After spending a lot of time with your bird, you will learn his habits and what is normal for him. If your bird starts sleeping more than usual, sitting fluffed up or his poop changes, you should find a vet fairly soon. I rely a lot on my instinct. If your instinct says he is not acting quite right and you are wondering if you should take him to a vet, it is better to be safe than sorry. Depending on what it is, I may watch them for a day or two but sometimes if you wait it might be too late. In the wild they have to hide their sickness or they will be attacked by other birds or animals. Believe me when I say birds can hide their sickness really well. Don't take chances if you think your bird might be sick - get him to a vet.
Sometime people panic when their bird breaks a blood feather, but it usually clots on its own. If it doesn't, you can put flour or corn starch on it to help it clot. It is important to note that you should NEVER USE QUICK STOP! It is poisonous and birds can accidentally eat it when they preen their feathers. Although the Quick Stop bottle says it is safe, avian vets will tell you to only use it on the toe nails to stop bleeding caused by a nail trim. If there is a cut on the skin, only use flour or corn starch. Quick Stop can kill the tissue and make the situation worse.
Oswego Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Deb Ward DVM 590 SW 3rd Street Lake Oswego OR 97034 503-636-3001 www.oswegovet.com
I am very impressed with Dr. Deb Ward I hope you will try her out and I think you will be as impressed as I am. A very caring vet.
Sorrento Animal Hospital
Dr. Derek A. DeRose DVM 12730 SW N Dakota Street Tigard OR 97223 503-524-5029
I have known Dr. DeRose for quite a few years and he knows birds well. I have always been happy with him for my birds needs.
Dr. Janet Ewing DVM 2519 E Burnside Portland, OR 97214 503-233-5001
I met Dr. Ewing a while back when she needed supplies for a macaw she rescued I was very impressed with her. Now she is a customer but I was very impressed when I took a bird to her.
Avian Medical Center
Dr. Marley Lintner 15952 SW Quarry Lake Oswego, OR 97035 503-635-5672
Dr. Lintner is the only bird specialist in this area.
Salem Avian Vet
Dr. Eggert DVM 113 McNary Estates Drive Suite B Keizer, OR 97303 503-390-5222
I have never been to see Dr. Eggert but I have heard nothing but good things about her
St. Johns Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Dabritz DVM 4818 North Lombard Portland, OR 97203 503-289-4996
I have never been to see Dr. Dabritz but I have heard nothing but good things about her