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by dr laurie hess dvm dipl abvp avian practice can hairballs cause intestinal blockage the term hairball has been used for decades to describe a syndrome in rabbits in which they stop eating stop passing stool and become bloated with gastrointestinal gi tract gas fecal material and dry mats of hair the assumption was that the hairball was the cause of the slowing down or complete cessation of food movement through the gi tract this is not true however the hairball actually is a result of rather… read more

by nicole pajer we often hear the expression that pets live in the moment but anyone who owns a dog or cat will tell you that theyve experienced incidents that challenge that statement have you ever put your dog in his dog crate opened the door several hours later and watched him make a beeline to where he was last chewing his rawhide dog treat what about those stories of cats getting lost and finding their way back home years later or the dogs who bury their bones in the backyard being able… read more

by paula fitzsimmons youre looking forward to a trip to the park with your canine companion the weather is perfect and your dog is staring at you eagerly waiting to get out before leaving the house keep in mind that depending on where you live both of you could be at risk of contracting lyme disease left untreated lyme disease can cause pain discomfort and potentially lifethreatening symptoms for your dog this doesnt mean you both have to be hermits but you should be aware of the risks of lyme… read more

public health officials in two northern arizona counties have issued warnings that fleas in the area tested positive for plague fleas carrying yersinia pestis the bacterium that causes plague were discovered in navajo and coconino counties the navajo county health department released a statement urging the public to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to this serious disease which can be present in fleas rodents rabbits and predators that feed upon these animals this isnt the… read more

by cheryl lock for those new to ferret ownership you might not imagine there are many ways to play with your new furry friend but that isnt the case in fact the right toys and treats can help ensure that the time you spend with your ferret is quality time youll remember and that the toys you leave him alone with are safe heres what you need to know to get the best goodies for your ferret what kind of toys are the best when it comes to interactive and supervised play when it comes to picking out… read more

as we progress into the future businesses are evolving to accommodate a new generation this is happening across the board but also includes veterinary medicine we in the industry are accustomed to changing along with the times as new ideas drugs and therapies hit the market and advanced diagnostics and techniques emerge but are we used to adapting to a new business formula one that includes technology different communication styles and an approach to pet ownership that we are not yet trained in… read more

by jennifer coates dvm pets with multiple andor serious health problems often end up taking many medications and the more they take the greater the risk that an adverse reaction might occur drug interactions develop as a result of changes in the bodys ability to absorb metabolize or excrete medications among other less common reasons but the effects fall into just two categories a decrease in the effectiveness of one or more of the drugs an increased chance of unwanted side effects lets look at… read more

i often get asked what how much and when to feed dogs and cats i dont have a standard answer because it depends on the specific animal some animals can be freefed and will stop eating when they are full while others will gain weight with just the occasional table scrap similar to people some of this is genetic and some is environmental when to feed your dog or cat as for when to feed your pet most healthy adult dogs and cats can have their bowls filled once or twice per day whether the animal… read more

when a tiny kitten named cluck was brought to a rescue organization in los angeles california in late october she was a little bit different from her four siblings and their feral cat mama cluck as it turned out had an imperforate anus this incredibly rare condition is when the pouch at the end of the gi tract and the anal membrane fail to open explained dr bruce kornreich of the cornell university college of veterinary medicine this form of atresia ani or congenital anomaly of the anus can… read more

by sarah wooten dvm a change in a dogs eating habits either up or down is a clue that something is not right with your dog when a dog refuses to eat out of the blue he is telling you that he doesnt feel well either physically mentally or emotionally there are many things that affect a dogs appetite such as dental disease undiagnosed pain stress and anxiety upset stomach infectious disease such as worms or influenza or cognitive dysfunction in humans we know that taste decreases with age and… read more

by paula fitzsimmons flaxseed blueberries and oatmeal are some of the foods experts recommend we eat to stave off illness and maintain peak health and wellness you naturally may have wondered does this apply to dogs too are there certain foods you can feed your dog to keep disease at bay there are no magic formulas as in feed your dog an apple a day to keep the veterinarian away its the overall diet that keeps us healthy and this is most likely true in dogs as well says dr donna raditic a… read more

losing a pet is a heartbreaking experience for any pet parent to endure and for one woman it led to a diagnosis of broken heart syndrome according to the washington post a woman named joanie simpson suffered a physical and emotional pain so strong after the death of her yorkshire terrier meha that she wound up in the hospital simpson referred to her dog as her little girl when her canine died at the age of 9 she described it as a horrendous thing to have to witness simpsons symptoms which… read more

