CVA was recently interviewed by the Long Island Herald on the topic of veterinary care for avian pets. The question was whether birds need routine checkups, and the answer was “yes” as this is the best way to avoid diseases. A vet will check for basic things, such as drastic weight changes, but will also ensure that your pet does not have parasites or abnormal bacteria.
Many veterinarians recommend checkups twice per year, but at least once a year is vital. During these routine visits, the veterinarian will perform a physical exam to evaluate the bird’s state of health through a series of wellness tests – including blood work, specialized tests for common avian diseases, fecal analysis, microbiological testing and radiological testing. During these visits, the vet will also evaluate feeding, housing, grooming and overall care and development – as with any pet or human checkup. If the bird is found to have a potential disease, the vet will provide treatment options.
If you have a pet bird and would like to give them a checkup, contact your local Central Veterinary Associates office, where a professional team can evaluate and treat them. For more information about CVA or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.