Bird Wellness Care in the Vestavia Hills, AL area
Our sister hospital, Crossroads Animal Hospital in Moody, AL, has a Board-Certified Veterinarian who specializes in veterinary care for birds, exotic pets and small mammals (“pocket pets”), Dr. Marie Rush, DVM, Dipl. ACZM. She is an expert in avian veterinary medicine. They also have a friendly and highly trained staff to provide quality care and meet the needs of your bird and would welcome you and your bird into their avian family.
Crossroads Animal Hospital offers a wide range of veterinary care for birds, including:
- Annual wellness exams tailored to both their clients and bird’s needs. They will check your bird from head to toe and examine their skin, feathers, nails, beak, and more. It is rare that birds will exhibit symptoms of illness early on, so an annual exam and necessary blood work can be critical to avoiding more serious complications.
- Nutritional Counseling. Parrots satisfy their curiosity by examining everything with their strong beak and highly flexible tongue. They chew your clothing, your fingernails, and your woodwork. Sometimes they actually distract themselves by eating real food (theirs or yours).
- Surgery, including surgical sexing
- Diagnostic testing, laboratory screening
Crossroads Animal Hospital is equipped with a full service, on-site laboratory for effective testing and rapid results. Dr. Rush is able to conduct your bird’s exam and perform diagnostic testing at their hospital, allowing her to diagnose your bird quicker and provide critical treatment without having to wait for results from outside testing facilities.
They Would Love to Meet Your New Bird!
If you have acquired a new bird, we recommend you make an appointment at Crossroads Animal Hospital within 1-2 weeks after purchase to ensure their good health. Dr. Rush will discuss nutrition and behavior issues with you at your first appointment. The telephone number is 205-640-4327.
For more information about the avian and exotic pet care offered at Crossroads Animal Hospital, please visit the exotic veterinary care section of their website.
If your bird exhibits signs of illness, please call Crossroads Animal Hospital right away; by the time you notice the symptom it probably is an emergency situation for your bird. Learn to recognize a sick bird—it is common for the first signs to go unnoticed. Usually the first signs include:
- Changes in behavior, such as decreased activity level, lethargic
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased vocalization or singing
- Diarrhea or persistent abnormal droppings
- Fluffed feathers
- Coughing, sneezing, abnormal breathing sounds
- Not perching
- Sitting on the bottom of the cage
- Crusting on legs or cere
- Feather loss or damage
- Drooped or elevated wings