Avian Care


Providing proper medical care for birds requires specialized training and skill. Birds can make unique and exciting pets, but they are much different than dogs and cats. Dr. Danner will work with you to make sure you fully understand the nutritional, behavioral and husbandry needs for your avian companion. We see a variety of different bird species including parakeets, finches, cockatiels, conures, cockatoos, macaws, doves, pigeons, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. Below is a list of some of the veterinary services we can offer your feathered friend:

  • Comprehensive wellness examinations

  • Professional wing, beak and nail trimming

  • Bird band removal

  • Nutritional counseling

  • Behavioral counseling

  • Feather picking and plucking

  • Acute and chronic illnesses

  • DNA sexing

  • Full diagnostic testing including bacterial testing, chemistries, complete blood counts, parasitology, cytology, toxicology, histopathology, etc

  • Digital radiography

  • Laser therapy

  • Microchipping

  • Euthanasia and cremation services

Bringing Your Bird to us:

Transporting your avian friend can be a stressful experience for the bird. For the safety of your pet and other pets in our office, we ask that all birds come in either a traveling cage or in a cat carrier. Larger birds like ducks, geese and turkeys can be brought in in a plastic tote or box. To keep the stress level down during travel, place a towel or blanket over your bird’s traveling cage, as bird stress levels decrease in quiet, dark places. During colder months, make sure your vehicle is warm before placing your bird in it and be sure that a towel or blanket is draped over the carrier to keep him or her warm.

Signs of Illness:

Birds are prey animals in the wild and so they have evolved to hide signs of illness to protect them from predators. Because they are experts at masking symptoms of illness or disease, we recommend that you contact us as soon as your start seeing any of the following symptoms in your avian companion:

  • Vomiting

  • Lethargy

  • Diarrhea or change in stools

  • Decreased appetite

  • Decreased water intake

  • “Fluffed” up appearance

  • Sitting at the bottom of cage

  • Change in balance, ie falling off perch

  • Weight loss

  • “Noisy” breathing, sneezing, coughing

  • Discharge from eyes, nose or mouth

  • Changes in behavior such as decreased vocalization or energy

Foods/Substances that are TOXIC to Birds: ​​​​​​​

  • Avocado

  • Chocolate

  • Caffeine

  • Salt

  • Fat

  • Onions

  • Garlic

  • Xylitol

  • Fruit pits & apple seeds

  • Heavy metals like zinc, copper & lead

  • Teflon (non-stick cooking pots and pans)

  • Oven cleaner

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