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Q. I have a cockatiel for 10 years, very healthy and for some reason he started picking his feathers. Why is this happening?
Feather plucking, or feather destructive behavior, is a very common and frustrating condition in our pet birds. There are many causes ranging from malnutrition to liver disease, internal and external parasites, separation anxiety to inappropriate pair bonding between birds and … Continue reading
Q. My two bunnies seem to have mange on their ears, toes, and noses. They don’t seem to be in pain though. I would rather not inject them with medicine such as Ivermectin; I am afraid they could get sick from the toxins. What are my other options?
Mange infections are very itchy and incredibly uncomfortable in any species. Treatment with either ivermectin or selamectin is very safe and also very effective. Please make an appointment with a rabbit-savvy veterinarian as soon as possible to confirm the diagnosis … Continue reading
Q. I recently moved to Tampa, and I am searching for a vet for my cat. His shots are up, and he also needs to be neutered. How much would this cost?
Hello, The vaccinations depend on the lifestyle of your kitty, how old he is, does he go outside and come in contact with other cats, and what previous vaccines he has had. Please call us to discuss the costs associated … Continue reading
Q. We recently started noticing that our cockatiel is itching quite a lot. He has had an “8in1 Bird protector” hanging on the cage that supposedly keeps the bugs away, and it should be changed every 3 months. Is it possible that it now needs to be changed, and that he may have mites? If so, how do we get rid of them? Also, how often should we bathe the bird?
Thanks for your question. Although mite protectors are fairly common, they are really a waste of money. Mites are quite rare as a cause of itching in cockatiels. The “mite protectors” expose your pet to a low level of pesticide … Continue reading
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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 Quaker just bit 2 of my budgies, I put neosporin on the wound. Will they be okay? How can I stop this in the future?
The birds that were bitten require examination by an experienced avian veterinarian as soon as possible. Topical antibiotic ointment is insufficient to treat bacterial infection often associated with penetrating bite wounds. Also, bite wounds are painful and your birds likely … Continue reading
Q. I have a 5 year old Pomeranian, weight’s 4 pounds, and had Hypoglycemia when he was a puppy, almost dying several times. He recovered but has since had digestive problems, with loose or bloody stools. I changed his food to Science Diet Sensitive Stomach and that has helped greatly but he still has issues with this or some form of diarrhea at least monthly. Now he has a dry, hacking, cough.
Toy breed dogs sometimes do seem to get more than their share of health problems in such a tiny package, I sympathize with your struggles – luckily they do grow out of hypoglycemia but there are other conditions common in … 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