Walk the dog

A pooch walk will be held Nov. 27 on the beach in Stone Harbor. Its part of the Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Company and Animal Alliance of Cape May County's annual fundraiser that includes the Sandy Paws 5K race. Pre-register from 6 to

8 p.m. Nov. 26 at the firehouse, 96th Street and Second Avenue, or download a form at www.stoneharborfire.com

The registration fee for the one-mile pooch walk is $15. Pre-registration fee for the 5K race (people only) is $20 (add $5 on race day.)

Race-day registration will be held from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the firehouse. For more information, e-mail: SandyPaws5K@Yahoo.com.

Bird physicals

Birds are very good at hiding problems, and they are often far more ill by the time their symptoms come to light.

This is one of the reasons why people mistakenly think birds are weak.

They hide their symptoms and can be close to death before you realize they're ill.

Regular evaluation by a qualified avian veterinarian is a way to help prevent this.

That means yearly for physical examinations and routine screening tests.

Seed-hull danger

The syrinx or vocal box of an Amazon parrot is located at the point where the trachea splits. In this area, air is guided into the left and right portions of the respiratory tract.

It is also an area where pieces of food or hulls from seeds can lodge.

This not only compromises air flow, but also leads to a secondary bacterial infection.

A small endoscope is placed down the trachea to the syrinx to remove any obstructive material.

Canine tumor

Mast cell tumors are the most common form of skin cancer in dogs. They are dangerous, as they can occur anywhere on a dog's body and are hard to recognize in their early stages.

Advice on the subject really needs to come from your vet.

Early detection in these matters is the key here, and veterinary inspection of any lump or imperfection in your dog's skin can make all the difference in the world.

Pet of the week

Sky is a young, female parakeet available from the Cumberland County SPCA and Animal Shelter in Vineland. Call 856-691-1500

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