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Wellness & Preventative Care is a Critical Component to Keeping Your Bird Happy and Comfortable

Often times birds hide their illnesses until it is too late, which makes routine physical examinations critical. By being able to identify and correct husbandry problems and find signs of early illness, we can help to prevent and treat problems earlier for your pet. All too often we see pet birds after they have been ill for weeks or months which makes treating and “fixing” them much more difficult. Earlier detection means a healthier and happier pet!

Preventative Care Also Includes

  • immunizations
  • deworming
  • consultations on correct husbandry and diet

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Overview

A comprehensive evaluation of your bird’s health from the beak all the way to the tips of their tail feathers.

By performing a detailed examination we will be looking for:

  • signs of potential problems including feather abnormalities
  • signs of feather picking
  • foot sores or signs of early bumblefoot
  • abnormal growths/cancerous masses

Evaluation of body conditioning to ensure that your bird is at a proper weight and review nutritional recommendations with you.

Behavioral questions or concerns will be discussed, and we can perform nail, beak, or wing trimming.

Routine fecal examinations are recommended to look for intestinal parasites or any changes in color or consistency  of feces which may indicate a health problem.

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Housing and Enclosure

Your bird’s enclosure should have plenty of space to move and exercise comfortably.  As a general rule the cage should be large enough to allow your bird to fully extend wings and still have room to spare. When choosing a cage make sure that it is lead and zinc free as these metals are toxic to birds.

It is also important to provide your bird with perches of different sizes (diameter) and texture to help prevent bumblefoot, foot sores.

Food and water should be easily accessible and easy to clean and change on a daily basis. If using a water bottle with a spout rather than a water dish, check bottle daily to ensure that it has not become plugged.

Toys are an important part of your bird’s environment and are essential to help entertain and enrich.  Toys should the correct size for your bird to ensure small pieces are not broken off and ingested.

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Maintenance Health Care

Just like your dog or cat, your bird needs regular maintenance care to be happy and healthy.

Common maintenance care includes nail trimming, wing trimming, and beak trimmings. We can help you decide when these services are needed for your bird.

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Below are some recommendations for suitable bird diets.

Pelleted Diet: Pellets are preferred over seed diets for most birds (exception finches and canaries) as seed diets are high in fat and can lead to health problems and obesity. Pelleted diets are also balanced for your pet bird’s vitamin and mineral needs.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Avoiding avocado, tomatoes, raisins, mushrooms, limited amount of grapes, and no seeds or pits -as these can be toxic to your bird

Nuts and Seeds: as treats or in moderation, these contain large amount of fats.  Please chose non-salted or non-flavored options. Some of the larger birds will prefer in shell nuts as it helps to keep their beak healthy by crushing the shells.

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Signs of Illness

Many exotic animals including birds often hide signs of illness to avoid being seen as vulnerable in the wild. This is why it is extremely important to closely monitor your bird for even small changes as these may be signs of an illness.

  • Fluffed or ruffled feathers
  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased activity, appears to be depressed. May be holding head and/or wings drooped.
  • Change in appearance of droppings- color, consistency, amount.

If you see any of the above signs or are concerned that your bird may be sick, please do not hesitate to call us for a physical exam and health evaluation.

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Common Health Problems

  • Feather Picking
  • Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Cancer (primarily a problem of parakeets and cockatiels)
  • Bumblefoot (sores on the bottom of feet often secondary to perch choice)
  • Egg Binding

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Chickens

A comprehensive evaluation of your chicken’s health from the beak all the way to the tips of their tail feathers.

By performing a detailed examination we will be looking for:

  • signs of external parasites including mites and lice
  • changes in coloration of comb and waddle
  • changes with feathering
  • foot sores or signs of early bumblefoot
  • abnormal growths/cancerous masses.

Evaluation of body conditioning to ensure that your chicken is at a proper weight.

Review nutritional lifestage recommendations.

Nail or spur trimming and wing trimming.

Routine fecal examinations are recommended to look for intestinal parasites, and to evaluate for any changes in color or consistency which may indicate a health problem.

What People
Have Said

"We bring our English Bulldogs to Countrycare Animal Complex for many reasons. The most important reason is trust. We know the doctors and staff will do anything and everything they can to give our dogs the best care possible. They are there to provide us with the professional yet understanding support that every family with pets should have. We wouldn't trust anybody else!"
- Chris & Erin C., Kewaunee