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Reduce Pet Bird Vet Costs

A tip to reduce vet costs for your bird – prevention

By Susan Chamberlain

Reduce bird vet costs
Reduce bird vet costs by reducing risk of disease and injury. 

Why does the cost of veterinary care seem to fluctuate so greatly? Laurie Hess, DVM explained that geographic location plays a part. “Like any other service or product, the cost of living varies in different areas, and it’s reflected in the cost of veterinary care in certain areas.”

Cost also depends on the vet’s degree of specialized care offered. An avian vet’s services might be different than that of a practitioner who has little experience with birds. Equipment, services offered and the degree of continuing education all factor into cost. Board certification and years of experience take the level of knowledge further still, according to Hess.

Prevention Pays
You can cut vet costs by reducing risk of disease and injury. Keep your bird properly fed and its environment clean and stimulating. Even simple things such as washing your hands before you handle your bird can help. Prevent injuries by bird-proofing your house. Keep your bird out of the kitchen, turn ceiling fans off when your bird is out of its cage, and supervise other pets and children when they’re near your bird.

Remove houseplants and dangerous objects from beak-reach, and refrain from using bird-harsh chemicals and cleaning products in your home. Check cages and bird toys frequently to prevent injuries. A little prevention will pay big dividends when your bird passes its annual physical with flying colors.


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Dr Laurie Hess? Thee Laurie Hess the birds and exotics bird doctor from Bedford New York? I know her she treated one of my budgies last year but he died because he had a kidney tumor :(
Anonymous, Anonymous, NY
Posted: 1/4/2011 4:14:37 PM
Great information to know.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 3/21/2010 8:49:51 AM
I think this was a great article with most of all the mishaps that could happen to your bird mentioned. But there is one other thing that should be added to the list, and that is not to let your bird have unsupervised time with another bird that could hurt him or her like what happened to my green cheeked conure. I had all my birds in the cage when I left to go our for an hour and when I came back home Dixie was hurt. I had one of those side by side cages and my red moluccan lory was in the side next to Dixie. Somehow my lory must have grabbed Dixie through the bars and took off her lower mandible. It was a real nightmare for me as it happened on a weekend night and there were no vets available til Monday. I suggest that you keep watch on all your birds when you have them out and make sure the ones that don't get along with each other are separated. Now Dixie is on meds for the rest of her life and she had to relearn how to do all her tricks again. She and two of my other conures and my mom's jenday perform for all kinds of events and programs. That was ten years ago and Dixie is doing great now except I have to dremel her beak down every week or two as it now grows above her upper beak as there is no leverage on the bottom anymore to keep it growing normally.
Rose, Marstons Mills, MA
Posted: 8/23/2008 4:57:37 PM
good article.
mary, ptld, ME
Posted: 6/19/2008 2:30:02 AM
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