Birds have a very complicated sinus system (a part of the respiratory tract) with lots of interconnecting air pockets that can readily get infected. Infections can start in one site and move through the sinus system to attack most areas of the skull. A severe infection means that many affected birds will die without treatment.
We offer veterinary, boarding, and grooming (beak, wing, and nail trims) services for most birds, especially large birds such as parrots, macaws and cockatoos. Veterinary services include thorough examinations specific for avian patients. We provide diet and nutritional counseling specific to your pet. Testing of blood, feces, and other samples can be performed to look for diseases and other causes of illness. We can perform many tests on patients as small as parakeets. We can perform endoscopy to look inside birds to look for certain problems that do not show up on X-rays, ultrasound, or other testing. If your bet needs surgery, we have special tools and equipment specific for avian patients. We have deslorelin implants available to manage chronic egg laying and other reproductive problems. We have climate controlled incubators with oxygen for critically ill patients.
Below are resources we've gathered that relate to birds and bird ownership. Drill down into specific breeds for more detailed information.
Scaley skin is a common problem in captive birds. On the feet the skin may appear as a white powdery to flakey substance, or develop a thick build-up of dry yellow material. On the body beneath the feathers you may see a spiderweb of dry skin, sometimes with patches of yellow or tan crusts. Scaley skin can be caused by a variety of problems. An imbalanced, particularly one that is low in vitamin A or ones that have an imbalance of
When a bird is very ill, it is often recommended that a “hospital cage” be created at home to provide an optimal environment for recovery. It is best to have a designated cage for this before an illness occurs in order to be well prepared. Your veterinarian will make specific recommendations for you based on your individual birds problem but the following information is often adequate for most basic at home hospital cages.
Endoscopes are small "telescopes" that are used to have a look at the internal organs of an animal. Just as a veterinarian does a thorough physical examination of the outside of the body, the endoscope allows a veterinarian to do the same sort of examination of the bird's internal organs to assess their health. This is extremely helpful to determine an underlying cause for many illnesses that elude detection through bloodwork and other routine diagnostic labwork.
If your bird is not acting right or appears injured and you are unsure of the severity of the condition, it is always best to contact us immediately. We are able to accommodate emergencies during regular business hours.
If we are closed, we recommend using the emergency animal clinic located at 86 W. Juniper Avenue (just off of Gilbert Road south of Guadalupe Road). Their phone number is 480-497-0222. While this clinic is not an exclusive exotic pet practice, the doctors and staff are capable of providing emergency care for your pet until we are open.
If you can't identify a plant, don't feed it to your pet!
Nurseries, agricultural extension agents, botanical gardens and arboretums, and various books and websites are available to help you identify plants. Plants often have different common names throughout the country so make sure you know the scientific name of the plant in question otherwise you might end up with the wrong information.
Pets may be sent home with liquid medications. An oral liquid medication must be given by mouth to be effective. An injectable liquid medication must be given by injection beneath the skin to be useful. Some injectable medications require that the medication is inserted into the muscle to be most effective. It is important that you understand how to read the syringes that are sent home so your pet gets the proper amount of medication at each dose.
Although this article was written for reptile, the information is applicable to all exotic pets, including rodents, birds, and other animals.
All exotic pets, even ones that appear to be outwardly healthy, have the potential to carry and spread contagious diseases that can impact the health of people. This sort of disease is called a "zoonosis", "zoonotic disease", or "zoonotic infection".