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Do You Care for a Beak? Beak Care in Birds

The beak is used for eating, preening (cleaning feathers), defence, and communication, among other things. Since the beak is a multi-purpose tool for birds, helping them perform necessary actions, it is important to keep it healthy.

A bird’s beak constantly grows throughout its lifetime. It is made of bone and keratin (which is a component of human hair and nails). In the wild, the majority of birds wear down their beak during various activities, which prevents overgrowth. Birds in captivity may not wear their beaks enough to counteract the growth as they are not exposed to as wide a variety of food and surfaces. Just like human nails, these beaks may need to be trimmed.

What else could cause beak issues?
Overgrowth of the beak may be caused by something other than normal growth. It is why your veterinarian needs to conduct a thorough examination and history. If your veterinarian finds an underlying cause of the overgrowth, they will discuss the specifics of how to address it.

  • Malocclusion – this is when the upper and lower parts of the beak do not line up correctly. It can be due to a genetic abnormality or injury.
  • Improper Diet – nutritional imbalance (low vitamin A) may cause an overgrown beak. Please refer to our avian diet post for specifics on feeding your bird.

How does an overgrown beak affect the bird?
An overgrown beak may prevent the bird from eating normally. It can lead to weight loss and other health issues. If the beak is not corrected, the overgrowth can progress and cause further beak deformities (such as malocclusion).

Beak Trimming
It is NOT advised to trim your bird’s beak at home. It should be performed by a trained professional, your veterinarian, after evaluation of the patient. Special tools are used to trim/grind down the beak to the desired size and shape.

Home Care
What can you do at home to help promote a healthy beak?

  1. Propper diet – the majority of the diet consisting of formulated pellets, few (if any) seeds.
  2. Provide a variety of perches – varying size and texture (no sandpaper). It will allow your bird to wear down their beak and nails.
  3. Provide a variety of toys – this provides entertainment, as well as wear down their beak.
  4. Monitor for any changes in colour, shape, or symmetry and contact your veterinarian with any concerns.

Written by: Dr. Nicole Mann, DVM

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.857.4271. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. We are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital