Symptoms of Scurvy include lethargy, weakness, difficulty moving, painful or stiff joints, anorexia and weight loss, diarrhea, discharge from the eyes and/or nose, cough, or poor skin and fur condition. Vitamin C is water-soluble, so any excess will be excreted into the urine, so it is very hard to give your pig too much Vitamin C. We do NOT recommend using the Vitamin C drops the pet stores sell to put in the water, as Vitamin C degrades quickly in the light. Instead, we recommend supplementing Vitamin C with fruits and vegetables. Go to this website to determine which fruits and vegetables are the best to feed your pig: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952750.
As always, if you have any questions about your guinea pig, please call us, and we can help!
What is the right bedding, what is the correct temperature and humidity for your pet, what is to feed your pet, or how to care for your pet? Here are some great websites about husbandry and how to correctly care for your pet. The first two websites are for reptiles, and the last one is for mammals.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns! We are here to help!
Cornell Feline Health Center
The holiday season is here bringing with it excitement, joy, gatherings of family and friends, and tasty treats the whole month through. This is a very busy time for most families bustling around to enjoy the lights around town and (if you’re anything like me) scrambling to get a last-minute gift or two together. While there is much to celebrate and appreciate, this time of year brings with it seasonal stresses for both two and four-legged creatures alike. Here are a few tips to ensure you and your pets enjoy a safe and fun “howliday” season.
Ever heard the phrase, “a tired dog is a good dog?” It’s true! Consistent, moderate exercise that your pet can rely upon is one of the best ways to help keep them healthy and out of trouble. Set a routine and stick to it. A 30 minute walk or jog at the same time of day is a great way to strengthen your bond with your pet, provide good aerobic exercise for you both, and can prevent boredom trouble-making. Bundle up and get out there!
This time of year, most of us allow ourselves to indulge in the holiday delicacies we enjoy so much! Use caution in doing the same with your pet. New, rich treats or bones can upset sensitive stomachs and result in diarrhea. Try to remind house guests that your pet should not be getting people food. If everyone is sneaking the family pet “just a small taste” of their holiday dinner, that same family pet may leave an unwanted present under the tree.
My dog thinks every gift under the tree is for her. If you have a nosey pet too, consider purchasing a few sturdy rubber chew toys such as those made by the Kong ™ brand. Stuff them with canned dog food or a small amount of peanut butter and freeze. When it is time to open gifts, give your furry friend their treat as a project to keep them occupied.
Even if you’re not a Clark Griswold, decorating for the holidays is one of the best ways to get in the holiday mood. Remember to keep toxic plants out of reach of curious pets. Ingestion of Mistletoe, Holly, and Amaryllis can all result in varying degrees of gastrointestinal distress among other clinical signs. Ensure electrical cords are out of reach of puppies and kittens who are teething. Consider placing a gate or large gift boxes around your Christmas tree to prevent your pet from bumping into it or attempted to climb.
Wishing your families a very happy holiday and health in the coming year!
Molly was all ears when she heard she was having dental work! But no worries Molly, Lauryn was there to comfort you. We love sweet Molly, and our Fear Free Practices make every visit more comfortable for your furbaby!
Just a few of our furbaby clients, they are all so very special to us. We see all types -big, small, old, young, and all breeds of cats and dogs. Dr. Morgan Wilcox is a Fear Free Certified Professional , this makes a big difference in how your furbaby handles a vet visit. These cuties love the treats and calm approach, Dr. Morgan and the staff will sit on the floor to make your furbaby more comfortable too!
Last week, I had a patient that needed emergency surgery. I needed an extra set of hands to assist with the surgery. So I called my dad, Dr. Gerald Matile MD. Although he’s done thousands of surgeries on people, this was his first time watching and assisting me. I’ve always looked up to him and what he’s done as a physician. It was one of the most memorable times in my career to have him in the surgery suite with me. Fortunately, our pal Ruben made a full recovery. He’s back to living his best life with the most loving family.
In order to earn Fear Free certification, veterinary professionals must successfully complete the online certification program.
After Fear Free Certification is earned, it is valid for 3 years.
To uphold certification, Veterinarians must:
1. Earn 4 additional hours of Fear Free-specific CE annually.
2. Maintain an active membership via an annual renewal fee.
After Fear Free Certification is earned, it is valid for 3 years. To renew, there is additional testing.
Fear Free Certified Professional will:
The photos below show the difference that a cleaning really can make.
We now offer now offer full mouth dental radiographs at the time of our cleanings!
Fun fact: dental x ray allows us to see what is going on under the surface of the gums... much like an iceberg, the majority of the tooth lives below the gum line where we can't see it! Without dental x ray, roughly 42% of pathology goes undiagnosed due to our inability to know what is happening with the ROOTS of our patient's teeth! Just a note on what you see below - when you shine a black light on teeth, plaque and tartar will fluoresce in pink)
Before the cleaning, check out all the plaque!
After cleaning, plaque free!
November 30, 2020 we spent 4 hours learning from Mary Berg BS RLATG RVT VTS (Dentistry). We are investing in our patient's dental health by adding a dental X-ray unit to our clinic. 42% of dental disease goes undetected without dental X-ray. By finding and treating the infection and pain caused by dental disease, we give our patients more healthy, happy years.