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My budgies have never been to an avian vet, simply because I couldn't find one. I have now found on that is in the city that is a little over an hour away, compared to my usual vet thats about 10 minutes away. I know that it is recommended to see an avian vet, however the vet clinic I go to is very avian savvy. They have to be because they get a lot of wild life and exotics there. I'm just wondering if going to see my regular vet will suffice or if I should try to make the trip to take them to the avian vet. If I had a reptile or some kind of small animal, I wouldn't be taking them to a different vet even though they are considered exotics, because my current vet is savvy with exotics and I haven't found any vets that specifically treat exotic animals. So if I wouldn't take an animal like that to a separate vet, do I need to take my budgies to an avian vet rather than my avian savvy clinic?

One red flag I did notice btw at my last vet visit was that the vet didn't believe me that my girl petal was a female, because she had a pale blue cere, he thought that meant for sure that she was a male.

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The avian vet that I used when I had my budgies, were the most reputable around this area and thought one of my girls was a boy. If your local vet is bird savy and consult's with avian specialist's when needed, you will be fine barring any complicated issues.....
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A regular vet can most likely see a bird, but depending on what you are visiting for depends on what would be best for your bird.
I would say more common bird problems like trimming nails and things the normal vet would do. If you were worried that budgie was ill, I'd want to go to an actual avian vet.

The vet not knowing the sex of the bird was the bird savvy vet?
It might be worth emailing the vet clinic and asking them what experience they have with birds and what they can treat? If you had an emergency situation, it would be good to know where you needed to go for help, rather than having to call both to find the one who could treat your budgie properly.
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A regular vet can most likely see a bird, but depending on what you are visiting for depends on what would be best for your bird.
I would say more common bird problems like trimming nails and things the normal vet would do. If you were worried that budgie was ill, I'd want to go to an actual avian vet.

The vet not knowing the sex of the bird was the bird savvy vet?
It might be worth emailing the vet clinic and asking them what experience they have with birds and what they can treat? If you had an emergency situation, it would be good to know where you needed to go for help, rather than having to call both to find the one who could treat your budgie properly.
The vet just didn't know how to sex young budgies really. He went by the blue for males and brown for females rules. I did talk to the vet prior to bringing my birds there since I had, had bad experiences with other vets who honestly treated me like I was stupid for bringing a budgie to the vet. The vet I go to is also connected to a full animal hospital that treats a range of animals including birds and exotic animals. They're also happy to do blood tests for my budgies.

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Before I had my avian vets that I have now, one problem I've found repeatedly over the years is that too many "all species" vet offices will welcome birds when they have absolutely no business doing so. Many don't have enough bird knowledge, but they'll gladly take your money anyway.

One I went to when Robin was young (he's 22 now ) I'll never forget. It was literally so bad that they were afraid to hold him (didn't know how to use a towel) didn't know how to clip nails, and wanted to know if I can do it myself while they somehow restrain him. I do it nowdays, but that's not the point . I forgot what we were there for, but it was something that shouldn't have been too advanced, yet they were completely incompetent and intimidated. That was one vet who definitely should have said "no, we don't see birds at all." Unfortunately not even all Avian vets are necessarily "good".

Of course an exotics vet or one who can confidently say they treat birds would be fine if you don't have an avian vet within driving distance. And of course any vet (except the one mentioned above ) would be better than being left at home when seriously injured or ill. Good luck finding a good one .
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Before I had my avian vets that I have now, one problem I've found repeatedly over the years is that too many "all species" vet offices will welcome birds when they have absolutely no business doing so. Many don't have enough bird knowledge, but they'll gladly take your money anyway.

One I went to when Robin was young (he's 22 now ) I'll never forget. It was literally so bad that they were afraid to hold him (didn't know how to use a towel) didn't know how to clip nails, and wanted to know if I can do it myself while they somehow restrain him. I do it nowdays, but that's not the point . I forgot what we were there for, but it was something that shouldn't have been too advanced, yet they were completely incompetent and intimidated. That was one vet who definitely should have said "no, we don't see birds at all." Unfortunately not even all Avian vets are necessarily "good".

Of course an exotics vet or one who can confidently say they treat birds would be fine if you don't have an avian vet within driving distance. And of course any vet (except the one mentioned above ) would be better than being left at home when seriously injured or ill. Good luck finding a good one .
Thanks, I'm quite happy with my current vet, they are very knowlegable about birds. We're out in the country so they get lots of wild birds coming through. They handled my budgies very well, gave them a preventative shot for any parasites as well as a shot of vit C. My birds get vit C in their pellets, but it's quite common for budgies owners around here at least to not give their birds pellets or veggies so they do end up with deficiencies. Also the fact that they have an in house lab and are happy to do blood tests on my birds is very satisfying as well.
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Sounds like your vet is just fine . I've had a more complicated situation before, where my 'regular avian' vet was just not able to find a solution despite exhausting several methods. He suggested I get a second opinion from an avian vet who is even more knowledgeable for the more rare instances. My regular 'avian and all species' vet is great though, and he does know way more than most all species vets. They say that about half his practice are birds.
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