The Vet Is In

  • Iguana Bone Disease

    One of the reptiles we care for the most often is the common green iguana. The most prevalent disease seen in this animal is known as metabolic bone disease. It goes by several other names; the medical term is nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism (NSHP).

  • Low Thyroid in Dogs

    Low thyroid is called hypothyroidism and is primarily a disease of dogs. Cats usually get the opposite problem, called hyperthyroidism. It occurs when the immune system makes antibodies against the thyroid gland.

  • Treating Arthritis in Pets

    Arthritis rears its head in many different ways. The most common shows up as a dog or a cat that is stiff, limping, unable to jump, slow to wake up or exhausted after a walk.

  • Leptospirosis: A Worldwide Problem

    Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that causes disease in animals and in people. It can be transmitted between animals and human beings. Although it can cause serious infection, vaccinating pets yearly against the leptospira bacteria usually provides good protection.

  • Asthma in Pets

    When an asthmatic attack occurs, it’s serious and causes significant panic in both humans and pets. This breathing condition tends to be much more of a problem in cats than in dogs.

  • Halitosis in Pets

    Halitosis, or the condition of having bad breath, is a common malady of dogs and cats. It can be a sign of gingivitis and can also be a sign of a more serious problem called periodontal disease.

  • Bladder Stones in Pets

    Many species gets stones in their bladders. The medical terms for this are cystic calculi and urolithiasis. Animals tend to get more bladder stones, and humans seem to get more kidney stones, although in animals, they can both occur at the same time.

  • Hernias in Pets

    A hernia is the protrusion of an organ from where it belongs in the body cavity to where it does not normally reside. This can occur in the chest or abdomen. Sometimes, a pet is born with what is called a congenital hernia; many times, they’re a result of trauma.

  • The Opossum, North America's Only Marsupial

    6Marsupials (pouched mammals) are different from other mammals in that they carry their offspring in a specialized pouch on the abdomen, called a marsupium. The Virginia, or common, opossum, is the only marsupial found in North America and is colloquially called a ’possum.

  • Breed-Specific Diseases Common to Australian Shepherds: Part I

    Australian shepherds are hardy dogs and easily adapt to different settings. Aussies are predisposed to certain diseases, so careful observation of your pet’s daily routine is important. Any significant changes in this routine are cause for an examination by one of our doctors. This is the first

  • Bernese Mountain Dog-Specific Issues

    Bernese mountain dogs are extremely versatile working canines that originate from the Swiss Alps. They were bred to herd cattle, pull carts, and be a watchdog and companion. They are predisposed to certain diseases, so careful observation of your pet’s daily routine is important. Any

  • Treatment for Skin Allergies

    Spring is officially here, and it brings with it a world of beauty and a bout of sneezing and congestion for a lot of us. Allergies affect our pets as well, particularly skin allergies.

  • Spring Is in the Air—Avoiding Hazards to Family Pets as the Weather Warms Up, Part 1

    The natural curiosity of dogs and cats often blooms as the weather warms up, and changes in the environment—both indoor and outdoor—bring new risks and potential dangers to family pets. Flowers, seeds, snail bait and lilies are a few of the hazards to watch for as the weather warms up.

  • Avoiding Pet Toxins, Part 2: Chemical Hazards

    Last week’s column focused on growing things that can harm your cat or dog. This week, Dr. Palazzo will describe the chemical toxins, some of which help

  • Behavior Problems in Dogs

    Behavior problems are the primary reason dogs are euthanized or brought to shelters. To head off this serious problem, there are several tips to help with your new puppy. This article is the first in a series of behavior problems in dogs.

  • House-training Your Puppy

    This article is part 2 of a behavioral-training series that Dr. Palazzolo has written for the Long Beach Post. It’s surely one that will be dear to readers’ hearts and hardwood floors.

  • Dealing with Boredom Behaviors in Puppies

    The goal of training your pup is to teach him or her specific behaviors to help avoid developing annoying or dangerous behavior problems. More dogs are put to sleep annually in animal shelters than die from diseases. The reasons are many, but certainly a major contributor to this sad state of

  • Dealing with Anxiety and Aggression

    The reasons dogs become aggressive toward people are many, but in many cases, it is because of an underlying fear based upon poor early socialization. The best way to ensure that your dog is safe around people of all types is to religiously practice a socialization program from a very young

  • Socializing Your Puppy

     The goal of socializing is to help your puppy get along well with others, to become a well- behaved member of the community, and to be a confident and psychologically healthy dog.

  • First Veterinary Visit

    It’s time for your pup for his first visit to the vet. The goal is to prepare the little guy to be handled, restrained, groomed, and vaccinated throughout its life.