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Why do pets need anesthesia to have their teeth scaled and polished?


Owners of pets naturally are concerned when anesthesia is required for their pet.
Lets consider what the risks would be to your pet if anesthetic were NOT used?

1. Your pet could be injured. Dental tartar is firmly adhered to the surface of the teeth. Scaling to remove tartar is accomplished using ultrasonic and sonic power […]

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Keeping your bird healthy

Birds are very hardy creatures and can remain long-time companions if a few steps are taken to maintain their health. These include 5 basic areas.

Feeding A Balanced Diet
Feeding a proper diet assures that your bird receives all nutrients necessary for resistance to disease, as well as colourful feathering and good spirits. In most parrots, […]

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Feeding your pet bird for health

Strategy for all birds: Increase quality protein, vitamins, and minerals and reduce fat. People food should be limited because birds will choose the wrong things (mostly fats and starches).
Call or visit Delton Veterinary Hospital today for your pet bird’s food needs.

Foods in this section represent 10-20% of calories fed (and should be considered tidbits […]

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Formulated diets should make up 80-90+% of you bird’s caloric intake

Formulated Diets (Pellets and Extruded Products)
These products attempt to offer a complete diet when fed alone. We strongly recommend that birds on these diets are fed primarily: Harrison’s HBD; Roudybush; Zupreem; Pretty Bird; Exact; or CeeDee (for canaries). We will provide conversion tips on your invoice.

Caution: Some brands, when fed exclusively (100% of calories) […]

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Disinfection in the Bird’s Environment

1) Replace perches 2-4 times a year. It is impossible to properly disinfect wooden perches, although these offer the best support for birds’ feet.

2) Wash and disinfect food and water dishes daily. First, wash with dish soap or in the dishwasher. Second, disinfect with either chlorine bleach (1 cup per gallon strength) or disinfectant […]

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How can I safely brush my pet’s teeth?

Equally important to annual dental exams is home dental care, including brushing your pet’s teeth every day, if possible. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends this technique for both younger and older animals, although it’s easier to start brushing when your pet is young.

To introduce a fearful Fido or timid Tabby to the […]

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How old is my dog in human years?

It has always been commonly believed that each year of a dog’s life is equivalent to seven in human years. However, this isn’t exactly accurate, since a one-year-old dog can give birth, whereas a seven-year-old child cannot. And how would you explain the world’s oldest living dog on record making it to 29? (That […]

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Encouraging your pet to drink more water

About 60% to 80% of your pet’s body is made up of water. It dissolves substances—like food—and carries nutrients through the body. Almost all of the processes and chemical reactions that keep the body running, including digestion and circulation, rely on water. Water helps the body to filter out waste, and it regulates body […]

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When should I spay/neuter my pet? At what age?

Small Dogs (adult weight anticipated to be less than 23kg / 50lbs) should be neutered between 6 to 12 months of age. Large Dogs (adult weight anticipated to be more than 23 kg / 50lbs) should be neutered between 12 to 18 months of age.

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Will neutering my pet before six months of age be detrimental to their health?

Maybe. There is a growing body of evidence that refutes the commonly held notion that neutering prepubescent animals is harmless. We now know that neutered animals have reduced metabolic rates, delayed growth plate closure, and their bodies select fat over muscle mass when compared to intact (non-neutered) animals. We know that estrogen responsive urinary […]

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