Avian Patients

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We regularly see avian patients, including chickens, for wellness care, injuries and illnesses. As prey animals, they hide illnesses until severely ill and can no longer put up a false-front of health. In the wild, they would be picked out by predators if they showed any signs of illness or being different.

Pet birds do the same thing. Since birds initially do not show outward signs of illness, we see all of our avian patients once a year for a comprehensive health screening to find underlying problems early before they are life threatening.

Every year we:

  • Do a thorough physical exam.
  • Check a fecal sample to assess gut flora and screen for parasites.
  • As a minimum, we check a complete blood count for early diagnosis of infections or inflammation.
  • Discuss any questions or problems with diet, behavior, and husbandry.

For current patients up to date on all wellness care, we offer wing, nail, and beak trimming and DNA sexing. Our clinic was designed and equipped with the needs of ALL patients in mind. Our surgery, pharmacy, and exam rooms all have the proper tools to treat most avian illnesses and injuries. We utilize Sevoflurane gas for procedures and we can compound medications into palatable liquids for birds. This gas is considered by many to be the safest sedation or anesthesia for birds.