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Old 06-10-2016, 08:51 PM
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Default Illnesses in Exotic Vet Places?

I know of a vet place where the workers and vets bring in their animals to chill all day. One has a loose cat that roams around the place. Another worker brings in their parrot(healthy) and I am just wondering are many illnesses not air borne?
Imagine if someone bought in a bird with PDD and that poor vet tech's parrot got PDD too!

Or say, that PDD bird went into an exam room. Then it's my turn to go in there just for a check up with my bird. Is the air in that exam room safe?


Or maybe I'm just paranoid?

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Old 06-10-2016, 09:27 PM
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I would suggest you ask the workers and vets at that particular veterinary clinic what precautions are taken to ensure their animals do not become infected with illnesses of the "patients" seen at the clinic.

The examination rooms should be disinfected after one animal is examined and before the next animal is brought into that room.
However, just like a human doctor's office or a hospital, there is always going to be some degree of risk of infection.

It would be beneficial for you to pose your questions to the clinic and then post the answers you receive in this thread for other members to see.
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I know of a vet place where the workers and vets bring in their animals to chill all day. One has a loose cat that roams around the place. Another worker brings in their parrot(healthy) and I am just wondering are many illnesses not air borne?
Imagine if someone bought in a bird with PDD and that poor vet tech's parrot got PDD too!

Or say, that PDD bird went into an exam room. Then it's my turn to go in there just for a check up with my bird. Is the air in that exam room safe?


Or maybe I'm just paranoid?
You're definitely not paranoid, or maybe you are, but for very good reason. I am the exact same way. While my vet's office doesn't have "loose" animals running around, I do worry about the exam rooms. I have gone in to my vet so often, especially back when we were trucking Holly back and forth for feedings, that it seemed as though I became a close part of their little family. Kinda.

Anyway, I called in the one day to see if any other birds had been seen yet, because I had no choice but a later appointment, and the sanitized the whole room for me for my birds. Now everytime I go in with them, they actually have a sign on a closed exam room door that specifies that it's reserved for me only. I have developed an excellent relationship with my flock's vet, and she actually gave me her e-mail address to be able to better get a hold of her.

My point is, it never hurts to ask questions, and tell them why you want said information. Tell them why you want to know if there's been any birds in yet. Tell them why you would like to have the room sanitized before you arrive.

It's always best to try and get the earliest possible appointment, so that the worry of other birds getting your flock sick won't be so intense. The earlier you go in, the less likely it is that another bird has already been there.

I always ensure also when I arrive that everything in the reserved exam room has been properly wiped down, as a few avian diseases can be transferred via feather dust. Scarey I know, but as long as you take the proper precautions, everything should go fine.

I always cover my chosen birds with some sort of cover, I actually use a jacket I rarely wear because it's thin enough that they won't overheat, but thick enough in colder weather that they won't get a draft. And it zips right around the vet cage! I'll have to post some pictures later of my vet cage setup for reference. No swinging toys,I only have one toy in the vet cage because it becomes cluttered and pretty difficult to get the birds out when it comes time for the examination.

Anyway, I hope this helps!!!

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I always think of the issue of picking up disease at the vet too. The standard practice in veterinary hospitals is not unlike in human facilities, where the table is sanitized and the room is made 'ready' before the next patient is put in the room.

You can express to the vet staff about your concerns, and assure it is made completely clean, but as with human establishments, you are not in a 'sterile bubble' and there is never 100% guarantee. It is considered rare that disease is picked up from the office since precautions are made, but I still sanitize the carrier, my shoes and bottoms of shoes, towel over the carrier goes straight in wash, etc. That's about all you can do.

About 10 years ago, I lost a bird who I got from a bird store to a disease (which was transferred likely from the source -from the parents, the breeder). I used to be SO extremely paranoid after that as you can imagine, that it was literally taking away much of the joy of owning birds. It took years for me to relax a bit and just be 'normal'. I take precautions the best I can nowdays, but I don't strain with what is out of my control.
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I noticed that you said there was a cat roaming around. Does this mean it is a normal vet, not an avian vet?
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Not necessarily, Tia. My avian vet is avian certified, but she, as well as other vets at the practice see other animals as well. It just depends on the practice, and the individual vet.
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