On 9/19/06, Kallie wrote:
> What is generally recommended to be done for conures on
> their first vet check? I just purchased my first conure
> and I've scheduled a vet check but unfortunately there are
> no true avian vets anywhere near me. I found one vet who
> does work with birds regularly though and he told me that
> the vet check can be as basic or as complex as I want.
> What tests should I ask to have done? Any advice you all
> can offer is appreciated.
Kallie, generally for a well bird check-up the vet should
weigh your bird, do a general physical exam which includes
checking his eyes, nares, vent, mouth, and feather condition
and perform a fecal gram stain test. This is a basic check
up. Since this is a new bird you may opt for blood work
which would involve a CBC to check for anything abnormal.
You can also have specific tests run for psittacosis, beak
and feather disease and polyoma if you desire. Good luck
with your new baby.