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    Finding a Good Avian Vet

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Providing the best bird care for your pet is essential. One of the largest parts of giving good pet bird care is finding the best avian vet you can. This will benefit both you, and your bird. You may find that there are several bird vet options in your area and it is a little tricky to choose the most suitable. See the following pet bird care advice to help you to select the perfect avian vet. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    List
    First off, when searching for avian vets, compile a list of all the vets in your area. Use the internet or the local directories in order to find these.

    Call
    Now phone all the avian vets. Ask whether they have an avian vet at their surgery who can deal with birds. If the answer is no, you can strike this one off your list. If they do have one, ask if it is possible to speak to the bird vet. You may find you will have to wait for a call back, as avian vets can be busy.

    Interview
    When you get the bird vet on the phone, have a list of questions ready that you will ask. These could include:
    •    Are you trained in treating birds?
    •    How many years of bird care experience do you have?
    •    How many parrots have you dealt with?
    •    How many regular parrot patients do you currently have on your files?

    Make notes of the answers from each bid vet so that you can compare them later.

    Tours
    Once you have a shortlist of potential pet bird care offices, arrange for a tour of each one. When you arrive at each place, ask to see the area for keeping birds overnight and ensure that it is clean and safe. Check that the food is of high quality. Ask the avian vet to run you through a typical check-up. This should include actions such as weighing the bird, checking the droppings and observing behaviour.

    Choose
    These tours should have given you enough information to have made an informed decision. Choose your favourite pet bird care veterinarian and arrange an appointment for your bird. During the check-up, see that you are happy with the way the vet treats your bird. If the bird does not become too stressed and you feel it is the right choice, then you have successfully chosen.

    From then on, make sure you have bird care appointments each year.

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