more than 60 breeds in the United States, many of which derived from southwestern states. Breeds include the very popular Dutch bunny, the droopy-eared German lop, and furry Cashmeres.

3. Rabbits and children may not mix. Always keep an eye out, as bunnies have large teeth and may kick hard.

4. You must be prepared to care for your new rabbit friend, outfitting yourself with a cage, a carrier, and a litter box. You will also need food, toys, and treats. Remember to have a certain amount of money set aside for potential veterinary needs.

5. Adopt a bunny – your local shelter has many bunnies looking to come home with you.

6. Keep your bunny indoors. An outdoor rabbit hutch is dangerous for a bunny as it is exposed, which no real way for a bunny to escape. Also, rabbits should not be housed with other rabbits unless all are spayed and neutered. Bunnies can be territorial, and they reproduce… like bunnies.

7. Rabbits need plenty of room to run and exercise. You should let your bunny have some serious playtime at least once per day for several hours at a time.

8. Bunnies eat hay, nutrition pellets, and greens and root vegetables. You should have all on hand at all times.

A rabbit friend is a great companion. This list should get you started on caring for your new pet. All rabbit care questions can be directed to your local New Mexico veterinarian.

Unusual Pets – Caring for Your Horse

Albuquerque Horses

Albuquerque HorsesUnusual Pets – Caring for Your Horse

In the grand scheme of life in the southwest, including New Mexico, horses aren’t that unusual. Horses have been a significant part of our history and local community since they ran in heard across the plains of our great state. But thinking of a horse as a pet is rather unusual still today.

Here are a few tips for caring for your equine friend, be they a companion or a working member of your family.

1. Horses are highly intelligent animals. As such, it is important that they are provided enough stimulation and activity to keep them occupied. Just like any other sort of intelligent animal, lack of activity can lead to boredom and even the blues.

2. Horses need a fairly consistent diet of hay. Oats and treats of raw apples and carrots can also be given as special supplements for your horse friend. It is important to remember that horses have distinct dietary needs. Make sure to check with your local New Mexico veterinarian and equine specialist to make sure your horse is getting a proper diet.

3. Like most other herd or pack animals, horses are very social. If your horse is generally not around other animals of their species, it is important for you to visit your horse daily, as they crave attention and stimulation. If your horse is housed in a barn or stable with other horses, they will often get plenty of attention – even if you’re not around. Horses will however get attached to one another. Be mindful of your horse’s friendships when and if you must relocate them.

5. Cleaning – because horses are hoofed animals, cleanliness is very important. You must keep very close watch on your horse’s living quarters, even in a very dry state like New Mexico. Make sure to take proper care of your horse’s hooves and clean their stall regularly. Always give your horse the special kindness of fresh straw.

6. Outside the context of farm life, horses are still relatively uncommon creatures. They are also very large and impressive beasts. Horses are complex and can quickly go from healthy to colicky, and more. It is imperative that you keep a close eye on your horse. Make sure to develop a relationship with your neighborhood vet or equine specialist to guarantee your horse receives the best care.

An equine friend is a great companion for the right person. This list should get you started on caring for your horse and thinking about their needs. All questions about specific needs and care for these impressive animals should be directed to your local New Mexico veterinarian.

Unusual Pets – Caring For Your Ferret

New Mexico Ferret

New Mexico Ferret Unusual Pets – Caring For Your Ferret

Ferrets are adorable little weasels, a very unusual pet that can bring you lots of joy if properly cared for. Here are some ferret basics for people thinking about ferrets as pets in New Mexico.

1. Ferrets live for 6 to 10 years – you new pet will require a serious time commitment from your and will be your companion for a long time.

2. Ferrets are highly intelligent and social. They do best in small groups, and it is recommended you adopt a pair of ferrets so your pets will always have a companion.

3. Unless you plan on breeding your ferrets, it is essential that you get them fixed. Ferrets’ reproductive organs emit a strong smell, and not fixing female ferrets can cause them serious health problems. Ask your local veterinarian about issues female ferrets may experience.

4. Ferrets are prone to canine distemper and heartworm, so regular preventative treatments like should be used. Ferrets need regular trips to your local New Mexico veterinarian for check ups.

5. Ferrets are not good pets for households with small children.

6. Ferrets are very playful and need heavy-duty dishes for food and water, as well as robust toys. Ferrets jump around a lot, and your playful pet may easily knock things over.

A ferret friend is a great companion for the right person or household. This list should get you started on caring for your new ferret. All questions about specific needs and care for these adorable friends should be directed to your local New Mexico veterinarian.