Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Are You Interested in a Pet Bird? Adopting a Parrot
November 27, 2019
Pet birds can make wonderful companions when they are provided for properly. Taking care of a pet bird is very different than taking care of any other animal, such as a cat or a dog. In order to help you determine if owning a pet bird is the right choice for you, we have compiled some need-to-know information about bird care!
At a minimum, your bird’s enclosure should be large enough for them to stretch out their wings fully, the bigger is better!
Provide perches of varying size and shape – this promotes foot and leg health.
Provide some privacy – cover part of the cage or offer a perch cover.
Parrots are messy animals, and the cage will need to be cleaned frequently.
60-70% of the diet. Filled with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. It helps complete your birds’ diet.
30-40% of the diet.
Fruits and vegetables: squash, sweet potato, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, herbs, berries, tropical fruits, and apples.
Cooked pasta and rice.
Allow flight if possible.
Provide at least one exercise session per day.
Parrots are incredibly intelligent animals and require mental stimulation.
Spend time daily interacting with your parrot.
Provide a range of appropriate toys, including puzzle toys.
Change up your parrots’ toys frequently.
Avoid very bright toys.
Minimum once yearly veterinary visit.
Make sure you find a veterinary clinic, such as Moncton Animal Hospital, that is familiar with pet birds.
Beak, nail, and wing care can be provided by your veterinary clinic. See our “Beak Care” blog post for more information.
Contact your veterinarian with any concerns you have regarding your bird. They can be good at hiding signs of illness.
Toilets: keep the toilet cover down to prevent drowning.
Windows: decorate your windows to prevent your bird from flying into them.
Ceiling fans: never turn fans on while your bird is out.
Lights: open-top lamps can burn your bird. Use lighting that prevents your bird from landing on a hot bulb.
Teflon: overheating non-stick cookware can release fatal toxic fumes.
Aerosols: birds are highly sensitive to household cleaners, perfumes, and air fresheners.
Cigarette smoke: birds are highly sensitive to cigarette smoke.
Toxic foods/plants include chocolate, caffeine, avocado, garlic, onion.
Other animals: keep your bird a safe distance away from other household pets such as cats and dogs.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
We are allowing 1 client per pet into the hospital (up to a maximum of 3 clients in our hospital at one time). Clients are to wait in the waiting room during the exam since there is not enough space for physical distancing with the veterinarian in our small exam rooms. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Thursday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!