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Q. I have a parakeet that is usually very talkative and chirps all day long and readily steps up to my finger and sits on my shoulder. He has such a great personality. In the past week, he has stopped chirping and it is very rare to hear his voice now. Also, he is not as likely to step onto my finger or stay on my shoulder. He sleeps a lot and is not as responsive. Is it possible that he might be deaf or could this be a more serious problem?
Thanks for your question. Sudden deafness is very uncommon in birds. Pet birds have a limited number of ways that they can show their illnesses, but these include decreased activity, decreased appetite, and decreased interaction with family members. Parakeets, or … Continue reading
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. My 11 year old pit bull has developed a hematoma. I understand the surgery costs $400-530. I was recently laid-off. Can you drain it or provide me with some help for her at less than $400?
Thanks for your question. From your question I’m assuming your pet has an aural hematoma, or a large pocket of blood in the ear flap. This condition usually occurs due to head-shaking or ear scratching as a result of an … Continue reading
Q. What kind of parasites do you test for in dog fecal samples? Is it just hookworms, round and whip worms?
Thank you for the question. The worms you mentioned are the more common types that are usually found in the stool. However, there are several more parasitic conditions that we look for as well such as tapeworms,coccidia and giardia. Due … Continue reading
Q. My 60 lb standard poodle caught a gecko yesterday. He did not eat it. He is out of sorts today and his breathing is heavier even when resting. I must add that his rear feet are wrapped with gauze and Neosporin because of grooming injuries. My instinct is wrestling with letting him rest and/or trying to have him seen today.
Thank you for your question. Changes in breathing are always an emergency. You should have your pet examined as soon as possible as merely catching a lizard will not cause this degree of lethargy. At the same time, the veterinarian … Continue reading
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Q. My 5 year old Indian Ringneck parrot has orange discoloration on her nostrils, and is plucking herself excessively on her belly and her wings. She is also sneezing 3 times in a row about every half hour.
Thanks for your question. It sounds like your parakeet has 2 separate problems. One is the sneezing, the other is feather destructive behavior. The first step in diagnosing and correcting these problems is a thorough physical exam by an experienced … Continue reading
Q. My dog has joint problems and needs additional calcium. Are ground up eggshells a good source or is there a calcium supplement that is better?
Thank you for your question. The best source of nutrition for your pet is a balanced, nutritionally complete, commercial diet that has been tested with AAFCO feeding trials. The label on the side of the bag will indicate whether or … Continue reading
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
Thanks for your question. Ducklings feel pain just like dogs, cats, and people. Leg fractures are very painful. Immediate veterinary care is needed to manage pain and to set the fracture. This may be accomplished with splints or pins, depending … Continue reading