A trip to the avian veterinarian

Once a year as a preventive measure it’s a good idea to visit the avian veterinarian to get a check up for your bird or parrot. Goldie the sun conure had her yearly checkup recently and had a bit of fun on the 10-mile journey to the animal hospital.

Goldie was placed in her travel cage with just a little bit of water and a snack. The cage was secured with a seat belt so it wouldn’t move too much during the car ride as well. While in route Goldie rocked out to music on the radio and she bobbed her head a bit and tapped on the cage. She yelled a few times too.

As soon as we walked into the vet’s office Goldie let out a welcoming loud sun conure yell. A nice older man sitting in the lobby with a little dog said, “That will wake you up in the morning.” I told Goldie to go ahead and yell if it makes you feel better. The UPS man also in the office waiting room looked up from what he was doing and smiled at us both then. We could feel all the eyes of everyone in the lobby on us too. Goldie actually wasn’t that noisy really. I think I was more nervous about the vet visit than her anyways.

Once at the counter we had to fill out a basic questionnaire to update any problems. We were asked about diet, cage size, and how much time Goldie spent outside of the cage.  All of these things are helpful to the vet in judging any changes in the bird.

Then Goldie was weighed…

Goldie doesn’t like the scale at all. The vet’s scale doesn’t have a perch like she has at home and she was reluctant to get on it. Lots of sweet talk, a silly song, and a head rub in from of the vet technician convinced Goldie to get on the scale just long enough to get weighed. If you have a problem weighing your bird, one of Goldie’s friends suggests leaving a treat on the scale too.

The vet, listened to Goldie’s heart beat with a stethoscope, felt her breast bone, and basically looked her over. The vet checked her eyes, nose, and vent as well. The vet said that Goldie sure was a pretty bird.

Why have a yearly avian veterinarian checkup?

A yearly checkup may give your avian vet an advance alert about possible illnesses. Then if caught early enough, the illness can be treated and hopefully cured.

Why is your bird’s weight important?

A drop in weight can be a sign of illness. Bird’s hide illness very well, oftentimes until it’s too late. This is why a change in weight can be a warning sign of a problem.

When it was all said and done Goldie weighed 107 grams, and the doctor said she was doing great and that her heart and lungs sounded great too. Everyone remarked how pretty she looked and how shiny and bright her feathers were too. Then it was back in the car for some more head bobbing music on the way home.

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