Avian Wellness and Surgery

Wing Clipping
By clipping your bird's feathers, you can both protect them and your home. This non-painful procedure ensures the safety of your bird in the environment its in and limits its ability to fly to avoid flying into ceiling fans, onto a counter or hot stove, or out of a window.
 
Getting a professional to clip your bird's feathers ensure that the right features are being removed without causing any irritation to their skin. If the clipping is done incorrectly, your bird could start plucking or chewing its own feathers due to the discomfort. It can also result in accidentally trimming a blood feather, something that can be life-threatening to your bird.
 
Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions regarding wing trimming or you're ready to set up an appointment.
 
Toenail Trimming
Regularly trimming your bird's nails is an important part of their grooming. We highly recommend allowing a professional to trim their nails since the process can be detrimental to your bird if their nails are trimmed too short. Cutting a blood vessel in a bird's nails can lead to excessive bleeding or something potentially worse.
 
If you decide to trim your bird's nails on your own, we only suggest doing so if your bird is small and has white nails that allow you to see the blood vessels. We also suggest you keep a caustic agent, such as styptic powder, on hand in case any of the nails bleed.
 
Perches with rough surfaces can help reduce the frequency of the nail trimming, but try to stay away from sandpaper perches. They can cause skin irritation and don't properly wear down their nails.
 
Beak Trimming
You may not know this, but bird beaks continue growing throughout a birds' lives. Although their beaks usually wear evenly, some birds can develop issues with their beaks and require veterinary assistance. If you notice discomfort relating to your bird's beak and trim it incorrectly, you can cause the bird pain and potentially prevent it from eating. Having a professional trim your bird's beak is the best option for the safety and health of your feathery friend.
 
If you have any questions about the information above, don't hesitate to give our office a call.

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