1525. N. GILBERT RD. STE 101, GILBERT, AZ 85234

(480) 696-7744





“The Hospital Built for the Love of Animals”
Caring for all dogs, cats and exotic pets.


by Jill M. Patt, DVM


Little critters vet blog 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’ve been a practicing veterinarian in Mesa, Arizona at a small animal and exotic pet 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.  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.

Social Networking: 
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.


7 thoughts on “Home

  1. Autumn Boland

    Hi Dr. Pat! Orion and Carly say hi, along with my mom and I. We’ll see you soon for the next check-up!

    Oh, and I just wanted to mention that out of all vets that we have ever been to, you are the best! THANK YOU!

    Autumn, Car-Car, Orion, Cheri, and Bernie

  2. Vickie

    We have a Red Lord Amazon that a friend gave us. He is about 15 years old. He is bonding with my husband really well (he doesn’t care for me). At times he make the gurgaling noise and lifts his let up like is try to or want to get on my husbands hand. My husband has his hand on the cage. Parker (the bird) will put one foot on my husbands hand and then starts making this noise. Is this normal. Is he doing it because he is nervous? Can you help us. Thank you so much for your time.

    1. admin Post author

      Congrats on your Amazon!! 15 is still relatively young as I see very old (decades) birds very frequently but a balanced diet is very important to keep them healthy well into old age. Amazons will often select just one favorite person and can still be very territorial / cage aggressive. Typically when they are “acting out” you will notice that they pinwheel their pupils to rapidly dilate and contract them. Caution is indicated if you see this as it is often followed by a bite. However the vocalizing could also be anxiety and possible bonding. Hand fed chicks even as adults will frequently revert to baby behavior such as begging. Also sexually mature birds may show bonding/mating behavior with spring time and will direct this towards their favorite person.

  3. Eloise Prevost

    Wondering where you practice in Mesa. I live in Peoria AZ and I am looking for an avian vet in my area. Is there anyone I could call for avian health check ups ?

    What is your phone number ?

    1. admin Post author

      Our office is Alta Mesa Animal Hospital on Power and Brown cross roads in East Mesa. The phone number is (480) 981-1244 we welcome visitors and are happy to provide tours upon request.

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