Parrots and Small Birds

They Care About My Pet and ME!

“I brought my African Grey, Bombay, to this practice.  He is an especially fearful Grey, so I was worried that the experience would be bad.  On the contrary, the vet had him perched on his hand in no time!  He conducted the exam and was even able to get a stool specimen.  Bombay seemed to enjoy the whole experience and even got a toy to play with while in the exam room.  Thank you, Rockland.

Carol P.

Rockland Veterinary Hospitals have experience examining and treating parrots and small birds.  We’re knowledgeable, experienced, but most importantly, gentle.  Let’s get your bird on the right track to a healthy life and a stress-free veterinary visit.

 

Parrots

 

If you’re a parrot owner, you’re probably concerned how a veterinarian will keep your pet calm during his or her visit.  Rockland vets never throw a terrifying towel at a bird to keep it from biting.  We spend time with you and your bird, allowing him or her to be comfortable first, and then we invite the parrot to sit on our hand or perch while we conduct the examination.  We can conduct all necessary blood and parasite testing on birds.  If your bird requires medication, we can have one especially compounded into a tasty liquid or chew for easy administration.

 

Finches and Parakeets

 

They’re wonderful companions and we can help yours remain healthy.  Many finches and parakeets suffer from egg binding, a problem caused by calcium deficiencies.  If you have a small bird that is less active or sitting with his feathers puffed out, he or she is likely sick.  Use the responsive call button below or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you with an appointment time. Sick birds should be seen as soon as possible.

 

Nutrition

 

Too many birds eat seed–only foods.  Such a diet causes obesity and secondary issues with the birds liver and kidneys.  If you are a new bird owner, bring your pet by for an initial check up and a nutrition plan built specifically with your bird’s needs in mind. If you already have a pet bird that’s used to eating only seeds, we can help you transition him or her to a healthier diet without a lot of stress.

 

Feather Picking

 

Often associated with isolation and boredom, important medical issues can be tied to feather picking.  If your bird is plucking his or her feathers, don’t hesitate to call us. Use the phone icon or form below to get started.

 

Misting

 

All birds benefit from periodic misting with pure water.  Do not add anything to the water or use a spray bottle that has been filled with any other substance.  Slowly introduce your bird to misting by adjusting the nozzle to the finest spray setting and misting the air above the bird’s head and allowing it to gently rain down on his or her body.  Do not spray the bird’s body directly until he or she is very comfortable with the process.  In especially cautious birds like African Greys, you may have to leave the spray bottle out where the bird can see it for a few days before starting the misting process as a way to acclimate him or her to the bottle itself.

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