Treating and Preventing Feather Picking

From the above discussion it should be obvious that there are no quick and/or easy solutions for psychological or stress-induced feather picking. Collars fashioned from discarded x-ray film or certain acrylics can be fitted and applied. These materials create an artificial barrier between the bird’s beak and its feathers. Collars treat the symptoms (the feather picking and mutilation) but do …

Causes of Feather Picking

There are both medical and non-medical causes for feather picking. The major medical causes include changes in hormone levels, external and internal parasites, malnutrition, internal disease, and bacterial or fungal infections of the skin and/or feather follicles. Interestingly, and con” to popular opinion, external parasites (mites in particular) are extremely rare among caged birds. The non medical causes are psychologic …

What is Feather Picking by Lytle Vet

What is Feather Picking?

What is Feather Picking? Feather picking is an obsessive, destructive behavior pattern of birds during which all or part of their feathers are methodically pulled out, amputated, frayed, or in some other way damaged. This behavior often prevents normal feather growth and emergence. Molting is the normal physiologic process by which old, worn feathers are lost and subsequently replaced by …

parrot preening its feathers

Feathers and Preening

Feathers and Preening  Feathers have a variety of functions: flight, temperature regulation, protection against environmental and climatic extremes, and courtship displays (colorful feathers, selective erection of certain feathers, etc). Without feathers, wild birds could not survive. Therefore, careful and regular attention to the feathers and their condition is vital. The process by which a bird grooms itself is called “preening.’ …

Why pets dig - Lytle Vet

Digging

Functions of Digging Digging with the front paws is normal behavior in both cats and dogs. It is seen during play in kittens and in puppies who are exploring the texture of surfaces in their environment. Cats and some dogs exhibit digging just before and after elimination of urine or stool. Cats vary in the amount of digging before and …

Predatory behavior in Cats - Lytle Vet

Predatory Behavior in Cats

With the exception of lions, most members of the cat family are solitary hunters that hunt alone and primarily at night. The cat’s earliest association with human beings, about 11,000 BC, was probably uninvited but tolerated because of its usefulness in rodent control. Predatory aggression in domestic cats today continues to provide a valued service. Predatory behavior in cats is …

Cats with feline urologic syndrome - Lytle Vet

Feline Urologic Syndrome

(Urinary Obstruction) General Information Urine produced in a healthy urinary tract contains a great deal of dissolved minerals. In cats with feline urologic syndrome (FUS), mineral crystals collect in the urinary tract, especially the bladder and its outflow tract (urethra). The accumulating crystals irritate the lining of the urinary tract and may clump together to form “stones” in the bladder …

Dog Knee ligaments and bones

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture

General Information A ligament consists of tough, fibrous tissue connecting two bones. In the knee, rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament allows the femur (thigh bone) to slide back and forth over the tibia (shinbone). The rupture first causes pain, then abnormal wear and tear of the joint, leading to arthritis. This sequence of events occurs most frequently in overweight, …

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Mammary Tumors in Dogs

General Information Mammary tumors are the most common tumor in female dogs. Malignant (cancerous) or benign (non‑cancerous) tumors can occur. The cause of these tumors is unknown, but there is a hormonal influence on tumor development and rate of growth. Treatments for mammary tumors include surgery, irradiation, and chemotherapy. The type of treatment used is determined by the kind of …