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Q. I have an 8 year old female miniature Chihuahua. Recently she’s been having strange little episodes where she becomes visibly dizzy and her footing is unstable. Her eyes seem to be swimming and she reacts somewhat slowly to sudden movements. What could this be?
Thank you for your question. Dizziness (or vertigo) is usually related to problems in the brain’s balance system, also known as the vestibular system. There are many things that can affect the vestibular system including ear infections, trauma, systemic elevations … Continue reading
Q: I am watching my brother’s dog while he is in college. Three days ago she was very lethargic, vomiting (seemed like mucus), and refuse to eat or drink anything. I found this kind of strange because I have another … Continue reading
Q. Our dog is losing weight fast. He was sick for a few days, throwing up and diarrhea. Not sure if he has worms or not, but we want him to get checked out. Should we bring him in as soon as possible? or wait it out?
Thank you for your question. Your pet should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. All of our hospitals have convenient evening and weekend hours. Vomiting and diarrhea will lead to dehydration and can be rapidly fatal in … Continue reading
Q. Is it possible to acquire a disease-free Silkie chicken. I don’t want to threaten the health of my 20 pet budgies, but I was considering a “lap chicken” as a pet. Are there any viruses inevitably endemic to domestic chickens that are a danger to my budgies? Are vaccinations available or recommended for chickens? The hen would be a house pet, and never exposed to wild birds, or mosquitoes.
Thanks for your question. Before acquiring a pet chicken, be sure you check with your local code enforcement to see whether you are allowed to have farm animals where you live. They are prohibited in many areas. Disease-free poultry are … Continue reading
Q. I have a small dog she is 3 years old, and my friend’s dog mated with her 2 times. Can she have puppies?
Thanks for contacting us with your question. The short answer is yes. If your female dog has not been spayed and your friend’s male dog has not been neutered, then breeding can result in puppies. I would strongly advise a … Continue reading
Q. I recently got a kitten from a friend who found it in the woods by her house. My kitten seems fine except she keeps coughing and throwing up now and then and seems to have a bloated belly and bad smelling gas. Any ideas what may be her problem?
Thanks for your question. Congratulations on your new kitten! There are several things that can cause gastrointestinal upset in kittens resulting in bloating and gas. Intestinal parasites are very common in young pets. These are easily diagnosed from microscopic analysis … Continue reading
Q. My 13 year old dog is hardly eating and sleeps most of the time. She has lost weight and shows no sign of being in pain. What can it be?
It sounds like your pet has had a great 13 years. Our geriatric pets have special needs and sorting out their problems can be challenging since they can’t talk to us. In particular, a lack of appetite needs to be … Continue reading
Q. I have a soon to be 4 month old mix pit who is showing signs of parvo for 4 days now, how much would it cost for a vet visit to get him cured without insurance? Need help ASAP
We are sorry to hear your puppy is sick. Parvovirus is a life threatening disease that generally requires aggressive veterinary medical care. It is very difficult to give an estimate for care without seeing the patient for this type of … Continue reading
Yes we have extensive experience in the treatment of ducks and other types of birds. Dr Peter Helmer is a Board-Certified Specialist in the care of birds and has worked on lots of waterfowl as well as chickens and other … Continue reading