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 – One of the most important parts of your visit is accurately and confidently teaching 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. Remember that many exotics pets age much faster than cats and dogs, and as a result, health problems can develop and progress rapidly. For smaller exotic pets (rats, hamsters, etc.), we recommend exams every 3-6 months to help us catch health problems early before they are life threatening. For other exotic pets, we typically recommend wellness exams every 6-12 months. For pet birds and other animals that can experience stress associated with vet visits, we recommend occasionally bringing the animal in for “social calls” where our staff will give treats and make your pet feel at home so that their future visits are more relaxed. We support Fear Free veterinary medicine!
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. 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. As animals age, they often develop arthritis, cardiac disease, cancer, and other health problems. Although these diseases can be debilitating, in many cases they are treatable and medical therapy can significantly improve your pet’s quality of life. We recommend at least 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 toenail and wing trimming. 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. Once your animal has passed a health examination, you can generally return for grooming procedures for up to one year without needing another health examination.
We also provide mammal grooming on a limited basis (shaving severely matted animals, trimming hooves of potbellied pigs and goats, etc.). In these situations, anesthesia is often required to help minimize pain and stress associated with the procedure. If anesthesia is indicated, an exam will need to be performed every 6 months, and bloodwork will need to be performed at least yearly.
Beak trims rarely need to be performed in healthy birds and tortoises, but our doctors can assess your pet and provide this service if necessary.
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.
All of our patients are monitored by a trained technician before, during, and after their procedure. We provide heat support, fluid therapy, and pain management for each of our patients. Learn More.”
Hospitalization – 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 available. All of our cages are designed for your pet’s comfort and safety. 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.). 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, hedgehogs, pigs and exotic cats are more prevalent than you would imagine! We utilize digital skull radiography as well as digital dental radiography to look for hidden problems that we can address before they are visible during an oral examination. We have specially designed dental equipment to surgically treat malocclusion as well as 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! Learn More
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 be seen promptly by a veterinarian experienced in exotic animal care no matter what time of day a problem arises. The current fee for an after-hours emergency is $155
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
- Avian Medicine
- Behavior Counseling
- Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatment
- Client Education Classes
- Comprehensive Examinations
- Comprehensive Geriatric Work-Ups
- Cremation Services
- Diabetes Management
- Dietary Consultation
- Electrocardiography Services
- Exotic Mammal 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 Exotic Species Care
- Nutritional Counseling
- Orthopedic Services
- Outpatient Health Examination
- Pain Management
- Parasite Control
- Pre Adoption Counseling
- Prescription Foods
- 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