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Browse I-20 Animal Medical Center’s database of articles covering the most important topics in veterinarian medicine today.

Spring Time Hazards for Pets
Spring weather brings unique potential hazards for pets. Four problems we see more commonly in spring: Lily Toxicity In Cats Hard to believe something as beautiful as a lily can be deadly to cats. How deadly? Kidney damage can occur when a cat eats even a small piece of one leaf. Even if a cat
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Surprising Pet Toxins
We are all familiar with poisons like antifreeze or pesticides, but many things can harm your pet that may seem harmless to us. Pet owners need to be educated on potential dangers to their pets. Having a pet is a lot like having a perpetual toddler in your house- one that never learns from mistakes.
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Why Do Dogs Scoot Their Bottoms?
Because “It feels good” is not the only reason! Why Do Pets Scoot? Scooting generally means there is discomfort- either itching or pain. Scooting or dragging their rear makes it feel better. The list of possible causes is long. Possible culprits include rashes, irritation, fleas, hair mats, infection, allergies, tumors, vaginitis, diarrhea and anal sacs.
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Birds- Anatomy and Physiology Review
We will take a quick look at common terms related to birds and some unique anatomy and physiology that is important to know if you own birds. Bones • The beak is actually an extension of the jaw bone and is covered with keratin, the same substance that makes up fingernails and hair shafts. •
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Bird Toys
There are so many toys available to choose from, where do you start? Birds are highly intelligent and they benefit from a variety of toys. A lot of birds will have favorite toys, and some toys will be completely lost on some birds. You will have to figure out which types of toys your bird
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Cages & Perches For Birds
Caging is important for our pet birds, because it is where most of them will spend the majority of their day. Choose a cage that is the largest possible for your species of bird, and make sure it has an appropriate height for your bird. The cage should have bars that are small enough to
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Artificial Sweetener (Xylitol) Toxicity Update in Pets
Xylitol, a commonly seen poisoning in animal ERs, is frequently used as a sugar substitute in chewing gum, breath mints, toothpaste and mouthwash. Due to increased popularity, xylitol is now sold as a substitute for table sugar in baking goods. As a result, pet poison help- lines are now getting calls with cases of toxicity
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Parrot Health Information
If your bird is on a healthy diet and the environment is kept ideal, then the last part of keeping up with your bird’s general health is to know what a healthy and an unhealthy bird looks like, and to make sure your bird gets routine veterinary visits. We recommend bringing your bird to see
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Making Your Home BIRD-SAFE
There are a few things that you have to alter in your house before adding a bird to your family. Some of the following are common household items or practices that may pose a risk for your bird. Teflon and Other Non-Stick Cookware When teflon and other non-stick cookware become superheated, they release aerosolized chemicals
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Importance Of Proper Lighting For Birds
Lighting plays a big role in the behaviors and overall health of birds. Sleep cycles, feather quality, moods, and reproductive hormones are all dictated by photoperiods and light cycles. How Much Light Should Birds Get? Pet birds should get 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark sleep each day. Dark sleep means no
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