Preventive Care and Check-Ups
Do you bring your bird or exotic pet to the veterinarian for regular check-ups? You should! It’s important for all pets to receive annual physical examinations and preventive check-ups. Dog and cat owners provide these for their pets, and bird and exotic pet owners should do the same.
At the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics, we recommend annual wellness examinations for all pets, including:
- Guinea pigs
- Sugar gliders
…and more. Birds and exotic pets have very specific needs when it comes to their nutrition, housing, and socialization/behavior, and annual wellness examinations are perfect times for you to review your pet’s specific needs with our veterinarians who are trained specifically in care of birds and exotic pets.
What a Wellness Examination Consists Of
At a wellness examination, our veterinarians and staff teach you the specifics of bird and exotic pet care, including:
- Proper diet
- Cage set up
- Environmental requirements such as temperature, light, and heat
- Nutritional supplementation
- Aging changes
- Species-specific behavior
- Enrichment and foraging
...and more, in effort to help keep your bird or exotic pet as healthy as possible.
Our team will also help you by discussing surgical recommendations (including spaying, neutering, and dental cleaning), showing you proper grooming techniques (such as nail trims for exotic pets and wing trims for birds), as well as reviewing health requirements for pet boarding at the Veterinary Center, if your pet needs to vacation with us while you’re away.
We strongly believe that preventive care is the best means of keeping pets healthy. Prevention of illness is the key to keeping costs down later and helping us identify potential health conditions early, before they become potentially life-threatening emergency situations. Please schedule your pet’s wellness checkup today!