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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?

You can send questions directly to our animal hospital and our team of veterinarians will promptly provide our insight!

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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

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 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

Q. What do you do when a ducklings leg is broken?

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

Q. My 3 year old 80lb Golden ate a baby sock yesterday. He is eating and going to the bathroom and acting normal. Should I be worried?

Dogs will often eat unusual things. Since your pet is a larger dog the intestine is also large and can accomodate larger items. A sock is not digestible and therefore could cause a problem if it becomes lodged in the … Continue reading

Q. We are looking for a Shih Tzu puppy. One of the breeders I’ve been communicating with has the puppy neutered at 8 weeks. My daughter, who is a vet tech, thinks that is too early and can wind up with incontinence problems. Is this true?

It has been shown that dogs neutered before the age of 4-4.5 months have a higher potential for urinary incontinence later in life because they never get the benefit of certain sex steroids. Waiting too long to spay or neuter … Continue reading

Q. We are moving from Northern NY to Cape Coral in 3 months. My Dane/Lab mix is 5 yrs old, I have used K9 Advantix II as a 6-mo coverage for him. What do you recommend I start him on to prepare him for the year-round coverage he will need and is there other “Florida” coverage I should give him (other than flea and tick)

Thanks for your question.  Here in Florida we love our warm weather, unfortunately parasites love it too!  The main groups of parasites that your canine companion needs to be protected against are heartworms, gastrointestinal parasites, and external parasites (primarily fleas … Continue reading