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Q. I accidentally spooked a mother bird from her nest and 2 babies. It’s been hours and she hasn’t returned. Will she come back?
Yes, she will return. Birds have a very strong maternal instinct. The best course of action is to leave the babies and nest undisturbed and the parent bird will come back. Continue reading
Iguanas, although fairly popular as pets, are quite difficult to look after properly. They grow quite large (5-6′ in length) and can be aggressive. Many of the medical problems that they suffer from are related to inappropriate living conditions or … Continue reading
Q. My 18 month old cat is an active and healthy cat. Lately though, she has thrown up. Is normal or if I should be worried?
There are quite a few potential causes for the vomiting you are describing. Certainly this frequency is not normal, even if she is otherwise acting normal. Causes include… Continue reading
It is very important that breeding birds and young chicks be protected against polyomavirus through appropriate vaccination. There is little risk to the routine use of the vaccine in adult pet birds; however … Continue reading
Q. We have a cockatiel who is 32 years old and is dying. It is so sad to watch him die. Is there anything we can do to make his passing less painful?
I’m sorry to hear that your pet’s quality of life is declining. One of the really special aspects of having a pet bird is how long their lifespan is and the incredible bond that is formed during that time between the pets and their owners… Continue reading
Glad you asked! Why Trupanion? Choosing the right pet insurance provider and policy can be a daunting (and sometimes confusing) task. Start here to see how they compare to their competitors. Why Trupanion Pet Insurance With Trupanion, you’ll be able to provide … Continue reading
Thanks for your question about your pet’s surgery. The usual procedure when a male dog is castrated is to remove the testicles. This has several benefits including: i) stopping the pet from reproducing, ii) eliminating the risk of testicular cancer, … Continue reading
Q. My senior cat is having a hard time breathing, is not eating much, and has lost a lot of weight. Is it time to put him to sleep?
I am very sorry to hear that your cat is having such a hard time. 14 is getting up there in age, but many cats live to be nearly 18-20 years old these days. Difficulty breathing or labored breathing can be from … Continue reading
Q: My new puppy, “Captain”, has not been to the vet yet. He’s around five or six weeks old now, is it time for him to be seen by an animal doctor for shots? If it is time, what can … Continue reading
Q. I have a 145lb Bull Mastiff that tore a ligament in his back knee. Can you tell me how much will it cost to repair this?
Thank you for your question. You can expect to pay around $2000 for a cruciate ligament repair for a large dog. We can give you a specific surgical plan and the associated costs once an examination has been performed. After … Continue reading