Equine Internal Parasites

Historically, it was too arid and too hot for internal parasites to survive and multiply to numbers that would be of concern for horses living in Arizona and other desert climates. Microclimates including lawns, increased irrigation, crowded housing/pens and an increase in the number of “backyard horses” has, in recent years, exponentially increased the parasite […] Read more »

Equine Dental Health

Regular oral examinations are just as important for your horse as for the dogs, cats and humans in your life. Equine teeth, unlike carnivorous or omnivorous animals, continuously erupt from the sinus cavities of the skull throughout the life of the horse. Because the upper jaw is wider than the lower jaw, the teeth can […] Read more »

When Porcupines Attack

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Dogs are naturally curious animals and porcupines are easily offended by strangers nosing around in their business. This is not a good combination. Given that dogs don’t have thousands of prickly quills at their disposal to ward off attack, they usually come out on the losing side of a confrontation between the two. For those […] Read more »

West Nile Disease in Horses

Robin Paterson, D.V.M. Cerbat Cliffs Animal Hospital West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne virus that was first recognized in U.S. horses in 1999.  Thirteen years later, the disease is found throughout North America, parts of Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and continues to cause serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic conditions of affected […] Read more »

Feline Vaccination Schedule

Robin Paterson, D.V.M. Cerbat Cliffs Animal Hospital Congratulations on your new kitten! Now is the time to bring her to the vet for a check-up, deworming and, if she is the correct age, begin her vaccinations. What exactly will she be vaccinated against? The answer depends on several factors. What to vaccinate for, and how […] Read more »

Valley Fever

Robin Paterson, D.V.M. Cerbat Cliffs Animal Hospital Coccidiodomycosis, more commonly known as Valley Fever, or San Joaquin Valley Fever (named after California’s San Joaquin Valley) is fungal disease which occurs only in the Lower Sonoran Desert including parts of Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and parts of Central and South America. The fungal […] Read more »

Aggressive dog

We received an email asking for advice about an aggressive dog. “I have an 18 month old Lab/Rott/Pit (90 pounds) mix that we have had since he was a puppy. . He started showing signs of aggression when he was around 12 or 13 months. He started growling at anyone who he didn’t already know that […] Read more »