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YOUR PET’S PRESCRIBED DIET

If your pet is on a prescribed diet, keeping him or her on that diet is essential for the best possible health and quality of life. Your veterinarian has carefully selected your pet’s prescribed diet based on his or her specific needs, so this food should not be changed. Please order refills of your pet’s […]

THE WELLNESS EXAMINATION

A wellness exam is an overall general health assessmentthat may include blood tests, urinalysis, and parasite screening. A wellness exam is recommended for most pets at least annually. Some veterinarians recommend wellness exams at least every 6 months for senior pets and pets with chronic health issues. A wellness exam can help ensure your pet’s […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF ULTRAVIOLET (UV) LIGHT FOR REPTILES

Providing the proper light requirements in your reptile’s habitat is very important for ensuring your reptile’s physical and mental well-being. Natural, unfiltered sunlight is the best source of UV light, but it can be difficult to provide. Artificial light is an alternative source of UV light that can often be easier to provide than sunlight. […]

RADIOGRAPHY

Radiography is painless, very safe, and noninvasive, and it can sometimes be performed during an outpatient visit while you wait. Radiography is useful for evaluating the bones and the size, shape, and position of internal organs. Sedation is sometimes recommended for patients undergoing radiography. Radiography can help your veterinarian diagnose numerous medical conditions, including broken […]

RABIES

Rabies is a deadly disease that is generally fatal in all species. It is transmitted through contact with saliva of an infected animal. There is no effective treatment in animals. It is virtually preventable through vaccination. What Is It? Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system. All […]

RABBIT NUTRITION

Rabbits are strict herbivores, which means they only eat vegetable materials, and they require a high-fiber diet for proper digestion. A controlled amount of high-quality grass hay pellets with fresh grass hay, vegetables, and fruits is an optimal diet for a pet rabbit. Water is the most important nutrient for rabbits and should be fresh […]

POLYOMAVIRUS VACCINE

Polyomavirus is a virus that infects caged birds, especially those younger than 5 months. Signs include sudden death, loss of appetite, bleeding under the skin, and feather abnormalities. Birds cannot transmit this disease to their owners. The polyomavirus vaccine can help prevent the spread of this virus within an aviary (a place for keeping birds) […]

PET TOY SAFETY

To keep your pet safe, it’s important to know about pet toy hazards and how to avoid them. If you are worried about the safety of your pet’s toys, talk to your veterinarian. Contact your veterinarian if you see your pet swallow a piece of a toy or if your pet vomits, has diarrhea, or […]

MEDICATION MONITORING

Medication monitoring can help ensure that your pet is not experiencing unwanted side effects from a medication. It can also tell your veterinarian whether the medication may need to be adjusted. All medications have potential side effects. If you are giving your pet more than one medication, the medications may interfere with each other, causing […]

INSULINOMA IN FERRETS

Insulinoma is a type of cancer that affects the pancreas, causing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Clinical signs can include lethargy (tiredness), inability to stand, and seizures. Treatment may involve medication or surgery.Because of the frequency and severity of this disease, all ferrets that are at least 3 years old should have their blood sugar level […]