Why Doves Make Good House Pets

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Doves come in almost 300 different species. As with many other domesticated birds, these beautiful creatures make their way into the homes and hearts of people around the globe. The best kinds of doves that make … Read More

How to Remove a Broken Blood Feather

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In a recent article, we explored the workings of a bird’s blood feathers and why a broken and bleeding blood feather can be dangerous. Today, we’ll explore how to remove a broken blood feather and why … Read More

What is a Blood Feather?

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Every bird owner should know about blood feathers: what they are, how to identify one and what to do if it starts to bleed! A broken blood feather can be a life-threatening situation for the bird, … Read More

What is Styptic Powder and How do You Use it?

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Styptic powder is a handy tool for pet owners, but many don’t know how to use it! Here, we’ll explore the many uses for styptic powder and how to actually use it when your pet has … Read More

How to Catch a Sick or Injured Bird

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Capturing an injured bird can be rather tricky, as you must be extremely careful to avoid injuring the animal. The process can be complicated if the animal is acting in an aggressive manner. This can pose … Read More

Is My Bird Sick or Injured?

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Birds are fragile creatures and bird owners and bird feeders alike must be well-versed in the symptoms of a sick bird. This particular article will focus on both pet birds and wild birds who may be … Read More

Working in a Pet Store: Expectations vs. Reality

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I worked for a large retail chain dealing in live animals and pet supplies as my first job out of high school. At the time, I thought it would be the perfect job for a young … Read More

Are Laser Pointer Toys Safe for Pets?

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There’s nothing like the bright red dot of a laser pointer racing across the floor or wall to get a cat’s attention. Many dogs also are fascinated  with and will chase laser pointer toys. Even fish often … Read More

HR 669 and How It Might Affect You and Your Pets

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Regular readers know that I tend to avoid political topics in this blog. They’re too contentious, and there are many sides to every issue. However, there is a bill currently being considered by the United States … Read More

End of Earth Week Tips for Greener Pet Ownership

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As Earth Week ends, tree-planting events and free seed offers die down, CFL bulbs return to regular price, and most people go right back to the lifestyle they’re accustomed to during the other 51 weeks of … Read More

Including Pets in Your Wedding

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Once upon a time, including pets in a wedding would have been a massive social blunder frowned upon by the majority of guests. Now, many pet lovers can’t imagine marrying without their pets present. It makes … Read More

Your Kids Don't Need a Live Easter Bunny, Duckling, or Chick

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Easter is just around the corner, and sadly, as usual at this time of year, many children will have more than plastic eggs and jellybeans waiting in their baskets. Every year, thousands of baby rabbits, chicks, and ducklings … Read More

Car Safety for Pets

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Your pet’s safety should always be among your top priorities when traveling with pets.  Most people wouldn’t leave a chocolate bar next to a dog, or leave a pet in a hot car, but many drivers do something … Read More

Preparing Pets for a Visit From a Houseguest

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Hosting a houseguest can be a wonderful experience for humans, but a visitor staying in the home is often a less-than-good experiences for pets like dogs, cats and birds. Whether you have a German Shepherd, a … Read More

Safety Tips for Pet Birds During the Holidays

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There are many holiday hazards facing dogs and cats, but what about the birds? You’ll find lots of literature out there on how to avoid illness, injury and other catastrophes involving dogs and cats during the … Read More

Are You Ready for Parrot Ownership?

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If you’ve ever had a young cockatoo or a playful caique handed to you at a pet store, you know how hard it can be to resist bringing a parrot home. At their best, they’re cuddly, … Read More

How to Start a Pet Log

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Whether you own a dog, a cat, a rat, a bird, or a horse, pet logs are an extremely useful tool for every pet owner. Pet logs can be used to help diagnose illness, disease and … Read More

Are Exotic Pets Safe with Children?

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A report earlier this fall from a group of USA pediatricians cautioned parents against keeping exotic pets in a home with young children. The doctors involved cited Salmonella, as well as possible bites and scratches, as reasons … Read More

Home for the Holidays: Minimizing Pets' Stress When Guests Visit

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Guests visiting for the holiday can cause stress for pets accustomed to a particular routine. Even if the “guests” are just college students who lived with the pets in question for most of their lives, the disruption … Read More

When Is It Time To Take Your Small Animal To The Vet?

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Every pet owner should maintain a good working relationship with a veterinarian. Owners of multiple types of pets, particularly exotic or unusual pets, may need several veterinarians. However, sometimes the decision to take a pet, particularly … Read More

Top Five Myths About Pet Adoption

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Many people seeking a new pet bypass the adoption option for one reason or another. While there are certainly some situations in which purchasing from a reputable, responsible breeder is ideal, consider this list of five … Read More

Bird Breeds and their Care

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By Kiya Sama So you’ve decided to get a bird as a pet. Here is a guideline to different breeds, how to care and general characteristics to get you familiarized with your new pet. Finches – … Read More

About the Conure

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Nanday Conure Image Source: Wikipedia Conures are charming little birds. These spunky little parrots are small enough to fit easily into most households and large enough to satisfy the desire of someone wanting to own a … Read More

Is a Parakeet Right For You?

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If you have never owned a bird before, you may want to take a look at the parakeet. This little bird can be found in almost any pet store at a very reasonable price, which makes … Read More

Feeding Your Bird

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Feeding a bird is easy. After all, you just toss some seeds in a bowl and give them some water and you’re done, right? Actually, if you want a healthy bird, you will need to do … Read More

Teach Your Bird to Talk

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One of the most common reasons people have for buying a pet bird is the desire for a talking pet. Most people think of the talented African grey when they picture a talking bird, but quite … Read More

Handfeeding Unweaned Birds

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If you think that handfeeding means holding some seeds or pellets in your hand and convincing your bird to eat them, you are not alone. Quite a few other people think the same thing. However, handfeeding … Read More

Choosing the Right Pet Bird for You

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Birds can be intelligent, enjoyable companions, but choosing the wrong bird can really cause heartache and frustration. How do you choose the right pet bird for you and your family? Before you try to decide which … Read More

Acclimating Your Bird To Your New Home

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Moving to a new home can be stressful for a bird, especially if the bird is a handfed baby. Luckily, if you spend some time setting everything up properly, it isn’t too hard to help your … Read More

Reading Your Bird's Body Language

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Understanding what your pets are telling you can be a real challenge, even if they can talk. Luckily your bird’s body language speaks just as loudly to allow you to understand exactly how he is feeling. … Read More

Selecting a Cage for Your Bird

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A cage is one of the most important pieces of equipment you will need to buy for your new bird. The proper cage can help your bird stay healthy and safe. However, there are so many … Read More

Identifying Sick Birds

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When you’re sick everyone knows it just by glancing at you. Your red, runny nose, feverish eyes and downright listless attitude are surefire clues that you are ill. It should be just as easy to identify … Read More

Your Bird Does Not Need Stress

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One of the worst things you can do to your pet bird is to subject him to stress. Stress can literally kill a bird that would otherwise live a long and healthy life. How can you … Read More

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