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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-19-2011, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Questions to ask the Avian Vet

So I am planning on taking CC to the avian certified veterinarian in Philadelphia (her name is Karen Rosenthal, she also used to see my guinea pigs) sometime in the next few weeks. I am concerned because the vet I took the piggies to doesn't technically see birds, though they do wing trims. But when I took CC last time I was very unhappy with the way she was handled and the methods of the vet -- I work hard not to "force" her to do anything, and she seems to respond well to that. But the vet immediately toweled her and forced her to accept head scritches and told me that I needed to be more forceful with her. I didn't like that. I have a policy against toweling unless medically necessary and I was also unhappy with the wing clip job the vet did -- retrospectively I think CC was molting at the time and the vet complained that there were too many blood feathers to clip properly, so instead of waiting she clipped unevenly and CC has a great deal of lift (she can fly to the ceiling of my apartment) even with the clip job.

Eventually I want her to be able to be fully flighted, but for now and for training I prefer the clipping (when done properly). Also, I am concerned about her beak length and the fact that she seems to have a slightly crooked jaw, which I would like to have corrected if necessary. It looks painful to me, but the other vet said it was just calcification of her beak and nothing to worry about. Well, I worry anyway.

Is there anything else you guys suggest asking a vet for a well-birdie checkup? I do check CC's vent and, if I can, feel her keelbone and breast to be sure she's not fat or losing weight. But I'd like to make a list of things to ask the vet about because the appointment for well check-ups is $120 and I'd like to get my money's worth

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i think you have it covered you got a few things there to bring up and i think you will be good



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I hope you have a good experience with this new veterinarian. I am very happy with my avian vet. It sounds as if the well-bird check will include at least testing her feces for overgrowths in bacteria and maybe also the bacteria in her mouth - or it might be the crop they swab. I think you might want to call the vet's office prior to the visit and ask what the 125.00 gets you.


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Nanay -- that's just the fee for a standard checkup, no testing. Just a simple weigh-in and trim. *sigh* Expensive.
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That doesn't seem like a good price to me. My avian vet does fecals and mouth swabs with all well-bird checks, and the checks are less expensive than that.

The last time I took Elisa to the vet she was doing her final follow-up after she lost her toe. The vet wighed her, trimmed her nails, and listened to her heart and all of that. The fee was $15.00. (Actually, the final one of those visits was FREE, but the one before that was $15.00.)


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Good luck with the visit!

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It's not a good price at ALL, but she's the only certified avian vet I trust. The price is because she's associated with a veterinary hospital (UPenn Vet Hospital) and they can charge basically whatever they want I will see if I can't haggle a little with them about the tests they do. I've taken guinea pigs and gotten more for the money, so we'll see.

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$15 D:
thats so cheap! vets are expensive...

nanay im moving whereever you live lol i'll take $15 any day, i can afford that with my pay!

but i can understand the price popcorn's vet is asking... because they can. makes it so hard for people on low incomes. my fiance thinks id be a bad vet if i ever became one. id treat every animal even if the owners had no money lol says we'd be broke



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who cares if your broke!!! at least your helping the animals!! xD
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to see an avian vet here with no tests is R600

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I think I normally pay like $45for just a standard checkup... Over 100 is really high.. Do u have any way of traveling somewhere else maybe? But I guess with gas prices it might not be cheaper to travel.... It is really hard to find a good AV , good luck!

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Corey -- unfortunately I have no car and no method of transportation besides the local public transport, which obviously doesn't get me to other veterinary offices. So I pay the price
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