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A Guide to Common Parrot Health Issues

When it comes to parrots there are some common health issues you will have to watch out for. But with good care for your parrot you will have a bird who's with you for a very long time. So here's what health issues to look out for and how to avoid them and properly care for your parrot. First things first, with over 350 different species of parrots I can't possibly tell you the most common for each one. You will be wise to get a book about your specific breed of parrot and always discuss health concerns with your parrots veterinarian. Make sure to find one who has experience with parrots, or your particular species of parrot. But here are the 5 most common diseases to watch out for in most parrots. * Aspergillosis – A fungal infection that causes respiratory distress and can be fatal. It’s difficult to treat and may require months of medication and treatment to cure. Signs include changes in your parrot’s breathing or vocalization; gasping; or wheezing. This disease can be prevented by ...

 


Help Your Furry Friend Maintain Their Dental Health

Your dog's dental health is just as important as your own. Because your dog can't brush her teeth and practice good hygiene as you can, it's important you take care to protect her teeth. Failing to address dental problems in your dog can have serious repercussions. Luckily, maintaining good dental health for your pet is relatively simple and entails brushing her teeth, proper chew toys, and dental treats. Dogs aren't exactly known for minty-fresh breath. However, if you notice a particularly foul smell, it's time to take your dog to the veterinarian, especially if your dog has a decreased appetite, frequent urination, vomiting, or increased thirst. All of these can point to dental problems present in your dog. Oral problems can lead to heart disease, kidney disease and lung disease in your pet. It's important you begin checking your pet's dental health often to reduce the risk of these occurrences. It's estimated that 80% of dogs have dental disease. If you’re not already doing so, check your dogâ...

 


A Doggie at Play Keeps the Doctor Away

Your dog needs exercise and physical activity, just like you. Exercise will let your dog burn off extra energy, stop negative behaviors, and promote good health. You can exercise a dog both indoors and outdoors several times a week, and give yourself a good workout as well. Here are a few exercises your dog will enjoy. You and your dog may enjoy running. Put him in his collar and leash and go for a jog, being sure to keep an appropriate pace he can match. A 15- to 20-minute run is a good start for exercise. If indoors, you can run up and down the stairs, or around the house while he chases you. Just like cats, some dogs love chasing a laser pointer. Point the laser on the floor (never in his eyes!) and drag it around, letting him chase the red dot for awhile. You can also throw a Frisbee in a park or backyard and let him run after it. Do you want to give your dog exercise and challenge him? Why not set up an obstacle course? You can create an interesting and challenging course with items you already own, o...

 




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