My parakeet has mites!!!?

Question by **Luey**Lover**: My parakeet has mites!!!?
My parakeet has mites. what should I buy to get rid of them.
Also can Humans get bird mites? If so how do people get rid of mites?!
My parakeet has been plucking his feathers a lot and he is not molting yet. He is about 6 months old.

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Answer by Allison in Wonderland
Rign up your vet for free advice, that way you will know it’s information you can trust.

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Mañana

The look on the doctor’s face was more bemused than annoyed as he tried to explain what happened to the centrifuge we were supposed to be bringing to Nicaragua for the clinic. The valuable piece of medical equipment had been confiscated by a leery customs official the day before, and the shifty eyed official wouldn’t release it to us without running it by his boss. Who would be in tomorrow.

Mañana, the official said. Come back mañana.

So a local veterinarian, who understands the language and the local culture, was dispatched the following day to the airport to convince the customs officials that there was nothing untoward about a centrifuge and to please give it back to us. He met with a different and no more accommodating Nicaraguan official, who thought about it for a while before saying, No, you can’t have it.

Well, the vet asked, when can I have it?

Mañana, he said, come back mañana.  I never really got how this worked until this experience. The days stretching into the infinite, equipment locked up in an office to lord knows what end,  mañana becoming less of a day and more of a concept.Sometime, just not now, and maybe not ever. It’s not so much tomorrow, it’s the idea of tomorrow perhaps being more conducive to our goals.

Frustrating as the experience was for all involved, it’s not a foreign concept to any human. We are experts at procrastination, at remembering things a day after the deadline, of holding onto that bottle of champagne for a *really* special occasion that never materializes, of planning that special trip in our heads if not on our calendars and only committing to it after the chance has gone by.

Anyone who has lived with animals, seen a life arc before you in all too short a time, knows how this works. It doesn’t matter. We still continue to do this to ourselves:

We spend our childhood dreaming of things we can’t do, because we’re too young.

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Then we spend our adult lives dreaming of things we won’t do, because of work and kids and life. Mañana, we’ll do these grand things mañana.

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And at some point, they again become things we can’t do, because now we’re too old.

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(I know I wasn’t the only one cursing out Pixar through my ugly cry when Paradise Falls never materialized for Ellie.)

Somewhere in the middle, if we’re lucky, we can shake ourselves out of our certainty of tomorrow long enough to make mañana today. I’ve been doing this a lot more in the last few years, which I suppose is the natural progression of someone beyond the reckless optimism of youth and not quite ready to acknowledge that old is lurking right there in the wings.

It started with travel. It’s why I signed up for two weeks in Peru one year and another two weeks in Africa the next over the befuddled protests of my husband who wanted to know where I was going (somewhere interesting), with who (strangers that are now friends), and why (Why not?) Because at some point, I’ll know that I can’t.

It's never the wrong time to go somewhere new and make a new friend.

It’s never the wrong time to go somewhere new and make a new friend.

And while I can’t commit to globetrotting nearly as often as I’d like to, on a smaller scale I’ve decided to take on one mañana a year. Back in 2008, I attempted to train for a marathon and dutifully attended every group run, but my knees gave out at the 18 mile training run and I had to drop out. I can still do a half marathon, I told myself. Later this year, I said.

That was six years ago. A friend from the gym who is at the same point in her life asked me last week if I wanted to join a running club with her to train for a half marathon in August, which seemed like a good goal but maybe for later this year. I’ll think about it, I said, and later that afternoon read this story. If ever there is a sign from the universe to get off your butt and go do something, it’s a 91 year old cancer survivor running a marathon in your backyard while you lament feeling old at a little more than half a century younger.

So I signed up.

We never did get that centrifuge. I learned this in a dusty Central American airport back room: mañana never comes. Today’s it, so do that 5K or learn to make real macarons or take opera lessons or whatever it is you’re sitting on for later. What’s your mañana?

 

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Baby Gets Into An Argument With A Bulldog | Video

Cute baby gets into an argument with a Bulldog. After all, she does have some valid points!!

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Urban farm's duck pond water nourishes veggies

Urban farm's duck pond water nourishes veggies
… Leo the bunny. Indoors, a cat named David and four guinea pigs happily coexist. … In some ways, ducks are superior to chickens for urban farmers: They are quieter and don't scratch at grass, and they keep laying their eggs over a longer time span
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With special room, shelter cats can now call themselves lucky
Being healthy and giving the cats space to demonstrate their personalities — whether by napping, climbing or begging for someone to pet them — will hopefully make them more adoptable, Morgan said. More than 16,500 homeless dogs and cats from Roanoke
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Game of Phones: Hot new smartphone games
Here are the hottest new games that will scratch your gaming itch and take up a little – or a lot – of your time. 1. If you love … Play games, teach your pet tricks or just goof around and toss a ball for it to fetch, all while keeping your home's
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Restful dreams, Red King

I once worked in a very stressful place. It was an emergency hospital, always about 3 staff members short of a full crew and 25 people piled in the lobby waiting for treatment. It was a large staff of doctors, about 10 at the time, and as how things tend to happen in nutso environments the staff would get nutso a little bit as well. Stress does that to people.

