Avian Pet Medicine/Surgery

Avian medicine and surgery

Beak trims

Bird beaks grow continuously! Healthy birds wear their beaks evenly, but some birds develop problems with their beaks and require veterinary assistance to trim and grind the beak to a normal functioning appearance.

Please don’t attempt to trim your bird’s beak at home. You can hurt your feathered friend unintentionally.


It’s difficult – and sometimes even impossible – to tell whether your feathered family member is a boy or a girl just by looking at the external appearance.

Laparoscopy is a reliable technique that actually inspects your bird’s internal sex organs. During the procedure, the bird is anesthetized and a small incision is made in the skin to allow a tiny camera to view the bird’s internal sex organs.

Other methods of sexing are also available, but are somewhat less reliable.

If you’re interested in knowing whether you have a boy bird or a girl bird, give us a call to talk further about these procedures.

Toenail Trims

Just like you, your feathered friend needs his or her nails trimmed on a regular basis.

Trimming the nails too short can be harmful and painful, and blood vessels inside the nail are easily nicked during the trimming process, so please be careful if you perform this procedure at home.

We suggest it only be performed at home if you have a small bird with white nails. We also suggest you have a readily accessible caustic agent available in case the nail begins to bleed.

Alternatively, bring your bird to us on a regular basis. We can safely and easily trim or grind away the appropriate amount of nail.

Note Do not use sandpaper perches! They do not wear down the nails and they can cause skin problems!

Wing clipping

If your avian family member spends time outside the cage – or if you’re concerned about the possibility of escape – you might consider having the wings clipped to inhibit flying abilities.

Wing clipping isn’t painful, and it helps ensure the safety of your bird in its environment. For instance, a bird who’s had its wings trimmed will no longer be at risk of flying into a ceiling fan or into a window – or out of the window into the wild!

There are several techniques available to preserve your bird’s beautiful appearance. Please call to discuss this option further or to set up an appointment.

Did you know budgies, parrots and songbirds require regular veterinary attention too?

We advise yearly visits to the vet for your feathery friends. During their yearly check up we will examine your bird’s beak, nails and feathers to determine if they require any specialized attention.

Some birds require more frequent examinations.  Note a bird that doesn’t groom itself correctly and exhibits a ruffled, unkempt look associated with its feathers is usually a sick bird and should be examined as soon as possible by a veterinarian.