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Rio's checkup

So we took Rio in for his first checkup.
He is at 70 grams and the vet said she'd like to see him gain another 5 to 10 grams. I know they had a limited diet at the petstore but I am confident we can fatten him up a bit! Also not sure if he ever got much in fruits and veggies. He is getting them here though! His favorite so far is Cucumber.

We also has his nails trimmed up while there too. I did get a bit frustrated though. They thought I wanted to do his dna test (to confirm if he's male or female) even though i said we'd probably do it later. (It's like $150 for just the test)
When they took him to the back to trim his nails they put him under to draw blood. She wasn't listening very well and thought i said I wanted it done today. I was not happy with the Vet on our first visit.

She wasn't really that great about advice either. While I am sure she's good with birds and all but I don't think she really knew about Quaker personality.

I was hoping to get some advice on help with Rio trying to bite my youngest daughter. Same with some toys and his diet. She suggested Harrison's and had some sample packs but the treat version had ants and we didn't want to take those home.

Overall I didn't like our first visit. This vet is a bit cheaper but there's another avian vet that's just a bit farther and a bit more expensive. However there, we feel like they actually listen and have better 'people' skills. We went there with a hurt budgie in the summer.

At the vet today, I thought it was strange they wanted to put him under for a nail trim but since this was our first time, i assumed it was to help him not be stressed. So poor Rio is super groggy today. He did let me preen his head for nearly 30 minutes! He has lots of pinnies left on his head and he's such a monkey he doesn't usually sit still long. This time he was content and nearly asleep as i massaged and got some of those sheaths off the pinnies he can't reach. His head is so much softer and he loved it.

Anyway not a good first checkup for me but luckily Rio seems to be in great health just a little skinny which we can fatten him up.
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Hi Amber,
I'm sorry that you didn't like Rio's first visit at the vet.
150 Dollar for a DNA test you didn't order. Gosh, I would be upset if that happened to me.
And an Avian vet should trim the nails without bleeding.

I also decided to pay more money to get an excellent Avian vet who knows linnies very well because she kept them in the past.

I wish you and Rio that the visit at the other Avian vet will satisfy you.
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Did they do his blood from his nails? Or jugular? Or wing? Or did you not see it? Cause most of my birds do not like having it done while they're awake! If they took it from the nails, then cutting them short would really hurt so that's why he'd be put under


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Sorry you had such a bad experience at the vet with Rio. I would have refused to pay for the DNA test since you didn't want it done at that time. I've NEVER heard of a bird being sedated for a nail trim!!!

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Yeah they didn't charge me for the sedation or the blood drawn. They took him to the back so not sure where they drew from. Just frustrated me because I thought he was just getting his nails clipped in the back.
His visit was just a well bird check up and getting his nails trimmed.
They must not be paying attention when i said we'll look at doing the dna test sometime later.

He's good just a little more sleepy today than normal. He did get like a 30 minute head scratch/message though when we got home after he napped!

I don't think we'll be using that vet again. I know people make mistakes but they treated me like i was dumb because they weren't listening. In the future if my bird is sick I want a vet who listens to what I tell them and pays enough attention!

We like our main vet a lot where we take our dog but they don't have an avian vet. We are just fortunate to have a few options of other avian vets in our area that aren't too far a drive (like 10 to 15 minutes tops!) I know some folks say they will drive an hour or more just to get to the nearest birdie vet.

*Even though it won't arrive for a bit I ordered him a cool branch stand and a new toy today. The petstores near us don't have much of a selection on bird toys. Even though he won't have today I feel like I can spoil him a bit for a hard day today.
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Do you not have to sign paperwork for them to put your bird under anaestethic?

Over here you have to sign a consent form, they can not do it without.

The only bird of mine put under just for his beak and nails was Rocky, and that was after he took a chunk out the vets hand as it was a male vet as he hates men.

My Hahns had theirs done awake (though I didn't ask for nail trims!) and I always insist blood is taken from a toe nail so they don't have to be put under anaesthetic, it is very risky for birds to be put under and for a nail trim when he's a small bird and he sounds handleable, seems ridiculous.
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Do you not have to sign paperwork for them to put your bird under anaestethic?

Over here you have to sign a consent form, they can not do it without.

The only bird of mine put under just for his beak and nails was Rocky, and that was after he took a chunk out the vets hand as it was a male vet as he hates men.

My Hahns had theirs done awake (though I didn't ask for nail trims!) and I always insist blood is taken from a toe nail so they don't have to be put under anaesthetic, it is very risky for birds to be put under and for a nail trim when he's a small bird and he sounds handleable, seems ridiculous.
Nope no paperwork to sign. At least not at this clinic. Normally for nails they don't put them under.
We already decided we aren't going to return to them.

Rio is very easy to handle. Even when he tries to bite, he doesn't actually clamp down. Our budgie hurts worse because she actually bites down. He's a sweet gentle bird. I didn't even think the towel was necessary to look at his wings and crop etc. The only thing he hasn't let me do is flip him upside down.

Needless to say I was not impressed with this vet at all.
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I'm so sorry you had this bad experience, at least no harm came of it other than a bad time.



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I'm so sorry you had this bad experience, at least no harm came of it other than a bad time.
Yup! At least it was a well check up. I know now to go somewhere else if he gets sick. I know they don't pay attention very well and I want a vet who listens when I am telling them about my bird! <3
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I'm also sorry to hear of your bad experience. And like Kayla said, at least no harm came out of it! Hopefully, whichever vet you choose to see next will do a better job and treat you better.




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I would not go back there if the service was free. Too many mistakes and dangerous ones at that (it's risky to put a bird under and should only be done when absolutely necessary). Next time you go to a vet, contact the online avian labs, they will send you a little vial in the mail which you bring with you and simply pay for the vet to take the blood sample. The dna test costs about $25 and you have the result in a few days.
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I would not go back there if the service was free. Too many mistakes and dangerous ones at that (it's risky to put a bird under and should only be done when absolutely necessary). Next time you go to a vet, contact the online avian labs, they will send you a little vial in the mail which you bring with you and simply pay for the vet to take the blood sample. The dna test costs about $25 and you have the result in a few days.
Thank you! I never knew they had that as an option! I just did a search and found a few places that will do blood or feather testing. And soooooo much cheaper!
One of the sites even sends free collection kits. Thanks again for the suggestion!
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Amber, I am sorry you had such a bad experience. Thank you for sharing it with us. I agree with the others, do not go back to that vet. I hope you find a more professional avian vet soon.


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