Birds make wonderful, fascinating companions—but they do 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. While twice per year is optimal, at a 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 air sacs
- 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 very good at hiding signs of illness or injury. Don’t let them fool you! If your bird exhibits any visible signs of illness, please call us right away—it is likely an emergency for your bird. It’s very common for the first signs of avian illness to go unnoticed, so it is important bird owners know what look for and we can help you with that.
Please give us a call today to set up a wellness appointment for your feathered pet or call us at (717) 312-5127 if you have any concerns that your bird may be ill.