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.






What to Look For In Airline Pet Carriers

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Travel with your dog vetcoNot every pet carrier is approved for airline travel. If you are traveling with your pet you should must make sure that your carrier is approved for travel. Not only will it keep your pet safer on the flight but you may not be allowed to travel with your pet if it is not approved by the airline. Even with our recommendations, it is always a good idea to check with your specific airline to make sure they approve your carrier.

United Airlines requires:

A pet traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel. The kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times. The maximum dimensions for hard-sided kennels are 17.5 inches long x 12 inches wide x 7.5 inches high (44 cm x 30 cm x 19 cm). The recommended maximum dimensions for soft-sided kennels are 18 inches long x 11 inches wide x 11 inches high (46 cm x 28 cm x 28 cm). Soft-sided pet carriers may exceed these dimensions slightly, as they are collapsible and able to conform to under-seat space without blocking the aisle. On Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft, soft-sided kennels must be no higher than 10 inches. With the exception of birds, there may only be one pet per kennel, and the animal must be able to stand up and turn around comfortably. Two birds may travel in the same kennel.

There are many good brands out there, but what you really need to look for are the features that will make your travel easier.

  • Do you prefer to have wheels so you can pull your carrier, or would a backpack work better for you? Does your carrier have handles or shoulder straps?
  • If you have a excitable animal  we suggest opting with a zipper closing verses a velcro.
  • You need to make sure there is plenty of ventilation. Remember you dog can get hot easily when they are in their carrier. This also means you may not want to put a blanket in with them during travel. If you see your dog panting a lot, this is a good sign that you should remove their blanket or any plush toys.
  • You will want to have pockets if you are using a soft carrier. You can hold your water bowl, treats, and other pet supplies in them as you travel.

Here is a great article that gives reviews on specific brands of under the seat pet carriers for airline travel.

No matter what, when you travel with your pet they have to be up to date on all their vaccines. Depending on where you are going you may need some special vaccinations. Make sure you give your self plenty of time to get the shots as some of them have to be spaced apart. Additionally, most airlines require that shots are given at least 30 days prior to travel. Come to our walk-in daily shot clinic to get your pet’s vaccinations.

You will also need to get a certificate from your vet to show the airlines that shows they are current on their shots. Make sure you check with your airlines about the required health information you will need to provide.


What Do You Do If You Don’t Have a Carrier For Your Cat

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Cat StethoscopeA lot of people do not travel with their pets and therefore don’t have a pet carrier. But you occasionally still need to get to the vet. So how do you do it?

The biggest reason why you need a carrier is because of stress. Your cat will likely be stressed out at the vet’s office. The waiting room tends to be loud, filled with people and other pets, including dogs. If you cat gets to excited or scared, they could cause you harm or themselves. If you don’t have a carrier, there are other options.

  1. A large bag. This doesn’t seem very elegant but it does work. If you have a gym bag then you are set. Most gym bags come with ventilation and are lined with nylon, so if your cat urinates in the bag it is easy to clean. Make sure the bag has a solid bottom, otherwise it will bend and fold when you pick it up and that can cause upset for your cat.
  2. A harness. Some cats respond positively to harnesses. Do not just attach a leash to your cat’s collar, you need to make sure you have a proper harness otherwise your cat can hurt themselves or get away. If you have never tried a harness on your cat, do not use a trip to the vet as your first try. Make sure your cat is comfortable in a harness before going to the vet.
  3. Cat Bed. If your cat is really calm, or much older, you can try a cat bed. Some cats will quietly sit in a bed, and you can easily pick them up in the bed and move them.
  4. Temporary carrier. If you have brought your cat in the car to the vet but need something to bring him into the clinic, you can purchase a temporary cardboard carrier from Vetco. Just call in and ask if they can bring one out to you and then put your cat inside the cardboard carrier to transport them into the clinic.

Every cat is different. Some travel very well and other’s do not. Most cats, though they do not like carriers, will find it less stressful to be in some kind of carrier rather than loose in your car and in the clinic. If you are unsure how the best way to bring them to the clinic, call and speak to one of our vet assistants and they will be able to give you suggestions.