7 10, 2020

GI Stasis (hairballs) in Rabbits

2020-10-08T12:22:24-07:00October 7th, 2020|Rabbit|

Gastrointestinal (GI) stasis  is a common cause of digestive disease in rabbits (lagomorphs). This disease is sometimes called Rabbit GI Syndrome (RGIS). In most cases at our hospital the cause is a diet that is too low in fiber. You will sometimes read the term "ileus" when talking about this disease. Ileus occurs when the normal intestinal movement of food through the intestines, called peristalsis, stops. Normal digestion is dependent on normal peristalsis of the intestines. Peristalsis is the movement of ingesta down the stomach and intestines. When this stops GI stasis is the result. Sometimes a hairball (also called wool

7 10, 2020

Urinary Stones and Sludge (hypercalciuria)

2020-10-08T12:26:11-07:00October 7th, 2020|Rabbit|

Rabbits make wonderful pets, that need special attention from everyone in your family regarding their health  Rabbits are prone to problems of the urinary tract.  These problems range from irritating sludge in the bladder, to kidney problems,  to the formation of a bladder stone that needs surgical removal. Sludge is urine thickened by calcium salts to the point of being chalky and thick in consistency, sometimes as thick as toothpaste. This causes problems in the urinary bladder usually, although it can occur in the kidneys or ureters. There are many factors why a rabbit might get this problem, so it is important to

8 05, 2020

Fluid Therapy

2020-05-08T15:19:54-07:00May 8th, 2020|Avian, Cats, Dogs, Ferret, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Rat, Reptile|

Fluid therapy might just be the most important medical therapy we perform on sick animals. Dehydrated pets feel ill, cannot fight disease, do not eat well, and cannot metabolize drugs efficiently. Dehydration decreases the circulation to two very important organs, the liver and the kidney. These organs are then unable to perform vital functions, some of which include detoxifying drugs and removing waste products. Fluids are crucial to anesthesia. This pet, about to have a C-section, is going into surgery with her fluid bag and IV pump (and Briana her nurse) along with her. These fluids will stay with this dog

4 05, 2020

Laser Surgery

2020-05-04T22:42:19-07:00May 4th, 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

29 04, 2020

Symptoms of Diseases

2020-04-29T21:54:30-07:00April 29th, 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. If you have any doubt that your pet is ill you should not hesitate to seek veterinary care since animals like our domestic pets, and especially birds, are masters at hiding serious illness. The Long Beach Animal Hospital staffed with emergency vets is available until the evenings 7 days

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