Companion animals are part of the family. We love them, treasure them, take care of them and they make us happy by their mere presence. This is true all over the world and in any language! So… do you already know the vocabulary you need to talk about domesticated animals in Spanish?
What if you and your best companion friend travel to a Spanish speaking country and you need to get something for them?
First of all… a bit of vocabulary!
List of Companion Animals in Spanish
Gato = cat
Perro = dog
Pájaro = bird
Pez = fish
Loro = parrot
Paloma = pigeon
Gallo = rooster
Vaca = cow
Cabra = goat
Cerdo = pig
Oveja = sheep
Burro = donkey
Pato = duck
Gallina = hen
Rata = rat
Hormiga = ant
Canario = canary
Tortuga = turtle
Rana = frog
Sapo = toad
Cucha = dog’s house
Veterinario = veterinary
Correa = leash
Collar = pet collar
Placa = badge
Hueso = bone
Ovillo de lana = ball of wool
Pecera = fishbowl
Transportadora = cat / dog carrier
Now… Let’s answer some common questions!
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What kind of pets do people have in Spanish speaking countries?
Well, obviously it depends on the ecosystem where they live! People living on farms or houses with big gardens can raise cows, horses, chicken, pigs, etc., whereas, in the city, most people opt for cats and dogs, as well as small fish, birds, hamsters or reptiles. We all know these are the most popular species that can become a part of a human family. However, many animal rights defenders have dedicated their lives to adopt, take care of and protect the most “marginalized” species in big cities, such as street rats and pigeons, as they are also sentient creatures who can develop effective bonds with humans.
Are veterinary fees expensive?
That depends on the country as well. In Argentina they are not particularly expensive and there are even some free medical services for domestic animals provided by the government. For example, you can get your animal companion fixed for free, as this helps avoiding health problems and it prevents other issues such as cubes abandonment.
Can I get organic food for my friend?
Absolutely! There are several organic food brands that are great for their health! You can ask about that in any pet shop.
Are they allowed in public transportation?
As long as they remain in the carrier, yes!
Do I need to get them vaccinated in order to take them with me?
Yes, their papers must be in order. You can check this with your vet and the consulate!
Where are the best vets?
From animal lover to animal lover, we would recommend you not to go to the big clinics. Instead, your local neighborhood vet with their own small office is usually more trustworthy and knowledgeable! The smaller veterinary clinics that belong to one independent vet instead of a big chain of stores are in our experience the best choice. They love animals and give you a more human, kinder service.
Can I adopt an animal in a Spanish speaking country?
Well, of course, but you must always follow the protocol and respect the legislation regarding vaccines and animal health. You should never jeopardize a creature’s safety! And, of course, always consult a professional beforehand! For example, an ethologist. Many of them are in social networks, willing to share advice for free!
So that’s all for today regarding your favorite friends!