Does my bird really need a check-up?
Absolutely. And a routine veterinary examination is recommended at least once a year.
As soon as you choose your avian veterinarian Menomonee Falls, the most important visit to the veterinarian is the very first one, right after you acquire your pet bird.
Your veterinarian may have very important reasons to see your bird on a different schedule so discuss it.
The most important job a veterinarian has is to help ensure your pet stays as healthy as possible and hopefully never gets sick. This is called preventive medicine.
Is Your Bird Healthy?
In the wild, birds endeavor to display a strong appearance even when sick. This is because predators will go after the weakest appearing bird in the group. By the time a bird actually shows an owner that it is unwell, it has likely or often been sick for some time. During the examination, the veterinarian may pick up subtle signs of disease. By the same token, an experienced, observant owner will be able to detect symptoms early. Early detection of illness is very important for a favorable outcome.
Is Your Avian Veterinarian Qualified to Treat Your Bird?
Make sure your bird’s veterinarian is qualified to treat pet birds. Avian medicine has become a specialized part of veterinary medicine, and most general practitioners are not comfortable or knowledgeable in avian (pet bird) medicine. Ask the doctor about his/her qualifications. At a minimum, he/she should be a member of the AAV (Association of Avian Veterinarians). Some avian veterinarians are also board-certified which means that they have undergone extra training and passed an extensive review and examination process by their peers. Being board-certified in avian medicine and surgery indicates an advanced level of experience and commitment to the profession. They have taken extra measures to ensure that they are on the leading edge of avian medicine.
You can locate avian veterinarians through the website of the Association of Avian Veterinarians aav.org.
You can locate avian specialists through the website of the American Board of Veterinary
Practitioners at www.abvp.com.
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