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Vet Check - Well-Bird Check Up


I know there are differing opinions on the subject of well-bird check ups. Some people believe in having your apparently healthy parrot checked out once a year by a qualified avian vet, while others claim that taking a healthy bird into a vet office exposes them to germs they might not otherwise be exposed to. I am not going to lecture you on either. That is your choice. I am lucky enough to have a mobile avian vet that visits my house and I do have my parrots checked out once a year. But, you do what you think is right.

If you do take your bird in for a well bird check-up, here are some things that should be included:

Visual check: Looking at the ears, eyes, nose, mouth, etc. and making sure things appear as they should.

The touchy feely test: Feeling the bird to see if there are any lumps or other abnormalities the vet can feel.

Weight: Weight should be taken, in grams, every time.

Grooming: Wing and Nail trims, if needed.

Gram stain: The poop test - to make sure there are no bad things in the poopie.

Blood Work: Maybe. Possibly a chlamydia blood test and a complete blood panel. You don't have to have these done every time. Ask your vet their opinion. Sometimes the vet may recommend more specific tests. And, just for the record, the bird does not have to be given anesthesia or "put under" to take a simple blood sample.

Ask Questions: Be sure to discuss any changes in behavior, health or diet related issues.

If your bird is not acting right, is tired a lot, lethargic, isn't eating like normal, has a nasal or eye discharge, or just sits there all "poofed" out, you need to get to an avian vet as fast as you can. I mean today - not tomorrow. Better to be safe than sorry. So, repeat after me, "If my bird looks or acts sick, I will RUN not walk to my avian veterinarian." Birds generally do not look or act sick until they are REALLY sick. They can take a turn for the worst very quickly.

Finding a vet
If you do not already have an avian vet, look in your local phone directory. Give them a call and see how many birds they treat. I know of several that advertise that they treat birds but only see a few per year.

You can also use these site to find an avian vet in your area.

The Association of Avian Veterinarians - Searchable http://www.aav.org/vet-lookup/

The Association of Avian Veterinarians - more complete listing http://www.aav.org/activemembers.html

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The directory at Birds n Ways American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Certified in Avian Practice: http://www.birdsnways.com/articles/abvpvets.htm

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Fight off stress with pets – The Observer - The Observer
Fight off stress with pets – The Observer  The Observer

Dollars & Pets: Keeping pets toasty warm with heated beds - The Mercury News
Dollars & Pets: Keeping pets toasty warm with heated beds  The Mercury News

Moving with your furkid? Be sure to plan ahead! - North Platte Telegraph
Moving with your furkid? Be sure to plan ahead!  North Platte Telegraph

Pets Are Back: Biden's 2 Dogs Settle in at White House - Voice of America
Pets Are Back: Biden's 2 Dogs Settle in at White House  Voice of America

Presidential pets get a new leash on life from the Bidens - Today.com
Presidential pets get a new leash on life from the Bidens  Today.com

Pets of the Week: Johnson City | Pets | johnsoncitypress.com - Johnson City Press (subscription)
Pets of the Week: Johnson City | Pets | johnsoncitypress.com  Johnson City Press (subscription)

Martha Stewart Launches CBD for Pets - Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart Launches CBD for Pets  Martha Stewart

TikTok's "Clingy Pet Challenge" Is the Wholesome Content We Need Right Now - POPSUGAR
TikTok's "Clingy Pet Challenge" Is the Wholesome Content We Need Right Now  POPSUGAR

Memphis City Council considers proposal to ban retail pet sales - WMC
Memphis City Council considers proposal to ban retail pet sales  WMC

ATW Returns to the Skies to Bring Your Pets Home - GlobeNewswire
ATW Returns to the Skies to Bring Your Pets Home  GlobeNewswire

Paws and Effect: Pet Safety During Cold Weather - Chapelboro.com
Paws and Effect: Pet Safety During Cold Weather  Chapelboro.com

How Pets Can Help With Child Mental Health And Development - HuffPost
How Pets Can Help With Child Mental Health And Development  HuffPost

Playing with Jaws! Florida fisherman PETS 16-foot Great White shark off Tampa coast - Daily Mail
Playing with Jaws! Florida fisherman PETS 16-foot Great White shark off Tampa coast  Daily Mail

Something new. Lowcountry Pets. | News | postandcourier.com - Charleston Post Courier
Something new. Lowcountry Pets. | News | postandcourier.com  Charleston Post Courier

