Unusual Pets – Caring For Your Rabbit

bunnyUnusual 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 veterinarian can help you determine. Vetco works with many owners of unusual pets here in the New Mexico area and we look forward to discussing the specifics of your pet’s care with you during an upcoming visit to our clinic.

In the meantime, if you are considering adding a Rabbit to your family, 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 questions can be directed to your local New Mexico veterinarian.


Unusual Pets – Caring For Your Ferret

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neuter ferret albuquerqueUnusual 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 pet. All questions about specific needs and care should be directed to your local New Mexico VetcoNM veterinarian. You can reach us any time by telephone (505) 292-3030, our website contact page or drop by our office located at 8200 Menaul Blvd NE #R in the NorthEast Heights, Albuquerque, NM 87110


I Got A Chicken For Easter, Now What?

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chicken veterinary care

I Got A Chicken For Easter, Now What?

A baby chick is not an uncommon Easter present. But now that you have one, what do you do. One thing that a lot of chicken owners don’t realize is the importance of having a chicken vet. Most veterinarians are not specialized in chickens and may not know how to treat your chickens. At Vetco, we are trained to help your sick chicken, or help keep your well chicken healthy.

Chickens do not need annual checkups. They do not need vaccinations. They do not need spays or neuters. What they do need is to have trimmed beaks and nails, a healthy comb, and to be free of mites.

Getting long in the beak is a real problem for chickens, it can actually impair their ability to eat. Though the act of pecking can naturally trim their beaks, many chickens still manage to get long in the beak. Bring your chickens into Vetco and we can trim them on site, quickly and easily.

While you are getting trimmed up, the vet can check your chicken for other health issues. There are a variety of health issues that can affect chickens (read more about chicken health problems), and you can talk to the vet about what to look for and preventative chicken health care.