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How Can I Tell When My Exotic Pet is Sick?

It’s a tragically common scenario in exotic pet medicine: the pet’s parent tells me that my patient’s symptoms (no appetite and not moving around much) just started yesterday. Before that, it was normal. Then I do my physical exam. I discover the bird’s prominent keel bone sticking far out beyond its emaciated breast muscles. The hamster’s incisor teeth that have overgrown so much they’ve made a full circle and

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Dear Veterinary Technicians: An Open Letter from an Emergency Veterinarian

Dear Veterinary Technicians, Thank you for caring for our pets and the pets of so many others. That may seem like a small thing to thank you for, but it encompasses so much. You make your patients comfortable – injections seem exciting (or at least not so scary) and blood draws turn into cuddles and playtime. You don’t mind too terribly much when a puppy urinates on you or

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5 Reasons to Immediately Bring Your Dog to the ER

If you missed our 7 Reasons to Immediately Bring Your Cat to the ER, click here! Now, for the dog owners! Deciding if your dog needs to be seen through an emergency vet can be difficult. Here are a few of the most common reasons to immediately bring your dog to an emergency animal hospital: 1. Difficulty Breathing or Rapid Breathing When sitting calmly or resting, dogs should normally

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Fur-Tunately: Stories of Animal Survival Episode III: The Mysterious Case of Claude the Chihuahua

The Case: Claude, one-year-old Chihuahua, brought to AERC’s Emergency Service in the middle of the night. His mom reports he was squatting to urinate, only producing a few drops or no urine at all, and then he would cry out in pain. (CLUE ONE) Claude’s Treatment During his initial exam, our team immediately noticed Clause had a very large, painful bladder (CLUE TWO). X-rays showed a very large bladder,

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7 Reasons to Immediately Bring Your Cat to the ER

There are many reasons to consider scheduling a visit with your family veterinarian. Maybe your pet is losing weight for no obvious reason, their appetite has grown picky, or they’re due for an annual exam and bloodwork. These are all important reasons to see your family veterinarian, but they don’t necessarily warrant a trip to the animal emergency room. So, when should you pack Fluffy in the carrier and

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My Dog Can’t Walk: Sudden Paralysis in Dogs

It’s one of the scariest moments you can experience as a pet owner: You wake up and go to let your dog out of the kennel, or he goes to jump off the bed, and you realize he can’t use his back legs. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in dogs, especially chondrodystrophic breeds (long back, short-legged dogs such as Dachshunds, Beagles, Spaniels, etc…) due to a herniating disk

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Can I Give My Dog and Cat Dairy Products?

We have all seen the movies and cartoons where a cat owner goes out onto the porch and pours cow’s milk into a small dish for their cat. This has often led cat owners to ask, “Can my cat have milk?” And then the question often leads to, “What about my dog? And what about ice cream? Yogurt? Cheese?” And…well, you get the idea. So, can your dog and

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Oral Tumors in Pets

Learning that your beloved pet has a growth in their mouth is daunting. It’s an experience no pet owner wants to go through. However, early recognition and an accurate diagnosis of the oral mass can result in more treatment options and a better prognosis for your pet. Here is a brief breakdown of what the process looks like if you currently suspect your pet may have an oral tumor:

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Homemade Slime Toxicity in Pets

Many parents are looking for fun ways to keep the kids entertained at home. Whether you need a boredom buster or a homeschooling art project, homemade slime (or “goop”) is easy to make and fun for the kids to play with. There are a lot of recipe variations for homemade slime to make glitter slime, glow in the dark slime, fluffy slime, and countless other types of slime! Be

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Should My Cat Wear A Collar?

Every year, an estimated 10 million pets go missing in the United States. And only a scant 2% of cats who do not have ID tags or microchips will be found by their owners. If your cat is indoor/outdoor (we recommend indoor-only, but that’s beyond the scope of this blog!) then a collar for identification purposes is very important. If your cat is indoor-only but a “dasher,” or curious

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