Behavioral disorders are a frequent issue identified in companion parrots and one study revealed that 36% of owners felt their bird had a behavioral problem. Feather destructive behavior, more commonly known as feather-picking or feather-plucking, was the most common behavior problem seen by veterinarians and the fourth most common behavioral problem identified by owners. This issue can result from both medical and behavioral causes.
We offer full veterinary, boarding, and grooming (beak, wing, and nail trims) services for pet birds. 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.
Biting is one of the most common behavior problems noted in pet parrots.
To ensure the health of your bird and the safety of your household, Arizona Exotic Animal Hospitals and Colorado Exotic Animal Hospital recommends the following Wellness Program:
Birds can injure themselves quite easily in the typical household. It is important to "bird proof" your home so that you lessen the chance of serious accidents.
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 as well as after hours.
Since other emergency hospitals are not exclusive exotic pet practices and possibly do not treat these types of pets, the doctors and staff may or may not be capable of providing emergency care for your pet so please call ahead.
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.
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".