Ponti Veterinary Hospital veterinarians see a variety of birds:
- African Grays
and the smaller pet birds:
and a few unusual pets like chickens, ducks and geese.
We have also treated the occasional rhea and emu!
Ponti Veterinary Hospital recommends:
- Yearly physical exams for your pet bird
- Nail, beak and wing trims as needed
- Nutritional consult
- Baseline blood work
- DNA sexing, which is (optional)
Some common symptoms that indicate possible illness are:
- Keeping to the bottom of the cage
- Sitting with his feathers fluffed up, eyes half closed, appears cold
- Not perching upright
- Decrease in normal activity, reluctant to play, sing or talk
- Droppings are very loose
If your bird is exhibiting behaviors that are not, in your opinion, normal or you have questions or concerns relating to care, you should make an appointment with the veterinarian.
Here is a list of web sites to assist you with frequently asked questions.
- http://www.companionparrot.com -- go to help and support and choose FAQ section from the drop down menu.
- http://www.africangreys.com -- for African gray parrot information.
- http://www.multiscope.com/hotspot -- HotSpot for Birds has many informative articles on the health and safety of birds.
- http://www.petcaretips.net -- choose BIRDS (although there are many other headings applicable to other pets you may have.
- http://www.parrots.org -- dedicated to saving parrots worldwide