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Megaesophagus

Megaesophagus refers to a syndrome in which the esophagus becomes weak and flaccid, subsequently becoming much larger than normal (hence the term megaesophagus). This occurs because the muscles of the esophagus lose tone. Read more about Megaesophagus

Foraging Behaviors and Their Applications in the Home

If "normal" social interaction with your bird's adoptive family/flock is limited, as is often the case when their human companions are away earning a living, the other maintenance behavioral groups (foraging and feather care) must be increased to fill the deficit. If the total foraging activity of a pet parrot consists only of eating out of a dish, feeding activities may not occupy much more than 20 – 30 minutes each day. Read more about Foraging Behaviors and Their Applications in the Home

Diet Adjustment Process In Birds

An overabundance of food; foods high in fat and calories; and too many food choices can all lead to the perception of a "land of plenty." This perception can lead to overconsumption, obesity, hyperactivity, reproductive stimulation, as well as a decline in desire of your bird to interact with you or its flock and a decrease in your ability to use food rewards for training and positive behavioral reinforcement. Here are some things to adjust in your bird's diet. Read more about Diet Adjustment Process In Birds

Pulmonic Stenosis (PS)

Pulmonic stenosis, or PS, is considered one of the most common congenital (present at birth) heart defects in the dog, but is rare in feline patients. In general, PS refers to a narrowing at or near the pulmonic valve; however, there are variations in this defect depending upon the specific location of the narrowing (stenosis).  Read more about Pulmonic Stenosis (PS)

Dealing With Stress In Birds

Whether you have one pet budgie or an aviary full of champion macaws, limiting stress is essential for the health and well-being of your birds. Stress can occur in many different forms, both physical and mental, and range from mild to severe. Stressors cause the release of a hormone known as cortisol from the adrenal glands. While in the initial stages of stress this hormone helps the bird’s body deal with its effects, in the long run it can cause the bird to be immunologically suppressed and unthrifty. Read more about Dealing With Stress In Birds

Hypothermia Emergencies

December 1st, 2015

With the first snowfall, we know winter is here and likewise, the risk for our pets to suffer from hypothermia. Here is what you need to know to prevent or deal with pet hypothermia.

Signs

Shivering (excessive, relentless), lethargy, weakness, inability to use limbs.

Action

Move your pet away from the wind and cold into a warm place and wrap your pet in warm, dry blankets or clothing. Read more about Hypothermia Emergencies

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