Animal Health Services of Cave Creek News

How To Check For Fleas on Dogs & Cats

HOW TO CHECK FOR FLEAS ON DOGS AND CATS It is common for dogs and cars 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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Missed Breedings Part 3

Missed Breedings (Part 3 of 3) The most common cause of missed breeding, as a cause of apparent infertility, is thought to be breeding at the wrong time; that is failure to deliver the semen into the oviducts 2 to 3 days post-ovulation.  The second most common cause is poor semen quality.  A third cause […]

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Beak and Feather Disease

What is beak and feather disease? Beak and feather disease, commonly referred to as PBFD (psittacine beak and feather disease) is a viral condition of birds. PBFD is responsible for damage to the beak, feathers and nails as well as the immune system of infected birds. Which bird species are affected by PBFD? PBFD affects […]

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Missed Breedings Part 2

The most common cause of missed breeding, as a cause of apparent infertility, is thought to be breeding at the wrong time; that is the failure to deliver the semen into the oviducts 2 to 3 days post-ovulation.  The second most common cause is poor semen quality.  A third cause in the cycling bitch is […]

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Avian Gastric Yeast (Megabateria)

What is AGY? For many years, avian gastric yeast (AGY) was known as Megabacteria, but it is also known by its scientific name: Macrorhabdus ornithogaster. These days it is referred to as AGY. While initially thought to be a large and atypical bacterium, AGY was more recently classified as a type of yeast. The organism […]

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