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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Toxins in Pet Birds

If your bird is exposed to any of the following toxins, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

Teflon
Teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene) is used to make the non-stick coating for cookware. Items that may contain Teflon include pans, pots, toasters, and stoves with a self-cleaning oven feature. Hair dryers and irons may also contain Teflon. When Teflon is heated to a high temperature, vapours are emitted. Birds are very sensitive to these vapours and are likely to die acutely (quickly) when exposed, therefore, all items containing Teflon should be avoided in homes with birds. If exposed, the bird should be immediately moved to a well-ventilated area, followed by a veterinarian. Unfortunately, most birds are found dead after exposure, and those that are alive after exposure usually succumb.

Aerosols
As with Teflon, birds are very sensitive to other aerosols and vapours. Birds have a very delicate respiratory tract. The products listed below are examples of products that should never be used in a home with birds. If they are accidentally exposed, they should be immediately moved to a well-ventilated area and be brought to a veterinarian if breathing does not quickly return to normal.

Heavy Metals
Heavy metals can cause damage to the nervous system and the gastrointestinal system. Signs that you may see include imbalance, seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea. Examples of what metal can be found in include paint, wire and zippers, and old toys. It is important to prevent birds from chewing on any object that is not specifically ‘bird safe.’ Treatment at a veterinarian is essential for exposed animals. It is important to communicate with your veterinarian about any possible exposure at the time of presentation so that an appropriate treatment plan can be created.

Avocado
Avocado contains a fat-soluble compound called persin. This compound is harmless to humans but can be very dangerous to birds, even in small amounts. Persin is found in all parts of the avocados, bark, and leaves. Signs can be seen as quickly as 30 minutes after ingestion and may last up to 30 hours. Signs include weakness, depression, problems breathing, and death.

Caffeine
Caffeine can be toxic to birds, even in small amounts. Do not allow your bird to even take a lick of any substance containing caffeine (pop, coffee, tea, etc). Exposure can cause increased heart rate, hyperactivity, and even cardiac arrest/death.

Chocolate
Chocolate contains caffeine (see above). Chocolate can also cause vomiting and diarrhea in birds. Avoid giving birds any chocolate.

Written by: 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