Allergies in Dogs and Cats

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“My dog won’t stop scratching!” is one of the most common issues presented to veterinarians in our exam rooms. Ranging from “just a bit more itchy than normal” to “keeping me up at night due to constant itching”, we see it all. And the hardest part is that it can be VERY tricky to determine exactly what the underlying cause of that itch might be. One of the more common reasons (among many) for itching includes allergic disease, the topic of our discussion in this blog. Continue reading

Hyperthyroidism in Cats

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The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck of mammals that is responsible for the production of thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones act like an overseer on a work site and, when it isn’t working properly, the workers (or in this case, organs) either stop working as hard as they need to or they work so hard they eventually break down.

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Is It Too Cold In Here, Or Is It Just Me? – Basic Reptile, Amphibian and Aquatic Husbandry

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While many people think “husbandry” is the act of being a good husband, it actually refers to the science of properly housing and feeding animals.  As an exotic pet veterinarian, over 90% of the diseases I diagnose are directly related to improper environmental conditions or diet.  As most exotic pets are not native to Northern Ohio, it’s important to create an environment that closely mimics their native habitat.  To do this well requires a great deal of research.

This blog is not intended to be an all-inclusive “how to” guide, rather it is intended to highlight the key areas where I see the most problems arise.  Reptile, amphibian and fish medicine is still in its infancy.  As new information arises from the scientific community, these recommendations may change. Continue reading

Exotic Pets – Finding the Perfect Match

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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 to benefit Happy Trails

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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.

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Are Stool Samples Really Important?

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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