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Gecko Tail Amputation

2020-04-01T19:26:55-07:00March 31st, 2020|Reptile|

It is not uncommon for reptiles to be presented with trauma to either the tail or one of the digits of the feet. In most cases they are brought in by their owners after the disease is well established and it is impossible to salvage the traumatized area. This page shows a case in a Leopard Gecko (do you recognize him? His picture is at the entrance to the reptile section). Treatment This is the tail upon presentation to our office. Initially we treated it with antibiotics to save it but the problem progressed and we were worried about infection

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

2020-04-28T19:42:17-07:00March 31st, 2020|Cats, Dogs|

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is a serious disease, but if caught early enough, there is much we can do about it. Vigilance on your part is the key to noticing any abnormalities warranting an exam by one of our doctors. It occurs in dogs and cats, although much more often in cats. <script async src="https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- LBAH Web Site Adsense --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display: block;" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8091430273330641" data-ad-slot="2771011414" data-ad-format="auto" data-full-width-responsive="true"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> There are two predominant versions of this disease; the skin version and the oral version: The skin version of SCC is caused by excessive

Bird X-Rays

2020-04-28T20:26:42-07:00March 30th, 2020|Avian|

It is not easy to take a radiograph on a bird that is ill and stressed. It is a team effort, and our staff excels at it.  As you can see from the Eurasian Eagle Owl above our veterinarians provide routine and emergency care for a wide variety of avian, exotic, and domestic animals. In many cases our vets take an x-ray on pet that is an emergency, and it can be a life-saving diagnostic tool. This budgie is in respiratory distress, and needs a radiograph to determine what the problem is. He is first placed in 100% oxygen in

Scaley Face Mites

2020-04-28T20:56:41-07:00March 30th, 2020|Avian|

Birds are occasionally infected with a mite called Knemidicoptes (if you want to make an effort at pronouncing this word the K is silent). We usually encounter this problem in parakeets (Budgies) at our hospital. This parasite causes extensive crusting and hair loss on the face and vent.  Fortunately, it is readily treatable. Birds with cases as severe as this are miserable He cannot even walk as evidenced by his overgrown nails Cause Scaley face disease is caused by a mite called Knemidicoptes that is spread from bird to bird by contact. Some birds acquire this parasite while young and

Proventricular Dilatation Syndrome (PDS)

2020-04-28T20:55:13-07:00March 29th, 2020|Avian|

Proventricular Dilatation Syndrome (PDS) , also known as Macaw Wasting Disease or Macaw Fading Syndrome (it was first seen in macaws), and Neuropathic Wasting Disease is a devastating disease of mostly young psittacines. This playful Macaw with a bell stuck on its tongue shows how interesting these birds are. Thankfully, we do not see many Macaws with PDS at LBAH anymore. Click here if you want to see how we removed the bell from this tongue.  It occurs in over 50 species of parrots. Common species are African Grey parrots, Amazons Macaws, and Cockatoos. It is suspected to also occur