The importance of regular health examinations by an experienced veterinarian
Examinations performed by knowledgeable, compassionate veterinarians are crucial for the health and happiness of your bird. Examinations are used to establish the level of health of your bird in order to meet the specific individual health care needs of your unique bird. Exams on birds should be made by someone with the experience to understand the particular needs of the bird species.
Physical examinations involve a head to tail visual and physical check of your bird. Our avian exclusive veterinarian will examine eyes, ears (yes, birds have ears too!), nares, the choanal slit, beak, feathers, wings, chest, abdomen, preen gland, legs, toes and tail. If it's possible to see or feel it, it's covered during the physical examination.
During the examination, the doctor may discuss diet, housing, grooming or behavior with you. Be sure to bring your questions! We are an excellent resource for all things bird
There are few 24-hour veterinary clinics that see birds regularly. Most veterinarians do not have extensive experience with birds. This can be very stressful when your bird is ill. To help out, we offer emergency services during regular appointment hours for patients that need to be seen right away and cannot wait for a regular appointment. Just call us at 503-635-5672.
Many birds hide symptoms until the illness is well advanced and they just can't hide any longer. If your bird is not acting like themselves, even if it's only one thing, call us to talk about it. Please do not wait.
If your bird shows signs of any of the following, even just one, seek veterinary assistance
*On bottom of cage
*Changes in eating/drinking
*Changes in droppings (more, less, odor, color, consistency)
*Changes in behavior (not acting like self)
*Discharge from nares, eyes
*Open mouth breathing
For the sake of their lives, sick or injured birds must be attended to immediately. Care must begin the moment the patient arrives at the clinic.
If you have an emergency with your bird, please call us at (503) 635-5672.
Not sure if your bird is sick? Give us a call and we'll help you figure out what to do.