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.
"I am always impressed with the patient care that I experience each and every visit at Countrycare. My most recent visit was with Dr. Barr and CVT Sami, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with! The mood in the exam room was light and easy, which also was conveyed in my dog’s behavior. My questions are always answered in a way that I can fully understand, making it easier to comply with the plan of care. From the moment you walk in until the moment when you walk out, the aura of the entire facility is always warm and welcoming. The way that all of the employees carry themselves, you can tell that they enjoy what they do, and that is a direct reflection of how the company is run and the team that runs it. The care and compassion that is shown to each and every client that walks through the door is second to none. Keep up the great work, and the girls and I continue to look forward to working with your team at Countrycare! A big shout out to Dr. Barr and his continued excellence in the field of veterinary medicine."
- Grace T., DePere