Parrots are predators. Other creatures, such as eagles, certain types of hawks and falcons, snakes, and so on, eat them for lunch. Because predatory creatures often seek for weak or ill animals, being unwell means catching the notice of a predator.
As a result, our birds conceal their ailments for as long as possible. When we finally notice they’re not quite alright, if not sick, they’re critically unwell and should be sent to the vet right away. It is critical to have a vet you know and trust in such an emergency.
It might be difficult to locate an avian veterinarian at times. There are avian-certified veterinarians, but there aren’t many of them, and many veterinarians who aren’t qualified for birds are excellent. There are other veterinarians that claim to cure birds but have relatively few “bird patients.” I once went through the phone book and phoned every veterinarian in the region to see whether they treated birds. When I inquired how many birds were seen in the clinic on a weekly basis, the majority replied one per month or every other month. That, to me, suggests a lack of experience dealing with a severe condition.
There are several types of veterinarians available. I once brought my cat to a vet who appeared terrified of it. Later, I discovered that he trained to become a veterinarian and is doing this profession for the money, despite his fear of animals.
It is a good idea to take your bird to the vet for an annual check-up, as well as wing or nail trimming. This way, you may meet the vet and ask questions about his or her expertise and how he or she manages the bird. In addition, the vet learns to know your bird.
I know certain veterinarians who, if at all possible, do not handle their avian patients. I’ve also seen veterinarians who hug and even snuggle with them when they examine them. The technician is only called in when the vet is unable to hold and perform whatever else is required at the same time. I prefer a veterinarian that really cares about animals, particularly my birds, and demonstrates this while working on them.
You have time to locate another vet if you don’t like the vet or how he treats your bird during a checkup or trim. When the bird is very ill, there is no time to do so, and you must accompany the bird to the nearest veterinarian. We are all aware that our birds pick up on our emotions, and in this case, the last thing our birds need is to experience our distress. In the worst-case situation, you’ll have to entrust your ill bird to a vet you don’t like or trust.
Remember that veterinarians are not gods. They don’t know everything either. You spend every day with your bird and know it better than any vet could.
My birds would get vitamin A poisoning if I fed them carrots every day, according to a very skilled bird doctor. I know better, and I also know that the nutritional knowledge offered in veterinary school is really restricted, so I brought her further material on this subject. Remember that you must keep responsibility for your bird and speak out if you believe the vet is wrong or has neglected anything. This manner, you may build a friendship that benefits your bird.
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