Caring for birds can be complicated because they often hide their illnesses. This means that a sick bird or chicken is often much more critical than we can see. For surgical procedures we reduce stress and provide the best pain management options for them to help ease recovery.
A tumor (or mass) is an abnormal growth of tissue which can be either benign (a localized growth that does not tend to act aggressively and tends to not spread to other areas) or malignant (a cancerous growth with the potential to spread to other areas of the body). Due to the potential of any abnormal growth to be cancerous it is often recommended to surgically remove the growth if it is growing rapidly in size, changing shape or color, in an area of high motion that could affect the pet’s ability to move comfortably, causing pain or irritation to the pet, or bothering the owner.
Bumblefoot refers to a sore that can develop on the bottom of your bird’s feet and is often caused by problems with perch size or surface texture. Bumblefoot sores can range from very small to large painful and infected wounds. Surgery involves cleaning the wound, applying specialized bandages, and in some cases surgically closing the area.
Some female birds can have difficulties laying eggs or an egg may become stuck internally (referred to as egg binding). Sedation or anesthesia is often needed to allow the bird to relax so that the egg can be gently removed without overly stressing the bird. An egg bound bird can quickly become a medical emergency if not caught early.
"Dr. Heintz was so gentle and compassionate with our dog. The vet tech was so kind and understanding with all of the questions that I asked her. They made me feel comfortable with the decisions that we made for Maddie."
- Faye D., Algoma