How to Keep Your Pet Ferret Healthy and Happy
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by Ten West Staff
1M ago
Ferrets require more care and attention than a pocket pet like a hamster, but they need less indoor and outdoor space than a dog. Their diet and habitat requirements are pretty specific, and they have that distinctive musky aroma that is just part of who they are! Basically, ferrets are not for every family. But if you’re ready to welcome a spunky, curious, social, and intelligent critter into your home, read on to learn more about the basics of ferret care. A Safe and Cozy Habitat Because their bursts of energy are high, ferrets do tend to sleep quite a bit between play and socialization tim ..read more
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Common Signs Your Pet Needs a Tooth Extraction
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by Ten West Staff
2M ago
It starts with a strange whiff coming from your pet’s mouth. Then, over time, that odor gets stronger and is accompanied by odd behaviors. Before you know it, your pet won’t eat and withdraws from previously enjoyed activities. These are common signs of periodontal disease, a serious condition that often results in tooth extractions for dogs and cats.  What to Look For At every wellness visit, we inspect the appearance of the teeth and gums. Depending on the level of visible tartar build up, a professional cleaning under anesthesia may be recommended. This service not only reduces the ch ..read more
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When Cat Hairballs Become More Than an Inconvenience
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by Ten West Staff
3M ago
You can often tell how good a cat feels by virtue of their coat’s appearance. A full, shiny, thick fur coat is certainly a sign of health, just as a dry, flaky, crusty coat signals that something is off. And while all cats self-groom (some more than others, of course), not all cats cough up those sticky, tubular balls of absolute yuckiness. Cat hairballs are widely perceived as normal, but if they happen more than 1-2 times a year it may be time to investigate what’s truly going on. A Learned Behavior Kittens learn the art of self-grooming from their mothers, but they don’t really excel at th ..read more
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The Importance of Pet Wellness Care 
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by Ten West Staff
4M ago
Pets might appear happy and healthy, but just the opposite could be the case. Most pets are adept at eluding the keen observations of their owners, instinctually masking any signs that they are ill or injured. This is why pet wellness care is so important. These exams can detect problems early, and increase the odds of a good prognosis.  Everything Is Fine Many of us go through life assuming we are fine until we are in need of urgent care. This same is true for pets. Pet wellness exams provide the chance to get to know a pet. Establishing a healthy baseline not only helps us maintain the ..read more
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Holiday Hazards: Toxic Food For Pets
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by Ten West Staff
7M ago
The holiday season is a time of joy, festivities, and sharing delicious meals with our loved ones. As pet owners, it’s only natural that we want our furry companions to partake in the celebrations. However, it’s essential to be aware that not all holiday foods are safe for our pets. At 10 West Bird & Animal Hospital, we prioritize your pets’ well-being, so we’re here to guide you through the potential hazards of toxic holiday foods for pets. Chocolate and Sweets: A No-Go Zone for Your Pets We all know how tempting it is to indulge in holiday chocolates and sweets. However, chocolate conta ..read more
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Best Dogs for People with Allergies
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by Ten West Staff
8M ago
Just because you suffer from allergies doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get to enjoy a four-legged friend. Depending on the situation, dogs for people with allergies exist, and Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital is all about helping people and pets connect! Pet Allergies and People Allergies to pets are not uncommon (as many as 10-20% of people have them), but not everyone has been formally diagnosed. You might be allergic to pets if you suffer from allergic symptoms including: Sneezing Runny or stuffy nose Itchy, watery eyes Congestion Cough Wheezing Rash or hives An allergist can help you t ..read more
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Pet Boarding vs. Pet Sitter
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by Ten West Staff
9M ago
If we could, we’d take our pets everywhere. Unfortunately, most animals aren’t cut out for a weekend in Las Vegas or a work trip full of seminars. It’s never easy to leave your pet behind, but when you feel you’ve made the right decision for their care, safety and comfort, you can hopefully have some peace of mind. There are pros and cons to nearly every tough decision, and we can help you choose between boarding your pet or hiring a sitter. Long Before You Go The best way to approach this situation is to conduct a search long before you absolutely have to leave town. Give yourself plenty of ..read more
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Husbandry Care for Birds
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by Ten West Staff
10M ago
Are you bringing home a feathered friend for the first time? You’re in for a treat! The bond between a bird and its pet parent can be one of the strongest in the world of pet parenting. But providing appropriate husbandry care for birds takes some effort. If you’ve never cared for a domesticated bird before, learning avian husbandry care is key. The team at 10 West Bird & Animal Hospital would like to share the basics of setting your bird up with a perfect home environment.  Pet Bird Care 101 1. Bird Cage Basics A bird cage should be big enough for your bird to walk around or stretch ..read more
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Ways To Treat Pet Allergies
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by Ten West Staff
11M ago
The beauty of spring brings fresh blooms, leaves and flowers and their not-so-lovely additions of pollen, bugs, and allergens. With it all, our pets scratch, itch, and sneeze, just like humans do, and since they are part of the family—and they count on us for care every day—the last thing we want is for them to be uncomfortable. The experts at Ten West Bird & Animal Hospital team are here to help! We gathered up-to-date information to help you understand pet allergies, how to recognize the symptoms, and some of the best ways to find relief for your pet. Causes, Signs, and How to Treat Pet ..read more
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Sign of an Ailing Avian: Is My Bird Sick?
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by Ten West Staff
1y ago
Bird ownership is an adventure all its own. From choosing the right species to understanding the unique needs of our feathered friends, Ten West Bird & Animal Hospital is here to guide you on your journey. One of the most common problems that bird owners have is recognizing a sick bird. Catching an ailing avian early, though, is the key to helping them get better quickly. Learn how to tell if your pet bird is sick. Hidden Dangers Owning a pet is a huge responsibility, but bird care is a different experience than owning a dog.  Many species are known for their stoic nature when it com ..read more
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