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Pet Advice
Pet Advice

AIR DATE: March 8, 2012

If you have a dog or cat or bird or a tank of fish or a guinea pig or a snake then tune in.  We're joined by Dr. Christopher Yach and Dr. Sheila Billingsley to take your questions about any illness or bad habit your pets may have.  Call in with your questions at 258-3552.
Christopher Yach, DVM, Owner and Hospital Dir, West Flamingo Animal Hospital
Sheila Billingsley, DVM, veterinarian, West Flamingo Animal Hospital
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    i have a 6 year old chihuahua who has been diagnosed with a liver shunt. we have him on denosyl 90mg a day and 1/4 tab of marin, we also give him vetri dmg (supports immune function) .25 ml before each meal. He has seizures once in a while and we also give him lactulose for days when he has too many seizures. We feed him Hills prescription diet L/D but i would like to know if there is another type of dog food what would be safe for him to eat since he can be a very picky eater.
    wendyMay 11, 2012 10:56:23 AM
    My beloved dog passed away recently from cancer, I rescued her off of the street a year ago. The hardest thing was watching her suffer the fight with cancer in her last few months. Not having any type of insurance on her, the expenses of healthcare prevented many contemporary cancer treatments because of financial limitations... With our animal companions becoming part of our families, could the good doctors comment on the importance and cost of animal health insurance?
    Sean B.May 11, 2012 10:22:21 AM
    Good Morning. I have an Indian Ringneck (bird). he is 20 years old (I've had him since he was 2 months old) I have never taken him to the vet. He looks and acts great. but his nails are super long and I was wondering where should I take him to clip his nails?I'm concerned that he would be too scared. oh! how about shots?
    Panidad NavarroMay 11, 2012 10:15:22 AM
    Hi Panidad, I actually have an Umbrella Cockatoo who I trim his nails myself when they get too long. I've heard that certain perches are recommended to keep the birds nails trim, but have also heard that they should be avoided. Nonetheless, many vets that deal with exotics or birds in general can clip a birds nails with clippers or I've even seen dremels used, but if you are comfortable cutting them yourself, and your bird trusts you, it is quite easily done. There are many youtube videos and online articles on the subject of avian nail trimming, so you might want to research them! From personal exprerience, I know that when you do trim the tip of the nail, you want to be careful not to clip too far into the nail, less the bird experience pain and bleeding. Depending on the size of the nail, you can use standard nail clippers. I would also recommend a few other things like wiping the clippers with alcohol (before and after) and possibly using a companion to help hold and calm the bird (a lot of times they will get scared and try to bite). Goodluck! PS: If you love your bird and can afford it, try for at least a yearly checkup on him! its usually under $150
    Sean B.May 11, 2012 10:42:57 AM
    This question is for Dr. Yach. My 1 year old Cavalier is, in the truest sense, a beloved member of the family. I am scared to take her to a dog park or allow other dogs being walked as we pass by to touch and smell her, for fear she will either get hurt or catch something. I get all tense and am afraid I will add to it. Advise?
    TishaMay 11, 2012 10:01:17 AM
    This question is for Doctor Yach, my trusted vet for many years. I have an 11-year old small dog, who is now the only pet in the home after spending her entire life WITH other dogs in the house. I'm considering getting a puppy. I have two questions: Do you think she really misses having a companion ? Do you think she's too old for me to bring a puppy into this environment?
    Potential new momMay 11, 2012 09:52:00 AM
    My Romeo(a 7yr. old Yorky) has chronic bronchial problems. My vet told me it was important to make sure he gets excercise daily, but it seems that sometimes he struggles by the end of our walks. Any suggestions on how to get him both the excercise he needs and help his lung function at the same time?
    Kris CarneyMay 11, 2012 09:23:52 AM
    This a question for Dr. Yach: HELP ME! I rescued a cat, and he is loving and sweet. However, he thinks he is a dog. He chews everything! Our shoe laces, wood,carpet, etc. How can I train my cat to stop chewing on everything? He is approximately 2 years old
    LynMay 11, 2012 09:10:38 AM
    This question is for Doc Yach. I heard his interview a few weeks ago. As he takes care of sharks and komodo dragons, I figured this question should be easy for him. I have a pet Mouse - she is the love of my life - and she has vision problems. She has a brown film-like substance on her eyes. What can I do? By the way, "Mouse" is actually a 10-year old Shih Tzu and she means everything to me! :)
    JoJoMay 10, 2012 22:15:39 PM
    My vet told me that I need to clean my dogs scent glands and showed me how. I just can't stick my finger in his anus. Is there another way to do it?
    peppermint pattyMay 10, 2012 20:59:42 PM
    My dog (a rescue pet) is getting older. What should I be looking for to make sure he stays healthy? What type of preventative medicine or measures can I take to make sure he stays healthy? How can I tell when he's too old to go jogging with me?
    AndyMay 10, 2012 20:21:44 PM
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