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What to Look For In an Avian Vet

Finches, like all other pets, need good preventive veterinary care. You need to find a good avian vet that you feel comfortable with. A good veterinary can help guide you on the best care for your birds, helping guide you regarding diet, exercise and housing. Just as you would do with a new puppy or kitten, you need to take your new birds to a vet within three days of your purchase. Make sure you buy your birds from a breeder that provides a health guarantee so that if there are any unforeseen health issues with your new birds you will have the option of returning the birds.

The vet you choose will be one of the most influential people in your bird’s life, so choose wisely. It’s important that you establish a relationship with you new vet soon after you purchase your birds so that they too can get to know you bird making it easier for both of you to recognize any behaviors in the future that could be signs of illness.

It is imperative that you make sure your birds are healthy before you bring them home because some bird illnesses can be transferred to humans. To help you find an avian vet you can contact the Association of Avian Veterinarians or the American Federation of Agriculture. There may also be a local bird club in your area that can assist you in finding a good avian vet.

When looking for a vet make sure the vet you choose specializes in avian medicine and that they are familiar with the kind of birds you own. They should be willing to spend some time with you should you have questions that need answering. I suggest staying away from vets that dictate to you then rush you out of their office. Also, as silly as this sounds, make sure your vet actually enjoys working with your animal. It is so important that your vet is able to provide a calm and comforting environment for your birds. Make sure you know what your vet’s emergency procedures are. If you have an emergency with your birds after your regular vet closes, you need to know what you should do and where you should take them.

Your birds should have a general check up within three days of your purchase, after that they should have yearly checkups. These check-ups are necessary to ensure that any possible health problems are caught early before they can become a serious health problem for your birds.

Good, regular veterinary care is one of the responsibilities you take on as a finch owner.