You never sat still at that hospital; it was run run run, a dog bleeding out in room 1, a dyspneic cat gasping in room 2, five clients wanting updates on the phone. We didn’t catch up on things there so much as run as fast as you can so as not to fall further behind. The whole place had a surreal Through the Looking Glass feel to it, now that I think about it.

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In the midst of this chaos, one or two of the more enlightened veterinarians managed to float above it all. Dr. Naidus was one of them. Needles would be flying and people screaming and papers falling to the floor, and he would be solemnly nibbling on some healthy snack or another, surveying the scene with an amused glance before going back to whatever it was he was doing.

The interns and newer veterinarians such as myself were drawn to him like an acolyte to a guru, trying to figure out the secret of his zen-ness. He’d laugh and tell us when we were old we’d be too tired to get worked up over the small stuff too. (He was right.)

Clients loved him as much as we did. Every Christmas, when I considered myself lucky to get a hand soap from the rare client who could remember my name, baskets would start showing up in the treatment area with his name on it. Baskets and baskets and baskets. He always shared.

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Dr. Naidus got more gifts than the rest of us put together, including the owner and the boarded surgeon, and when we tried to figure out the secret of people loving him as much as they did it was simple: he gave them what they wanted. Treatment, or palliation if they didn’t want to pursue heroic measures. We were in an economically depressed area and people spent a lot of time confronted with estimates they couldn’t realistically afford.

He was always kind and understanding and worked with them based on what they could do. It wasn’t, as he kept reassuring us, rocket science. Be kind. Laugh, for goodness sake, it’s not that bad.

He took the same approach with the terrified interns, who were performing under a great deal of pressure without a lot of knowledge under their belts. We’d come up to him, all of us including him up to our eyeballs in paperwork, for advice or a ‘can you take a peek’ or ‘HELP!’ and he always did, with nary an eyeroll or a sigh or a ‘in a few minutes.’ In a place where people routinely lost their sanity trying to stay afloat, I never saw the guy lose his cool, like, ever. He surrounded himself with a bubble of laughter impervious to the anxiety around him. It rubbed off.

I worked with him only briefly, but have heard news of him through my friends who remained and considered him a dear friend. I knew he had been battling illness for a while, and had dealt with it with his characteristic humor. He did well for a very long time and went on to charm many more clients in the years since we sat side by side in that chaotic treatment area, watching the world swirl by.

In Through the Looking Glass, Alice happens upon the Red King, napping beneath a tree.

“He’s dreaming now,” said Tweedledee: “and what do you think he’s dreaming about?”

Alice said, “Nobody can guess that.”

“Why, about you!” Tweedledee exclaimed, clapping his hands triumphantly. “And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be?”

“Where I am now, of course,” said Alice.

“Not you!” Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. “You’d be nowhere.”

Dr. Naidus was very much this type of quiet force in many lives. I am sure he was greeted today by many pets he has helped over his long career, as they welcome him home. Perhaps he and Kevin are sharing a brew; it’s been a long journey. Life, what is it but a dream?


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Rest well, my friend. Thank you for being you.

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PS This is not the hospital I wrote about in this post. ;)

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Free membership is being offered to the first two pet sitters to email PetsitUSA in Cleveland and Detroit!  New Hi-Res LogoMembership lasts for one year and will save you $ 45!


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Getting Greener

Compared to 2 weeks ago anyway.  The trees could still use some leaves.  But we are getting there!
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scabies??????

Question by michelle: scabies??????
A kid in my grade had scabies. What is it and how can I avoid getting it? Is it true that it’s the same as crabs?

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Answer by J B
Yes – scabies are on your body, crabs are in your pubic area – one and the same. To avoid getting it, avoid skin to skin contact with an infected person.

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Love for Animals

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ~ Anatole France Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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FACEBOOK FAN SAYS SPOT’S STEW HELPED HER CAT GET BACK TO HER NORMAL SELF

cancatfoodHalo Facebook Fan, Stéphanie Lafleur, shared with us the story about her cat, Pigeon, and how Halo natural cat food has helped her heal. She says:

“Good morning. My husband and I would like to thank HALO for providing quality cat food. Our cat Pigeon (aka PG) suffered a severe inner ear infection last year and required surgery in both ears. After the surgery, she refused to eat for several weeks.

We kept offering her a cornucopia of wet food, which she refused. After offering over 10 different varieties, she finally selected Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken and Beef Recipe. Spot’s Stew helped her heal and get back to her normal self! Since then, she has refused to eat anything else because she loves Spot’s Stew so much. We really can’t thank you enough. Without HALO, she may not have made it through. I’ve attached some before-and-after pictures.”

Stephanie, thank you for sharing Pigeon’s story and we hope she continues to live a happy life!

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