Our veterinary team can provide generalized care for pocket pets, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats, and cosmetic care only for birds. Cosmetic care for birds includes beak, wing and nail trims. Services for these pets are provided by appointment only. We are not equipped to provide emergency or critical care for pocket pets or birds, and will refer this care to local exotic pet specialists.
Grooming for Birds
In order for your pet bird to feel great and remain healthy, there are certain cosmetic procedures that should be performed when needed.
For all pet birds, we recommend wing clipping and beak trimming. Wing clipping helps birds avoid dangerous situations in your home. For example, indoor life poses new dangers for birds, such as windows, doorways, ceiling fans, ovens, and toilets. With clipped wings, your pet bird will have limited access to these perils. Also, birds are usually less aggressive and more reliant when their wings are properly clipped.
Beak trimming is important because if the beak grows to be excessively sharp or misshapen, your bird can cause injury to you, other animals or itself, and have difficulty eating and drinking.
Experts at Hiding Illness
Most exotic pets are experts at hiding illness. This is why regular examinations are necessary. When your exotic pet is receiving consistent care and evaluation, there is a better chance for illness to be detected early on.
Here are common signs of illness that you should watch for:
- Behavioral changes
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
If your exotic pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call us for a referral.