Birds are much more careful to deal with than other animal species. Exams are also different because birds don’t have a diaphragm, carry feathers, and have other diseases.
Consult an avian veterinarian first for things less directly related to your pet’s health, such as clipping their claws. This way you can see how the avian vet treats your pet and thereby choose the right vet for your pet. This way your bird can also get used to the vet.
Birds must be handled with extreme gentleness and care as they are very small and delicate. Even with hasty movements, these animals can injure themselves. The ornithologist will explain to you in detail the examinations, vaccinations, the need for medication, their benefits, and any side effects.
Taking blood from birds carries a great risk. Unfortunately, it cannot be ruled out that a bird survives the blood draw unscathed. As a veterinarian, you are aware of this and only order a blood test if there is no other way of diagnosing the disease.
Extensive practice equipment is also important in order to be able to carry out all necessary examinations directly on site and to be able to evaluate the results promptly. This will give you faster information about what may be wrong with your animal, and the faster it can be treated accordingly. For example, it is advantageous if the practice directly has a laboratory for blood tests.
At AniCura there are a number of veterinarians who are very familiar with the treatment of birds. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about the health of your animal or make an appointment for a check-up.