Found a baby bird?

If you have found a baby bird and have exhausted all possible means of returning him to his parents you may need to temporarily care for it until your able to get him to a rehabilitation center, animal hospital or a rehabber.

You will need to keep the baby warm and clean.  I like to find smaller boxes and utilize them as a nest with paper towels I can easily change and keep clean.  I can also place these boxes in aquariums to help keep warm and draft free.  Again easily clean up.



Once you have the bird in a safe, warm place you will need to try and determine what type of bird you have.  If your googling, look at the beaks and feet that will tell you a lot, the colors as well but some babies change colors completely. This will help you determine which food recipe to use.

For Corvids like Ravens, Jays, Crows and black birds, as well as other scavenger, meat eaters I use this recipe:

  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1 dab of nutrical
  • Soaked dog kibble (warm)

Mix together to make small little balls that will fit the size bird your feeding.

For your seed eating birds like pigeons, sparrows, finches and Doves I tend to have a pre made formula on hand.  This is the same formula you can buy from the local pet shops for your pet parrots.  Remember to NEVER give milk, it causes more hard than good.  If I don’t have formula available in a pinch I will use this recipe:

  • Gerber Rice Cereal
  • Nutrical
  • Warm Water

Mix Warm water with Nutrical to get it to dissolve, add enough water to allow the mixture to go through a syringe smoothly, but not too watery.  The bird will get enough water from the formula as well as above from the soaked dog kibble.

Raising a baby bird and releasing it can be a very rewarding task, but it is also a very time consuming job as well.  Cleanliness is imperative, and birds are poop factories.  You have to change the bedding constantly.  They need to eat every 2-4 hours depending on age of bird.  Some birds even more frequently.  If you have a busy life I would not suggest you try this.

Brushing Your Dogs Teeth

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Brushing your cat or dogs teeth is very important, not only are you cleaning the teeth and getting old debris off the gums and teeth, you are also regularly checking one of the biggest problem area’s for  a pet.  While you are brushing your pets teeth, look at the gums , tongue and cheeks for abnormal lumps, discoloration and sores.  Catch a problem before it gets to far.


Soft Doggie Cookies

Soft Doggie Cookies

Great for older dogs with teeth issues.softcookies
  • 3 (2 1/2oz. each) jars of baby food; either beef or chicken
  • 1/4th cup dry milk powder
  • 1/4th cup wheat germ or cream of wheat

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Roll into small balls and place on a well-greased cookie sheet.  Flatten softly with a fork.  Bake in preheated 350f oven for 15 minutes until brown.  Cool o wire rack.  Refrigerate to keep fresh or freeze.

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Doggy Oatmeal Cookies

Doggy Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup of margarine
  • 1 tsp. bouillon granules
  • 1 1/2 cup meat broth or hot water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 clove of garlic

Preheat oven to 325F.  Dissolve bouillon in meat broth, while still hot, put some of the broth into a blender with the garlic and blend on high.  Pour all broth into large bowl, add margarine & oatmeal & stir.  Let sit for 5 minutes to cool.  Stir in powdered mile, cornmeal and egg.  Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Knead by hand, adding more flour if needed.  roll on floured surface to 1/2″ thick, cut into shapes and place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake 50-60 minutes, allow to cool and dry out until hard.

Common Myths and Facts about Birds:

Common Myths and Facts about Birds:

Myth: All Birds eat Worms
Fact: Although some birds do eat worms, best example the American Robin, most birds cannot handle the parasites associated with them.

Myth: Baby birds that have been touched by humans will be abandoned by their parents
Fact: As far as songbirds are concerned, they have a very poor sense of smell and will return to young as soon as we humans leave them be.

Myth: Give baby birds water so they don’t get dehydrated
Fact: Never give a baby bird water alone as they cannot close their airway to allow it to pass into their crops. They drown easily and their air sacks are very susceptible to bacterial infections.

Myth: Birds imprinted on humans should never be released
Fact: A bird that has imprinted on people is at a definite disadvantage for the first few weeks of freedom. Any that outlast these weeks have as good a chance as any other. You still have to supplement the diet of a freed bird at regular intervals through the day, they will learn to forage and will imprint on it’s own kind in time.

Myth: My cat brought us a bird, but I rescued it and it is fine
Fact: Many times a bird that has suffered a cat or other animal attack appears fine at first but dies within 24 hours of the attack. This is usually due to a bacterial infection cause

Cheesie Bites

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  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon soft bitter or margaarine
  • 1/2 cup of milk

Mix flour and cheese together.  Add the softened butter.  Slowly add milk till you form a stiff dough.  You may not need all the milk.  Knead on floured board for a few minutes.  Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut inyo shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 350 degrees oven for 15 minutes.  Let cool in oven with door slightly open till cold and firm.  Refrigerate to keep fresh.

