VCA East Mill Plain Animal Hospital

Birds

VCA East Mill Plain Animal Hospital treats all species of birds from pet parrots to backyard chickens and waterfowl.  During an avian exam, our veterinarians will assess the overall health of your bird, address any concerns (including behavior), and provide consultation on diet and housing.

Wellness Exams

Yearly examinations with a veterinarian are highly recommended for all birds to ensure they are healthy at all life stages.  When bringing your bird in for an examination, it is best to bring him or her in a small carrier, cage, or box that they are used to traveling in to reduce stress while in the hospital.  Please place paper under your bird so that your veterinarian can assess the droppings.  It is important to also bring a sample of the main diet you are feeding your bird, as a nutritional consult is an important part of your bird's health assessment. 

Beak, Wing, and Nail Trims

Beak trimming (coping) is an important part of maintaining your bird's health.  Overgrown beaks are a health concern because they can make it difficult for your bird to eat and move around his or her environment.  Overgrown beaks are also more at risk for fracturing.  It is normal for captive birds (especially psittacines and raptors) to need routine beak trims because they do not wear their beak in captivity the same they would in the wild.  Abnormal beak growth can be attributed to diet or previous injury.  At VCA EMPAH, all beak trims are performed by a veterinarian. 

Wing trims are important maintenance for your bird to restrict flying activity to prevent escape and/or injury.  Depending on the species, wing trims may need to be performed yearly (waterfowl), or more frequently.  Performing wing trims at home can be dangerous for your bird, especially if the feathers are "in blood," and can sometimes make your bird appear to have a "bad haircut."  This is why our doctors and technicians are more than happy to provide this service for you and your bird. 

Feather Destructive Behavior

A national survey found that feather picking disorder in parrots was the number one presenting complaint to avian veterinarians from clients about their bird.  If your bird is a feather picker.....you are not alone!  A complete medical work-up including blood work, fecal, skin scraping, and occasionally radiographs is always recommended for the feather picking bird.  Once medical conditions have been ruled out for a cause to the feather picking, behavioral adjustments suggested by your veterinarian can be made for your bird.  It is important to remember that these adjustments take time, patience, and perseverance to be effective. 

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately.

If it is after hours please call:

1. VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital at 503-255-8139

2. VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists at 503-656-3999

3. Columbia River Veterinary Specialists at 360-694-3007

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