Nixon: Pandemic pets have positive mental health effects on college students - The Daily Barometer
Nixon: Pandemic pets have positive mental health effects on college students  The Daily Barometer

Pets of the Week for Jan. 207 2021 - The Advocate
Pets of the Week for Jan. 207 2021  The Advocate

Animal Services receives $25000 grant to support emergency sheltering for pets - Miami's Community Newspapers
Animal Services receives $25000 grant to support emergency sheltering for pets  Miami's Community Newspapers

Dog owners could face penalties for pets’ actions - WLBT
Dog owners could face penalties for pets’ actions  WLBT

St Marys woman accused of abandoning pets - WTAJ - www.wearecentralpa.com
St Marys woman accused of abandoning pets  WTAJ - www.wearecentralpa.com

Pets of the Week for Jan. 26, 2021 - WKRN News 2
Pets of the Week for Jan. 26, 2021  WKRN News 2

Critter Crusaders tries to keep up with surge of homeless pets with medical needs in Eastern Iowa - KCRG
Critter Crusaders tries to keep up with surge of homeless pets with medical needs in Eastern Iowa  KCRG

Pets killed in fire - Sandusky Register
Pets killed in fire  Sandusky Register

Talking About Pets: Staying with your pet until the end can be a challenge during COVID - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Talking About Pets: Staying with your pet until the end can be a challenge during COVID  Daytona Beach News-Journal

Henrico to offer $10 rabies vaccinations for pets Feb. 13 | The Henrico Citizen - Henrico Citizen
Henrico to offer $10 rabies vaccinations for pets Feb. 13 | The Henrico Citizen  Henrico Citizen

PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — Jan. 25 - Gwinnettdailypost.com
PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — Jan. 25  Gwinnettdailypost.com

Essential oils can be toxic to pets - WSIL TV
Essential oils can be toxic to pets  WSIL TV

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 24, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 24, 2021  Summit Daily News

Animal Doctor: Vet group lacking in pet food recommendations - Tulsa World
Animal Doctor: Vet group lacking in pet food recommendations  Tulsa World

Sacramento prepares people, pets and plants for overnight hard freeze - KTXL FOX 40 Sacramento
Sacramento prepares people, pets and plants for overnight hard freeze  KTXL FOX 40 Sacramento

'Sadly a forgotten life': More than 50 pets rescued in Pointe Coupee from neglected home - The Advocate
'Sadly a forgotten life': More than 50 pets rescued in Pointe Coupee from neglected home  The Advocate

January Launch Pad: Babies, women, pets in focus - NutraIngredients-usa.com
January Launch Pad: Babies, women, pets in focus  NutraIngredients-usa.com

Eau Claire County Humane Association Pets of the Week: Kitkat - FOX 25/48 - WiProud.com
Eau Claire County Humane Association Pets of the Week: Kitkat  FOX 25/48 - WiProud.com

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Cera - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Cera  KCBD

More than 50 pets rescued from a destroyed home - WBRZ
More than 50 pets rescued from a destroyed home  WBRZ

More than 60 pets arrive at the Oregon Humane Society from Texas - KATU
More than 60 pets arrive at the Oregon Humane Society from Texas  KATU

You may need to vaccinate your pets against COVID-19, scientists warn - BBC Focus Magazine
You may need to vaccinate your pets against COVID-19, scientists warn  BBC Focus Magazine

Spotswood Recreation Department Hosting 2021 Valentine's Day Pet Photo Contest - TAPinto.net
Spotswood Recreation Department Hosting 2021 Valentine's Day Pet Photo Contest  TAPinto.net

N.J. pets in need: Jan. 25, 2021 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: Jan. 25, 2021  nj.com

When Evictions Loom, Pets Are Also at Risk - The New York Times
When Evictions Loom, Pets Are Also at Risk  The New York Times

General Assembly briefs: 'Habitual offender' drivers, pets in the car, suicide as a crime - Richmond.com
General Assembly briefs: 'Habitual offender' drivers, pets in the car, suicide as a crime  Richmond.com

Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Sammie, Dessa & Marcella - 9 & 10 News - 9&10 News
Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Sammie, Dessa & Marcella - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for Jan. 28 - Ormond Beach Observer
Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for Jan. 28  Ormond Beach Observer

Altus artist drawing pet portraits to raise money for community - KSWO
Altus artist drawing pet portraits to raise money for community  KSWO

Get your San Antonio pets spayed or neutered for only $25 - mySA
Get your San Antonio pets spayed or neutered for only $25  mySA

