Well don’t you know about the bird? Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word! Our August Pet of the Month is a special b-b-bird by the name of Xolani. She is a 7-month-old Cape parrot with lovely red, gray, and green coloring. Her parents Anita and Scott, experienced bird owners, did their research and decided young Xolani would fit right in with their flock. They were getting her from a breeder in Oregon and after deciding she was the one for them, were told she had a crooked beak (known as scissor beak). Left untreated scissor beak can have devastating effects on a bird’s health and quality of life.
Xolani was lucky to have been taken under the wing of such caring parents. Anita and Scott make sure she has what she needs, lots of things to chew, and has her beak trimmed regularly to keep it healthy. They contacted City Pets regarding Xolani’s special issue; Dr. Weinrick looked over pictures to ease her parents mind before she was even a patient. After her initial exam, Dr. Hui started trimming her beak, graciously accepting the role of the “bad guy”. This is no small sacrifice because parrots have long memories and are known to hold grudges.
“She loves toys! Her favorites are brightly colored wooden blocks and chunky wooden puzzle pieces. These help keep her beak worn down between trims. Snap peas are relished and kale is refused every, single time. She likes to "talk" and we often hear her practicing new words. Most mornings during feeding she will fly over, look in her dish and ask "what's that?”. Xolani is a wonderful girl and we are so happy she is with our family.”
We took a break from all the Pokémon Go hype to search far and wide for our Pokémon, er…Pet of the Month, and we found one worthy of the hunt! We’d like to introduce JoJo, the crooked tooth bunny. JoJo was adopted by Donna and Hsiao-Wen in June of 2015. Donna and Hsiao-Wen already had an impressive menagerie of animals, but JoJo fit right in. He gets along well with his pit bull, chihuahua, and two cat friends. He even loves his bunny roommate, Coffee Beans, as long as there is a fence between them. He enjoys nice weather outdoors in his playpen and has free run of the house. While we can’t confirm he likes “Razz berries”, his favorite occasional treats are blueberries and blackberries. This is actually what brought him into our clinic.
In September of 2015, Donna brought him in for a wellness exam and because his front four incisors were severely mal-aligned. Donna knew he would probably need a tooth trim because he had a history of dental issues. Doctor Hui was able to trim his teeth back to a reasonable length. Rabbits' teeth are continually growing, but are kept in check naturally by their diet. Due to JoJo's severe misalignment, Dr. Hui recommended removal of all four of his incisors. After some discussion, it was decided regular trimming would keep JoJo the most comfortable with minimum risk.
So now whenever he tries to eat his blackberries and they escape his mouth, Donna brings him in to see Dr. Hui. He is doing very well and tolerating his trimming schedule, so for now, his family will keep him healthy with regular visits to City Pets. And even though he doesn’t like being picked up, he appreciates the forehead and cheek rubs he gets when he comes in.
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