Avian Medicine and Surgery

We advise yearly visits to the veterinarian for your avian pet. During their yearly check up, we will perform a complete examination, include your bird’s beak, nails, feathers, and a parasite check. Some birds require more frequent examinations. Note: a bird that doesn’t groom itself correctly and exhibits a ruffled, unkempt look, is often a sick bird and should be examined as soon as possible by a veterinarian.

Wing Clipping

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Wing clipping is performed on birds to inhibit their flying abilities. It is a non-painful procedure that ensures the safety of your bird in its environment. A bird that has had it wings trimmed will no longer be at risk of flying into a ceiling fan or into a window. There are several techniques available to preserve the aesthetic appearance of your bird. Please call to discuss this option further or to set up an appointment.

Toenail Trims

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Most birds require their nails to be trimmed on a regular basis. Trimming the nails of birds too short can be detrimental to the bird. Blood vessels inside the nail are easily ‘nicked’ during the trimming process. Be careful if you perform this procedure at home. We suggest it only be performed at home if you have a small bird with white nails. We also suggest you have a readily accessible ‘caustic’ agent available to use if the nail begins to bleed. Alternatively, bring your bird to us on a regular basis and we will trim or grind away the appropriate amount of nail.

Note: Do not use sandpaper perches! They do not wear down the nails and they can cause skin problems.


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Determining the sex of many birds can be very difficult and in some cases, impossible, if relying solely on physical appearance. Laparoscopy is a reliable technique whereby your bird’s internal sex organs are inspected. During the procedure, the bird is anesthetized and a small incision is made in the skin to allow a small camera to visualize the bird’s internal sex organs. Recently other methods of sexing that are less invasive are also available but maybe somewhat less reliable. Please feel free to consult with us about these procedures.

Beak Trims

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Beaks grow continuously and healthy birds wear their beaks evenly. Some birds develop problems with their beaks and require veterinary assistance to trim and grind the beak to a normal functioning appearance. Do not attempt to trim your bird’s beak at home.