The Importance of Nail Trims for Your Bird’s Health

four birds in a row sitting outdoors .

Even your bird buddies get an itch they just have to scratch. Can long nails do more than satisfy that itchy spot?

There’s More to an Avian Pet Than Pretty Feathers

Head, shoulders, beak, and tail feathers make Polly pretty. Aside from your avian beauty’s good looks, there is a lot of care that goes into keeping pretty Polly healthy. Nail trims matter as much as diet, exercise, social time, and cage cleanliness.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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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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The Advantages of ProHeart Injections to Prevent Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease affects more than 250,000 pets each year. This disease is not only costly and difficult to treat, it can also be painful and life-threatening to a pet who develops it. 

We have come a long way, though, in understanding this preventable parasitic disease and have advanced considerably in prevention. Many pet owners have asked us about ProHeart Injections and if they are right for their four-legged companion. The team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center wants to explain why this, along with other heartworm preventatives, are a necessary component in keeping your pet free from heartworm. 

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Those Soothing Sounds: Music Therapy for Pets

Music therapy has been around for over 300 years as a way to help people cope with both physical and emotional problems. If you adore your playlist, you probably have noticed that what you listen to affects your attitude, energy, and thoughts. 

Music is a powerful conduit to healing and relaxation for humans, and we have come to learn it has the same effect for our four-legged friends. Your friends at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center find this form of therapy fascinating and want to explore, with our pet families, the benefits of music therapy for pets.

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