Welcome to: Little Critters Vet
by Jill M. Patt, DVM
Little critters vet website is intended to be a guide where I can provide information for pet owners as well as links to other sites I have found helpful. This site is by no means intended to be all-inclusive and this is especially true on the dog/cat section. I’ve found that there are literally tons of sites with excellent dog/cat libraries and therefore I don’t intend to try to reinvent the wheel. I will, however, supply content in the dog/cat section on subjects that I frequently discuss with clients and I’ll be adding more information over time. I’ve also provided extensive dog/cat links to some sites that I think may be helpful to pet owners as well as members of the veterinary community. The same largely holds true for the exotic animal sites, except that I believe there is a smaller body of information available on many of our exotic pets. Therefore, I’ll again provide links, but will also include more on-site pet health care information for our exotic species such as birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets and rodents. Lastly, I’ve included a wildlife rehabilitation (rehab) page to help with information on specific types of Arizona wildlife and an Arizona pet care page with information specific to our AZ pets. I wrote this web site from scratch several years ago and as technology, knowledge and medicine have changed I’ve updated the entire site several times and will continue to do so. Enjoy!
About Author: Jill M. Patt, DVM
I’m a practicing veterinarian in Mesa, Arizona at Alta Mesa Animal Hospital. My focus while obtaining my DVM degree was in small and exotic animals. The term ”small animals” in veterinary medicine is used to refer to dogs and cats. While the term “exotic animals” indicates birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, and other “unusual” pets. Because I’ve kept, shown, raised and basically spent my life with all of the above types of animals I felt that this species tract was the perfect choice for me. My ultimate goal in my practice of veterinary medicine is to provide my furry, feathered, or scaly patients with the care and attention their guardians would expect for themselves. All my life, my home has been filled to overflowing with “little critters” of all types. As long as I can remember I wished to become a veterinarian and have worked towards that goal. I was fortunate enough to attend WSU where I completed my bachelors in veterinary science, graduating Magna Cum Laude. I also obtained my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from WSU where I was a member of the veterinary honors society of phi zeta and again graduated Magna Cum Laude. Since starting practice at Alta Mesa Animal Hospital in May of 2000, I’ve evolved from an associate position to the hospital’s Medical Director. In 2012 I married a wonderful man who is a practicing human pharmacist. I’m fortunate that my husband shares my passion for animals and understands my dedication to patient care.
As a practicing veterinarian in the field of small and exotic animal medicine, I spend much of my time with clients discussing animal care and disease states. I’ve developed the little critters vet web site to provide pet owners, and people within the veterinary medical field with some of the information on small and exotic animals that I’ve found is often discussed in our practice. The site is not intended to be all-inclusive, or to rework some of the very useful information that has recently become available on the Internet. Instead, it is intended to provide quick information on some of the problems I encounter frequently in veterinary medicine and also to provide links to other sites with more established libraries. A digital photo gallery has been attached to the site to display photos of animals I’ve encountered in my personal and professional life. A pet care library page has also been provided to give quick access to additional information on dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, birds and other little critters.
Our hospital has a very active Facebook page in which I daily post information that I think may be of interest to pet owners so please join us there. Because of the many diverse interests in small and exotic animal care and medicine I’ve found it helpful to establish special interest Facebook groups to share information with fellow enthusiasts. My pet species pages are 1) Pet Birds of AZ 2) Pomeranian Dogs 3) Australian Parakeets. Lastly as social networking has become so popular I’ve also started a Facebook page specific to littlecrittersvet – join us and help our page grow.
Side Note: Veterinarian:
Your veterinarian should be one of the most important aspects in providing your pet with a long and healthy life. I highly recommend establishing a relationship with a veterinarian the first day you acquire your new pet. Additionally, all animals should be examined at least yearly by a veterinarian and I recommend regular lab screening as well. The lab screening will vary depending upon what the veterinarian feels is important but typically includes a fecal panel, complete organ panel, and a look at the red and white blood cells. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Animals are notorious for not showing signs of illness until they are critical and a good way to catch them in the early stages of any disease is with basic lab screening. Another benefit of lab screening is for the establishment of normal values for your individual pet. This becomes important when your pet is ill because we have those baseline values to compare the current results to. This allows your veterinarian to determine the longevity of the disease and also helps to allow them to focus on the changes that are of most importance. If I could do only one thing with this website, it would be to enforce the importance of a good relationship with your veterinarian. Your pet will never get better care then by seeing someone who knows him/her and most importantly knows what is typical for your pet, both in behavior and laboratory results.