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We all know that pet ownership isn’t always easy — but our team of veterinarians and veterinary experts are here to help! Have you noticed a behavior change in your animal recently? Or perhaps you’re not sure if you need to bring them in to our animal clinic, or just wait it out?

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Q. What are zoonotic diseases? How can I protect my family and my pet?

Owning a pet can be a wonderful, rewarding experience for you and your family. However, pets can transmit diseases- called zoonotic diseases or zoonoses (pronounced zoo-no-ses)—which may be harmful to humans-especially young children and people with certain medical conditions.   … Continue reading

Q. Hi my cat is 13 years old and still very active, eating, and drinking. He has had diarhea and is losing weight. When he does go, he seems like he has a hard time getting it out. Any ideas? Do you offer payment plans?

Hello, So sorry your boy is not feeling well.  Unfortunately, there are many causes for the symptoms you describe including infections, thyroid issues, immune driven illnesses, ingredient sensitivities, and cancer.  We start with a good exam and will most likely … Continue reading

Q. How do I Give My Cat Subcutaneous Fluids?

Mark and Alyssa from North Bay Animal & Bird Hospital demonstrate how to administer subcutaneous fluids on your pet.  

Q. My kitten tested positive for FeLV. Our older cat tested negative, so she was vaccinated and they are kept separate. Should I do an IFA test in 2 months? If that is negative, is it safe to re-introduce the 2 cats? Does a negative result after a positive mean that she can no longer transmit the disease?

I am sorry for your dilemma.  I would keep these cats strictly isolated.  I would repeat the FeLV snap test and perform a FeLV IFA in 2 months.  If either one remains/is positive then your kitten could still expose your other … Continue reading

Q. My 10 year old cat has just recently started pooping on the carpet instead of his litter box. I clean his box daily. Should I be concerned?

Hello, There are several possible underlying causes for what you describe including constipation, parasites, stress, dietary changes, other health issues such as kidney issues or even an overactive thyroid gland.  He definitely needs an exam to further discuss and start ruling out these … Continue reading

Q. My cat seems very lethargic today. She didn’t eat breakfast, and I found her in a corner of my apartment she normally doesn’t go to for comfort. What’s wrong with her?

When cats don’t eat, it usually means that they really don’t feel good.  They shouldn’t go more than 2 days without eating, they can become dehydrated very quickly.  If she isn’t doing her normal routine we need to see her.  … Continue reading

Q. We adopted three kittens from a local shelter. The smallest one is now beginning to “hoard” toys and will lay on top of his “stash”. Is this normal? There is no over-the-top aggression towards the others. Should I be concerned?

Thank you for contacting us with your question regarding the behavioral issues with your kitten. First of all I would like to congratulate you on the recent acquisition of all three little kittens, I know that they can be a … Continue reading

Q. How much are the first shots for a cat?

The cost of the first vaccinations for a cat depend on a couple of things. If the cat is a kitten, it will vary a little bit depending on how old the kitten is. If the kitten is about 8 … Continue reading

Q. What do I do if my pet has a medical emergency?

Our own Dr. Alison Adler answers the question in this video:  

Q. My cat has ongoing ear problems. He now has clusters of black bumps in his ears. He shakes his head like a horse and scratches at his ears, so I know they hurt him. He is lethargic and has bad breath. He is fixed and 5 years old.

Hello, Although an exam is definitely recommended to fully evaluate your cat, a chronic ear infection will lead to small black bumps/cysts that develop in and around the ear.  Once these cysts develop it is difficult to remove them (laser … Continue reading