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    A Caution about veterinary care

    Today I went to the bird dealer's to get some supplies and he told me a tragic story.
    One of his customers brought her bird to a vet to get the wings and nails clipped.
    The vet left the bird wrapped in a towel for about 15 minutes. When the vet took the towel off the bird, the bird's heart gave out and it died.

    The bird dealer always does the trimming of birds' nails and wings as quickly as possible to minimize the trauma to the bird.

    If the veterinarian really knew birds, he would have known that birds have very high metabolic rate and their bodies are much warmer. Also, being wrapped in a towel is terrifying to a bird. Combine these 2 factors and it can only spell disaster.

    So, a word of caution to anyone bringing their bird to a vet: Make darn sure that the vet is an avian SPECIALIST. And, make sure that he handles the bird quickly and proficiently.

    This story really broke my heart. I hope that sharing it here may save some other bird from a similar fate.
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    Re: A Caution about veterinary care

    That's so sad. Yeah, he must have been a dog and cat vet. The vet closest to me won't even LOOK at birds, but honestly, that's probably the way it should be if you're going to end up hurting the poor thing. Very sad.

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    Re: A Caution about veterinary care

    Poor bird, that is a awful story. Thankfully I had excellent avian vets down in the valley to take my bird, they may have been a hour away but so worth it when it comes to a tiny birds care.
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    Re: A Caution about veterinary care

    Poor Baby Each time I took my fids to the avian vet, they always trimmed the wings and nails right in front of me. I never seen my vet or the technicians use a towel. Usually the tech or I will hold the fid and the vet trimmed the nails and wings. The story you shared was a heart breaker.
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    Re: A Caution about veterinary care

    I was so shocked by that story. I totally agree with you, Julia. The vet must have been a dog and cat vet.

    The main reason I posted this is that I sincerely hope that it will help new bird owners to realize why we strongly insist that birds be taken to an avian vet and not just any old vet.

    I knew a couple of vets in practice together. One claimed to be an avian vet and the other a reptile specialist. If they truly were specialists in these areas, then why in the world did they ask ME for advice on reptiles and birds????? Fortunately, they trusted me enough with birds and reptiles to give me meds in bulk since I knew how to dose. I used to rehab birds (indoors) and turtles and tortoises (outdoors). They usually came to me in pretty bad shape.
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    Re: A Caution about veterinary care

    that's terrible ! I work at a vets office where 2 doctors are avian doctors as well. We wrap them in a towel but there is a special way to hold the bird. The vets always check the face expression and color. Also if they see the bird is very stressed we unwrap the towel and let the bird relax before handling. But then again it doesn't take 15 mins to do a beak and nail trim. That vet must of used some force as well. We make sure we use VERY thin towels for that reason. Poor birdie. I don't know what id do if I was the owener. (beside be ******)

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