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Wheat-Free Scotty Biscuits

Cute cookie shape

Cute cookie shape

Wheat-Free Scott Biscuits

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup milk

Combine oatmeal, 3/4 cup of the rye flour, sugar and butter together.  Slowly add the milk till firm but slightly sticky dough forms.  Scrape out dough onto wooden board or counter.  Kneed n the rest of the rye flour till the dough stiffens a little.  Wrap in saran wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough  till 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut into shapes (scotty shapes) Place on a lightly greased cookie-sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Turn off oven and let biscuits rest till cool in oven with door closed.  Store in air -tight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Medial Patella Luxation


Medial patella luxation, or kneecap luxation, may be congenital (present at birth) or acquired. The congenital form is most common in the toy and miniature breeds such as the Miniature Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier, Toy Poodle, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, and Pekingese, and may occur simultaneously with other pelvic limb deformities. While the definitive sequence of events which leads to or allows these deformities has not yet been established, the age at which the syndrome occurs does play an important role in the severity of the degenerative changes in the joint. more…

A Safe Halloween for you & your pets

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Halloween can be a frightening time for pet owners across the country. It can be scary for our furry friends too. Desert Care Animal Hospital encourages pet owners to protect their four-legged family members this October by being mindful of their F.E.A.R. – food, environment, attire, and recovery.


Halloween means candy and tasty treats are plentiful and easily accessible to young children and pets. Candy, especially chocolate, is toxic to animals and can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart disturbances, and even death. Although grapes and raisins are a healthy alternative snack for humans, they can be potentially deadly for dogs. These fruits contain an unknown toxin that can damage dogs’ kidneys and cause kidney failure.

Candy wrappers can also cause health problems. Animals may eat the wrapper, causing obstruction or irritation to the pet’s digestive system. Candy and wrappers should be kept out of pets’ reach and young children should be taught not to share Halloween goodies with their pet. Seasonal foods such as pumpkins and corn may cause minor stomach irritation; however, they are relatively safe for Fluffy and Fido. Pumpkin seeds may cause digestive system obstruction if consumed by smaller animals.


Due to the increased foot traffic and commotion in your neighborhood, outdoor pets should be kept indoors during the days surrounding Halloween. Unsupervised outdoor animals are susceptible to stress, inhumane practical jokes or theft. Providing a safe, stress free environment reduces the probability of your beloved friend injuring himself or others. Loud and excessive noise created by trick-or-treaters can frighten your cat or dog. Animals should be kept away from the door and out of hearing range of a constantly ringing doorbell and excited children. Fluffy or Fido should be put in a room where they will not be disturbed by noise and activity. A frightened or upset pet may run out the door at the first opportunity and could harm the children in its way.

Be sure decorations are safe from the paws and teeth of curious pets. Crepe paper streamers, fake cobwebs, glow sticks, plastic spiders and cardboard wall hangings can easily be chewed and swallowed, damaging your pet’s digestive tract. Animals can also tip over the candle in a jack-o-lantern and burn themselves or start a fire. Keep decorations out of animals’ reach, and maintain supervision if they play nearby.


Transforming your pet into a superhero, witch, ghost, or goblin can be a stressful and unpleasant experience. Some animals love to dress up, but others dread it. If your furry friend doesn’t mind dressing up, make sure that you select a costume that doesn’t restrict his normal movements, breathing or vision. Costumes that interfere with these things can cause ligament or joint injuries, and animals are more likely to bite if their vision is impaired. Pets are better off left at home during trick-or-treating excursions. However, if they do tag along, it is best to keep them on a very short leash and harness to keep them from fighting with other animals, eating the treats, becoming victims of practical jokes – as black cats often do – or biting strangers they encounter.


It is important to have a plan if your pet becomes sick, injured or lost this Halloween season. Since time is critical during any unfortunate incident, pet parents should always have contact information for their veterinarian and local animal shelters easily accessible. Also, pet owners need to be aware that not all veterinarians are available 24 hours.  It is also important to update your pet’s identification tags and micro chip information each time you move or change phone numbers so that current contact information is always available on your pet.

Desert Care Animal Hospital wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween for you and your pets!



The Truth About Rabies

Rabies-Vaccine-generic-from-rabiesvaccinefordogsdotcom1-040313Rabies! It’s a potent word that demands an exclamation mark.

Our reactions are primal, colored by myths, modern movies and novels such as“Rage,” “Cujo,” “Old Yeller” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” You may have heard the popular warning: Beware of bats or raccoons in the daytime. They carry rabies!

But the truth is such a raccoon might be a mother taking a break from caring for her babies, one that has distemper or another disease, or one dazed after being injured by a passing car.

A bat in the daytime might be a juvenile learning to fly but “driving” erratically and without parental consent to be out and about, according to Charles Rupprecht, VMD, PhD, chief of Rabies Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

No signs can tell you if an animal is rabid, he says. That’s why there are diagnostic tests.

Wild animals acting oddly—perhaps approaching people—may indicate they have rabies. But nonrabid wild animals also may do that because they are used to humans, says Rupprecht.

Another myth is that certain animals “carry” the disease. Any mammal infected with the virus is its victim as well. Some species are better hosts. Those that lick, suck and bite in their social interactions allow the virus to spread through saliva or brain/nervous system tissue. Hosts that live in large and dense social groups help maintain the virus’ success. more…