Mine, Mine, Mine! Microchipping Birds and Exotics

When it comes to above and beyond care for your pets, Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is happy to be your partner in achieving greatness. If you know anything about us, you know that this dedication for us extends way past just dogs and cats. We are proud to be your resource for the best care for your more non-traditional pets as well. 

From wellness care to surgery to dentistry, your pets deserve the best. One area many of our pet owners have questions about is microchipping birds and exotics. We are happy to provide this service and explain why we feel passionate about it.

Pet Microchip Basics

Microchipping may sound a little futuristic and maybe a tad Big Brother, but in reality it is nothing that scary at all. 

A microchip is a small, inert object about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted under the pet’s skin with the aid of an application needle. 

Pet microchips:

  • Are inert and will not cause any type of reaction
  • Imbed where they are placed and do not typically migrate
  • Do not wear out or require any type of power source
  • Do not emit any type of GPS or tracking signal
  • Can be a great failsafe to things like collars and other identifiers that can fall off
  • Are inexpensive
  • Carry a unique identification number
  • Must be registered with your current contact information in the company database to get your pet back to you

If your pet becomes separated from you, whether by accident or during something like a fire or natural disaster, they are much more likely to be reunited with you if they are microchipped. 

Microhipping Birds and Exotics

Most dog and cat owners routinely microchip their pets. Microchipping birds and exotics, though, tends to be overlooked. 

Microchipping birds and exotics is just as important as in other pets, though! Most times this can be safely accomplished without anesthesia, although for some pets as short anesthetic may be safer. Microchipping provides valuable peace of mind for pet owners.

Birds who fly are at particular risk of becoming lost, and leg bands don’t always stay put. Even those with clipped wings or other pets that spend time outdoors or near a door or window can accidentally escape. Sadly, there are certain pets that are at high risk for being stolen as well. 

We recommend microchipping most of our patients. After all, risk is low to non-existent and the benefits are immense. If you have questions or concerns about a microchip for your pet, furred, feathered, or otherwise, please contact us. We are happy to further discuss this wellness procedure with you. 

What the Cluck? Raising Backyard Chickens in LA 

Urban homesteading is a growing trend and for good reason. Many people are growing their own food in their yards and raising a variety of livestock. Backyard chickens are an especially good choice for smaller yards for those who want to raise them for free-range eggs, amazing compost, and as wonderful pets. (Yes, chickens make awesome pets.) But there are several things to know about raising chickens, so that you can keep them successfully.

The team at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to explore the topic of backyard chickens in LA and what you need to know to make your new brood happy and healthy.

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Eat Like a Bird: The Avian Diet Demystified 

Feeding your bird right can make a huge difference in their health and happiness. Of course, most birds don’t come with an instruction manual to tell you what and when to feed.

Good thing Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to help you decode the best practices of a healthy avian diet! 

Bird Breakfast Basics

In the wild, different birds have evolved to thrive on different diets. Some are carnivorous (think vultures), dine on insects, prefer grains, nosh on nectar, or even fish for their food. 

There are some avian diet basics, though, that are important for pet bird owners to understand.

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The Microscopic Menace: Salmonella in Reptiles and Exotics

There are many wonderful things about owning a reptile or other exotic species as a pet, and Shiloh Veterinary Hospital knows this more than any other. Caring for these special animals does come some extra responsibility, however. From having an intricate understanding of their dietary needs to supplying the right amount of environmental stimulation, exotic pet ownership doesn’t come lightly.

Understanding the risk of Salmonella in reptiles and exotics is also an essential part of enjoying your pet. No one wants to get sick, and Salmonella is a very real problem

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A Whole New World: Safe Toys for Birds and Exotics

Can you imagine living out your entire life in one room? It sounds crazy, but this is often what we ask of our birds and exotic pets. Environmental enrichment is so important for every species. Without it, behavior and health problems often arise.

Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is all about keeping our pet patients happy and healthy. While environmental enrichment is vital to this goal, it is also important to do it safely. Keep reading for ideas for safe toys for birds and exotics that are sure to keep them engaged.

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Danger at Home: Household Bird Toxins to Know About

What better way to keep our feathered friends safe than keeping them inside our secure, climate-controlled houses? Bird lovers can sometimes forget that there are dangers for our avian friends indoors, too. 

Keeping our pets safe and healthy requires research, effort, and a little forethought. Shiloh Veterinary Hospital reminds you that we are here to help you do this and wants to bring your attention to those household bird toxins that you may not have thought about before.

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Pot-Bellied Pigs as Pets

It is more and more common for us at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital to see people with pets other than dogs and cats. No matter the species, we think that your animal family members deserve the best in veterinary care.

Pot-bellied pigs as pets are an increasingly popular choice and they can make absolutely amazing additions to the crew. They aren’t for everyone, though. Before considering a pot-bellied pig as your next pet, it is important to do your research.

Learning the Basics

Before committing to a new porky addition, there are a few basic requirements that you  need to be sure that you meet. Find out the following: 

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Senior Pet Health for Dogs, Cats, and Exotics

As a pet ages, certain conditions and diseases may become a problem if they are predisposed, either through lifestyle or genetics. This is not to say that aging is a prescription for illness. Not by a long shot. By making sure you follow a good wellness program for your best friend, it can benefit them down the road and help to ward off disease. 

How do you do this? This is where the team at Shiloh Mobile Veterinary Hospital come in! We’re here to explain the merits of senior pet wellness and what it entails, so that you can keep your furry, scaled, finned, or feathered friend in great shape for years to come.

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Unique Babies: Exotic Pet Care and Veterinary Wellness Examinations

The tiniest members of our families may not always be cats or dogs. In fact, the number of pet owners that are bringing unusual and wonderful exotic pets into their families seems to be increasing! Small mammals like guinea pigs, hamsters, and ferrets, birds of all varieties, reptiles and amphibians, and other exotic pets are a popular choice for those who seek the unique. 

Exotic pets make excellent pets, but their care is different from other domestic animals. The Shiloh Veterinary Hospital team is here to put a spotlight on exotic pet care and veterinary examinations for the best health and wellbeing of your pet.

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