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Q. What does it mean for a veterinarian to be “AAHA-Accredited” and what does it mean to me and my pets?
By Terri Johnson, MSS, CVT The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association with membership of more than 42,000 veterinary care providers across the United States and Canada. AAHA is a non-regulatory, independent association dedicated to helping members … Continue reading
Q. Two of my three rats are losing hair in patches and have quite a few bald patches. The third rat doesn’t appear to have any issues with hair loss. Is this normal or should I be concerned?
Regarding your question about the rats, an exam would definitely be recommended. Hair loss may be due to infectious agents (mites, fleas, mange, etc), or an infection may be present. There are tests we can do to check that out. … Continue reading
Q. I have two African greys that go through the mating rituals and have eggs but the eggs are not fertile. Can you tell me why?
Hello! Reproductive behavior is multi-factorial in all species, especially birds. Age, habitat, diet, temperament, and overall health can all play a role in reproductive health. We welcome you to make an appointment for both birds with us in order to … Continue reading
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, noticeable bleeding is never normal in guinea pigs and is typically not part of their natural cycle. Other causes such as bladder or other urinary stones, infections, or other abnormalities may be causing those … Continue reading
There are multiple diseases associated with the urinary tract that could lead to blood clots. While infection is one of them, another common cause would be urinary stones (bladder and/or kidney stones). In order to observe for this, imaging such … Continue reading
Hello! Possible causes for the clinical signs you describe can include abnormalities with the cloaca or the surrounding tissue itself, internal organ dysfunction, inappropriate diets, or other abnormalities that should be addressed. We welcome you to make an appointment with … Continue reading
Q. My guinea pig’s right eye is shut closed and seems to be watery, crusty, red and swollen. She is eating and drinking regularly. I am concerned she may have a respiratory infection.
Hello! While guinea pigs can certainly have respiratory infections that can cause eye drainage and crusting, other problems could also cause her symptoms. A corneal ulcer or scratch from hay or something in her pen is also common and can … Continue reading
Q. My pet has food allergies. We tried 2 different dog foods and nothing helps. The only thing that keeps his tummy in the clear is chicken and rice. He’s itching a lot! Should we do a food allergy test?
I am sorry to hear about your pet’s trouble! Food allergy and food insensitivity are things that happen and require more information to truly determine if this is the cause of your pet’s clinical signs. Allergies in general are one … Continue reading
Q. My pet rat has severe bumblefoot. What can i do for him at home? I have Bactine, peroxide, iodine and Silver ointment but nothing is helping that rock-hard swelling and abscess. Please help!
Thank you for contacting us with your question! My name is Dr. Kristi Rhodes and I am a veterinarian at North Bay Animal Hospital. My interest is primarily in exotic animal medicine because I love rats as well, so I … Continue reading
Regular peanut butter is usually OK as an occasional treat or a helper for getting medications into dogs, though too much can be fattening. However, some newer peanut butter formulations now contain xylitol, a sugar substitute also found in sugar-free … Continue reading