Daily Archives: March 24, 2016

Remote Correction for your cat

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Is your cat a little ornery? If you’ve tried to keep her off the table, off the curtains, or from doing something else, try using “remote correction.” According to Cornell University, when your cat is about to do something she’s not supposed to do, use a loud whistle or bell to distract her. Don’t use your own voice. Make the sound appear as if it has nothing to do with you. By not scolding her yourself, you’re allowing the environment to punish her for the behavior. If she associates the action she’s about to do with the loud sound that startled her, she won’t want to do it anymore. This does require you to be consistent. Wait until you can be there with her all day, so every time she tries it, you can make the noise.

This is not an excuse to scare your cat unnecessarily. Keeping her from doing things you don’t want her to do is a safety issue for her and your family members. Your Fayetteville, NC vet can talk to you more about this tactic or read other ideas here.

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Time to Clean your Reeve’s Turtle’s Habitat

Part of taking care of your pet includes cleaning up after him. Whether you own a dog, cat, rabbit, or a turtle, you will need to spend some time cleaning their bed, cage, or habitat. The same is true for your Reeve’s turtle. A clean turtle is typically a happy turtle. Also known as the Chinese pond turtle, some owners recommend buying a 40 gallon tank for your Reeve’s turtle and creating a mostly water habitat with some land to roam. Floating rocks, vegetation and maybe even a turtle toy should also be provided. A sunlamp with UVB bulbs may also be needed to provide a source of sunlight. A general rule of thumb is to clean the bedding or land area once a week. Replace the water daily as needed. Once a month you should plan to clean the entire tank. For additional information, please contact your vet Bowmanville, ON.

Time to Clean your Reeve's Turtle's Habitat

Cockatoos and Bad Habits

Cockatoos are part of the parrot family. They love being the center of attention. Cockatoos also need lots of exercise to help release excess energy. Exercise serves as a mental and physical stimulant. Exercise is also a great way to prevent your Cockatoo from getting bored and from developing negative habits. For instance, if you have to leave your bird alone for long periods of time then he may start picking at his feathers. This small habit can turn into a big problem if he starts pulling his feathers out completely. In addition, parrots are known to scream or screech for attention. If you do not “love” on your Cockatoo then he may start screaming until you do. Don’t give in or he will start associating attention with screaming and it will be hard to break him of that association. Exercising your Cockatoo can help prevent bad habits. Talk to your veterinarian Bowmanville, ON for more suggestions.

Cockatoos and Bad Habits

What Causes Seizures in a Quaker Parrot?

Did you know that seizures are common in many bird species including the Quaker Parrot? If a Quaker Parrot seizes he may fall from his perch, go into convulsions, and appear disoriented. The specific cause of seizures is not always clear. However, there are numerous things that can trigger a seizure including toxin poisoning, dehydration, vitamin deficiency, trauma, brain damage, stress, infectious diseases with neurological symptoms, brain tumor, end-stage liver disease, hyperthermia, heat exposure, diabetes, hyperglycemia, and calcium deficiency. If your Quaker Parrot has experienced any of the triggers listed above, call your vet. Your vet will most likely want to exam your parrot. Just because your parrot has some of the triggering symptoms it does not mean that he will necessarily have a seizure. However, it does mean you should be more aware of your Quaker parrot’s actions just in case. Talk with your veterinarian Oshawa, ON for additional information.

What Causes Seizures in a Quaker Parrot