Gastrointestional Ulcers in Horses

Filed Under: Horses, Diet & Nutrition

Gastric ulcers may be an important source of gastrointestional problems in foals and adult horses under stress. The prevalence and severity of ulcers in an adult horse will increase as stress increases. A horses with a nervous disposition is more likely to have ulcers than a quiet or easygoing animal. Horses under intense training, such as race horses, tend to have moderate to severe gastric changes and up to 90% of racing horses may be affected.

Avocado Toxicosis in Birds

Filed Under: Poisoning, Birds

Next time you are cutting up fruits and vegetables for your bird, make sure you hold the avocado. Did you know avocados are toxic to birds? Ingestion of the fruit, leaves, stems and seed of the avocado tree have been associated with toxicosis in birds as well as mammals. The causative agent, persin, is found in all parts of the avocado and will cause myocardial necrosis (death of the heart muscle cells) in birds. Budgerigars fed as little as 1 gram of avocado fruit developed agitation and feather pulling.

Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis)

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Parasites

Have you ever had an itch that was driving you insane? You just could not leave it alone even though the skin was becoming irritated? You may even scratch at the area so bad that you caused it to bleed. Everyone was trying to advise you not to scratch and yet you somehow just could not leave it alone. Sounds like a pet with a hot spot, or “acute moist dermatitis.”

Caring for Your Box Turtle

Filed Under: Reptiles, Diet & Nutrition, General Care, Turtles

Box turtles are one of the most popular amphibian pets, particularly for children. This is partly due to their reputation as an easy pet to care for. When treated well and housed properly, box turtles are very easy to care for, and easy to love. But as easy-going as they seem to be, box turtles do need proper and attentive care.

Box turtles get their moniker from their unique hinged shell, which allows them to completely withdraw their head and limbs, closing their shell like a box.

A Guide to Guinea Pigs

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, General Care, Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are wonderful pets, gentle and loving. They easily become quite accustomed to human handling, and love to be petted and held regularly. Some guineas will make a rumbling, chirping sound while they’re being petted, similar to a cat's purr.

Healthy and Happy Mice

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, General Care, Mice

Mice are a wonderful pet for young children just learning to take care of animals, or anyone who would love an active, adorable but low-maintenance pet.

When you’re picking out a mouse, find one that’s active and healthy with bright eyes. Have your veterinarian give your new mouse a checkup first thing. If you’re bringing a new mouse into a group of mice you’ve had for some time, keep him in a sort of quarantine until you’re sure he’s free of any bacterial diseases or viruses.

Your Pet Potbellied Pig

Filed Under: Pigs

Pot bellied pigs are sweet-natured, intelligent, active and adorable. As a pet, however, they can be extremely demanding. Before you adopt a pig, please be sure you have the time, space and energy to dedicate to your new family member’s very particular needs. So many pigs are abandoned to sanctuaries because their owners weren’t prepared for the demand a pig places on its human companions. But if you can meet these demands, having a pot bellied pig in your home can be extremely rewarding, and you’ll have a friend for life.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Filed Under: Cats, Practice Stories

Opening up my own veterinary clinic was a challenging proposition. One of the nicer aspects of being an associate was the availability of a second opinion—often whether you wanted it or not. When you are a single practitioner faced with a complicated case, it’s sometimes frustrating not having another colleague to bounce things off of.

Dealing With Your Dog's Allergies

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Canine atopy is essentially another name for canine allergies. Most dogs with atopic dermatitis are triggered by environmental allergens, although some allergic reactions can be attributed to food allergies. The allergens causing your dog’s problems, as well as his reactions, are usually quite diverse.

Examine Your Horse Before You Buy

Filed Under: Horses, General Care

Buying a horse is a serious investment. Before you make any decisions, it’s wise to have a veterinarian who specializes in horses perform a prepurchase evaluation on the horse you’re interested in.

Dr. Susan named best vet in Northeast Alabama!

Critterology.com's primary contributor, Dr. Susan Muller Esneault, has been named for best veterinarian in northeast Alabama!

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