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Old 08-08-2016, 06:04 PM
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Hi TB! Today was 3 month old Bubbles first well birdie visit with his avian vet. I thought I'd tell you what we did so that if you are wondering why someone would take a healthy bird to the vet, I can share why our family chose this option!

Jo Ann had advised me to take in a record of daily weight checks to our first vet is it, which turned out to be very helpful. Bubbles has gone from 43 to 45 grams, so we know he's eating well and gaining weight as he's growing. I also weighed Bubbles right before the visit, and now know that our scale matches the one at the vet. That helps because if I tell her over the phone that he's losing or gaining weight, we are on the same page. She also taught me how to feel his keel bone to assess whether he's at a healthy weight for his size.

She listened to his heart and breathing, and felt for masses or problems in his abdomen. She looked him all over- his eyes, skin, feathers- checking for mites and skin conditions. She taught me how to clip wing feathers, and showed me how to recognize blood feathers.

She spent a long time talking with us about his habitat and diet. She feels that a lot of bird and exotic issues are related to inadequate care. She is a proponent of captive foraging, and spent some time talking about how to enrich his environment. She went over signs of a sick bird. We discussed perches and toys. She gave us a whole packet of reading materials with information and suggestions on all of these topics. We discussed specific ways to improve his diet and how to encourage him to eat a variety of healthy foods. She helped us devise ways to ease his nerves. She had recently returned from a conference and spent some time talking about some of the speakers she heard- avian ophthalmologists, avian experts. She discussed things very specific to birds: what substrate are we using? (White paper towels). What chemicals are we using to clean his cage? (Vinegar or peroxide solutions, with him out of the cage). We discussed proper UV lighting exposure for birds. All in all, the visit took almost an hour.

This visit cost us about $80. I know that's a huge amount of money. However, it's a lot less than making mistakes that could have been avoided and now needing emergency intervention, oxygen, overnight stays and medicines. The thoroughness of her checkup ensured that Bubbles is free of existing mites, parasites, or other conditions that could be treated early and less expensively before progressing to a life threatening (and wallet draining) issue. It also gives her a baseline to compare if any questions or changes arise. These little birds seem so small, but they work their way into our hearts so powerfully! A well bird checkup heads off a lot of preventable problems that we might have overlooked due to lack of knowledge. And that's my essay on why a well bird visit worked for me

Also: Bubbles got a clean bill of health!

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Old 08-08-2016, 06:16 PM
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Thanks for sharing little Bubbles first appointment with the avian specialist.
I'm glad the vet visit went so well and Bubbles is one very happy and healthy budgie!
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I'm glad Bubbles' first health check went well
It's always a relief to get the all clear
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I'm glad Bubbles visit went well!
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Awesome!

Sounds like a really good vet visit and check-up with nothing to worry about and some extra tips for you on Budgie birdie care *chirp chirp*

It also sounds like you have a really good avian vet.
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Thanks! It is so great to know he's healthy. She's a great vet- it's only thanks to TB that I would have known to find an avian vet. And Bubbles was SO good- he didn't bite or nip once!! We just love him
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You are a SUPER Budgie Mom!

I'm so glad you took little Bubbles in for a well-birdie check-up and want to thank you for sharing the experience with the forum members.
I'm happy sweet Bubbles is a healthy fellow and know he will continue to be under your and Alex's care.

Your Avian Vet sounds wonderful.
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Awwww- thanks Deborah! I really feel like you all on Talk Budgies give us the tools to be good budgie caretakers! I'm so grateful to all of you on this board who take time to offer encouragement and guidance. I just wanted to share so that someone like me, a new budgie lover, could see how awesome a well birdie visit can be for us newbies.
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Leslie this is an awesome Avian Vet by the sounds, Bubbles is in good hands with his Mumma and Vet.
If we strive to do the best for our budgies then I honestly feel they are one step ahead for a healthy life.
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Well Done, Leslie!!!! Your family is well on the way to a wonderful life with Bubbles. If he is nervous it is probably because he misses his flock. Keeping some pleasant music or a radio on for him will help a lot to smooth his way. I love to see Bubbles on Alex's shoulder. If he rwsists going back in the cage try using a dowel /perch as a pick up stick. and or a light weight butterfly net. Allow him to sit on them and ride around the house with Alex We got most of our nets at the dollar store. They are perfect for little guys . We have a friend in Florida who has a budgie that likes to perch on the rim of the and fall in to the net when they play. Getting Bubbles comfortable with the pick up stick will help if he gets some place and needs a rescue. Most of our Budgies just wait for the pick up stick as it represents a safe assist. Eventually Bubbles should let you do a mini vet check check looking for any abnormal lumps on wings and soft tissue. Did your vet show you how to hold and gently restrain Bubbles, with or without a small cloth to clip nails etc. It can give him a sense of being safe in the hand when needed. He will keep growing until he is about 2 years old. Your vet sounds Great. In time Bubbles will sit on the vets hand without fear. Our vet loves that he can safely hold our birds with out fear of being nipped. Blessings to Bubbles and his human flock. Jo Ann
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