Feline Urethral Obstruction ("Blocked Cat")

Urethral obstructions are life-threatening emergencies that can occur with our pets.  They commonly occur in male cats due to the urethra being narrower than in females.  Urethral obstructions can be caused by plugs (a mix of mucus, crystals and inflammatory cells), stones, blood clots, masses or congenital defects.  Environment and stress can also play a role in cats becoming obstructed as stressed cats can have a greater inflammatory response and increased urethral spasms.  Read more about Feline Urethral Obstruction ("Blocked Cat")

Pancreatitis in Cats

Pancreatitis literally means inflammation of the pancreas. To understand how this condition could affect your pet, it is important to understand what the pancreas is and how it works in the body. Found in the abdomens of both humans and cats, the pancreas is located along the stomach and the first part of the small intestine, where it secretes enzymes and hormones.  Read more about Pancreatitis in Cats

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