Birds

Welcome to our birds page! Dr. Singh is experienced in medicine and surgery for all types of birds. He is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and regularly attends avian continuing education seminars.

 

Guidelines for the Preventative Care of Birds

Rainbow Lorikeet

We know that your pets are important family members in your home, just as they are in our homes. We want your pet to live a long and as healthy life. In order to achieve this health goal, routine exams and tests are a key part of our preventative health program. Although each pet has individual needs, the following guidelines have been successful in keeping birds healthier longer by discovering diseases sooner, when they are easier to treat and cure.

The wellness guidelines for all pet birds are as follows:

1. Annual physical exam. This is very important, as the doctor may notice subtle changes in your bird's condition which you may not have noticed. We will also weigh your bird, as weight loss is often the first sign of disease.

2. Fecal and choanal cytology. A microscopic examination of a swab of your bird's feces and a choanal (the slit in the roof of the bird's mouth which connects the oropharynx to the nasal cavity) sample, which can detect bacteria, yeast, fungus, parasites, or other abnormalities.

3. Microscopic blood analysis, hematocrit and total serum solids. This requires only a single drop of blood, and from this we can detect protein levels, screen for anemia, and look at the white blood cells to detect early signs of disease.

4. Review of exercise, light exposure, air quality, humidity, behavior, housing conditions, and nutritional analysis

In addition to the above, the guidelines for large birds (Amazons, Cockatoos, Macaws, African Greys, Pionus, Eclectus Parrots and other similar sized psittacine birds) are as follows:

1. Blood test for polyoma virus and PBFD (at purchase exam)

2. Annual complete blood panel

3. Annual choanal/cloacal culture and sensitivity test

4. Discuss vaccinations available with your veterinarian

 

If you have any questions about any of these guidelines, please call us at 408-736-8296.