06-10-2016, 09:43 PM
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.
Originally Posted by pudge
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?
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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