Unfortunately, many bird and exotic animal owners only think about taking their pet to the veterinarian when it is sick. Unlike dogs and cats, many species of birds and exotic animals HIDE their illnesses until they are simply so sick that they are unable to hide it any longer. This behavior is due to the fact that many of these animals are prey species in the wild, and in the wild they must hide their symptoms or they simply would not survive.
If your bird or exotic pet is actually showing signs of illness, chances are it is VERY ill. At the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine, we understand and are well prepared to deal with these kinds of very delicate, emergent situations.
We encourage all bird and exotic pet owners to bring their animals in for a well pet visit at least once a year. We stress preventative medicine, including proper diet and husbandry. We want to ensure that your pet lives the longest, healthiest, happiest life it possibly can!
The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine offers complete medical and surgical care for birds and exotic pets, including:
Preventative care and healthy examinations – We pride ourselves on having a well-educated technical staff who can accurately and confidently teach you about the most appropriate food, housing, temperature, light, vaccinations, etc. that your exotic pet needs in order to have the best chance at staying healthy.
Post-purchase examinations – Get started on the right foot! Bring your new pet in for an initial health check. If this is a new species for your family, we'd love to have all family members and care takers included at this visit. Unlike many hospitals which seem to rush through appointments, we take the time to teach you all about proper handling and husbandry. We will answer all of your questions and you will leave with a good understanding of how to help your new pet live its best life possible. We work with several pet/bird stores and provide this "post-purchase examination" FREE with a voucher obtained when you purchase your pet. Ask your pet store if they participate in our program. If they don't, have them contact us to join in!
Geriatric care – Older animals have special needs. We recommend twice yearly healthy examinations for elderly exotic pets to help identify and treat developing health problems early.
Birdie boot camp – Do you have a stubborn seed-eating bird at home? Have you unsuccessfully tried all of the recommended tricks for getting your bird switched to a healthy, varied diet including pellets and nutritious treats? We can help! This program involves your bird staying at our facility an average of one week. We closely monitor their weight and eating habits and even step in to tube feed the very reluctant pellet eaters. This program is for birds in acceptable health, and requires a recent exam and blood work.
Grooming – We perform grooming services such as nail, wing and beak trimming. We also provide mammal grooming, often under light anesthesia, for very skittish animals or serious matting cases. All animals must have had a recent examination (usually within the last year with no health changes) by a veterinarian at our facility. The reason that we require the veterinary examination is because the stress of even simple grooming can be deadly for unhealthy birds or exotic animals. The good news is that we provide wing and nail trimming free of charge with a paid examination. Once your animal has passed a health examination, you can generally return for grooming procedures at a small cost for up to one year without needing another health examination.
Diagnostic services for illness – We have a full in-house laboratory which allows us to perform comprehensive diagnostic testing to screen for and treat disease, including blood testing and fecal analysis. We also have state-of-the-art digital radiology. This means that if your pet has an x-ray taken here, you will be able to take a CD of the images home with you. In addition, we offer echocardiography, electrocardiography, and ultrasound.
Surgery – Our facility has two surgical suites, providing comprehensive surgical care with cutting edge surgical monitoring (including electrocardiography, pulse oximetry, and blood pressure monitoring.) We perform everything from spays and neuters to more complicated procedures involving endoscopy, cryosurgery and orthopedics.
Hospitalization – The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine was specially designed to house all sick and injured patients comfortably in cages designed for exotic species. Some of our caging can provide oxygen, heat, and vaporized medication. We have specialized caging for animals weighing as little as a few grams (very small birds, frogs, fish, etc.) and specialized caging for animals weighing up to a hundred kilograms (pot bellied pigs, kangaroos, llamas, etc.). and specialized caging for animals weighing up to a hundred kilograms (pot bellied pigs, kangaroos, llamas, etc.) We designed and built our hospital with the vision that we would be able to offer all birds and exotic animals the most comprehensive medical care currently available. Patients with contagious or suspected contagious diseases are hospitalized in a separate isolation area, with its own separate air duct system to minimize spread of infection.
Dental care –Dental problems in rabbits, rodents, ferrets, and hedgehogs are more prevalent than you would imagine! We have specially designed dental equipment to surgically treat impacted and abscessed teeth. We believe in keeping your pet as pain free as possible while in our care. We monitor our patients closely to determine whether they are experiencing any discomfort, and use pain medication in all dental procedures.
Boarding – Pets can board at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine only after they have been examined and passed our high health standards. This is for your pet's protection. Visit our boarding page for comprehensive information!
House calls – We provide house calls in our service area for animals which cannot be easily transported to our facility, including fish and large mammals. Please call for pricing and details.
Emergency services – Outside of regular appointment hours, we provide emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are the only bird and exotic animal facility in the Pacific Northwest area providing 24 hour emergency services. When you choose The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine, you can rest assured that your bird or exotic pet will not be stranded or referred to a dog and cat emergency center, no matter what time of day a problem arises. The current fee for an after-hours emergency is $145.
Other services – The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine also offers DNA sexing, microchipping, and examination for domestic and international travel requiring health certificates.
- 24-Hour On-Call Emergency
- Allergy Consultation and Treatment
- Behavior Counseling
- Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatment
- Client Education Classes
- Comprehensive Examinations
- Comprehensive Geriatric Work-Ups
- Cremation Services
- Dietary Consultation
- Electrocardiography Services
- Diabetes Management
- Exotic and Pocket Pet Care
- External Parasite Prevention
- Fecal Testing
- Fluid Infusion Pumps
- Health Certificates for Travel
- Hospitalization Capabilities
- House Calls
- In-House Laboratory
- In-House Pharmacy
- Internal Medicine
- Intestinal Blockage
- Large Animal Care
- Orthopedic Services
- Nutritional Counseling
- Pain Management
- Outpatient Health Examination
- Parasite Control
- Prescription Foods
- Pre Adoption Counseling
- Prevention and Treatment Programs
- Second Option Examinations
- Specialist Referrals
- Therapeutic Services
- Titer Analysis
- Wellness Exams
- Dentistry – Basic Services Include Dental Treatments
- Diagnostic Procedures with In-House Laboratory
- Anesthesia-Intravenous and Isofluorane Inhalant Anesthesia with Monitoring Techniques