Parrots and Small Birds
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.
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
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.
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.