The world of exotic pets is exciting and fascinating. With the various pet shows and on-line vendors, the exotic pet world is exploding with new possibilities. Far too often people become enamored with the idea of an exotic pet, but don’t truly realize what they’re in for. This blog is dedicated to helping you find the ideal exotic pet for your family.
Here are some very important considerations before purchasing your exotic pet: Continue reading
Blue Bandana Day-Sunday, March 16, 2014 2:00pm-4:00pm.
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary recently had a fire on their property. Now they need our help to heal and rebuild. Wonder how you can make a difference? Bring your pet(s) in for a nail trim and help them rebuild. The proceeds of the nail trims will be donated to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary. All participating pets will receive a blue bandana as a thank you for helping friends in need.
Harry here and that post card arrived in the mail that says I am due for my yearly exam and vaccines. Mom called to set up my appointment and the girl who answered the phone recommended that my mom bring in a stool sample as well. They told her that despite the fact I am an indoor cat only they still recommend routine stool checks to rule out intestinal parasites. Stool checks are important for cats, dogs, small animals and other exotic pets. If you are curious if your pet should have a stool sample checked then contact your veterinarian. Some of the most common parasites that dogs and cats can get are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms or whipworms. Some parasites are zoonotic, which means they can be transferred between humans and pets, therefore it is important to practice proper hygiene when cleaning up after your pet. Roundworms are actually the leading cause of childhood blindness so you can see why the vet takes this so serious. I asked Dr. Paroff to give you the facts about stool samples and there importance, so I’ll turn the floor over to him. Continue reading
Hello, Floyd here and I would like to tell you a little bit about a subject that commonly effects small dogs like me- patellar luxation. I am going to turn the floor over to Dr. Carlson to give you the details on this topic. Continue reading
There are countless animals that are in shelters looking for forever homes. It can be hard for many animals to adapt to the shelter environment, as many are accustomed to spending their days laying on their past owners couch and interacting with family members. Some pets come to the shelter because they were mistreated, abandoned or abused. As you can imagine these pets could also benefit from extra attention. Have you ever thought about being a pet foster parent? Pets from all walks of life can end up in a shelter or in the care of a rescue organization. Some pets may come from divorce, had owners that passed away, some may have been strays or been surrendered because of financial hardship. On any given day at the shelter or in foster care there can be very young animals to senior pets. There are usually an array of purebreds and mixes. A lot of these animals are in good health, have a great temperament and are ready to find a forever home right away. Continue reading
Harry and William here and we would like to discuss feline vaccines with you. Every year you get that card in the mail, do you ever wonder what vaccines are necessary to continue and which you may be able to discontinue? What diseases your cat is likely to transmit? We would like to turn the floor over to Dr. Blankenship so that you can inform you about the vaccines that we recommend and why they are important. Continue reading
The day none of us ever wants to think about…
Your cat or dog has been ill for some time now. Has it been days? Weeks? Months? The time starts to blur, and it’s difficult to tell when that downward decline started. It’s reaching the point where every action seems to be forced, like he or she is just going through the motions. It’s not “living” so much as “existing”. Barely eating, no longer playing, and sleeping mostly. This is when we start asking ourselves, “Is it time?” The harsh reality is that we generally outlive our pets, and often their fate falls to our hands. Euthanasia (putting a pet “to sleep”) is a sad subject to discuss, but since most of us will experience this with a pet at some time in our lives, I felt that it would be important to address. Continue reading