Companion parrots are not considered domesticated animals. In fact, they are very closely related to their wild counterparts. However, some of the more prominent differences between companion parrots and wild parrots can be found in their guts.
The kidneys play a vital role in maintaining the overall health of animals and people. They regulate hydration and act as a filter to aid in the removal of waste from the bloodstream. The kidneys also aid in regulating blood pressure, production of red blood cells, calcium homeostasis, and many other crucial functions. There is growing research on potential therapies designed to support a healthy gut microbiome to slow the progression of chronic kidney disease in patients.
Analyzing behavior in animals can be a very complex process. Behavioral issues can arise at any point in an animal’s life, and there is not always an immediately identifiable underlying cause. A variety of components, including genetics, environmental and physical stressors, or learned behaviors can influence an animal’s behavior at any time.
When a veterinarian patient arrives with a chronic case of diarrhea, antibiotics as a treatment is frequent. However, it frequently raises the question about the long-term impact of antibiotics on the intestinal microbiome.