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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Provet Lifetime Learning Projects for Animal Owners
    following projects and write a short summary report of your findings Then submit your report by email in doc or html format to the organiser Each report received will count as 10 Continuing Education points towards your annual target of 90 PLLP points and Provet will send you an appraisal of your Entry The best entries will be judged and you may win an Award Project 1 Interpretation of Animal Food labels This project will involve you in examining and interpreting the information provided on animal food labels and writing a brief report CLICK HERE Project 2 Vaccinations This project will involve you in reviewing the vaccines that are available for a selected species of animal and writing a brief report CLICK HERE Project 3 Worming This Project will involve you in reviewing and comparing the worming preparations available for a selected species of animal and writing a brief report CLICK HERE Project 4 Flea control This Project will involve you in reviewing and comparing the methods used to control fleas and writing a brief report CLICK HERE Project 5 Local Health Hazards This Project will involve you in reviewing local health hazards and writing a brief report with recommendations

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Pllp/pllpprojectsowners.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • Kids Homepage
    keep them healthy CLICK HERE Your Pet Questions Answered On line Do you have a question about pet animals If so send it in and we will try to answer it for you Send it to Provet s Pet Questions On line section at kids provet co uk and we will post the answers to some of your questions every month Alex Roper aged 12 asks What are the differences between teeth in humans dogs and sheep CLICK HERE for the answer February s question was Alex Smith age 8 asks Why are cats pupils slit shaped CLICK HERE for the answer January s question was Jack age 5 asks How do birds fly CLICK HERE for the answer CLICK HERE For Previous Kid s Questions Provet Pet Quiz of the Month May 2000 So you think you know a thing or two about pets Challenge yourself in the Provets Pet Quiz of the month you might learn something Also there will be regular prizes for the best answers CLICK ON THE PICTURE for this Months Quiz which is about this picture May s Quiz was about this picture Aprils Quiz was about this Picture March Question was about this picture Click on it for the answers February s Quiz was about this picture Click on it for the questions and answers Competition Winner Alex Smith Age 9 from Wiltshire England January s Quiz was about this picture Click on it to see the questions and answers Provet Pets Photo Library Need an animal photo for your computer or for your homework Soon you will be able to visit Provet s on line library and download one FREE of charge Do you have photographs of your pet that you would like to share with others If so scan it and

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Kids/kidshome.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • Provet Query Form
    Ask Provet Question from Birds Home Forename Surname Email Subject Question Return to Birds Home

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Questions/GetQuest.asp?source=Birds%20Home&Return=/birds/birdshome.htm (2016-02-08)
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    the shape the bone structure and the feathers Have you ever looked at a Jumbo Jet and wandered how such a big heavy machine can stay up in the air Well the answer is the same as it is for birds it s wing design keeps it up It is the up draught of air pushing UP on the underside of the wings that keeps a bird or plane airborne Movement of the wings in different directions gives birds the ability to slow down speed up change direction and generally manoeuver about in the air If a large surface area of wing is exposed to on coming air movement it will slow down the bird this is how the wing flaps aerofoils work on a plane If less surface area is exposed the bird will move faster Watch sea birds diving or predatory birds eg eagles diving to catch smaller prey they hold their wings in tight to reduce wind resistance and gain speed Birds have hollow bones which are filled with air which mean they are much lighter than we are in proportion to their size Birds have extremely well developed and powerful chest pectoral muscles which move the

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Kids/Kids%20Questions/kqbirdflight.htm (2016-02-08)
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    seed mix Fresh greens soft fruit nuts large and small eg pine pulses and vegetables Need to avoid obesity by limiting seed intake Australian Parrots Seed mix smaller species Canary Budgerigar or Parakeet mix larger species Parrot mix Berries flower blossoms buckwheat fresh greens fruit apples grapes orange pears hemp leaf buds oats pine nuts sprouted pulses wheat Insects and egg are taken by some parents with young Budgerigars In the wild Mainly eat grass seeds In captivity Commercial seed mix Fresh greens chickweed dandelions groundsel lettuce parsley watercress Fruit including apples blackberries grapes oranges peaches pears plums For further information CLICK HERE Cockatoos In the wild Sulphur crested Cockatoo seeds fruit leaves nuts insects larvae In captivity Parrot seed mix Fresh greens root vegetables soaked pulses fruit nuts wood to strip eg fruit tree branches Cockatiels In the wild Cockatiels forage on the ground for grass seeds and in trees for fruit and berries In captivity Commercial seed mix Apple lettuce chickweed Conures In the wild Usually feed in tree tops on Berries fruit nuts and seeds In captivity Commercial seed mix budgie canary mixes for smaller species parrot mix for larger species Apple sweet berries flower blossoms fruits green leaves nuts Araucaria pine oats rice wheat and buck wheat Eclectus Parrots Pollen nectar and fruit Flower blossoms berries leaf buds and some take seed Breeders often give figs soft fruits nuts pine raisins sultanas sunflower seeds sweetcorn rice boiled and polished salad foods chopped vegetables and even cooked meat Fresh nectar is made up by breeders Fig Parrots Seeds fig or millet occasionally sunflower seeds flower blossom soft fruit important insects or insect larvae some species and nectar Fresh nectar is made up by breeders Finches Seed mix Berries greens live foods eg insects mealworms millet sprays sunflower seeds peanuts pine nuts Grey Parrot African In the wild Feed in trees on berries fruit nuts and seeds In captivity Parrot seed mix Sunflower seeds buckwheat corn on the cob fruits germinated pulses oats maize peanuts pine nuts rice vegetables wheat Hill Mynah bird Kakarikis Parrot seed mix Mainly sunflower seeds but also safflower pumpkin seeds Soaked seeds for young birds Fresh greens including grass Fruits including apples grapes pears red currents strawberries Loris and Lorikeets Brush tongued Parrots In the wild they use their tongues to gather pollen and nectar In captivity Pollen and nectar Flower blossom berries and some take seed Some take fruit Fresh nectar is made up by breeders Love Birds In the wild Eat seeds and berries In captivity Canary seed mix Apple sweet berries hawthorn carrot flower blossoms fresh greens soft fruit maize leaf buds small nuts pine rice sunflower seeds vegetables wheat Some breeders feed egg and milk with a cereal porridge to parent birds with young Macaws In the wild Feed in trees on berries fruit nuts and seeds and other plant material In captivity Parrot seed mix Sunflower seeds buckwheat corn on the cob soft fruits germinated pulses oats maize

