The Vet Is In

  • Nutrition and Stress in Your Cat

    In my last article, I described the effect that stress can have on cats and ways to reduce it. Urinary-tract problems are common in cats, and stress can be a major predisposing factor. There are many other causes of these

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  • Maximizing Flea Products

    It’s the time of year when fleas are in full force—and some think that in Southern California, it’s all year long. Keeping your pet free of fleas is a challenge. I want to give you some pertinent facts about the lifecycle of Ctenocephalides felis, commonly known as the cat flea, but the

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  • Insulinoma in Ferrets (Part 1 of 3)

    Despite legislative efforts, ferret ownership is restricted in California, and keeping them as pets isn’t allowed. Nonetheless, most people know at least one person who keeps one or two; as with all pets, they need specific care as well. In the first of three articles, Dr. Palazzolo describes a

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  • Ferret Diseases, Part 2: Adrenal Gland Disease

     In last week’s article, we covered insulinoma, or low blood sugar, in ferrets. This week, we’ll discuss another disease common in ferrets: adrenal gland disease. This condition is similar

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  • Ferret Diseases, Part 3: Liver Cancer

    Cancer is prevalent in ferrets. The adrenal disease and insulinoma are both forms of cancer, and this article discusses liver cancer in ferrets.

  • Common Household Substances Toxic to Cats

    This article will cover toxins specific to cats. The following are six cat poisons that we see at Long Beach Animal Hospital, and they can cause serious disease and even death. The best treatment for any of these poisons is prevention, so awareness is the key.

  • Ten Common Household Items That Are Poisonous to Dogs

    This article focuses on several ingested toxic materials that we commonly see in dogs at the Long Beach Animal Hospital which can cause serious disease and even death.

  • Holiday Threats to Pets

    It is easy to forget just how many dangers are present to pets during the holidays, especially as we get caught up in celebrating the season. Here are some tips to be sure that nothing mars the festivities for either you or your furry friends.

  • Nutritional Myths

    The pet food industry is a highly competitive multibillion-dollar industry. This leads to a substantial amount of marketing hype to convince pet owners that their food is best for your pet. As these myths have been reported over and over on the Internet and in online forums, they become

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  • What's In Your Pet's Food? A Primer on Label Ingredients

    To learn what is in your pet’s food, you must go beyond the marketing hype on the bag and read the ingredient list. Here are some standards and definitions based on the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

  • Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets

    In addition to sorely needed disaster preparedness for ourselves in our earthquake-prone area, we must be prepared for the needs of our pets. Far too many pets are lost and never found again during a major disaster.

  • Behavior Assessment for Older Pets

    Our pets are living longer and are healthier than ever, thanks to advances in nutrition and medical care. As animals age, behaviors that are hard to interpret mainfest. It can be difficult to determine if your geriatric pet is ill or just exhibiting

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  • Vestibular Disease in Older Dogs

    Last week, we discussed age-related behavior changes in older pets that could be a sign of disease. This week, we’ll talk about a specific disease that we encounter upon occasion in older dogs.

  • Lymph Node Exam

    The lymph nodes are involved with the immune system and also help drain fluids from the cells. They are found throughout the inside and outside of the body. Those on the outside that can be palpated are

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  • Ethylene Glycol Toxicity

    With cooler weather suddenly upon us, some people are starting to change their radiator fluid. The antifreeze that is put into radiator fluid is highly toxic to the kidneys of animals, even when ingested in small amounts.

  • Health-Threatening Rabbit Dental Conditions

    Rabbit teeth grow continuously throughout their lives. Normal chewing action wears them down just to the point that they don’t overgrow. This is one of the reasons that it’s important to feed your rabbit a high-fiber diet.

  • More About Rabbit Teeth Issues

    As we said in the last article, rabbit teeth grow continuously. This is an adaptation to their high-fiber diet and the need to eat almost constantly. Their teeth would wear out too fast if they did not continuously grow.

  • Pasteurella Disease in Rabbits

    Pasteurella, commonly known as snuffles, is a bacterial disease that can cause a vast array of symptoms. It is intrinsic to all rabbits, but luckily, most don’t get any problem. Unfortunately, if symptoms start, it can sometimes become chronic and severe.

  • Rabbit Gastrointestinal Disease

    Rabbits have very complicated digestive tracts. This allows them to utilize a high-fiber diet that humans cannot. They have a very large cecum, which is a pouch at the opening to the intestine and which is filled

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  • Bladder Stones in California Desert Turtles

    One of the more interesting, not to mention unique, surgeries veterinarians perform is the removal of a bladder stone from California desert tortoises. Some of these stones grow to tremendous size, and it’s a wonder that these animals can survive with such a problem.