Research Your Avian Vet Before an Emergency Occurs
Before you take your bird to an Avian Vet make sure you read up on them. If you can't find any information other then a facebook page and a Vet place that sponsors them out of their office, still look somewhere else. My budgie Brittany was sick for a couple of days. She was still eating and also moving around the cage a bit. When I noticed she sat down there for awhile I called the vet and their next available appt wasn't for another 2 days and they only take walkins on Saturday, I made the appt for Thursday. I was kind of frantic and called another place. This is what happened. They said they do and that she also has a mobile vet service and would come to me. I called to see if she could see my bird and told her I didn't have a lot of money but wanted to do what i could to see what's wrong with her and to make her comfortable. When i talked to her she asked me to bring the bird in and I said Ok. I asked her how much it would cost. She told me the exam would be $65.00 I said okay.
I arrived at around 5:35pm My Budgie was at the bottom of the cage with rapid breathing and very very fluffed (signs of a dying bird)
She also had a swollen bald bottom. I was thinking maybe egg bound.
The vet takes her out the cage and looks at her bottom.
She said she didn't think my budgie was eggbound and told me she was going to give her an x-ray and rushed out the room, didn't ask if I wanted an x-ray just took her off and supposedly did it.
I was told she did an X-ray and that no egg or mass was visible, indicated she gave Brittany an antibiotic and a cloaca lube. She discussed none of this with me prior to taking the actions.
I was charged $85 for an exam I was told would be $65 and then received additional charges for the X-ray, antibiotics, etc.
Brittany died around 2am that morning.
Please always research your vets prior to any emergency that arises.