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Q. Hello. My ferrets are patients of Dr.Helmer and we love him. Recently we’ve rescued 2 ferrets from a bad home. I was wondering about what tests are to be ran on a possible adrenal ferret and the costs. I would appreciate any information you can give me.
So kind of you to help out a couple of other weasels! Initial exams are about $55. Perhaps if you are not able to be here I could call you after the initial exams to assess our next steps? The … Continue reading
Q. If you receive a ferret on an initial exam that presents with symptoms of adrenal disease, what tests (if any) would you want to run and what are their costs?
Unfortunately no cases are alike. The definitive test for adrenal gland disease in ferrets is a blood steroid profile that is submitted to an outside lab. This profile checks the blood levels of several hormones to help to confirm adrenal … Continue reading
Q. We recently went in for an annual for our cat, and a dental cleaning was recommended. My only concern is that I’ve heard of many animals dying under anesthesia, but also concerned about their dental care.
1. How are the heart rate, oxygen levels, respiration monitored? I’ve heard of some vets using EKG meters, End-tidal CO2 monitor, and a device called the pulse oximeter. The most important monitor of all is an experienced technician. All anesthetic … Continue reading
Q. Our 2 year old parakeet suddenly can’t stand on its feet anymore. He eats and drinks normally, but can’t walk. We are in Columbia and the local vets have no idea what can be wrong with him. Any ideas?
I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s pet. It is indeed difficult to offer advice without being able to examine the patient; however I wonder about the possibility of a spinal injury (perhaps traumatic) that has caused the leg weakness. … Continue reading
Q. Is there a good product to use that removes tear stains from underneath my puppy’s eye and on the bridge of his nose?
The reason for the discoloration from tear stains is due to bacteria living on the moist hair & an oxidization process. There is a product available over the counter called “Angel Eyes” which is an antibiotic supplement that can be … Continue reading
Q. My 8 lb yorkie had an encounter with another animal and suffered multiple scratches, small puncture wounds and a larger cut all underneath her body. Her wounds are healing nicely but she can’t put her full body weight on her back leg. She runs and walks but keeps her leg up. We don’t think her leg is broken but obviously i’m concerned about soft tissue damage or ligament strains/tears.
I am sorry to hear you are having to go through this.. you sound worried. In general, non-weight bearing on any limb can be serious. You should have your yorkie examined and x-rayed. Give us a call and we will … Continue reading
Q. My rott is too tired to eat his food. He stands at the bowl with this drowsy dopey look on his face and goes back to lie down. We exercise a lot and he doesn’t sleep a lot in general because he is usually on guard. Could his lack of sleep finally be catching up to him? Haven’t noticed anything else odd.
There could be many possible reasons why your Rott is not eating and seems drowsy. These are often non-specific signs that can indicate disease. He should have an examination by a Veterinarian to better ensure that he is healthy and … Continue reading
Dr. Pamela Borderieux of Pebble Creek Animal & Bird Hospital and TampaBayVets.net explains what you can feed your parakeet for a balanced diet.
Q. My dog is taking Trifexis. She never had an adverse reaction to the medication. She now weighs 61.4 lbs. This month I switched the dose to 60.1 to 120 lbs and she threw-up. Should I go back to the lesser dose (up to 60 lbs), or should I give her 1/2 pill doses?
Occasionally upon starting Trifexis or changing the dose pets may experience vomiting. Vomiting due to this medication is usually not an ongoing problem and they usually do not experience vomiting on subsequent doses. In your pet’s case the vomiting is … Continue reading
Q. We are adopting a 5 year old Shih Tzu next week. What would be the best way to introduce our 29 year old Amazon parrot to the dog? Is it best to reward interaction, or get them to ignore each other?
Thanks for your question. There are lots of things to consider when introducing new pets. Obviously we’d like to think that all our pets will be friends; however, in this situation, you have a fairly clear predator and prey situation, … Continue reading