Update on Lucy, the chicken with vertigo

Last week, I told you about my chicken Lucy, who was diagnosed by a vet with vestibular disturbance.In other words, Lucy had vertigo.I didn't want to share the photo of her in the corner last Friday, because it upset me to see Lucy in such distress. But now that she's on the mend you can see how sick she was. She'd tuck her head between her legs, and then shake her head vigorously on the ground, probably to try and make sense of her reeling world. Once we separated her from the flock, … [Read more...]

Taking my chicken to the vet, and other dizzying thoughts

The receptionist gave me the total for the office visit: $66.47. More than I'd expected but I was glad for the diagnosis of vestibular disturbance. For a while, it looked like death was imminent, so I was grateful that this was something we could treat with medication and rest.Did I mention that I'm talking about my chicken?I went out to the chicken run yesterday morning and noticed that one of my Polish hens, Lucy, was acting weirdly, bending her head down between her legs, and shaking … [Read more...]

My dog eats a live bird (musings on animals doing what animals do)

My dog Bailey was just outside, just hanging out in the grass, enjoying the evening air. She'd been outside maybe ten minutes when I went out to bring her in and saw that she had something pinned to the ground...it was a bird. I called to her, she moved towards me, and the bird jumped away. Bailey went after the bird, pinned it, and let it go. It hopped, she pinned it again. When it flew up about a foot, Bailey leaped up and caught it midair.And the race was on. I told her to drop the bird, … [Read more...]

Busch Gardens to give park visitors a behind the scenes peek at animal care

If you've ever wondered how the folks at the zoo take care of the animals, Busch Gardens is giving park visitors a behind the scenes look at large animal veterinary care when their new $5 million Animal Care Center opens January 23.You'll get to see routine animal care, surgery, x-rays, nutrition, dental care - anything that goes into take care of the health of the park's 2,000 animals.  In a press release, the park announces that the treatment center will allow guests to watch as Busch G … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #3 – Be a better pet owner

As we continue to talk about ways we can make 2012 a better year for our animal friends - or "anipals" - here's #3: resolve to be a better pet owner.I know that in my lifetime of having dogs, I've been a good, responsible dog owner - and a terrible dog owner. I confess I had the dog that ran the neighborhood. I didn't always pick up poop. But twenty or thirty years later, I've learned more about my four legged friends and quite honestly I'm embarrassed and ashamed at the way I treated … [Read more...]