Does Your Bird Have it’s Annual Vet Checks?

Do you get an annual physical check-up? Why?

Because you must ensure that you are healthy and that no illnesses or severe difficulties are forming. You can feel well and not notice the cancer in your intestines or the tumour developing in your chest. That small cough might be an indication of anything dangerous, but you won’t know until you’re examined by someone educated in recognising medical concerns.

You don’t mind that it will cost money! It doesn’t matter if it’s a family member! You act in their best interests. So you go to the doctor once a year for a physical.

Why not your bird?

When birds are not feeling well, they have a bothersome tendency of hiding. When you finally recognise that anything is amiss, it may be too late. It will almost surely cost you a lot more money in emergency expenses, and hospitalising your pet might cost you hundreds of dollars!


When you buy a bird, the first thing you should do is get it inspected. This should always be done within three days of receiving it. You should have previously sought for a competent avian vet. Remember that not all veterinarians work with birds. Many people will not even glance at them. There are just a handful avian veterinarians in my city, which is rather vast.

Prepare to respond to queries. The vet will want to know everything about your bird. This covers age and sex (if you know it), origin, what you feed it, the condition of the cage, and how long you’ve kept it. What is the bird’s general condition? How has it performed in practise? Make sure you’ve been watching your bird for a few days before answering this.

When observing the bird, try to keep your distance from the cage. Sick birds prefer to conceal evident illnesses, and if you go too near, they will conceal their diseases. Are they on the perch or on the ground? Are they eating on a regular basis? Have you noticed a shift in their demeanour? For example, if your bird regularly sings and makes a lot of sounds in the morning and then becomes silent, it might be an indication of something. Inform your veterinarian of your findings.

There are several ailments that your bird might get. Many may be carried in on the owners’ clothing or hands.


Many health problems cannot be identified just by seeing the bird. A hands-on exam is often required, enabling the vet to examine for interior issues. I’m not sure why physicians keep probing you and asking, “Does this hurt?” However, it seems to have rubbed off on veterinarians as well.

Next, do some careful visual inspections. Keep an eye on your veterinarian! Make inquiries! This is where you start learning about how to care for your bird. What is the vet searching for when they examine the ears, skin, feathers, and vent? Allow them to demonstrate how to do these exams on your own.


Examining the bird’s droppings is one of the finest methods to discover a possible health issue. If there is an issue, your vet may determine by the colour, content, and volume of the droppings. He may inspect a sample under a microscope. He can tell whether your bird has internal parasites by looking at the sample under a microscope. Examine how your veterinarian handles this.

Prior to your visit, we suggest laying a white piece of paper on the bottom of the cage and bringing a sample with you.


You may often feel your bird to see whether it is overweight or malnourished. If this is the case, you must keep track of your weight on a regular basis. As part of the checkup, your veterinarian will weigh you. Inquire about the average weight. If there is a difficulty, get a reliable gramme scale and keep track of the birds’ progress while you work with the diet.


Depending on what the vet discovers, he may propose that specific tests be performed.

Screening for “parrot fever” using psittacosis testing. This should be done on a frequent basis, not just for your bird’s safety, but also for your own. Chlamydia Psittaci may be lethal when spread from birds to people.

Your veterinarian will most likely request a CBC Blood Test. This is a broad exam that will uncover a variety of issues. I recommend this test mostly to confirm that the bird’s nutrition is right. A CBC will determine whether your bird is deficient in particular vitamins or minerals by examining metabolic activities, as well as any organ dysfunctions.


These tests are often only available from highly trained veterinarians. Microbiology is the study of cultures obtained from the throat, vent, crop, or other tissues/fluid samples. If the veterinarian notices any particular abnormalities and wants to narrow them down, these tests will be conducted.

Radiographs are very beneficial for finding interior issues that a physical examination cannot reveal. If your veterinarian is properly qualified, he will be able to interpret the X-Ray to detect not only bone fractures, but also internal organs and the presence of foreign substances.

You should probably get your bird vaccinated while you’re there. However, it is not always essential. If you feel your bird has been exposed to a disease, you should get it tested. However, the expense of these vaccinations may make your vet appointment more expensive. Discuss this with your veterinarian and obtain his or her advice.


If this is your first bird, it is strongly advised that you ask your vet to take the time to teach you how to groom it. Observe how he does things and provide advice. Trimming the bird’s nails, cutting the wings, and smoothing the beak are all part of the process. This is a simple operation that you may do at home and should be done on a monthly basis. There is no reason why a bird owner should have to go to the vet on a monthly basis to accomplish this. Most veterinarians will readily demonstrate how to do it.

Remember that pet birds are completely reliant on you for their upkeep. This includes their medical care and health!

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