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When Should I Bring My Bird to the Veterinarian?

Avian, By Species, By Topic, Care & Wellness

Birds, although kept as pets, naturally still maintain some of their instinctive wild behavior. This becomes extremely important when an owner is trying to determine the health of their bird. In the wild, birds “hide their symptoms” even though they may be sick or injured. This is because the sick birds in the wild are more prone to be attacked by predators so, no matter if they are actually sick, birds are biologically programmed to appear healthy. Pet birds will also exhibit this behavior which can make it difficult for their owners to realize that there is something wrong. By the time a bird appears sick to an owner the bird usually has been having problems for awhile.

We often hear, erroneously, that a bird must be feeling OK because he/she looks OK. This is not always true because sometimes a bird can have serious problems and still look OK. Even when the veterinarian performs the physical examination, the bird will do its best to not show all its problems. Your veterinarian can examine eyes, ears, nares, oral cavity, body condition, heart and lungs and air sacs, feet and feather condition. However, even with a complete external physical examination, the internal workings of your bird can only be assessed via blood tests which will evaluate liver, kidney, blood sugar levels, electrolytes, as well as, red and white blood cells counts. These values need to be evaluated on a yearly basis at a minimum. If abnormalities are detected, your veterinarian can help determine the frequency of repeat evaluations.

It is always sad when a bird gets ill, or worse, dies from a disease that could have been detected and treated. Bird owners should realize this detection often requires blood tests to determine the true nature of the problem.

Call CEDARCREST Animal Clinic today at 540-943-7577 to schedule a check-up for your bird.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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