PetMD Editorial

ivermectin toxicity in dogs this toxic reaction occurs especially in dogs that are genetically hypersensitive to ivermectin an antiparasite medication most commonly used for heartworm prevention or to treat ear and hair mites which can lead to mange ivermectin prevents or kills parasites by causing neurological damage to the parasite resulting in paralysis and death for the parasite but dogs genetically sensitive to the medication have an anomaly that allows the ivermectin to pass the dogs… read more

by lynne miller the old saying in real estate location location location applies to litter boxes too where you put the litter box can mean the difference between harmony and hostility between you and your pets if you want your felines to feel comfortable doing their business and minimize the likelihood of soiling around the home its wise to put some thought into where you place the litter boxes says blair de jong an aspca feline behavior counselor in the cat world one of the biggest problems we… read more

by jessie m sanders dvm certaqv axolotl history although not technically a fish the axolotl ambystoma mexicanum is an extraordinarily unique amphibian nicknamed the mexican walking fish the axolotl was first discovered in lake xochimilco in mexico in the 19th century by french explorers these alienlike salamanders have a distinctive appearance while most salamanders progress through an aquatic stage of their life cycle before becoming landdwelling animals the axolotl remains in this… read more

by laurie hess dvm diplomate abvp avian practice varieties and natural habitat also called the horsefields tortoise the afghan the central asian the steppe or the fourtoed tortoise these animals are found in rocky deserts in russia iran pakistan and afghanistan often at very high elevations there they live in large underground burrows where they hibernate for many months during times of extremes in temperature these tortoises are commonly captured in the wild and imported into the us for the… read more

by laurie hess dvm diplomate abvp avian practice rats make wonderful pets not only because they are extremely affectionate and form close bonds with their owners but also because they are incredibly smart and enjoy learning these little furry rodents who often get a bad rep because of their large teeth and long hairless tails are very social and love to spend time with their owners and other familiar rats in general rats are happier and less likely to become bored when they are interacting… read more

dogs and cats living togethermass hysteria dr peter venkman ghostbusters 1984 this quote always comes to mind when i see pictures of dogs and cats happily coexisting snuggled up together grooming each other and living a life of peace and harmony then i think of my own dog a siberian husky who despite growing up with two cats became a critter killer no matter what the species if it was small and ran fast he was after it thanks to his natural prey instinct as the ageold cliche goes dogs and cats… read more

by kate hughes like any member of the family your dog needs to eat a balanced and healthy diet to live a long full life many experts consider protein to be the most essential macronutrient in you canine companions dinner however if your dog is suffering from one of a few chronic conditions too much protein can be detrimental if this is the case your vet may put your dog on a lowprotein diet to alleviate some symptoms and improve his overall health but what exactly does low protein mean and how… read more

many people burp after eating a large meal or drinking a beverage dogs also routinely burp after drinking a lot of water on a hot summer day but can cats burp and if they can does it mean something is wrong heres what you should know about cat burping and what you should do if your cat burps is it normal for a cat to burp in a short answer no cats are normally not going to let out a loud belch while lying on the couch after finishing supper burping in cats is uncommon and rarely seen on a daily… read more

by jennifer coates dvm when you think of smelly pets cats arent the first species that come to mind cleanliness is one of their biggest draws after all so if you start to detect a bad odor emanating from your cat you need to take notice in most cases foul feline smells are a sign that something is seriously wrong the best way for pet parents to start to determine what could be making their cats smell bad is to focus on the exact nature of the odor and where on the body its coming from mouth… read more

by laurie hess dvm diplomate abvp avian practice geckos are one of the most popular lizard species kept as pets baby geckos can make adorable additions to any family and when housed and fed properly can grow up to be hardy adults that live many years the key is to educate yourself before you get them so that you can set them up right from the start more than 2000 species of gecko varying in color and skin markingspatterns are recognized around the world among the most common pet lizard species… read more

according to the us centers for disease control and prevention someone in the united states has a stroke every 40 seconds and strokes are responsible for 1 out of every 20 deaths while strokes in cats are nowhere near that frequent veterinarians are starting to realize that they do occur more often than we used to think probably because more cats are now getting the diagnostic tests necessary to reach a diagnosis what is a stroke the dictionary of veterinary terms vetspeak deciphered for the… read more

by victoria schade the first thing most pet parents teach their dogs is the very important sit cue but there are a few other obedience lessons that are equally important to master these basic cues help dogs improve their impulse control teach them good manners and in some situations are literal life savers keep in mind mastery means that your dog will respond no matter how distracting the environment so its likely youll have to continue to brush up on the following skills throughout your dogs… read more

its a gutwrenching decision that pet parents should never have to makeensuring the safety of a beloved dog or cat by giving him or her up that is tragically the case for many victims of domestic abuse who can no longer take care of their pets due to their harrowing circumstances its exactly what happened when an unidentified woman left her 3monthold chihuahua puppy named chewy in the bathroom of the mccarran airport in las vegas nevada in early july chewy was left with a heartbreaking note that… read more