Content tagged "other companion animal health"

Intestinal Parasites

Companion Animals Updated: April 21, 2016

Introduction Internal parasites can be found in many different organs and tissues of an animal’s body. One area commonly targeted is the intestines....

Ferret Household Hazards

Companion Animals Updated: April 18, 2016

Introduction Ferrets are curious and intelligent creatures. This makes them both fun and entertaining companions, but it can also be the cause of serious...

Nuclear Sclerosis vs. Cataracts in Companion Animals

Companion Animals Updated: April 18, 2016

Nuclear sclerosis is a very common eye defect in older animals and is commonly mistaken for cataracts in companion animals. Nuclear sclerosis results in a...

Remove a Tick from Your Pet in a Few Simple Steps

Companion Animals Updated: April 08, 2016

To remove a tick from a pet in just a few simple steps, please do the following. We have included a video from the TickEncounter Resource Center for your...

Getting Ready to Bring A Guinea Pig Home

Companion Animals Updated: February 03, 2015

Guinea pigs make excellent pets for individuals and families. They do not take up much space and are relatively easy to care for. If you decide to bring a...

Guinea Pig Handling

Companion Animals Updated: December 03, 2014

Guinea pigs are social creatures that love being handled. To create a greater bond with a guinea pig, you can spend time with them to allow them to feel...

Bladder Stones in Guinea Pigs

Companion Animals Updated: November 24, 2014

What are bladder stones?Uroliths (bladder stones) are mineral structures that form in the bladder.  These uroliths can remain in the bladder or get stuck in...

Grooming Guinea Pigs

Companion Animals Updated: November 24, 2014

Grooming your guinea pig (cavy) is a good way to handle, interact, and bond with your pet. It is also a time to examine your animal for any changes in its...

Dropsy in Fish

Companion Animals Updated: January 13, 2014

Dropsy is a common but often fatal fish disease that causes distinctive raised scales pointing away from the body in an affected fish. Although used as the...

Shedding Management for Companion Reptiles

Companion Animals Updated: September 27, 2013

Ecdysis refers to the process by which reptiles shed their outer skin, a process that occurs regularly with growth and wear. Some species of reptiles shed an...

Chinchilla Housing and Care

Companion Animals Updated: September 09, 2013

Chinchillas make friendly and loveable companions. To ensure that your chinchilla is living a healthy life, both mentally and physically, it is vital to...

Companion Bird Nutrition

Companion Animals Updated: September 09, 2013

IntroductionProper nutrition is vital to the health of companion birds. It has been found that improper nutrition is responsible for 90 percent of the health...

Humane Methods of Euthanasia for Fish

Companion Animals Updated: September 06, 2013

Euthanasia is a common procedure offered for dogs, cats, rabbits, and other pets that are frequent patients to veterinary clinics. However, when it comes to...

Sugar Gliders: A Summary of the Nature and Care of the Companion Sugar Glider

Companion Animals Updated: September 03, 2013

Sugar gliders are small tree-dwelling nocturnal marsupials, and, until very recently, have not been classified as a companion animal species. However, over...

Bumblefoot in Companion Rodents

Companion Animals Updated: November 05, 2011

Pododermatitis, more commonly known as bumblefoot, is a condition that affects many companion rodents, including rats, hamsters, and guinea pigs....

Introduction to UV Lighting Requirements for Reptiles

Companion Animals Updated: November 04, 2011

Proper lighting is an essential part of a reptile’s environment. It is vital for the reptile’s overall health, including feeding behavior, activity level,...

Spaying and Neutering Guinea Pigs

Companion Animals Updated: June 06, 2011

Introduction For a variety of reasons, veterinarians do not recommend that owners attempt to breed their guinea pigs. One concern is that breeding will...

Ectoparasites: Sarcoptic and Demodectic Mange Mites

Companion Animals Updated: May 29, 2011

Mange is a skin condition caused by mange mites - arachnids that live in the skin and cause irritation for our companion animals. There are two types of...

Dental Care for Companion Rodents

Companion Animals Updated: May 27, 2011

The scientific classification order that all rodent species belong to is called Rodentia, which means “to gnaw” in Latin. Rodents have teeth (incisors and...

Canary Care

Companion Animals Updated: April 29, 2011

Selection Canaries come in a variety of colors and types. They are generally classified in three basic varieties: song, color, and body type. Song canaries...

Barbering in Companion Rodents

Companion Animals Updated: April 26, 2011

Introduction Barbering refers to the abnormal grooming behavior of an animal chewing and tearing the fur and whiskers of either itself or another animal....

Mammary Tumors in Rats

Companion Animals Updated: February 24, 2011

Introduction Mammary tumors are the most common type of tumor diagnosed in female rats. While these tumors can occur anywhere within mammary tissue, they are...

Ectoparasites: Fleas

Companion Animals Updated: February 14, 2011

The most common external parasite of the dog and cat is the flea. Fleas love warm, humid environments and do not survive for long periods in extreme heat,...

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