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Got an appointment booked for tomorrow morning and was wondering about which tests to take while not going completely overkill.
I am for sure getting a physical check, wet smear and gram stain tests done and if anything is found i'm considering getting a culture test done (not sure of importance) same goe's for CBC!

Then there is Psittacosis (or Chlamydophia infection) again unsure of importance if no signs are visible and was wondering if I could just preemptively treat it to save money?

Basically, getting ALL the tests done is out of my budget.. what should I prioritize?
Any info or tips appreciated!


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Re: Bella's first vet check

This can be a difficult decision! Definitely a CBC for a baseline and a fecal culture. Everything else may depend on your bird's history, association with other birds, and the guidance of your vet. Even if $$ was not a consideration, prudence would suggest not every possible test to be mandatory.

Frankly, some vets are money-grubbing while others will best advise you in consideration of limitations. A good idea is to make a list of all questions before the visit. This will enable a conversation that will assist the vet to best guide you.
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Re: Bella's first vet check

Agreeing with Scott.

Because I like to be right.

Please tell us what happens. Good luck!
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Re: Bella's first vet check

And since she is not really eating veges/pellets well and has defiencies/digestive problems these supplements should be fed for a while, also got some cultured organic beans

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Kinda feel like I got bent over tbh lol, he want's a followup in a month for more tests.. price seem's very high for the tests done, no blood/chem/major diseases... and the physical was over before I knew it started, also don't know what to think about all these supplements but on the other hand he's mentioned as one of the best here and thinks bella will change for the better and he's got all these books, own food/supp line...obviously she's worth it to me and i'll be really happy if she get's better but I guess time will tell.. ohh and money!
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Re: Bella's first vet check

Two of the images do not duplicate, but the first entry of "The Bill" is highly legible. Interesting diagnosis with copious notes. Seems the diagnosis is somewhat speculative given the lack of CBC. And that seems rather costly even considering my SoCal location! Yet it can be a crucial tool for a baseline and comparison after an illness.

I would not lightly second-guess a vet, particularly if avian certified. But I have never seen such an assortment of supplements ordered!
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So basically your saying he's either really bad or really good and I'm back to square one with still not knowing what the hell is going on lol why our little feathered friends have to be so complicated! About the supplements it's basically his own full programme for recovery of digestion, immune system and deficiencys etc for sick birds, I don't think its a permanent diet. Dr. Rob Marshall is his name btw!
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Two of the images do not duplicate, but the first entry of "The Bill" is highly legible.
I have zero idea what you just said there lol

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Yet it can be a crucial tool for a baseline and comparison after an illness.
Maybe that's a good reason he left out cbc for the next visit? currently bella is ill.
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So basically your saying he's either really bad or really good and I'm back to square one with still not knowing what the hell is going on lol why our little feathered friends have to be so complicated! About the supplements it's basically his own full programme for recovery of digestion, immune system and deficiencys etc for sick birds, I don't think its a permanent diet. Dr. Rob Marshall is his name btw!
Don't have enough background to evaluate the vet's skills. But I have never seen such an array of pills and potions recommended for a parrot!

You ought to do some independent research to confirm the wisdom of such supplements in lieu of a balanced avian diet.
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