“Wherever there are birds, there is hope.”Mehmet Murat ildan
We treat many species of birds from large parrots such as macaws to small song birds like finches and canaries. Birds require specialized experience ranging from proper handling and restraint to appropriate techniques for venipuncture. The veterinarians at Petchester have a special interest in avian medicine and have the skills necessary to diagnose and treat them.
Avian Wellness Exams
Large parrots can live more than fifty years, so a good preventive health program is necessary in maintaining good health throughout their lengthy lifetime. Appropriate caging systems and diet are critical to their long term health and our veterinarians can discuss any of these issues with you. This will help in preventing specific diseases like vitamin deficiencies from improper nutrition. If you are handling parrots regularly, it is advantageous to have their nails clipped on a routine basis. Also, flight feathers can be trimmed when necessary to limit flight in captive birds.
Many times, birds do not manifest overt medical signs until very late in their illness, so particular attention should be paid to their habits and behaviors to try and catch disease in the earlier, treatable states. Birds are susceptible to many of the same diseases that are prevalent in other species from different kinds of bacterial and fungal infections in the lungs and airsacs to intestinal and skin parasites. So routine examinations along with appropriate diagnostics are indicated.There are some diseases in birds which are transmissible to humans, like Chlamydiosis and avian tuberculosis (bacterial diseases), so a good history and thorough medical examination and testing of recently acquired birds is always recommended.