Animal Health Services of Cave Creek News

Healthy Start for a Healthy Flock

As the cooler weather approaches us here in Arizona, you may be thinking about adding chickens to your yard. Backyard chickens have become increasingly popular over the last few years and have many benefits including daily fresh eggs, insect and pest control, and hours of entertainment. Many current and future chicken owners may like the […]

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Early Detection Panels Are A Must!

Intestinal parasites, heart worm, infections and dehydration are very big deals. By nature, animals are designed to disguise their pain and potential illnesses. Keeping this in mind it is essential to regularly examine and gather baseline blood values to allow us to monitor your pet. Early Detection Panel is a physical exam of the inside […]

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Ear Mites Are Just Gross!

Ear mites are just plain gross, especially when it is your cat who has them.  These little critters can cause some significant pain if your cat gets infected.  The best way to prevent an infection is not being around other cats and keeping your cat indoors.  If your cat is shaking its head, scratching its […]

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Are Cats at Risk for Fleas and Ticks?

Test your knowledge of flea and tick risk for cats. Find out what’s real and what’s not! • Fleas and ticks ignore indoor cats. FALSE – While outdoor cats are most susceptible, indoor cats can also get fleas and ticks. The garage, porch, and entryway are places that can harbor ticks, and indoor cats may […]

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How To Check For Fleas on Dogs & Cats

HOW TO CHECK FOR FLEAS ON DOGS AND CATS It is common for dogs and cats to get fleas at some time in their lives, even if they spend most of their time indoors. Somehow, fleas find an entry point into your home. This can be a big issue for you and your pet and […]

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Signs of Illness and Disease in Birds

As with any pet, it is important to recognize signs of injury, illness or disease in your pet bird. This is particularly important with pet birds as they often hide signs of disease, and typically have lower tolerances to disease and a reduced ability to survive certain infections or injuries, compared to larger pets such […]

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Avian Veterinarian vs. Specialist Avian Vet? What’s the difference?

An avian veterinarian is a veterinarian who has developed a special interest in birds. Generally speaking most vets learn very little about birds in veterinary school. Some vet schools offer more classes than others, but on the average the amount of theoretical and practical training available on bird species is much reduced compared with that […]

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Bird Nutrition

Long gone are the days when it was considered appropriate to feed pet parrots nothing but seeds and human food. Seeds are essentially junk food for birds. They are relatively high in fat and low in essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and D, calcium, and certain amino acids. Not only is a […]

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Avian Household Hazards

Birds and their owners love the freedom of allowing their pets to fly around the house. Birds, after all, were designed to fly and it is wonderful to see them stretching their wings and enjoying our household environment. That being said there are many household dangers from which we must protect our pet birds. Some […]

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Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD)

What is Proventricular Dilatation Disease? Proventricular dilatation disease (PDD) was previously known as macaw wasting disease/syndrome, macaw fading syndrome, and neuropathic gastric dilatation. The current name was given because many birds with this disease have a significant increase in the size (dilatation) of a part of their stomach known as the proventriculus. PDD was first […]

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