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At Best Friends Animal Hospital, we offer the finest veterinary care to all your household pets. As your veterinarian in Winnipeg helping small and exotic pets as well as cats and dogs, we are prepared to treat a wide range of animal health problems. Some of the most common disorders we treat include:
However, that list only begins to cover the array of conditions we see at Best Friends Animal Hospital. On any day of the week, our hospital may be busy treating cats, dogs, snakes and bunnies all for different types of problems.
Most pets enjoy good health throughout their lifetimes, but some are more susceptible to illness due to their breed, type or genetic makeup. Some of the conditions treated at Best Friends Animal Hospital are rare or specific to the animal group.
Addison’s Disease most commonly strikes female dogs around the age of 4-5 years. However, the disease can present young puppies and seniors. Mixed breeds are at risk for Addison’s as well as certain breeds including Great Dane, all types of poodle and West Highland white terrier. Addison’s is a hormone deficiency disease which is manageable with early diagnosis and treatment, but can be fatal if untreated. Symptoms include collapse, lethargy, unexplained or severe weight loss, trembling and seizures.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is actually a group of diseases found in dogs and cats. It is characterized by inflammatory cells that attach the stomach and walls of the intestines, causing diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss. IBD can be present in the stomach, colon or small intestine. It is typically treated through diet and steroid medications.
Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD) is also called parrot wasting disease. It affects both the digestive tract and nervous system and prevents birds from properly absorbing the nutrients in their food. All birds are at risk for PDD, but African gray parrots, macaws, cockatoos and conures have a high incidence. Problems with gastric upset, depression and passing whole seeds in the feces are the first symptoms. Any suspicion of illness in a bird should be taken seriously. Time is crucial when treating small pets.
Red Leg Syndrome is widespread in amphibian pets such as toads, frogs and salamanders. It literally causes a red discoloration on the underside of the animal’s abdomen and/or legs. The syndrome is caused by bacteria, especially prevalent in poor environmental conditions. Treatment depends on the cause of the disease, but antibiotics are effective.
Respiratory Infections are often seen in pet rodents. A variety of symptoms including nasal discharge, wheezing, coughing, loss of appetite or lethargy may signal a respiratory infection. Respiratory diseases are easy to diagnose and can be successfully treated with prescription antibiotics. Because of their small size, pet rodents can become seriously ill in a short time if treatment is delayed.