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Q. My cockatiel had babies but one of them is very small in comparison to it’s siblings. It has been at least 2 weeks and she hasn’t opened her eyes and I am very concerned. Should I feed it and take it out of the cage? Should I take him or her out of the parents care? Is it ok to hand-feed only one of the babies?
Thanks for your question. Unfortunately without examining the baby it is very difficult to know why it is not developing at the same speed as the other. It may not have formed correctly in the egg, or it may not … Continue reading
Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common parasitic diseases and has been found in nearly all warm-blooded animals, including pets and humans. Despite the high prevalence … Continue reading
Q. My budgie got attacked by another budgie and was bit on her wing and at the joint of her foot and got a lot of feathers taken out around the neck and face. She was not bleeding but It looks pretty bad and I am wondering if I could put neosporin on the wound?
Neosporin is not the best treatment for your pet. If there are deep bite wounds, systemic antibiotics (ie those given by mouth or by injection) are best. Since birds have such thin skin, bite wounds can easily damage underlying tissues … Continue reading
Q. My iguana was ice cold so I placed him in a warm bath. When he was all warm I took him out but now he keeps coughing.
Thanks for your question. Iguanas, like all reptiles are cold-blooded and their immune system will not work as well as it should when they are cold. Check out www.anapsid.org for great husbandry information to properly set up a habitat for … Continue reading
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. My parakeet has been dumping his water out every day, today he’s all fluffed up, sleeping more, sitting on perch with his head tilted. Can’t afford to bring him to a vet, but I’ll buy a medication to help him.
Unfortunately I am unable to diagnose the reason for your pet’s illness without a physical exam. Although veterinary care can be costly, many clinics,including ours, can help make care more affordable using CareCredit or other types of payment plans. Please … Continue reading
Q. My 3 yr old lab has an ACL tear and needs surgery. I cannot afford this at the moment and have been putting it off. It has progressed badly and she has been relying on her left leg which is now not stable either. How much do these surgeries cost and do you accept payment plans?
I’m sorry that your pet is having these problems. While medications can be used to decrease the discomfort and inflammation associated with cranial (anterior) cruciate ligament rupture, there is no long-term alternative to surgery. The cost of the anesthesia, surgery, … Continue reading
Q. My 3 year old dachshund mix has recently been having sleep terrors- it happens at least once a day; she will whimper and start shaking and barking. We think that she may have been abused before we adopted her. Is this related, and what can we do to help her not have these? We wake her up when it seems bad, but if we don’t they can last for minutes and I’m really worried.
Thanks for your question. The first thing would be a good physical exam to ensure that these are truly behavioral issues and not related to a nervous disorder such as seizures. Try to keep a log of when these episodes … 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
Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery. The procedure is safe and quick. The cost for implanting the microchip and registering … Continue reading