Tips on Improving the Cleanliness of Your Bird’s Cage

Pet bird in cage.

One of the most important aspects of keeping your bird healthy starts with a clean cage. Keeping up with cleaning your bird’s cage can feel like a chore. To help it feel like less of a burden, it is necessary to establish a routine of cleaning both daily and weekly. 

The good news is that once a cleaning routine is established, it will become quicker and easier to maintain a healthy living environment for your bird. The team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center is here to help you with tips on improving the cleanliness of your bird’s cage. 

Continue…

Does Your Bird Have a Healthy Beak?

Veterinarian holding bird.

While it’s true some species twitter and chatter more than others, every bird’s beak tells a story. A bird’s beak is a picture of their overall health and a snapshot of how they’re doing. It would, of course, be great to say that a healthy beak equals a healthy bird, and if that were the case, all wellness exams would just be a glance at their nose! 

Let’s explore more of what we can hope to learn by examining your bird’s beak, how often we should examine it, common things to look out for, and Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center’s best practices for a healthy, happy bird.

Continue…

Eat Like a Bird: Avian Health and Bird Nutrition

Bird eating food.

Wild birds have endless opportunities to forage for seeds, fruits, insects, grasses, nuts, flowers, and more. Seasonal changes provide variety, and their nutritional instincts help them stay healthy and happy. 

Pet birds, on the other wing, have fewer options. So providing excellent, balanced bird nutrition is part of the multi-pronged approach to avian health, and it’s a fun way to bond with your bird.

Continue…

What To Do When Taking Your Bird to the Vet

Dickinson, TX bird at the vet.

Just like dogs and cats, birds need regular wellness checks and vet visits to make sure they are healthy and happy. An excursion to the bird vet can be a lot for your avian friend, however, which is why the team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center is here to give you some tips on making the trip as pleasant as possible for your favorite bird. 

Continue…

Avian Wellness Exams Are Important to Your Bird’s Health

A woman nuzzles her pet bird.

Most people think of wellness exams as important for dogs and cats, but forget about their importance for other species. Birds require the same level of veterinary wellness care as dogs and cats, and sometimes they need additional specialized care because their needs are more specific to their species. Preventive care is just as necessary for feathered friends to keep them at their best. 

Your friends at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center are here to explain the advantages of avian wellness care to your pet’s total well-being.

Continue…

How to Help Your Pet Recover After Surgery

A dog lies in an e-collar.

Surgery can be a scary time for both the pet and pet owner, but is a necessary action to take when your pet has a medical issue that calls for it. Once your pet is out of surgery, you may wonder how to help speed up recovery and take great care for them at home. The process of healing is a critical time in your pet’s recovery. This is why it is important to get the most information you can about what to do when your pet is recovering at home.

The team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center is here to give you some tips and suggestions on helping your best friend heal and be back on their paws in no time.

Continue…

The Litter Box Chronicles: Decoding Litter Box Issues

A cat exits its litter box.

A cat’s ability to be an indoor-only pet is one of its biggest selling points for many pet owners. This impressive feline feature is largely thanks to the fact that they can be trained to use a litter box instead of needing to head outside any time nature calls.

While in most cases litter boxes are extremely effective and convenient, they can come with their fair share of issues. Health or behavioral problems could be keeping your cat from properly utilizing the litter box.

Litter box issues can stem from a wide range of issues like the type of box to intentional behavioral outbursts. Here are a few of the most common problems we encounter:

Continue…

Friend or Foe: How to Safely Introduce Dogs and Cats

Dog and cat play on the couch.

Wouldn’t it be great if every pet in the household got along with the rest? What if cats and dogs could come to an agreement and enjoy each other’s differences? The fact of the matter is, dogs and cats can learn to coexist without problems when given the right preparation for success. This process is important not only for keeping the peace but also for maintaining safety. 

Your team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center wants to help create a happy, harmonious pet home through the use of these recommendations to introduce dogs and cats. Let’s go!

Continue…

Raising Them Right: What You Should Be Doing for Your Puppy’s Health and Wellness

Puppies require our attention, training, time, and patient instruction to become well mannered, confident dogs. There are many actions that a pet owner should take during their puppy’s first year to give them a paw up on wellness for life. Unfortunately, many inexperienced dog owners wait until it is too late to give attention to these needs during the important formative years. 

This is why your team at Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center wants to shed some light on what you should be doing for your puppy’s health. These tips are aimed at raising a happy, healthy dog, and isn’t that every dog owner’s aim? 

Continue…

Chew on This: Dental Treats for Pets

Your pet’s dental care is an important part of their health. We know that many pets suffer from some type of dental disease by the age of three and that, untreated, dental disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, infection, and even systemic health problems.

Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center is a big advocate for good dental care for our patients, but the burden doesn’t fall solely on our shoulders. Home dental care is paramount to success, and for many of our clients that involves dental treats for pets. 

Continue…