Feeling Peckish: Nutritional Disease in Pet Birds

A proper avian diet goes beyond the colorful bags of grocery-store seed commonly associated with bird food. Failure to meet a pet bird’s nutritional requirements can lead to nutrient deficiencies and diseases with severe health consequences. Dr. Jill Heatley, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains the […]

Every-Bunny Watch Out For GI Stasis

If you have a pet rabbit, you know how much they love to eat. The quality of a rabbit’s diet plays a huge role in its health, and an improper diet can lead to potentially serious diseases, including gastrointestinal (GI) stasis. Dr. J. Jill Heatley, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary […]

Why did the turtle cross the road

Have you ever wondered why turtles cross the road? There are a few reasons why these slow-pokes venture into the street, but no matter their agenda, we should be cautious of their presence while driving. “Turtles often cross the road after rain events,” said J. Jill Heatley, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of […]

Snake season is here

Spring and summer are a great time to get outdoors. However, warmer temperatures in theses seasons also mean that certain creatures, such as snakes, will be more active. According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, the vast majority of Texas snakes are harmless and non-venomous, but just in case, you should always be cautious. Dr. J. […]

A Case of the Snuffles

If your Peter Rabbit has a runny nose, he may have more than a case of the sniffles. He could have “snuffles,” a common upper respiratory infection in rabbits. “Snuffles is a disease which affects the eyes and nose and sometimes the lungs, skin, or even the middle ear of rabbits,” says Dr. Jill Heatley, […]

Texas Box Turtle….A Good Pet for You?

In our hurried world, we can be intrigued or frustrated by the pace of the Texas box turtle.  Most of us have seen this reptile making its way across a country road or paved highway. You can stop and help the box turtle cross the road or, take it home for a pet.  Question is, […]


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