When I first moved to Walla Walla I was delighted to discover the diversity of bird species that migrate through this area, as I am a bit of an amateur birder. However, the veterinarian in me also became a bit nervous, as all of these migratory birds put us at risk for West Nile virus.
Laminitis, or founder, is a debilitating and unfortunately common cause of lameness seen in horses, ponies, mules and donkeys. The horse’s hoof is equivalent to the human fingernail. The pedal bone, which is inside the hoof, is suspended from the hoof wall via thousands of fingerlike projections called sensitive laminae, which fit like a key into a lock of insensitive laminae present on the hoof wall.
Small pets like rabbits, guinea pigs and gerbils are often the first pet a child will have.
“My cat is just a really big cat, he’s not fat, just big!”
Springtime has me in full planning mode with thoughts of fun summer camping destinations and pet-friendly weekends for our family and our little old-lady dogs, Abby and Jazmin. I am lucky that they both love to travel in the car and will tolerate long trips with gusto.
Spring is a magical time of year for veterinarians, with newborn calves, lambs and foals being born. However, the warm, wet conditions are also a recipe for a less pleasant thing: parasitic worms.