We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Are You Interested in a Pet Bird? Adopting a Parrot

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!

Housing

  • 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.

Feeding

Pellets:

  • 60-70% of the diet.
    Filled with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
    It helps complete your birds’ diet.

Fresh Foods:

  • 30-40% of the diet.
  • Fruits and vegetables: squash, sweet potato, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, herbs, berries, tropical fruits, and apples.
  • Cooked pasta and rice.

Enrichment

Exercise:

  • Allow flight if possible.
  • Provide at least one exercise session per day.

Mental stimulation:

  • 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.

Veterinary Care

  • 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.

Household Dangers

  • 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.

Please see our “Toxins in Pet Birds” blog post for more information.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 506.857.4271

Written by Dr. Nicole Mann

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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