Our veterinary team can provide generalized care for small pets, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rats, and cosmetic care for birds, including, beak, wing, and nail trims. Services for these small pets are provided by appointment only.
We are not equipped to provide emergency or sick pet care for these small pets or birds, and will refer this care to local exotic pet specialists.
Experts at Hiding Illness
Most small pets and birds are experts at hiding illness, which is why regular exams are important. With consistent care and evaluation, there is a better chance to detect illness or disease early on, when it is easier to treat and manage.
Here are common signs of illness that you should watch for:
- Behavioral changes
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
If your small pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call us for a referral to an exotics specialist.
Cosmetic Care for Birds
In order for your bird to feel its best and remain healthy, certain cosmetic procedures should be performed when needed. This primarily includes wing clipping, beak and nail trimming.
Wing clipping helps birds avoid flying into objects in your home, such as windows, mirrors, ceiling fans, and other household hazards, or escaping outdoors through an open door or window. With clipped wings, your bird will have limited access to these perils. Also, birds are usually less aggressive and more reliant when their wings are properly clipped.
Regular beak and nail trims are also necessary for your bird’s overall health. An excessively sharp or misshapen beak will make it difficult for your bird to eat and drink, and overly long nails will prevent your bird from properly gripping its food or its perch. Both of these problems can also cause your bird to injure itself, other pets, or you.