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All pets are not created equal. Each of the animals we humans commonly adopt as companions has its own specific requirements for optimum health and wellness. The more you know about your individual pet's needs, the more clearly you will see the need for a small animal veterinarian you can trust.
Dogs and cats: You may think you know all there is to know about these household favorites, such as the need vaccines, stool checks, and flea control. However, did you know your pet needs routine blood and urine tests. Regular physical exams will allow for early detection of cancer and kidney disease. Subtle signs of arthritis, limping or allergies can be picked up early through regular veterinary visits.
Cold-blooded pets: Iguanas can develop abscesses, metabolic bone disease and a dangerous condition called egg binding in which the eggs get stuck in the reproductive tract. Turtles can get colds and other respiratory ailment along with eye problems, obesity and a condition called shell rot.
Birds: Birds hide the signs of their illness and therefore close attention to their eating, defecating, activity, and breathing is very important in order to catch illness early. Labored breathing, poor appetite or digestive problems all indicate a potential medical condition. Dr. Simon, an experienced bird vet, can detect these subtle changes and begin treatment early.
Ferrets: Ferrets must be vaccinated against canine distemper and rabies. They can also suffer from fleas or other parasites, digestive problems, cardiomyopathy and various internal cancers.
Rodents: These "pocket pals" have their own medical needs. Both rats and mice show serious susceptibility to cancerous tumors and certain bacterial infections. They can also suffer from obesity at the hands of over-indulgent owners. Their incisor teeth may overgrow, requiring regular trimming from a vet.
Rabbits: Rabbits must take in a balanced diet or they will come down with gastrointestinal problems, such as gastric impaction. You should have your rabbit spayed or neutered just as you would a dog or cat.
As you can see, Royal Oak small animal owners need a small animal veterinarian or bird vet. Contact our clinic at 248-545-6630 to arrange the regular examinations, evaluations or treatments your small pet needs. We want pets of all sizes in Royal Oak to be happy and healthy! Dr. Simon and our knowledgeable staff have the skills and experience to properly treat your family member, regardless of whether they are furry, feathery or scaly.