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Fish by Susan Horton, DVM What is Algae?Algae should be thought of as a type of simple plant that develops when water and light are present. Algae is not harmful to an aquarium but in most cases is considered unsightly and customers want to control or eliminate it. What causes [...]


Ferrets and Foxes


Ferret and Fox Care Ferret Care Introduction The domestic ferrets,  Mustela putorius furo, is a descendent of the European polecat.  Its Latin name is very descriptive.  Mustela is derived form the Latin word for weasel, and puto is Latin for “to smell bad”.  The characteristic odor of the ferret is produced [...]

Ferrets and Foxes2019-11-14T12:54:32-05:00



Caiman Care (Caiman crocodilus) by Erica Mede, CVT Spectacled Caimans, also called White or Common Caimans, have become one of the most popular crocodilians kept in captivity due to their smaller size and availability. In the state of Illinois caimans are classified as dangerous by to a Supreme Court ruling. Prior [...]




Nine Banded Armadillo Care (Dasypus novecinctus) by ​Erica Mede, CVT In The Works!! Natural History ​The nine banded armadillo, also called the long nose armadillo or simply nine bands, are native to South America , Central America , and a large portion of North America .  They are expanding their home range territory up the north east side of [...]




Birds Natural History There are 27 species of these New World parrots found throughout the savannah, palm groves, scrub forest and rainforest of Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean.  These parrots are one of the most popular birds kept as pets and incidentally one of the most commonly relinquished [...]


Puppy Care


Responsible Puppy Care Starts With Your First Visit to Crestwood Animal Hospital Everybody loves puppies, and we are no exception! But puppies can require a lot of work and care—and it’s important to understand what they need. Puppy vaccines and parasite prevention are critical, and we highly recommend beginning the puppy [...]

Puppy Care2019-11-14T12:55:03-05:00

Kitten Care


Responsible Kitten Care Starts With Your First Visit to Crestwood Animal Hospital Watching kittens play is an amazing and humorous experience. As with most animal companions, kittens need extra attention to start their life off right so that they become healthy, well-adjusted adult cats. A thorough exam and series of vaccinations [...]

Kitten Care2019-11-14T12:55:10-05:00

Pet Dental Care


Pet Dental Care: A Crucial Part of Your Pet’s Good Health When it comes to dental care for pets, there are many similarities with humans. For instance, the kinds of foods that are consumed have a lot to do with the kind of dental health that results. That’s why we always [...]

Pet Dental Care2019-11-14T12:55:48-05:00

Senior Pet Care


Senior Pet Care: A Different Approach for Our Older Friends As we get older, most of us will begin to develop medical problems and health challenges that require extra attention. Our pets are no different. Like us, they are constantly aging—and at a pace much faster than what humans experience. In [...]

Senior Pet Care2019-11-14T12:56:00-05:00