Somerville Pet Adoption: Meet Lola, Mustache And Claude, Quinby & More - Somerville, MA Patch
Somerville Pet Adoption: Meet Lola, Mustache And Claude, Quinby & More  Somerville, MA Patch

How Montclair pet owners get vets' help in the pandemic - Montclair Local
How Montclair pet owners get vets' help in the pandemic  Montclair Local

Biden's dogs mark a return to the tradition of presidential pets - Yahoo News
Biden's dogs mark a return to the tradition of presidential pets  Yahoo News

Asia's First Online Pet Pharmacy Goes Live - Female Tech Founders Launch My Animal Dispensary - Yahoo Finance
Asia's First Online Pet Pharmacy Goes Live - Female Tech Founders Launch My Animal Dispensary  Yahoo Finance

Presidential pets | Columnists | beatricedailysun.com - Beatrice Daily Sun
Presidential pets | Columnists | beatricedailysun.com  Beatrice Daily Sun

Boat captain pets great white shark off Pinellas coast - WFLA
Boat captain pets great white shark off Pinellas coast  WFLA

Joe Biden’s Dogs Shepherd In New Era of Presidential Pets at the White House - The Wall Street Journal
Joe Biden’s Dogs Shepherd In New Era of Presidential Pets at the White House  The Wall Street Journal

Pets of the Week | Pets | indexjournal.com - Index-Journal
Pets of the Week | Pets | indexjournal.com  Index-Journal

Pet of the Week: 2021 pets - WTOP
Pet of the Week: 2021 pets  WTOP

Adopting instead of buying pets gets a boost from Bidens - Los Angeles Times
Adopting instead of buying pets gets a boost from Bidens  Los Angeles Times

Second Chance Pets: Piper and Rocky - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Piper and Rocky  KOIN.com

Pet Owners: Could Your Love of Pets Help You in the Stock Market? - Motley Fool
Pet Owners: Could Your Love of Pets Help You in the Stock Market?  Motley Fool

What's Best for Our Pets - WHYY
What's Best for Our Pets  WHYY

Pet care assistance being provided to Goochland residents facing financial hardship - WWBT NBC12 News
Pet care assistance being provided to Goochland residents facing financial hardship  WWBT NBC12 News

Ask The Expert: New Pets (Virtual) - wgbh.org - wgbh.org
Ask The Expert: New Pets (Virtual) - wgbh.org  wgbh.org

Pets of the week: Charlie Boy is a special dog. Croissant’s owner died and he needs a new cuddler - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Charlie Boy is a special dog. Croissant’s owner died and he needs a new cuddler  MLive.com

West Knox Co. family loses pets to house fire - WVLT
West Knox Co. family loses pets to house fire  WVLT

Toledo Humane Society rescues more than 30 pets found stacked in cages, tied to kitchen cabinets and hidden in a wall - WTOL
Toledo Humane Society rescues more than 30 pets found stacked in cages, tied to kitchen cabinets and hidden in a wall  WTOL

A Brief History of Royal Pets - Vanity Fair
A Brief History of Royal Pets  Vanity Fair

Pet deer known in Fishers for his bond with 2 husky dogs seized by DNR - Fox 59
Pet deer known in Fishers for his bond with 2 husky dogs seized by DNR  Fox 59

Pet of the Week Moozie | Pets | independenttribune.com - Independent Tribune
Pet of the Week Moozie | Pets | independenttribune.com  Independent Tribune

Meet the Royal Family's Pets, from Queen Elizabeth's Faithful Dog to Prince Edward's Tortoise - TownandCountrymag.com
Meet the Royal Family's Pets, from Queen Elizabeth's Faithful Dog to Prince Edward's Tortoise  TownandCountrymag.com

Pets, Pets, Pets - Amityville Record
Pets, Pets, Pets  Amityville Record

Pet Supplies Plus, a massive superstore for dogs, cats and more, opens in St. Petersburg - I Love the Burg
Pet Supplies Plus, a massive superstore for dogs, cats and more, opens in St. Petersburg  I Love the Burg

Changes, challenges: The not-so-secret life of pandemic pets - Associated Press
Changes, challenges: The not-so-secret life of pandemic pets  Associated Press

Pet Food Recall Is Expanded After 70 Dogs Die - The New York Times
Pet Food Recall Is Expanded After 70 Dogs Die  The New York Times

Pet Adoptions in Los Angeles Still Surging Amid Pandemic - Hollywood Reporter
Pet Adoptions in Los Angeles Still Surging Amid Pandemic  Hollywood Reporter

