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Top 20 Ways for Pet Owners to Save Money

Top 20 Ways for Pet Owners to Save Money

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet.com



(price estimates in the article are based upon Midwest US in 2013)



1. Vaccinate your…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on August 11, 2013 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Feather Picking

Feather Picking

Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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Feather picking or plucking is when pet birds obsessively pull out their own feathers. This is different than a normal molt, which happens once or twice a year, which is when old feathers come out as new ones come in. A feather picking bird may remove all his feathers, except those on his head, because he can't reach them with his beak.

If you have a bird that you…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on June 18, 2013 at 11:59am — No Comments

Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease

Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

1480 Olive Branch Parke Lane, Suite 600

Greenwood, IN 46143

(317)-887-8387

www.olivebranchvet.com

Like the name suggests, Psitticine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) affects psittacines, which are parrots (this includes Macaws, parakeets/budgies, and love birds.) PBFD is a viral disease that can cause various…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on May 17, 2013 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Avian Polyomavirus

Avian Polyomavirus

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet.com

Avian polyomavirus (APV) can cause disease in most psittacine birds. Many pet owned birds are psittacines, such as parrots, budgies or canaries, macaws, cockatiels, cockatoos, lories, lorikeets, conures and lovebirds. APV is also known as Budgerigar Fledgling Disease. It does not cause disease in humans. APV mostly effects…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on April 24, 2013 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Life on the Wild Side

Life on the Wild Side

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet.com

A wildlife rehabilitator sounds like someone who would help a squirrel get over his addiction to fermented acorns.

Have you ever wanted to raise an abandoned litter of bunnies or care for an injured raccoon until the animals could be released back into the wild? Indiana state law requires that you have a state…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on March 20, 2013 at 4:23pm — No Comments

You Caught What From Your Bird?

You Caught What From Your Bird?

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

1480 Olive Branch Parke Lane, Suite 600

Greenwood, IN 46143

(317) 887-8387

Olivebranchvet@gmail.com

www.Olivebranchvet.com

Chlamydia.

Not the sexually transmitted disease that is spread between humans. That is Chlamydia trachomatis. Avian (bird) chlamydia is a related, but different disease caused by the…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on February 26, 2013 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Suburban Veterinarian Searches for Downtown Bathroom

Suburban Veterinarian Searches for Downtown Bathroom

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.OliveBranchVet.com

olivebranchvet@gmail.com

I don't know why I've always been intimidated by downtown Indianapolis. I'm an over-educated professional who has lived in Greenwood for a few decades now. But I've never lost that fear of the city traffic and unpredictable appearance of one-way streets and the…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on January 19, 2013 at 5:22pm — No Comments

You are not a Good Squirrel Mama

You are not a Good Squirrel Mama

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet.com

Help! My dog uncovered a nest of bunnies! When many people see a baby squirrel out of a tree or a nest of rabbits, their first instinct is to swoop in and rescue the babies.

Just don't do something, stand there! Why?

1. Wild animal mothers often spend a lot of time away from the nest foraging for…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on January 19, 2013 at 5:05pm — No Comments

A Dog's Bucket List

A Dog's Bucket List

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

Olivebranchvet.com

Olivebranchvet@gmail.com

Twelve years ago Andy Bowersox came home and surprised his wife, Jamie, with a six week old puppy of uncertain heritage that a co-worker had found. So Malcolm became the first furry member of the Bowersox family.

This summer Malcolm was diagnosed with advanced multicentric lymphoma. That is a malignant cancer of the lymph nodes. The Bowersoxes…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on December 20, 2012 at 1:41pm — No Comments

A Prostate Exam in the Parking Lot

A Prostate Exam in the Parking Lot

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

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I need to set the stage--my veterinary clinic is in a strip mall with a martial arts school, dry cleaners, kitchen and bath store, health food store and a hair salon. You'll want to keep that in mind for later.

