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Downed Baby Birds and Avian Patients: Who Does That?

Downed Baby Birds and Avian Patients: Georgia

For Pet’s Sake
– 3761 North Druid Hills Road Decatur, GA 30033 – 404-248-8977


On Fri, Jun 21, 2019 at 10:35 AM Dr. Erik Johnson < <>> wrote:
> Hello there > Two things, please. > If a client finds a baby bird on the ground and wants a husbandry > consultation, or to find a place to take it, should they call your office? > Or, more directly: *What’s your policy on ‘downed baby bird’ calls? *Would > you like me to point folks at you? ? > Second: > I don’t treat birds. So I refer, and I’m wondering if that’s something I > can send you? > If so, is there a resource that a customer could look at that sort of > brings you into focus and gives a “general idea” what a referral to your > avian docs might run? > > Erik Johnson DVM > >


Hello Dr Johnson,
Thank you for your email. We are happy to accept most wildlife. We do not charge for this service. They relinquish custody to us and do not get the animal back.
We stabilize the animals and then send them to a rehabilitator.
You are welcome to send us your avian referrals. I will send you some cards to have on hand for your clients who might own exotic pets. Thanks!!
Have a great day,


I used to charge for consults - and got none because no one wants to pay for advice. So now I consult with people who watched a specific video all the way to the end, or called the office. I consider those people "pretty dedicated" and so I am happy to help, at no cost.
What kind of fish are in trouble, or you need help with? You'll describe the fish later.
Fahrenheit's nice, but I can convert if needed.
Tell me what seaasonal phase the fish are in, if applicable. Aquarium fish don't have a season LOL
The single most common cause of poor-doing freshwater fish.
Don't tell me you're too busy to test. I'm really busy too, but I'm still willing to help.
If you're too busy to test water, why should I take precious time at no charge, to figure out a case when it might be this very parameter?
If you answer "none", I still love you. It's okay.
A "ballpark" is okay. We'll refine that, for dosing later.
A ballpark estimate is okay. Most people are either "pretty much okay" or they're ridiculously overcrowded.
You probably don't know EXACTLY. It's okay.
Tell me if there are more than one species, which species is affected, if there are other species NOT affected, are there sharks? Invertebrates? Details.
For the consult to be meaningful, I need to know: Are you 'new'? Are we coming 'from scratch?' ...or, can we talk Redox Potentials and milli-Amps?

Paul Harvey’s Ten Commandments for Pet Owners

Paul Harvey’s “10 Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner,” as dictated by the pet…

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.
10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so.






What Is Spring Stew?

What is Spring Stew?

I didn’t know about it until I moved to Blue Ridge Georgia in 1999.

It’s more of a “thing “up in Blue Ridge because they have horses and cows all over the place. And what happens is, the horse and cow poop is refrigerated (or frozen) all winter. In the spring, all of a sudden thousands of pounds of horse and cow poop thaw, and the flies take to it.

Then you have a massive explosion of flies all over the place for the first month of spring.

So, how is that “Spring Stew?” Well the same thing happens in Marietta or Canton, where water and leaves and dead animals and poop are deposited all over the place, AND refrigerated through the winter, and in the spring everything thaws out and achieves room temperature and begins to rot. Flies? Sure.

But also plenty of interesting disgusting things for dogs to eat and roll in, and drink.

This is why in the spring, diarrhea is always on the uptick. Especially a lot of diarrhea in March as dogs go out and discover hubcaps, puddles and discarded containers full of Spring Stew.

If the possibility of your pet having a gastrointestinal problem was related to Spring Stew, it’s recommended that you might poke around the yard and look for dead rotten things, and or standing water that has finally gotten to the kind of temperature needed to set those decay-wheels in motion.

Doc Johnson