You Make The Diagnosis: Cats And Flowers

Pictured below is a magnificent arrangement of flowers.  Although the flowers are beautiful, one type is highly toxic to cats.  Which flower is poisonous?  What are the symptoms of toxicity? Diagnosis:  Lily  (Lilium and Hemerocallis species) Lilies from the Lilium and Hemerocallis species contain a toxin that causes renal diease in cats.  (The two orange flowers with brown […]

Be Careful Wearing Nail Polish Around Tortoises

Tortoises have excellent color vision.  In addition to the colors that humans observe, they also see into the ultraviolet spectrum according to Ronald Orenstein, author of Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins: Survivors in Armour.  Because of this wonderful gift, people need to be careful when interacting with tortoises.  I have heard of tortoises mistaking painted toenails for […]

Desert Dog Police Canine Trials

Last spring, I attended the Desert Dog Police Canine Trials in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The highlight of the event was watching Kaos and Athos, two dogs who came to visit me in the hospital.  Pictured below is Kaos performing protection work.  Once he bit the agitator’s knee through the hole in the door, he never let […]

You Make The Diagnosis: Ring-tailed Lemur Unusual Behavior

Pictured below is a Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) from the Honolulu Zoo.  Native to Madagascar, these primates live in troops lead by a core group of females.  Name a unique behavior observed in Ring-tailed lemurs. Diagnosis:  Air Scent Fights Ring-tailed lemurs engage in stink fights.  According to the Cougar Mountain and National Zoos, lemurs possess scent glands on their wrists.  […]

Color Vision In Dogs

Last weekend, I watched the Western Regional Championships for the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge on TV.  I love watching healthy dogs perform and their unabashed joy at flying through the air.  During the “Big Air” segment of Dock Diving, the handler tosses a toy into a pool for their dog to retrieve.  The dog that […]