Stress in Dogs and How to Manage It

Stress in dogs can come from a variety of sources, including trauma, physical restraint, change of routine, boredom and separation, to name a few. Being aware of these things can help you minimize stress in your dog’s life. “It’s a dog’s life.” How often have we heard that? But what is it really like to be a pet dog living in a human home? Try to see it from the

Most common disorders of African Grey Parrots

Feather destructive behavior, such as feather picking Respiratory diseases Oral abscesses Malnutrition, including hypocalcemia syndrome Choanal atresia Proventricular dilatation disease (PDD) Chlamydiosis Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) Other bacterial, viral and fungal infections Many common disease conditions in African grey parrots are the result of malnutrition. Visiting your avian veterinarian for routine health checks will help prevent many of the above diseases and support you in having a long,

Serum Biochemistry Profile on your Pet: What does it tell us?

The serum biochemistry profile refers to the chemical analysis of the liquid portion of the blood (versus the blood cells).  This part of the blood is called the serum.  It provides information about organ function in the body.  Your veterinarian may want to perform a single test, a group of tests to evaluate a single organ or organ system, or a comprehensive profile.  A serum biochemistry profile is one of

Most common disorders of Rats

Respiratory disease (mycoplasmosis, secondary infections, viruses) Congestive heart failure Mammary tumors Cancer Ectoparasitism Pituitary tumors Abscesses Obesity Pododermatitis (foot infection) Malocclusion Sudden death/trauma Nephrosis Overheating/chilling/heat stress Paraplegia in geriatric rats The most common health problem in rats is respiratory disease. Visiting your veterinarian for routine health checks will help prevent many diseases and support you in having a fun, satisfying relationship with your pet rat. For help in finding a

Putting a pet up for adoption

Putting a pet up for adoption can be a very painful experience. Death, divorce, financial crisis, onset of illness or allergy, a new apartment that doesn’t allow pets — all these are reasons why even the most loving owners sometimes have to say goodbye. But there are more and less responsible ways of giving up a pet. Laurie Bleier, the director of the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network, a grassroots no-kill foster

Feline infectious peritonitis

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a serious viral infection.  The FIP virus can infect any cat but is most common in those younger than 3 years old.  It is also more common in multiple cat households.  Cats infected with feline infectious peritonitis are are often infected with feline leukemia virus as well. The FIP virus can cause a wide range of signs, which vary depending on the strength of your