Archives: Illness & Disease

  • Key Vaccinations for Dogs

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    One very important part of dog ownership is making sure your dog stays up to date on his vaccinations. This is actually required by law in many places, and with good reason. Vaccinations help build your pup’s immune system, protecting him from dangerous and deadly diseases. They also help curb the spread of infectious disease. Because some diseases—such as rabies—can be transmitted to people, human safety is also a factor. In this article, a vet … Read More »

  • Cats and Toxoplasmosis

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    Have you ever heard that handling litterboxes is dangerous for pregnant women? It’s true that everyone, especially pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, should take precautions against toxoplasmosis, which can be transmitted by cats. A local vet discusses toxoplasmosis below. What Is Toxoplasmosis? First, it’s important to understand that not all cats have toxoplasmosis. Cats can contract it by eating rodents, birds, or other small animals infected by the parasite Toxoplasma. The parasite … Read More »

  • Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Cats

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    As you may have noticed, cats are very, very good at getting comfortable. However, while Fluffy can certainly manage to sleep in some very awkward positions, she isn’t quite as good at cooling herself off. In fact, hot weather can be very dangerous to our feline buddies! Fluffy has a fur coat on, and really doesn’t have any effective ways to cool herself down if she overheats. Read on as a local vet lists some … Read More »

  • Helping Your Dog Get Through Mosquito Season

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    Hot weather tends to bring with it a few pet hazards, one of which is outdoor pests. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance to us humans—they can bite our canine companions as well! Read on to find out more about the dangers these pests pose and how to keep your four-legged friend safe from harm. Mosquito Bites A dog’s coat of fur does offer some protection against mosquito bites, but mosquitoes can still bite … Read More »

  • Warning Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats

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    Many of us look forward to summer and all the fun activities it offers, such as swimming, grilling, and camping. Kitties certainly enjoy napping in sunbeams, but summer’s heat can be very dangerous for our feline friends. Cats don’t have many options when it comes to cooling themselves off. They can only sweat through their paw pads, and panting isn’t as effective for them as it is for dogs. Heat exhaustion, and eventually heat stroke, … Read More »

  • Respiratory Infections in Birds

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    Respiratory ailments are one of the most common health problems that veterinarians diagnose in pet birds. Here, a Treasure Coast vet discusses these dangerous disorders in more detail. Causes There are different types of respiratory infections, and each has various causes. Fungal spores that cause infections can be found in water, food, nests, incubators, and various other areas. Your bird could come in contact with the spores and be infected. The spores lodge in the … Read More »

  • Common Household Toxins

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    Unfortunately, your pet isn’t always at her safest inside the four walls of your home. There are many indoor pet toxins to be aware of. Learn more from your St. Lucie County veterinarian below. Human Foods Chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, candy sweetened with xylitol—the list of toxic human foods goes on and on. Ask your veterinarian for a complete list of dangerous human foods and keep them safely stored where your pet can’t get … Read More »

  • Egg Binding in Pet Birds

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    Female birds of many types can suffer from what’s known as egg binding. Egg binding occurs when the bird is unable to expel her egg from her reproductive tract. Parrots, cockatiels, lovebirds, finches, and budgerigars are some of the more common species to be affected, but any bird can suffer from egg binding. Below, a Saint Lucie County veterinarian discusses the causes, symptoms, and treatment for egg binding in your female bird. Causes Dietary deficiencies … Read More »

  • Combating Obesity in Ferrets

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    An obese ferret is not a happy ferret. If your pet ferret’s body weight is obstructing his ability to move and function normally, something needs to change. Of course, it’s easiest to prevent your ferret from becoming obese in the first place. Read more below as a Treasure Coast veterinarian discusses obesity in ferrets, how it happens, and what to do about it. What Causes Obesity in Ferrets? Just like other pets—as well as humans—a … Read More »