It is a common misunderstanding that seeds are a sufficient diet for companion birds. After all, wild bird feeders are filled with seeds, right? However, while wild birds enjoy the seeds people provide, they also eat a wide variety of other foods, including plants, insects, nectar, and, for some species, other small animals. In the wild, the same is true for cockatiels, parakeets, macaws, and other parrots. In their natural setting, these birds consume an almost unbelievable variety of foods.
Periodontal (gum) disease can lead to tooth loss and affects most dogs before they are 3 years old. Bacteria from periodontal disease can spread to affect other organs and cause illness. One of the best ways to help prevent periodontal disease is to brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis—daily, if he or she will allow it.
A clean, roomy cage and a nutritious diet are important to keeping your rabbit healthy and happy. Also important is the time you spend interacting with your rabbit: a bored and lonely rabbit can become destructive and even aggressive. Providing the interesting surroundings and companionship that your rabbit needs can help him or her be well adjusted and affectionate.
Cats are notorious for preferring sleep to exercise. However, regular exercise is important to your cat’s health because it burns calories, reduces appetite, maintains muscle tone, and increases metabolism (the rate at which calories are burned).
Asparagus fern (also called emerald feather, emerald fern, sprengeri fern, plumosa fern, and lace fern) is toxic to dogs and cats. The toxic agent in this plant is sapogenin—a steroid found in a variety of plants. If a dog or cat ingests the berries of this plant, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or abdominal pain can occur. Allergic dermatitis (skin inflammation) can occur if an animal is repeatedly exposed to this plant.
Fleas are blood-feeding parasites that can infest many species of birds and mammals. Although fleas on dogs and cats don’t infest people, fleas may bite people if an area is heavily infested. Flea infestation is one of the most common medical problems veterinarians see, and pets suffer greatly from this condition. Flea bites can trigger severe allergic reactions in some pets. The intense itching caused by flea infestation causes pets to scratch and bite themselves. This can lead to skin wounds, skin infections, and general misery for your pet. Even if your pet is not allergic to flea bites, fleas can transmit serious diseases, such as bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes “cat scratch disease” in people), and other parasites, like tapeworms.
Glucocorticoids (primarily cortisol) and mineralocorticoids are two important types of hormones produced by the body’s adrenal glands. Glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids help regulate numerous complex processes in the body and participate in critically important functions.
A radiograph (sometimes called an x-ray) is a type of photograph that reveals the body’s internal organs. The procedure for obtaining a radiograph is called radiography. Radiography is a very useful diagnostic tool for veterinarians because it can help obtain information about almost any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as the bones.
What can I say about J Henry, well I would classify him as a "Big Lug" for sure, he is out going ,very friendly and mild mannered. His story began in November of 2005. A neighbor asked if I had seen the cat that had been trying to get into the houses on the street. I answered I had not and did not think to much more about it as there were always strays around the area. Several nights later I had worked the late shift and was retrieving the mail from the postal box at the end of my drive way when I heard a cat meowing rather loudly. I looked down the road and there was a out line of a cat in the darkness running at full speed up the hill towards me. He came right up to me meowing all the time, rubbed against my leg wanting attention. I looked at him an asked "are you the lost cat I heard about ?" And reached down and patted him on the head. I walked to my door, went inside and brought out a can of food which was gone in seconds. Presented an additional can and went in the house leaving him to eat his meal. The next morning I opened the door and there he was sitting waiting for me. I already had a cat "Zaggs" and was not in the market for a second. I made a bed for him on the porch, checked Pet Finder and the local news paper to see if he had been reported lost. A couple days later he was still on the porch and joining us for meals. I made a flyer and sent it out to all the Vets in the Derry and Londonderry area but no one recognized him and I got no response. After sixty days I brought him in to Dr. Handle for shots and the rest is history. All he needed was a name, he was short but chunky, so good natured and was accepting of everyone, and reminded me of my Dad, who's name was Joseph Henry but was called just Henry, or around town " Henry the fisherman" as he was know around Beaver Lake. I did not want the exact same name and put the J in front, so he officially became J Henry Soucy. And that is how J Henry came to join my family. I have enjoyed every day since with J Henry, he is the official greeter at the house and expects every one to make a fuss over him. He is a delight for sure. -Lois Soucy
Louie Handel celebrates St. Patrick's Day
Sazey was a wonderful pet and friend. We found her as a stray and the medical care Dr. Handel gave her saved her life and gave us wonderful pet and friend for 20 years. In the photos she was about 19. She passed away when she was 21.
You're right, daddy keeps the house to cool in winter!
"Sunshine enjoys bird watching, hamster watching and spider hunting when she's not relaxing."
Tara looking Beautiful! As always!!
Tara is a sweet little Shih Tzu that brings joy to everyone she meets. She loves to run, play "Hide and Seek", play with her toys, and mooch a snack of yogurt or banana. Dr. Handel and his fabulous staff have been caring for Tara since 2003. Tara's lustrous locks and stylish cut are compliments of celebrity pooch stylist Carol. We love you guys! :) Love, Cindy and Tara
Tired from a long day! Xena, pretty girl!
Happy St. Patricks Day
We rescued Zoe back in the fall of 2009 from a foster home. We had a vendor booth at a local pet event and at the end of the first day, we heard this little whimper from the booth behind us. My wife pulled back the curtain and there she was, it was at that exact moment, we both looked at each other and we just knew that we HAD to take her home! Two days later, she was ours :) She is the sweetest, gentlest dog, she does something everyday to make us love her even more. She LOVES going for a ride to the point she now will not let us leave the house without her! We've nicknamed her "The Tongue" she will attack you with love any chance she gets!