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|Bird Grooming Help
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Contact your veterinarian to schedule a grooming appointment. During the grooming appointment be sure to ask for information and tips, in case you want to try it yourself at home the next time.
Imitate the Wild
Unlike the wild, caged environments tend to have only smooth surfaces. Give your bird toys that more closely imitate the rough natural surfaces found in the wild so that they have a chance to file their beak and nails more naturally.
The grooming that is necessary for birds is something that may get overlooked, since typically we don't let them constantly roam freely around our houses like with other pets. However, just because they are set on a perch safe within their cages doesn't mean that their maintenance should be any less. Just like other pets they require regular upkeep and caring attention.
To care for a bird properly, it must be acknowledged that at some point its wings and nails may need to be clipped. It's best to seek a consultation from your veterinarian before trying to take matters into your own hands or you could be left with a very unhappy feathered friend with damage to its wings, and a mess of feathers.
Your bird's beak and nails both need to be filed, trimmed and clipped from time to time. If they aren't, too long of length can be uncomfortable and harmful for their everyday living.
Clipping wings is another matter to be conscious of depending on what kind of bird you have. Not all birds can be treated in the same way due to their wing size, the amount of molting each bird goes through and what happens when their wings are clipped. Make sure you educate yourself about your bird and what type of grooming care is best to maintain, since every bird will have slightly different requirements.
If you aren't already sure about the best grooming care for your pet bird, don't postpone finding out! Your local veterinarian is more than happy to assist you in determining the best grooming habits for you and your feathered friends. Not only will proper grooming keep your feathered friend happy and looking pretty, it will also provide the necessary preventative care for the future health of your bird.
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Don't take a good vet for granted, that's what I say. I currently live in another state and have taken my 10 year old dog to numerous vets over the years (California, Colorado, Vegas, and then some). Never have I ever received the attention and care I've gotten w/Dr. Hines. Within the past 3 months alone, my dog went to 3 different vets for a horrible and painful skin problem that broke out all over her body.
The first vet: I spent more time ponying up the $175 for the visit than the Dr. spent actually looking at my dog. He performed a woods lamp exam for ringworm. Even without Google or a veterinary degree, I could tell it wasn't ringworm. Thanks for taking my money.
Second vet: "Here's some spray, now here's your bill. Bring her back in two weeks so I can charge you another visit." No tests, nothing.
Between the two, I felt like I got nowhere. No definitive answer on why this affected my dog and the medication given wasn't even for a diagnosed condition. Just some general topical spray. I could have bought it at Petsmart and saved myself the time and money.
Recently, on a visit to Idaho, I planned ahead to bring my dog to the Rupert Animal Clinic. I asked the same questions, had the same concerns and now have different results. Dr. Hines gave me options on what route to take, ran appropriate tests and communicated with me every step of the way (even calling me personally when test results came in). My primary concern was cancer. Our dog is like our child- we'll pay the money if we can keep her healthy and safe. In the future, I've resolved to bring my dog to Rupert Animal Clinic on our annual trip for all of her exams. I know she won't be treated as a little cash cow to exploit an owner's love for pets.