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24 03, 2020

Budgie Growth Removal

2020-03-26T07:47:53-07:00March 24th, 2020|Avian|

These are little guys, so they get plenty of TLC and gentle handling before, during, and after surgery This budgie (budgerigar or parakeet) had a growth near his cloaca that weighed almost as much as he did. We removed it because it was getting larger and interfering with bowel movements. Birds this size have little blood, so bleeding control (hemostasis) is critical. We removed it using the laser, taking advantage of its tremendous bleeding control, the lack of post operative inflammation, and the pain control it brings by cauterizing instead of cutting nerves. The lack of bleeding during the surgery when

23 03, 2020

Diabetes Mellitus (Sugar Diabetes)

2020-03-26T22:52:41-07:00March 23rd, 2020|Avian, Cats, Dogs, Guinea Pig|

  This page describing diabetes mellitus (DM) is very thorough and will require some study if you want to understand it fully. We have a summary page on DM if that suits your needs better than this detailed page. There is a different kind of diabetes, called diabetes insipidus, which is not the same disease. In general, when most people say a pet or a person has diabetes, or  if they also say sugar diabetes, they are refurring to diabetes mellitus. Sugar diabetes, more correctly know as diabetes mellitus (DM), is a complex disease that is difficult to control, particularly

16 03, 2020

Symptoms of Diseases

2020-03-17T10:51:44-07:00March 16th, 2020|Avian, Cats, Dogs, Ferret, Guinea Pig, Pot Bellied Pigs, Rabbit, Reptile, Tips|

It is sometimes difficult to determine if your pet is ill, especially since many pets have subtle signs of illness that they easily hide from owners. Here are 7 basic areas you should observe on a daily basis to help determine if your pet needs an exam by one of our doctors. Eating Watch your pets daily eating habits for : difficulty chewing odor swelling pawing at its muzzle Since dental disease is so prevalent please follow the link to learn how this can affect your pet's eating. This video shows a cat that cannot eat well due to dental disease. Breathing When your

13 03, 2020

How to Read a Radiograph (X-Ray)

2020-03-14T20:19:34-07:00March 13th, 2020|Avian, Cats, Diagnostics, Dogs, Ferret, Guinea Pig, Pot Bellied Pigs, Rabbit, Rat, Reptile, Tips|

Diagnostic tests are important in veterinary medicine since our patients do not routinely tell us where they are having a medical problem. An important diagnostic modality we use to make an accurate diagnosis on a sick animal is radiography, more commonly known as x-rays. Learning how to accurately read a radiograph on the wide variety of species that we care for requires requires a large body of knowledge. It is an ongoing process for our veterinarians in order to develop this skill. We oftentimes utilize the expertise of a veterinary specialist in reading radiographs of animals in the more complicated

13 03, 2020

Laser Surgery

2020-03-14T11:23:20-07:00March 13th, 2020|Avian, Cats, Diagnostics, Dogs, Ferret, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Rat, Reptile|

We have been using laser at the Long Beach Animal Hospital for over 25 years for a wide variety of surgeries on a wide variety of surgery.  Our laser is a carbon dioxide laser, not the Lasik laser used for eye surgery of the cornea. We are one of only a handful of animal hospitals in California that have this capability. It is a highly advanced and technical piece of equipment that we never dreamed about having while we were training to be veterinarians. Its one of the ways we offer state-of-the-art care at the Long Beach Animal Hospital. This is