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. 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

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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? 

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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. 

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Second Sight: Blindness in Dogs and How You Can Help

For many pet owners, the very notion of their dog losing his or her eyesight can be alarming, if not downright heartbreaking. The thought of those once doleful and loving eyes not being able to see your smile or fetch their favorite toy can feel like a death knell to many pet parents; but that’s simply not true. 

Dogs are incredibly resilient creatures and, like humans, they are able to adeptly adjust to shifts in their sensory awareness. While it is true that, in some instances, you may have to become your dog’s seeing eye human, your pup can learn to find their way in the world with aplomb – and a little patience and planning on your part. 

Whether your dog’s blindness has come on gradually as a result of age or illness, or is the result of a sudden injury or acute condition, living with a blind dog can be just as sweet (if not more so) as it was when they could see the world around them.

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The Senior Brain: Behavior Changes in Older Pets

As pets age, we can visibly see the signs of change, to some extent, and certain medical conditions may arise. Maybe they are less energetic and sleep more, or they develop a health condition common in some older pets, such as arthritis. But what most owners don’t consider is how behavior might change in older animals.

In some pets, there are marked changes in how they behave once they are elderly. You may have noticed some differences in your sweet pet. This is why Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center is here to explain some of these behaviors changes in older pets and how you can better support your four-legged friend.

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Self Care Recommendations After the Loss of a Pet

We take for granted that death is a natural part of life and something we know we must face when we care for a pet. But nothing quite prepares us for when that time comes. The loss can be devastating and you may wonder how you can move through this tremendous hurt. 

There is hope in recovering from the loss of a pet and, with time and gentleness, you can heal. It’s important, however, to be true to yourself. The team at Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center has some recommendations to help you cope with this time of mourning.

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