On days when my job gets a little intense, sometimes I'll regress into a well worn, unrealistic daydream of me working a desk job. I'd come to…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on November 16, 2012 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Vet Speaks to Students about Pets

Vet Speaks to Students about Pets

10/10/12

Greenwood, Indiana

Dr. Anndrea Hatcher, veterinarian at Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic, spoke to elementary students at the Saints Francis and Clair Catholic School. The students were…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on October 18, 2012 at 1:59pm — No Comments

420,000 Cats and other Tails by Anndrea Hatcher at Amazon.com

I have an ebook for Kindle for sale on Amazon.com. It is a collection of my articles/blogs. $3

Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on October 18, 2012 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Real Life Tribbles

Real Life Tribbles

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet@gmail.com

Do you remember the old Star Trek episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles?” Chinchillas look a lot like tribbles. Chinchillas are rodents about the size of a ground squirrel, originally from Chili. They look like gray cotton balls with ears and tails. Their fur is as soft as a breeze. This is why they are endangered in…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on October 18, 2012 at 1:25pm — No Comments

"You be good, I love you."

"You be good. I love you."

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebanchvet.com

I met an African Grey Parrot for the first time when I was 17. I was cleaning an exam room in a veterinary clinic where the bird lived. It was after business hours and I was alone in the silent building. My back was to the bird cage. Suddenly I heard my voice say, “Hello.” I nearly jumped out of my skin!

African…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on September 22, 2012 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Geckos-Not Just for Selling Car Insurance

Geckos-Not Just for Selling Car Insurance

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet.com

Luckily for the car insurance company Geico, geckos are one of the few lizards that can communicate verbally. (Although not with a cute Cockney accent) Go to gekkota.com/html/sounds_s_petrii.html to hear gecko conversation.

There are hundreds of different types of geckos. The Geico gecko is a Gold…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on September 20, 2012 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Are Turtles Good Pets?

Are Turtles Good Pets?

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet.com

“Then the Queen left off, quite out of breath, and said to Alice, “Have you seen the Mock Turtle yet?”

'No,' said Alice. 'I don't even know what a Mock Turtle is.”

'It's the same thing Mock Turtle Soup is made from,' said the Queen” Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The word “turtle” is often used to refer…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on August 17, 2012 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Sugar Gliders can be Sweet Pets

Sugar Gliders Can be Sweet Pets

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Park Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet.com

Sugar gliders live in the wild in Australia, Tasmania, Indonesia, and New Guinea. They are like a nocturnal flying squirrel that is about the size of a large hamster. Unlike Rocky the Flying Squirrel, the sugar glider is a marsupial (keeps their young in a pouch), like a kangaroo or our own American opossum.…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on July 19, 2012 at 12:34pm — No Comments

What is the "L" in DHLPPC? Vaccinating dogs can protect swimmers

What is the “L” in DHLPPC?

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet.com

You know that string of letters that represents one of the shots that your dog needs to get? The “L” stands for leptospirosis. Sometimes biology and medicine create such lovely words. My dad, an aquatic biologist, wanted to name me Spirogyra after a filamentous green algae. Wow. I wonder if then everyone would have to…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on June 21, 2012 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Cocker Spaniels: Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet.com

Cocker spaniels are adorable, long haired, floppy eared, medium sized dogs. There are two types: the American cocker spaniel and the English cocker spaniel. Not surprisingly, the American version is more popular on this side of the pond and the English cocker spaniel is more common in England. Both dogs look pretty similar, but the American is a…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on May 18, 2012 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Getting to the Point about Siamese

Getting to the Point

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher

Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic

www.olivebranchvet.com

Siamese cats have always reminded me of elegant ladies who have smoked for decades with a cigarette holder artfully dangled between slender fingers. Siamese have a distinctive smokey meow and they are quite talkative: something to keep in mind when considering this breed for a pet. Their personalities are almost more dog-like…

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Added by Dr. Anndrea Hatcher on May 18, 2012 at 2:47pm — No Comments

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