Santa Came to Vet-Co

Last Saturday Santa came to Vet-Co and he had an amazing time! We got over 2 boxes of food to donate to the Roadrunner Food Bank  and had over 60 people come and get their pets picture with Santa.  100.3 The Peak radio station joined us over lunch time and broadcasted live from the event. Donny, from The Peak, said he thought it was a great event and had a really fun time.

It wasn’t just dogs and cats that joined us, we had some super cute babies and kids and even had Gracie the Macaw join us and get her photo taken with some of our people friends.

Take a look at some of the great photos!


Vet-Co is the Official Vet of Best Friends Animal Society


Albuquerque Vet-Co is proud to announce that they are the official vet for Best Friend’s Animal Society.  We have  a strong commitment to the A
lbuquerque animal community and were the first veterinary clinic in Albuquerque to work with animal rescue groups to improve the help of animal rescues. We have been working with Best Friends since the program came to Albuquerque in April of 2012, assisting with their Cat Initiative to eliminate Albuquerque’s homeless cat population. The Best Friends Cat Initiative uses a method (Trap/Neuter/Release), which has proven to be the only successful humane long-term solution to control cat populations. In an ongoing effort to reduce the homeless cat population, Best Friends will be using Vet-Co exclusively for the veterinary needs of their Cat Initiative. Cindy Houghton, manager of Vet-Co, said

“We are so proud of the work we have done with the Best Friends Animal Society and are very excited to be their official vet clinic for New Mexico.”

Vet-Co continues to do work with New Mexico’s animal rescue groups helping to improve the health of animal rescues and support the endeavors of the rescue community. Help support a healthy animal population by getting your cat spayed or neutered!

As Bob Barker would say…. “Bob Barker reminding your to help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered. Good night everybody!”


Cut your Cats Claws without Catastrophe

Many people find trimming their cats nails to be a horrible experience where you and the cat are traumatized. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tricks to help you trim those claws with as little difficulty as possible.

To trim their nail:

  • squeeze the pad of their paw to reveal the nail.
  • Then clip the nail using rounded clippers (you can buy these at a pet supply store)
  • Clip the nail back to just before the quick – you don’t want to cut the quick because that will hurt and cause the claw to bleed. If you do cut the quick you can use products like quickstop to quickly stop the bleeding. If you don’t have quickstop you can use flour or starch.

Tips for easy trimming:

  1. Keep your trimmers close by so you can trim her nails when the opportunity presents itself.
  2. Trim your cats claws when they are sleepy. They will be more relaxed and more compliant. This means they will be less likely to jerk their feet away.
  3. Take your time. If you can only get a couple of claws done, that is fine. Come back and do more later.
  4. Be positive. If you are not stressed out, your cat is less likely to be stressed out.
  5. Keep petting her and giving her positive reinforcement. If the experience is good for her, it is less likely to be a problem in the future.
  6. End on a positive note.

Animals retain memory of previous experience. If you take your time and keep the experience more positive they will be more likely to have a positive experience next time. If you end on a bad note, then it will likely be harder the next time. If your cat gives you a really hard time, try only doing one claw at a time. That way they don’t have time to get too upset. This will set it up to be easier in the future.

If your claw trimming ends up being difficult, don’t fret. Just try again next time. As you get more comfortable with it, so will he.

If you are unsure of how to trim their claws, ask your vet to show you. They would be glad to help!