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It’s not always easy balancing a hectic work day, kids, families, and still finding time to give your pets the lovin’ they need. But as pet parents, you know how important the time is you spend with you pets. Whether it’s a morning kiss goodbye as you head to work or an all-out snugglefest at […]


Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re drawing a blank on what to get your pet-lover mom this year, we’ve done the work for you! Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day!) are traditional gift-giving holidays, so it’s the ideal time to hunt for that unique and thoughtful gift to show your appreciation.

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Certified Veterinary Technicians, in order to maintain their certification, need to complete a certain number of hours of continuing education (CE). CE credits can be earned in a number of ways, including online courses, reading and reviewing professional papers, and attending conventions that offer a variety of classes on a variety of interests. I attended […]


A seed-only diet lacks essential vitamins and minerals key for long-term avian health. The secret? Variety. But what’s the real recipe for a well-balanced bird diet? This can vary depending on species, but the ideal diet consists of the following: 70 percent pellets 20 percent fresh vegetables 10 percent seed and fruits If it were […]


Frank is an adopted Lutino Cockatiel that rules the roost in Barb’s household. Take a peek at how Frank stole this Drs. Foster and Smith employee’s heart. QUICK STATS: Name: Frank (Short for Franklin Delano Cockatiel) Companion: Barb S. Species: Nymphicus hollandicus/ Lutino (white with yellow crest) Cockatiel Birthday: Unknown, but around September 1, 2007 […]


Find out where Drs. Foster & Smith gets many of their BEAUTIFUL bird models for our catalog and website. (Plus, watch a video of photo shoot!)


The Bird is the Word

by DFS-Pet-Blog on May 17, 2010

When you live with parrots, you play by their rules. Learn why for this author “the bird is the word.”


Chicken and the Egg, Part 2

by DFS-Pet-Blog on February 25, 2010

Chicken, a 7-year-old female green-cheeked conure had been laying eggs until she became egg-bound with her ninth egg. The vet’s prognosis for Chicken was not good: unless that egg came out soon, Chicken could die. Find out what happened:


Chicken and the Egg

by DFS-Pet-Blog on January 26, 2010

Every year in early spring, many female birds begin to lay eggs. Keith’s bird, Chicken, started laying more eggs than normal, and then showed troubling signs that she might be egg bound.


The Four-Inch Tall Bully

by DFS-Pet-Blog on October 25, 2009

Most people have known a bully. Bullies steal your lunch money, tell you what to do, and pick on people smaller or less fortunate than them. But what about when that bully is only four inches tall and feathered? Kiwi, our male maroon-bellied conure, is a bully. While he lacks thumbs to steal my lunch money or the language skills to make fun of me, it doesn’t stop him from bullying everyone he meets, regardless of their size.


Look Who’s Squawking

by DFS-Pet-Blog on October 2, 2009

Kiwi, my maroon-bellied male conure, has always found a way to “impress” me, although usually not with his intelligence. That was until he learned a great new trick!

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Part two of Contessa’s health scare. We’ll continue to monitor Contessa’s droppings regularly as part of a routine health checklist. It’s a dirty job, but an important one.


As a bird owner, I find that I spend a lot of time looking at poop. Let me explain. Changes to parrot droppings (as in most animals) are often a good indicator that something has gone amiss. Parrots are notoriously good at hiding any health problems, so by the time you start to notice a visible change, it’s usually not a good thing.