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Birds

  • Many bird owners are surprised to learn that all pets, including their birds, need an initial visit by an avian veterinarian and at least an annual checkup (many veterinarians recommend checkups at least twice a year, to allow for early detection and treatment of potentially life-threatening diseases.)

  • The underlying philosophy of all alternative medical therapies is the 'holistic' approach, in which the patient is treated as a whole being rather than as a collection of organs and parts. The patient is treated as an individual rather than as a diagnosis, and the treatment is determined by the way that he or she is responding to illness.

  • The West Nile Virus (WNV) is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito (primarily Culex species) that is infected with the virus. The mosquitoes become infected after biting birds carrying the West Nile Virus.

  • Veterinary care seems expensive. Here are some of the reasons behind the costs of veterinary care, and some things that you, as a pet owner, can do to help make it affordable.

  • In the spring and summer, it is not unusual to encounter a baby bird on the ground. The immediate response of a kind-hearted human is to take the little orphan home and then try to figure out what to do with it.

  • The purpose of clipping a bird's wings is not to prevent flight completely but to ensure the bird is unable to achieve or sustain upward flight and to prevent escape, unwanted roaming, and exposure to dangerous situations. After a wing clip, the idea is for birds to be able to flutter to the floor safely. Typically, the primary feathers are trimmed about half way from the base of the feather to the tip. The secondary feathers should not be clipped, and no feathers should be clipped shorter than midway from base to tip. While some people prefer the more cosmetic appearance when the outermost 1-2 feathers are left untouched, many small birds, like budgies and cockatiels, may fly when these feathers are left at the end. Newly growing pin or blood feathers (that retain blood in the shaft until the feather matures) will bleed quite profusely if accidentally cut. Before attempting wing clipping yourself, have your veterinarian show you exactly how to clip and the correct feathers to cut.