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Old 03-25-2019, 04:00 PM
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First vet visit

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We have our first vet appointment coming up for George in April. I was told he would be anesthetized for his visit. Is this normal? I have never taken a bird to the vet before so I have no idea whats common practice. Hes getting his blood work done, his test for psittacosis, and a nail trim.

The great debate on whether to clip his wings is also on the chopping block. I'm strong on the not doing it... however, others are considering it because hes become a bit of a jerk. Likes to fly at you sometimes its for a shoulder ride...other times its to dive bomb you. (hes a working progress, and your typical I want to be a one human bird)

Thoughts, advice, suggestions?
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:18 PM
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Re: First vet visit

No, anesthetisation is not common procedure at all. I would seriously call and ask your avian vet why your bird would need that. Blood work, beak and nail grooming, even x-rays - all can be done without sedation. It can be quite risky as birds are more sensitive and can easily pass away, even with an experienced vet. I've only been ok with Cairo going under sedation because he was seriously dying and the only way presented to me was to sedate him to put a catheter port in. Other parronts are a bit more relaxed, but we've had cases where the birds don't make it.

As for wing clipping, it's entirely up to you. I'm on the no-clip, but that's largely because of Cairo's history and upbringing (a free-flyer since he fledged).

I do forget, though, how old is George? If he's still practicing flight, then maybe let him practice a bit more for confidence and good, healthy exercise before you clip. If he's a mature adult who is not going to grow anymore in size (or ego ), then you should be ok to clip him healthwise. As far as I'm aware, Amazons don't pluck when clipped (apparently ekkies are known to start plucking when they get clipped).
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:20 PM
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Re: First vet visit

I have never heard of putting a bird under for a checkup. I would RUN in the other direction to find someone that knows what they are doing.

IF on the other hand there is some GOOD REASON for this it should be explained up front.

My opinion is the Vet just wants to avoid getting bitten and putting a bird under for any reason is very delicate and risky.
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:27 PM
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Re: First vet visit

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Hey everyone,

We have our first vet appointment coming up for George in April. I was told he would be anesthetized for his visit. Is this normal? I have never taken a bird to the vet before so I have no idea whats common practice. Hes getting his blood work done, his test for psittacosis, and a nail trim.

The great debate on whether to clip his wings is also on the chopping block. I'm strong on the not doing it... however, others are considering it because hes become a bit of a jerk. Likes to fly at you sometimes its for a shoulder ride...other times its to dive bomb you. (hes a working progress, and your typical I want to be a one human bird)

Thoughts, advice, suggestions?
Run the other direction, a good vet won't put a bird under due to risks involve if not needed? No that not normal for the exam part and blood work part, or nail trim.

Now for PBFD psittacine, or ABV tests then yes as skin has to be tested as well.
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Re: First vet visit

My CAV put Sunny under because she was not really that tame and in a fair amount of pain at that time- and a pissed off macaw can do some serious damage.
(and she was stil suffering from a broken wrist at the time, the vet- not Sunny- so it was safer for everyone.)

I am not sure how feisty George is?
But I can imagine thats why they opted for a slight "damper on things"/ usually full anaesthesia is not necessary, they can just give him the nosedrops to relax him if he cannot be handled the way he is.

If "knocking a bird out" is the norm... run away!
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:46 PM
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Hey everyone,

We have our first vet appointment coming up for George in April. I was told he would be anesthetized for his visit. Is this normal? I have never taken a bird to the vet before so I have no idea whats common practice. Hes getting his blood work done, his test for psittacosis, and a nail trim.

The great debate on whether to clip his wings is also on the chopping block. I'm strong on the not doing it... however, others are considering it because hes become a bit of a jerk. Likes to fly at you sometimes its for a shoulder ride...other times its to dive bomb you. (hes a working progress, and your typical I want to be a one human bird)

Thoughts, advice, suggestions?
Run the other direction, a good vet won't put a bird under due to risks involve if not needed? No that not normal for the exam part and blood work part, or nail trim.

Now for PBFD psittacine, or ABV tests then yes as skin has to be tested as well.

Thank you everyone,

Yes he will be tested for psittacosis along with a regular blood work up to establish a base. As far as I know he has never seen a vet in his 17 years (thats how old we were told he is but unsure) Now I am a little worried though about the being put under aspect of this visit.
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:53 PM
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Re: First vet visit

Let me rephrase this. When I made the appointment I made it very clear this was our first large bird/large bird vet visit. They simply replied with we should do these tests and he will be anesthetized for them and that I should not feed him for 12 hours leading up. After everyone's remarks I have reached out to another avian clinic although further away to see what they offer.
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Re: First vet visit

If they are wanting to do an x-ray, some vets will anesthetize..It TOTALLY depends on your bird (mine does x-rays without issue). If your bird is super scared of other people, a heart-attack is a possibility during the exam and/or blood work. That having been said, I haven't heard of a bird being put under anesthesia for a check-up (and anesthesia with a bird is risky)....You should definitely get blood-work done though...so find a vet who can do it, and consider testing for other diseases like PDD/PBFD etc (just while you are at it, as these can be asymptomatic, but are contagious).

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Re: First vet visit

OMG skip these guys...12 hours of non-food is ridiculous!
(thats dogs and cats-times, not birds! Even ferrets are allowed to eat till a few hours before.)

A simple blooddraw should not require a full anaesthetic (even if they do a cloaca-swap instead of bloodtest for psittacosis -> just toweling the bird should be enough!) unless the bird is non-tame and really freaking out.

Mine got the full knock-out gass because the nosedrops did not have enough effect/ calm her sufficiently. They always try the less harsh way first.
(The greys just get held by hand and blood is taken from the neck, no toweling needed.)
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Re: First vet visit

Thanks everyone. Totally at a loss on what to do now! The other avian clinic in our state won’t take new clients at this time 🤦🏻*♀️ They referred us to a veterinary college and said maybe they can help us. I call them tomorrow.
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