During this time of year we feel it is important to let you know that Easter lilies are potentially deadly to cats. All parts of the plant are considered toxic, and intoxication can occur with ingestion of less than one leaf.
Symptoms to look for include vomiting, loss of appetite, and depression. If your cat exhibits any of these symptoms or if you suspect that your cat has ingested any part of an Easter lily seek veterinary care immediately. With prompt treatment, full recovery is possible.
Many times your veterinarian will order different types of bloodwork for your pet to help diagnose a problem. Hopefully the following listing will help you undertand what it all means.
COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT: A CBC gives information on hydration status, anemia, infection, the blood's clotting ability and the status of the immune system. A CBC includes:
PCV(HCT)hematocrit- measures the percentage of red blood cells. Helps to detect anemia or hydration status.
SKUNKING! This is a problem that, unfortunately, confronts many pet owners. More are sprayed at night, than during the day.
There is not much health risk for your pet, aside from the awful odor associated with a spraying. Sometimes pets may get sprayed in the face. In this case you many want to rinse their mouths or eyes if this is where they were sprayed. Eye irritation can be uncomfortable for pets. If you feel they are still suffering, even after you rinsed, a trip to your vet may be in order.
The pancreas is an organ involved in the digestion process. This organ produces enzymes that travel to the intestine to help break down food. Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. The inflammation can lead to leakage of the digestive enzymes into the pancreas itself or surrounding organ tissue. These enzymes are very irritating to these tissues. There are two types of pancreatitis, acute and chronic. The acute form occurs mostly in dogs and tends to occur suddenly and is more severe.
In light of the recent controversy surrounding the pet food recall and an overwhelming urgency to feed unadulterated or all natural foods, raw meat diets for our pets have become quite common.
Birds are highly intelligent, social beings. Some captive parrots thrive as members of their human family. Many of us have though welcomed these magnificent animals into our homes and our hearts with the best of intentions only to find out later how much we have failed them. In frustration they try to communicate to us that their needs are not being met by screaming, biting, or often turning their attention inward causing severe destruction to their feathers or skin. Others simply become sullen and withdrawn, fearful of any little change in their environment.
Our on line store is designed to cater to our clients who are on the go. You will be able to order refills of your pets existing medications and/or any sundry items you would like. You will also be able to purchase your pet’s complete flea, heartworm and internal parasite prevention products as well as pet food. When you place your order it is reviewed by a doctor on staff and compared against your pet’s medical records. Once approved, it will be shipped to you in a timely manner.
There are times when our beloved dogs can regress to their more primal roots and show aggression. Depending on the size of dog the aggression can range from annoying to down right dangerous. The aggression can be directed towards humans, either in the family or strangers, dogs only, cats only, smaller animals such as squirrels and other rodents.
FLUTD covers disorders affecting the urinary system of cats. Typical symptoms include inappropriate urination (unusual location, vocalization, or posturing to urinate), straining to urinate, urinating small amounts, and blood in the urine. These episodes can be very stressful for both the affected cats and their owners. In some cases these cats can become obstructed (unable to pass urine) which is a very serious and potentially fatal condition if not treated. Urination problems are among the most common reasons that cats are surrendered to shelters or euthanized.
Inappropriate urination or house soiling is one of the most common behavioral problems of cats seen in veterinary medicine. Many cats are given away or even euthanized because of the problem. House soiling can be caused by medical or behavioral problems or a combination of both.