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Veterinary care for birds

Birds can develop many of the same medical conditions as dogs and cats as well as a variety of illnesses unique to birds. When birds do get sick, they often show few physical signs until they are very ill. If your bird is exhibiting any of the following symptoms seek immediate veterinary care.

  • Bobbing their tail as they breathe
  • Unable to perch and down on the bottom of the cage
  • Constantly fluffed with their eyes closed
  • Has to hook their beak on the bars of the cage for support

We encourage regular visits as an important way to help ensure the overall health and longevity of pet birds.

Common health issues for birds:

In general, birds tend to be healthy and hardy pets. Most often what we see here at Oswego Veterinary Hospital include:

  • Traumatic injuries from cat or dog bites
  • Flight injuries
  • Blood feather trauma
  • Fractures or accidents involving the cage or toys
  • Respiratory disease
  • Feather picking
  • Chronic egg laying
  • Parasitism

Annual exams including periodic fecal and blood tests are important in order to diagnose and treat disease early.

Our team is dedicated to helping birds live longer, healthier lives

Birds can have very unique needs. Oswego Vet can provide guidance about proper nutrition, training, hygiene, grooming and how to facilitate social interactions with other pets and family members.

Schedule a visit for your feathered friend!


Aviary nutrition, nail trims and more!

Our veterinarians can determine if your bird is healthy and at a good body weight, as well as discuss methods to make any necessary dietary transitions. We’ll evaluate your bird for beak or wing trims and provide when necessary. We can also trim your bird’s nails, or teach you how to trim them at home.

Helpful links to avian health: