Keep your pet bird healthy.
Birds hide symptoms of disease until they are very ill. In order to survive in the wild, birds must keep a normal appearance or they will be picked off by predators. As bird owners, we must be able to recognize early symptoms of illness. Any change in appetite, vocalization, activity, and droppings should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian.
Your bird needs yearly veterinary check-ups just like your dog or cat. Most people are surprised that their seemingly healthy bird has heart disease or infection. Careful observation by the pet bird owner can greatly reduce the number of life-threatening emergencies. Specific education and training are necessary to treat these unique animals. Only 130 veterinarians in the world are designated bird specialists by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Frank was the first Avian Specialist in Arizona, and one of only three veterinary bird specialists statewide.