Why Does My Chicken Roll Around in the Dirt?

Backyard chickens.

If you’ve got backyard chickens, you’ve probably seen them rolling around in the dirt, kicking their feet, and fluffing their wings and feathers.

At Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice, we provide expert avian wellness care, and that includes backyard chicken wellness and helping you understand all their funky chicken habits—like their fascinating dust bath ritual!

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Diets for Backyard Chickens

A backyard chicken.

At Bayshore Animal Hospital, we’re no strangers to providing quality pet wellness care for exotic pets and feathered companions, including chickens! Backyard chicken coops continue to enjoy an uptick in popularity, offering families a source of fresh eggs, and providing educational experiences for kids. Before joining the fun, however, review your county regulations carefully to make sure you live where backyard chickens are permitted. 

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Should Pet Dental Chews Be a Part of Your Pet Wellness Routine?

Puppy pet dental. Dog with toothbrush in mouth.

Giving your pet treats is one of the more enjoyable parts of pet ownership, and even more so when those treats have health benefits. But are those pet dental chews really all they are cracked up to be? Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice has the answers to all your questions.

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Protecting Those Pearly Whites: The Complete Pet Dental Exam

Pet dental exams are vital to overall pet wellness

Most of us couldn’t imagine not brushing our teeth a few times a day and checking in with our dentist periodically. Our pets, however, often don’t enjoy the level of dental care and attention we give to ourselves. Many suffer from a complete lack of dental care, and pain, advanced periodontal disease, and other major dental problems are often the result.

At Bayshore Animal Hospital we believe strongly that good dental care is part of the foundation for excellent pet care. The pet dental exam is the basis for this, and not all oral examinations are created equally.

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Pet Wellness: An Ounce of Prevention Can Go Far

Pet Wellness is an integral part of good veterinary careMost of us are aware of the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Did you know that this old saying is just as relevant to pet wellness, as it is to our own ?

The term “wellness” may throw some of us off, though. Why would we need to see the veterinarian if our pet is well? At Bayshore Animal Hospital, pet wellness is aimed at getting to know you and your pet, catching disease early, and answering your questions and concerns.

Nose to Tail Pet Wellness

You see your pet every day, and they probably look perfectly fine to you. But how can you tell if they are okay? The short answer is, you can’t. That’s why an annual wellness exam is so important. Early detection of disease helps us catch small problems before they become something more serious.

After taking a thorough health history from you, we start with a nose to tail examination of all your pet’s body systems. We’ll look at your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin and coat, musculoskeletal system, and their heart and lungs to make sure there are no abnormalities. Veterinarians are trained to use their eyes, ears, and skills to determine if your pet may have a problem, and we can then make recommendations for follow-up diagnostics, if needed. Continue…