Advice From the Vet

Canine Influenza

Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Seasonal Flu. Now we have to worry about Dog Flu as well? Many of our clients have called us requesting information about the newly released vaccine for Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). This is a Type A Influenza virus (H3N8) and it is not contagious to people. Canine...

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Green Iguanas

Introduction The common green iguana is an arboreal (tree living) lizard native to the tropics of Central and South America.  It is a daylight-active lizard and is almost completely herbivorous.  Well-kept animals in captivity may live 10 to 15 years and grow to be six feet in length and weigh 10...

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Guinea Pig Care

General Facts Life Span: 5 to 6 years Sexual Maturity Male: 3 months Female: 2 months Gestation: 68 days (avg) Litter Size: 2 to 4 (avg) Weaning Age: 21 days Guinea pigs are social animals, enjoying physical contact with other guinea pigs when housed together. Aggression between guinea pigs is sometimes a problem, especially in crowded conditions. In...

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Heat Stroke

Heat stroke (hyperthermia) in dogs is, unfortunately, a common problem for pets in the Phoenix area. Heat stroke is defined as elevated body temperature to a degree and for a long enough time to cause damage to vital body tissues and organs. Dogs cannot sweat, as people do, to dissipate...

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Obesity

Obesity is becoming an extremely important health issue in our pets.  It is estimated that approximately 35% of household pets are obese in the United   States.  Obesity in pets leads to similar health problems as it does in people. Here is a partial list of diseases and conditions that...

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Parvo

Parvovirus “season” is here. That is actually a misleading statement because canine parvo is a disease we see year-round, but most local veterinarians will agree that we see an increased number of cases in the Spring and Summer. The canine parvovirus attacks many tissues in the dog’s body, most notably the...

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Rabbit Nutrition 101

If you have a rabbit, or are thinking of getting a rabbit as a pet, you may be puzzled by what to feed him. If you go to the pet store you will see shelves full of hays, pelleted food of all types and colors, grains, dried fruits, and snacks...

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Seizure Disorders

Seizures in dogs and cats may have a variety of underlying causes. Epilepsy results from a group or “focus” of abnormally discharging neurons in the brain that affects surrounding brain cells. When enough cells are affected a seizure occurs. Epileptic seizures range from mild (such as facial twitches) to severe (such as...

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Traveling With (and Without) Pets

Do you have a long business trip, family reunion out-of-state, or simply planning that nice summer vacation on a California beach? Have you given consideration yet to what to do with your pet while you are away? If you are going to travel with your pet, here are...

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Wildlife Emergencies

Have you ever found a baby bird in your yard and wondered what to do with it? Or perhaps you rescued a cottontail rabbit that ended up in your pool and you don’t know what to do next. We live among an abundance of urban wildlife and you will likely...

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