Birds + Care & Wellness

  • The physical examination is a crucial part of assessing the health of a new pet bird. Avian veterinarians may perform special test along with a complete physical examination to determine the bird's true health status. The visit should also include a thorough discussion of proper nutrition, housing, care, grooming and training/socialization of your new bird.

  • Running a veterinary clinic has a lot of overhead and behind the scenes cost that many pet owners aren't aware of. Human healthcare is far more expensive and less efficient than you realize. Plan ahead and take preventive steps to help reduce treating costly problems.

  • During the spring and summer, it is not unusual to encounter a wild baby bird on the ground. Often, people respond by taking the little "orphan" home before they figure out what to do with it. This handout provides important information should you encounter a wild baby bird.

  • The purpose of clipping a bird's wings is not to prevent flight completely but to ensure the bird is unable to achieve or sustain upward flight and to prevent escape, unwanted roaming, and exposure to dangerous situations. After a wing clip, the idea is for birds to be able to flutter to the floor safely. Typically, the primary feathers are trimmed about half way from the base of the feather to the tip. The secondary feathers should not be clipped, and no feathers should be clipped shorter than midway from base to tip. While some people prefer the more cosmetic appearance when the outermost 1-2 feathers are left untouched, many small birds, like budgies and cockatiels, may fly when these feathers are left at the end. Newly growing pin or blood feathers (that retain blood in the shaft until the feather matures) will bleed quite profusely if accidentally cut. Before attempting wing clipping yourself, have your veterinarian show you exactly how to clip and the correct feathers to cut.