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Avian services in Fairbanks AK
Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital
425 Harold Bentley Ave.
Fairbanks, AK 99701

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Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am - 6pm
Sat: 8:30am - 5pm
Sun: 10am - 4pm

Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital Treats Pet Birds

Parrot Vet Care

Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital

Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital is proud to be the only veterinary hospital in the Fairbanks area that has a long history of providing excellent care for pet birds. Parrots and other birds are very different from dogs and cats and other exotics, and it takes special attention to care for them. For this reason, only some of our veterinarians see birds. One of our veterinarians, Dr. Hayden Nevill, sees only birds and is a long-time member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.
Some of the avian veterinary care services we offer include:

  • Annual preventative-care physical examinations
  • DNA sexing
  • Professional wing clipping and nail trimming
  • Medically-appropriate beak trimming
  • Diagnostic testing including radiographs (x-rays), endoscopy, blood tests,  skin tests and biopsies
  • Surgeries for growth removal, fractures and internal problems
  • Medications and supplements tailored to the needs of your bird
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Habitat and husbandry counseling

We Would Love to Meet Your New Bird!

If you have recently acquired a new bird, we recommend you have your new bird examined within one to seven days of purchase. This exam will ensure the bird’s overall good health, and we will discuss nutrition and behavior issues at your first appointment. Because birds can carry infections and spread them easily between themselves, it is very important to keep any new bird completely separated from your other birds until it is examined.

Annual Examinations are Very Important for Pet Birds

All pets benefit from being seen by us on an annual basis for a preventative-medicine, or wellness, exam, but for birds this exam is particularly critical. In the wild, birds must appear very healthy in order to stay with their flock and be protected from predators. As a result, pet birds are experts at hiding signs of illness, often even when they are critically ill.

An annual exam gives us the opportunity to identify subclinical, or hidden, changes to better assess your bird’s health status. Almost every seemingly-healthy pet bird has nutritional or other problems that can be identified on examination by a skilled avian veterinarian. And once these abnormalities are identified, they can be addressed to improve your bird’s health.

The annual examination is an important time to discuss with the veterinarian any questions you have about your bird. We will make recommendations for diagnostic testing, nutrition, behavior and other health topics. Our goal is to make sure you have the information you need to ensure a healthy and happy life for your pet bird.

Microchipping

Microchipping is a safe form of permanent identification that we recommend for birds. Leg bands are not recommended for long-term use because, even if the bird has lived with a band for years, it can become tangled in a toy or the cage bars. A bird’s leg can be very severely damaged by a leg band accident. We recommend having your bird’s leg band removed and having a microchip placeed at the same time.

Microchips are placed as an injection from a needle. The procedure is slightly different in birds than in mammals, and it is usually performed with a very brief episode of anesthesia. In most cases, a microchip can be implanted during the annual exam. Microchipping and registration in a national database gives you a reasonable chance of finding your bird again if it gets away, gets stolen, or has to be temporarily housed at a shelter during a forest fire or other emergency.


Emergencies

If your bird exhibits signs of illness, please call right away. In most cases, a bird that looks sick should be seen the same day. Learn to recognize signs of a sick bird, and also recognize things that are abnormal for your bird in particular. Some signs of illness in birds include:

  • Changes in behavior such as decreased activity level
  • Decreased or otherwise changed vocalization
  • Decreased appetite
  • Diarrhea or abnormally-colored droppings
  • Too much fluid in the droppings
  • Fluffing up
  • Sitting on the floor of the cage
  • Straining to lay an egg
  • Coughing, sneezing or abnormal breathing sounds
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Regurgitation
  • Changes in water intake
  • Weakness
  • Bleeding
  • Seizures
  • Sudden-onset of feather picking or other feather-damaging behavior

The veterinarians and staff at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital are pleased to be able to offer medical care for your bird as well as recommendations for behavior, nutrition and housing. Please give us a call today to set up an appointment for your feathered family member!