HARLEY Goes to the VET
Harley and I went to my avian vet today. He was a bit afraid of the doctor, kept wanting to get back to me (bonding already, sweet!) but the exam went well, and the doctor says he's perfect! YIPEE! The form I fill out (with a new bird) asks at least 75 questions, from his playing habits, eating, sleeping, talking, pooping, to his cage size, sleeping time, where his cage is, other pets in the house, and on and on. It's good really, and gives him a snapshot of the bird's life. I'd sure never remember to tell him all that stuff, so it's good he asks.
He also thinks Harley is a "he" and says the guy (breeder) who works part time at my bird shop, really knows his stuff and is usually right on the bird's sex.
Harley is eating ZuPreem Naturals. I asked the vet about that, and he said that his top two favorites are Roudybush and Harrison's, equally, and then ZuPreem would be third. He said it's "okay". I told him I think I'll eventually (after he settles in) try to switch him to Roudybush and he said that would be great and to take it slowly. He also said that since all the birds are eating pellets, in addition to fruit, veggies, birdy bread, etc., that no vitamins or minerals should or need to be added.
I really like this vet. He spends a lot of time with my birds and takes time to answer all my questions. The visit today was free, provided by my bird store (nice benefit). I asked the receptionist what this type of "new bird" visit normally costs, and she said $40 -- not bad at all I think! He got weighed, the doctor felt him all over, listened to his heart, looked in his mouth with a light, checked his eyes, beak, ears and did lab tests on his poop, plus answering all my questions. Not bad, right? Also, when I do have to pay, I get a 10% senior discount, just like I get at my dogs' vet. I'll take it!
Harley talked and chirped, while hanging upside down in his travel cage, all the way there and back home! What a bird! Oh yes, he says "step up" now -- mostly "UP" -- but he says it. Tomorrow will be a week that he's been home, so he's a fast learner!
He didn't seem at all traumatized when we got home, just went back to playing and chirping, so all in all, a great day!
JoAnne, Libby (2/10),Angelina (12/07), and Charley (11/10)
Also owned by Essie,Minnie & Oscar