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Avian Preventative Healthcare Plans

Our Preventative Healthcare Plans allow our attending veterinarians to offer a reward program, based on professional services, for completing your exotic pet’s annual preventative exam or applicable screening. Your veterinary team will evaluate your pet’s species-specific requirements, age, medical history, lifestyle, nutritional needs, and condition to create a Health Risk Assessment (HRA)—identifying your pet’s risk for potential diseases. During this evaluation, we can have a family discussion, creating actionable items for best care practices at home or condition monitoring. Our goal? To guard your pet against wear & tear diseases, or infectious diseases and allow us to manage chronic conditions should they occur. We want your exotic pet to live the best life for as long as possible!

Components of The Avian Preventative Healthcare Plan

  1. Obtain a complete history and perform a thorough annual physical examination—looking for changes in the birds body, behavior, habits, and physical appearance year over year.

  2. For medium (Cockatiel) and larger birds, establish baseline data with regular clinical testing (complete blood count, protein electrophoresis, and plasma biochemistries.

  3. Ensure proper nutrition and husbandry.

  4. Help plan for aviary health but guiding owners through proper quarantine and introduction of newly acquired birds.

  5. Perform additional testing if needed for select diseases based on the history and current physical exam findings: avian polyoma virus, psittacosis, M. ornithogaster (fecal wet mount).

  6. Annual Healthcare Planning (Based on Type, Medical History, or Lifestyle)

Pet Birds – Healthcare Planning & Care Information

Characteristics: From Canaries, to Lorikeets, to Macaws—birds are as varied and as beautiful as the host of colors that they come in and the continents that they originally called home. A rich and varied resource of information on characteristics, normal values, and husbandry can be found at LafeberVet’s website: Avian Basic Information Sheets.

Pet Birds Can Be At Risk For/Prone to: Atherosclerosis, Avian Gastric Yeast, Candidiasis (Thrush), Proventricular Dilatation Disease (Macaw Wasting Disease), Papillomatosis, Trichomoniasis, Diabetes mellitus, Conjunctivitis, Uveitis, Cataracts, Gout, Limb and Wing Fractures, Vitamin A Deficiency, Vitamin D Toxicosis, Aspergillosis, Macaw Respiratory Hypersensitivity (Macaw Asthma), Air sac mites, Cloacal Prolapse (Vent Prolapse), Egg Binding/Dystocia, Internal Ovulation/Egg Yolk Peritonitis, Tumors of the Reproductive Tract, Scaly face or leg mites, Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (Circovirus), Feather Cysts, Feather Damaging Behavior and Self-Mutilation, Broken Blood Feathers, Polyomavirus, Poxvirus, Giardia, Herpesvirus, Mycobacteriosis (Avian Tuberculosis),Psittacosis (Chlamydiosis, Parrot Fever),Clostridial Diseases, Salmonellosis, Heavy Metal Poisoning, Inhalation Toxicosis (Smoke, Teflon, etc.), Squamous cell carcinomas, Lipomas, Xanthomas, Lymphoma, Pituitary adenomas

In addition to healthcare: Plan on continuing to re-assess your pet bird’s ongoing housing needs, including enclosure sizing and hygiene, and the substrate used in the enclosure. Plan for your birds social and enrichment activities and do an annual safety evaluation to determine what kinds of inhaled or oral toxins may put your bird at risk. Evaluate sleep quality and light exposure over the course of your pet bird’s year, and discuss with your veterinarian the variety of foods, toys, and treats that are offered over an average day/week/month. We encourage you to discuss your pet birds’ natural needs and normal behaviors, versus unnatural or unhealthy behaviors to get a greater understanding of your bird’s needs and future development.

Consider the Avid FriendChip Mini Microchip system for your exotic pet if you haven't already selected a microchip service yet—their size and design is made for even the smallest of animals. Peace of mind is well worth this one-time investment.