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/birdsfeeding.htm (2016-02-08)
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    in a nutritional deficiency or excess and disease Many of the ingredients which are frequently put out for birds such as nuts are very high in energy density and can cause obesity if eaten in any great quantity Birds may not hunt for their usual food if plenty is easily available from a garden feeding area which could have the following impact The birds gets less activity resulting in obesity The birds may not eat and disseminate the seeds of it s normal fruit foods so altering the food chain and even the whole mini ecosystem surrounding dispersal of plant seeds The birds may develop an acquired preference for ingredients in the provided bird food which are not present in it s normal environment and so it may develop a dependence on the supplementary food Encouraging wild birds to frequent and feed in urban areas may permanently alter the birds natural behaviour patterns Providing an artificial source of food may dilute the effect of the Darwinian principle of survival of the fittest and so may adversely alter the genetic expression and future development of the species by allowing birds that would ordinarily perish to survive Notwithstanding these concerns most authorities such as Wild Life Trusts across the UK consider it is alright to feed wild birds they often sell wild bird food and feeders and some even advocate all year round feeding rather than feeding just in the winter Why should you feed the birds It is interesting and educational to watch wild birds feed bath and interact at close quarters In severe weather conditions wild birds will benefit from your food offerings In some locations birds have lost their natural habitat eg hedgerows and so traditional sources of food may be genuinely sparse so feeding is helping them to survive Wild birds visiting your garden will also seek out garden pests greenfly and other insects slugs snails and caterpillars Important Considerations If you do decide to feed wild birds there are some basic precautions that you should take Situate the food in a position that is inaccessible to local predators eg cats A high bird table with an overhanging top or a suspended feeding cage are commonly used Make sure there is good visibility around the feeding area so that birds can see predators early and get away but at the same time some overhead cover is desirable so that the feeding birds aren t easy prey for sparrowhawks If you own a bird catching cat dog or ferret keep it indoors when you are feeding the birds Only provide foods that you know have not been sprayed with insecticides and which have been stored correctly otherwise they can go mouldy and become toxic for the birds Bird foods should always be stored in a dry cool place and marked foods should be used before their expiry date The birds in your garden have a wide spectrum of food requirements so offer a broad range of fresh ingredients including

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/birdswildfeeding.htm (2016-02-08)
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    three ways in which a bird can obtain its daily water intake In the food that it eats This is the only route by which fledglings can get water until they learn how to drink Some foods are naturally high in water content eg fruits mammalian prey whereas other foods eg seeds are low in moisture content From drinking at a water source If water is provided in an artificial container it should be positioned to minimise the chances of faecal contamination and it should be deep enough that the bird especially waterfowl can immerse its bill under the water Ideally waterfowl should have access to running water By absorption across the skin this occurs in waterfowl Except for pigeons birds can not suck up water they need to get the water in their bills and hold their head up so the water runs down into their throat by gravity Water intake generally increases if the environmental temperature goes up and if the bird exercises more and the volume required varies from one species to another Small birds budgerigars drink about 5ml day canaries drink about 3ml day Others may drink up to 20ml 100g body weight per day Larger

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/health/diseases/birdswater.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Beak Overgrowth and Abnormalities in Budgerigars and Parrots
    pet Budgerigars and Parrots Cause There are several possible causes Inadequate activity so inadequate wear Malocclusion the upper and lower beaks do not meet properly Infection with the mite cnemidocoptes pilae budgerigars and cockatiels Inadequate nutrition eg vitamin A or D deficiency A local cancer Liver disease Metabolic bone disease Psittacine beak and feather disease syndrome or beak rot cockatoos and other psittacines Breed Occurrence All Budgerigars and psittacine birds can be affected Signs Obvious visible abnormalities of the beak or cere Complications Abnormal beak conformations including beak overgrowth can lead to difficulty eating resulting in malnutrition or starvation Diagnosis Examination of scrapings to identify mites cytology or biopsy to confirm the presence of a cancer or other blood tests to confirm the presence of liver disease Treatment Whatever the cause of overgrowth or deformity the beak should be trimmed regularly using small scissors and it can be filed down using a small nail file or sandpaper This is to ensure that the bird can continue to eat normally Care is needed to avoid over cutting as this will cause bleeding This can be stopped using a silver nitrate pencil but often the bird rubs it and bleeding starts again

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/health/diseases/beakdisease.htm (2016-02-08)
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