Pet deer known for bond with 2 husky dogs is seized by Indiana authorities - WFLA
Pet deer known for bond with 2 husky dogs is seized by Indiana authorities  WFLA

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 3, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 3, 2021  Summit Daily News

Second Chance Pets: Piper and Mija - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Piper and Mija  KOIN.com

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Gilman - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Gilman - 47abc  WMDT

Meet the New Celebrity Pets of 2021 - PEOPLE
Meet the New Celebrity Pets of 2021  PEOPLE

Pets on 2: Viewer Submission – Beasley - WCBD News 2
Pets on 2: Viewer Submission – Beasley  WCBD News 2

5 Anime Pets Everyone Wants to Adopt (& 5 To Avoid At All Costs) - CBR - Comic Book Resources
5 Anime Pets Everyone Wants to Adopt (& 5 To Avoid At All Costs)  CBR - Comic Book Resources

CBS5's Best Pet: 'Large lap dog' looks for new home, waiting at CNY SPCA in DeWitt - CNYcentral.com
CBS5's Best Pet: 'Large lap dog' looks for new home, waiting at CNY SPCA in DeWitt  CNYcentral.com

So many pets have been adopted during the pandemic that shelters are running out - The Washington Post
So many pets have been adopted during the pandemic that shelters are running out  The Washington Post

Speaking of Pets: Gadgets, gizmos and more for your pets - Vail Daily News
Speaking of Pets: Gadgets, gizmos and more for your pets  Vail Daily News

25 Cincinnati Adoptable Pets That Would Love to Snuggle The Winter Away With You - Cincinnati CityBeat
25 Cincinnati Adoptable Pets That Would Love to Snuggle The Winter Away With You  Cincinnati CityBeat

Pets | theleadernews.com - The Leader
Pets | theleadernews.com  The Leader

Hunting Grounds Pet Crematorium / Petr Hajek Architekti - ArchDaily
Hunting Grounds Pet Crematorium / Petr Hajek Architekti  ArchDaily

5 Expert Tips to Help Pet Owners Keep Their Dogs Happy, Healthy, and Warm All Winter Long - PEOPLE
5 Expert Tips to Help Pet Owners Keep Their Dogs Happy, Healthy, and Warm All Winter Long  PEOPLE

A pet-loving family is on its way to the White House - The Washington Post
A pet-loving family is on its way to the White House  The Washington Post

Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food Recall for Aflatoxin Health Risk - FDA.gov
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food Recall for Aflatoxin Health Risk  FDA.gov

Biden Will Restore White House Pet Tradition With 2 German Shepherds - NPR
Biden Will Restore White House Pet Tradition With 2 German Shepherds  NPR

Pet trade relies on 'disposable' wild chameleons from Madagascar - Mongabay.com
Pet trade relies on 'disposable' wild chameleons from Madagascar  Mongabay.com

Pet product bestsellers: Most purchased pet food and supplies we covered - NBC News
Pet product bestsellers: Most purchased pet food and supplies we covered  NBC News

Scottsdale family warning pet owners about coyotes after their dog was nearly killed - AZFamily
Scottsdale family warning pet owners about coyotes after their dog was nearly killed  AZFamily

Pricy puppy stolen from Omaha pet store - KETV Omaha
Pricy puppy stolen from Omaha pet store  KETV Omaha

Betty White Turns 99, Basks In Outpouring Of Social Media Affection And Slates ‘Pet Set’ Release - Deadline
Betty White Turns 99, Basks In Outpouring Of Social Media Affection And Slates ‘Pet Set’ Release  Deadline

How America is changing the global pet industry - Quartz
How America is changing the global pet industry  Quartz

Summersville pet shop vandalized days before opening - WSAZ
Summersville pet shop vandalized days before opening  WSAZ

Who let the dogs out at CES 2021? The MyQ Pet Portal smart doggie door did - CNET
Who let the dogs out at CES 2021? The MyQ Pet Portal smart doggie door did  CNET

What Does Pet Insurance Cover? - Forbes
What Does Pet Insurance Cover?  Forbes

How My Pet Snake Taught Me to Really See - The New York Times
How My Pet Snake Taught Me to Really See  The New York Times

A goose became a family's pet after being rescued as a baby - CNN
A goose became a family's pet after being rescued as a baby  CNN

Pet Stuff, LLC destroyed before grand opening - WVNS-TV
Pet Stuff, LLC destroyed before grand opening  WVNS-TV

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