Top Toxins to Pet Birds

  Exposure to toxins is a serious problem in companion birds due to several factors including their size, anatomy and physiology, and inquisitive nature.  Often owners are unaware that certain substances can be toxic to their birds or unsure of the source of the toxin in their home. Lead Lead poisoning has historically been the most common … [Read more...]

My Bird Laid An Egg… What Do I Do?

It is usually quite the surprise to parrot owners when their pet  lays an egg, especially if they thought it was a male, or if it lives without a mate.  Just like with production chickens laying eggs for consumption, any single bird will become reproductively active and can lay an unfertilized egg during its life in captivity.  This article will … [Read more...]

Why did my bird suddenly die?

One of the most heartbreaking scenarios is when a client calls to inform us their beloved companion bird suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.  Usually this phone call comes with some of the most difficult questions: Why?  How could this have happened? Did I miss the signs of illness? Is there a problem in my home?  Of course, there is no way for … [Read more...]

What should you expect at your first/annual wellness exam with your bird?

Bringing your bird to an avian veterinarian every year is vital to the long-term health of your pet. Even if your bird appears to be perfectly healthy, there is tremendous value in allowing our doctors and staff to perform a physical exam and to educate you on the best ways to care for your bird. As with humans, yearly exams are the best way to … [Read more...]

Why does my rabbit have head tilt?

Here at The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine, we treat many rabbits with varying degrees of a head tilt. Sometimes the symptoms are mild and the rabbit’s head will slightly tilt to one side. Other symptoms are severe and rabbits will roll and spin in circles, not able to distinguish what is up or down. There are many reasons why this happens … [Read more...]