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Q. Our cat is nine years old and still has a very active spirit. What things can we do to try to make sure that she’s with us for another nine years?
This is a great age to be thinking about potential health concerns so that we may catch problems earlier rather than later. Your girl certainly needs a thorough exam to evaluate for dental disease, heart murmurs, growths (internally or externally), … Continue reading
Q. I have 4 cats:Two are 17 yrs old, one is 5 and one is 3. Now my 17 yr olds are not using the litter box, not eating regularly and are lethargic. Now my younger two are “seeking out” one of the older ones to fight, which never has happened before until this past month. All of them are female, spayed, and do not go outside. Is it time to “let” the older girls go to pet “heaven”?
I sympathize with your difficulty with multiple cats sharing a household especially if there is a significant difference in ages it is very common to have some cats be more assertive and “bully” others. If they have lived together for … Continue reading
Q. Do you use inactivated, non adjuvanted rabies vaccines? How is the one year “safer” than the three year and does the latter meet the county requirement for the period it is effective?
We utilize an inactivated, non-adjuvanted rabies vaccine for cats because this vaccine is less likely to stimulate an inflammatory response at the site of the injection that could, in rare cases, trigger the development of a potentially life-threatening fibrosarcoma tumor. … Continue reading
Q. Hi I have a Leopard Gecko who’s eyes are not opening. I’ve been putting saline in and around the eyes for about a week. What can I do to get them open?
Common causes for eye problems in geckos include bacterial infections (many times bacteria from the mouth travel up the tear duct into the eyes), shedding problems, and foreign bodies. Each of these problems would be treated quite differently. The first … Continue reading
Q. What product can I use for fleas on my cats? I don’t like the oil stuff thats put on the back of their head/neck. Can I use a flea collar?
We have 2 great oral options for flea management depending on your specific needs. Capstar is an oral tablet that kills fleas on the patient within 15-20 minutes but only lasts for 2 to 2&1/2 days for cats. This is … Continue reading
Q. I need to take my blue front amazon to Panama. Do you do the Cites paper work/ health certificate?
Yes. Please check with the Panamanian authorities regarding required documentation.
Q. My cockatiel had babies but one of them is very small in comparison to it’s siblings. It has been at least 2 weeks and she hasn’t opened her eyes and I am very concerned. Should I feed it and take it out of the cage? Should I take him or her out of the parents care? Is it ok to hand-feed only one of the babies?
Thanks for your question. Unfortunately without examining the baby it is very difficult to know why it is not developing at the same speed as the other. It may not have formed correctly in the egg, or it may not … Continue reading
Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common parasitic diseases and has been found in nearly all warm-blooded animals, including pets and humans. Despite the high prevalence … Continue reading
Q. My budgie got attacked by another budgie and was bit on her wing and at the joint of her foot and got a lot of feathers taken out around the neck and face. She was not bleeding but It looks pretty bad and I am wondering if I could put neosporin on the wound?
Neosporin is not the best treatment for your pet. If there are deep bite wounds, systemic antibiotics (ie those given by mouth or by injection) are best. Since birds have such thin skin, bite wounds can easily damage underlying tissues … Continue reading
Q. My iguana was ice cold so I placed him in a warm bath. When he was all warm I took him out but now he keeps coughing.
Thanks for your question. Iguanas, like all reptiles are cold-blooded and their immune system will not work as well as it should when they are cold. Check out www.anapsid.org for great husbandry information to properly set up a habitat for … Continue reading