Birds make incredible companions, but they require consistent care to keep them happy and healthy.
The single most important thing you can do to maintain your avian friend’s health is to make sure you keep up with regular veterinary exams. Birds are very good at hiding signs of illness or injury, so it’s best to be on high alert!
While twice per year is optimal, at minimum, they should see the veterinarian annually to:
- check body condition and weight
- inspect skin and feathering
- examine eyes, ears, nose, and throat
- palpate the abdomen
- listen to heart, lungs and airsacs
- discuss diet and socialization
- test alertness
We may also recommend routine testing for parasites, inflammation, bacterial infections, anemia, nutritional health, immune system function, and disease. Birds are fragile and their health delicate; they tend to hide symptoms from us as an instinctual defense mechanism. The fact is, if you think something might be wrong with your bird, chances are you’re right and an examination today could allow us to prevent a problem tomorrow.
If you have questions about caring for your bird or want to set an appointment for your pet, call us at (360) 647-1980!