Veterinary Care – New Bird Visit
“The most important visit is the very first one, and it should occur immediately after you acquire your pet bird.”
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.) Regular veterinary care is necessary in order to ensure your bird lives a long, healthy life. The most important visit is the very first one, and it should occur immediately after you acquire your pet bird. During this visit, the veterinarian will perform a physical examination and recommend various diagnostic or wellness tests, to determine your bird’s state of health and see if your pet might be harboring any diseases that require treatment.
Veterinary Care – Annual Bird Visit
It is common for people to have personal annual physical examinations or to take the dog and cat in once or twice yearly so why not the bird in your family? It is most important to have any new bird examined within the first couple of days after purchase. A routine veterinary examination is recommended at least twice annually. Your veterinarian may have very important reasons to see your bird on a different schedule so discuss it. The most important job a veterinarian has is to help ensure your pet stays as healthy as possible and hopefully never gets sick. This is called preventive medicine.
“A routine veterinary examination is recommended at least twice annually.”