Do birds need regular veterinary care?

Yes, like all pets, birds need routine checkups with their local avian specialist. Checkup appointments enable birds to get the proper preventative care they need to remain healthy and the early detection of any health concerns. They also provide the opportunity for your veterinary care team to offer guidance on your pet’s nutrition.


What signs indicate that my bird needs to see a veterinarian?

There are several signs to look out for that indicate you should take your bird to see an avian specialist. These signs include changes in droppings, difficulty breathing, not eating, feather abnormalities, abnormal behavior, or any physical changes.


Can any veterinarian treat birds, or do I need to find a specialized avian veterinarian?

While some general veterinarians may have experience with birds, it is generally recommended to seek out a veterinarian who specializes in avian care. Avian veterinarians have specific knowledge and training in bird health and can provide the best care for your feathered friend.


What vaccinations do birds need?

Birds do not need routine vaccines. However, they may benefit from specific vaccinations depending on their species and individual circumstances.


How can I keep my bird healthy at home?

To keep your bird healthy at home, the same basic human needs that we have must be met for our feathered friends. They need a healthy, balanced diet, plenty of physical and mental stimulation, good hygiene, and a clean, safe habitat.


What should I do in case of an emergency with my bird?

If you experience an emergency with your bird, remain calm and contact your avian specialist immediately. They can offer guidance on how to handle the emergency and may recommend bringing in your bird for immediate veterinary care. We recommend having your local veterinary hospital’s contact information stored on your phone in case of emergency.


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