parrot preening its feathers

Feathers and Preening

Feathers and Preening  Feathers have a variety of functions: flight, temperature regulation, protection against environmental and climatic extremes, and courtship displays (colorful feathers, selective erection of certain feathers, etc). Without feathers, wild birds could not survive. Therefore, careful and regular attention to the feathers and their condition is vital. The process by which a bird grooms itself is called “preening.’ …

Why pets dig - Lytle Vet

Digging

Functions of Digging Digging with the front paws is normal behavior in both cats and dogs. It is seen during play in kittens and in puppies who are exploring the texture of surfaces in their environment. Cats and some dogs exhibit digging just before and after elimination of urine or stool. Cats vary in the amount of digging before and …

Predatory behavior in Cats - Lytle Vet

Predatory Behavior in Cats

With the exception of lions, most members of the cat family are solitary hunters that hunt alone and primarily at night. The cat’s earliest association with human beings, about 11,000 BC, was probably uninvited but tolerated because of its usefulness in rodent control. Predatory aggression in domestic cats today continues to provide a valued service. Predatory behavior in cats is …

Cats with feline urologic syndrome - Lytle Vet

Feline Urologic Syndrome

(Urinary Obstruction) General Information Urine produced in a healthy urinary tract contains a great deal of dissolved minerals. In cats with feline urologic syndrome (FUS), mineral crystals collect in the urinary tract, especially the bladder and its outflow tract (urethra). The accumulating crystals irritate the lining of the urinary tract and may clump together to form “stones” in the bladder …

Dog Knee ligaments and bones

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture

General Information A ligament consists of tough, fibrous tissue connecting two bones. In the knee, rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament allows the femur (thigh bone) to slide back and forth over the tibia (shinbone). The rupture first causes pain, then abnormal wear and tear of the joint, leading to arthritis. This sequence of events occurs most frequently in overweight, …

Female dog in danger of developing tumors - Lytle Vet

Mammary Tumors in Dogs

General Information Mammary tumors are the most common tumor in female dogs. Malignant (cancerous) or benign (non‑cancerous) tumors can occur. The cause of these tumors is unknown, but there is a hormonal influence on tumor development and rate of growth. Treatments for mammary tumors include surgery, irradiation, and chemotherapy. The type of treatment used is determined by the kind of …

Kittens! - Lytle Vet

Kittens… Kittens… Kittens

So, you have a new kitten or are thinking about getting one of those precious balls of fluff that steal into our hearts and make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Of course, we want the very best for our new little friend. That’s why our motto here at the Lytle Vet Clinic is ” Caring for your pet …

Ovariohysterectomy in Dogs - Lytle Vet Clinic

Ovariohysterectomy in Dogs

(Spaying) General Information Ovariohysterectomy is the medical term for spaying or neutering a female dog. The procedure consists of surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus. If the ovaries are not removed, the bothersome heat periods still occur even though pregnancy is no longer possible. Surgery is usually performed at 51/2 to 9 months of age, before the first heat …

Puppies should be dewormed at 2 to 3 weeks of age - Lytle Vet Clinic

Deworming Puppies and Kittens

General Information Roundworms and hookworms are common intestinal parasites of puppies and kittens. Puppies and kittens are often held and cuddled by young children who, like our pets, seem to be oblivious to good hygiene. Children do not wash their hands when they should. They pick things up and put them in their mouths. They kiss their pets and suck …