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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has launched a new Web site devoted to international pet travel. Pets are often considered part of the family, but traveling with a pet isn’t as simple … Continue reading
There are two veterinary emergency hospitals in Hillsborough County. If you are having a life or death emergency with your pet, finding the closest to your home is a good idea. Florida Veterinary Specialists and Blue Pearl Service accept emergencies and are … Continue reading
Q. What does it mean for a veterinarian to be “AAHA-Accredited” and what does it mean to me and my pets?
By Terri Johnson, MSS, CVT The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association with membership of more than 42,000 veterinary care providers across the United States and Canada. AAHA is a non-regulatory, independent association dedicated to helping members … Continue reading
Q. I need to take my blue front amazon to Panama. Do you do the Cites paper work/ health certificate?
Yes. Please check with the Panamanian authorities regarding required documentation.
Q. My budgie got attacked by another budgie and was bit on her wing and at the joint of her foot and got a lot of feathers taken out around the neck and face. She was not bleeding but It looks pretty bad and I am wondering if I could put neosporin on the wound?
Neosporin is not the best treatment for your pet. If there are deep bite wounds, systemic antibiotics (ie those given by mouth or by injection) are best. Since birds have such thin skin, bite wounds can easily damage underlying tissues … Continue reading
Our condolences on losing a pet. We provide full diagnostic services including necropsy evaluations. The examination should be performed within the first 24 hours after death. Please contact us for further details.
Q. I have a cockatiel for 10 years, very healthy and for some reason he started picking his feathers. Why is this happening?
Feather plucking, or feather destructive behavior, is a very common and frustrating condition in our pet birds. There are many causes ranging from malnutrition to liver disease, internal and external parasites, separation anxiety to inappropriate pair bonding between birds and … Continue reading
Q. We recently started noticing that our cockatiel is itching quite a lot. He has had an “8in1 Bird protector” hanging on the cage that supposedly keeps the bugs away, and it should be changed every 3 months. Is it possible that it now needs to be changed, and that he may have mites? If so, how do we get rid of them? Also, how often should we bathe the bird?
Thanks for your question. Although mite protectors are fairly common, they are really a waste of money. Mites are quite rare as a cause of itching in cockatiels. The “mite protectors” expose your pet to a low level of pesticide … Continue reading
Q. My budgie is sitting on the bottom of cage. Jumps back up on the perch when I come close to cage. She is eating but look sleepy. Looks puffy. What can be wrong with her?
The symptoms you mention are pretty vague; however, any change in behavior in our pet birds warrants checking out. Birds hide their illnesses well, so it is important to take note of any abnormalities, no matter how minor they seem.
Q. Our 2 year old parakeet suddenly can’t stand on its feet anymore. He eats and drinks normally, but can’t walk. We are in Columbia and the local vets have no idea what can be wrong with him. Any ideas?
I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s pet. It is indeed difficult to offer advice without being able to examine the patient; however I wonder about the possibility of a spinal injury (perhaps traumatic) that has caused the leg weakness. … Continue reading