Bird Care at Parrish Creek Veterinary Clinic
We have provided care for birds over the past 30 years. Dr. Folland and Dr. Echols are board certified as avian specialists by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Folland is the staff veterinarian for the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City and the Ogden Nature Center. He also treats many sick and injured birds for the Northern Utah Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Our veterinarians regularly attend seminars and read new publications to stay on the cutting edge of avian medicine and surgery. Our entire staff receives ongoing training and new information to provide your bird with the best care possible. All species of birds are welcome!
The First Visit
When you first bring your bird to Parrish Creek Veterinary Clinic a technician will take a history, anwser any questions you may have abount your bird, and discuss Dr. Folland's general recommendations. Next, an avian veterinarian will perform a comprehensive physical exam, reviewing all of the major body systems including heart and lungs, mouth, beak, feather and skin condition, etc. He will make specific recommendations for your bird. The technician assigned to your bird will discuss and demonstrate treatment techniques and will send home a binder for your to keep all of your bird's medical records. The binder will include husbandry information as specific recommendations for your bird, typed up for future reference.
Nutrition, environment, and mental stimulation are keys to your bird's well-being. Species specific dietary requirements vary from one species to another. Mental stimulation is very important for your bird's health and happiness. In general, the larger the enclosure, the better it will be for your bird. Teaching your bird to forage for his/her food is an excellent way to improve mental health. When you come in for your first visit, we will provide you with detailed information about your bird's diet, how to institute a foraging program, housing recommendations, bathing and other important information related to your bird's health.
It is not always possible to tell how a bird feels by looking at them or even with a thorough physical exam. Many birds commonly kept as pets are prey species, meaning they are a food source for other animals. As such, they tend to conceal any signs of illness as long as possible as a self-preservation instinct. A sick bird is easy prey. For that reason it is important to consider all changes noticed in a bird's behavior as potentially serious. We recommend all birds have a yearly physical including blood screening. This allows us to look passed the bird's tremendous ability to hide signs of illness so that we can detect problems early, when they are most treatable.
Baby birds and newly acquired adult birds should be quarantined(meaning separate air space such as a different room) from other birds in your home for at least three months. We may recommend specific screening for viruses such as Polyomavirus and Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease(PBFD) based on their history. We can provide more information on these and other important diseases a your appointment.
Zoonotic diseases are those that humans can contract from animals. The most important zoonotic disease of birds is chlamydia, the bacterium which causes the disease, psittacosis. It is a treatable in both birds and humans if properly diagnosed. It causes flu-like symptoms and can last several weeks in humans if untreated. We can provide more information at the clinic.
- Diet Education
- DNA sexing
- Band removal
- Nail and wing trimmig
- Corrective beak trimming
- Reproductive medicine and surgery
- In-house laboratory providing results while at the office
- Digital radiology(xrays)
- Fluid therapy, including IV catheterization and fluids
- Microsurgery and orthopedics
- Temperature and humidity controlled hospital cages
- In-house pharmacyInternal medicine