Avian Life

Here at Broadview Animal and Bird Hospital, we have two veterinarians that care for our feathered friends.
Dr. Shaw is happy to see birds of all sizes. In addition to annual check ups and sick visits, we also offer grooming services during normal office hours. Please contact the office to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about Avian Life:

We are now offering a new service for our Avian clients!

Although routine grooming and examinations are necessary for many birds, it can be a stressful experience. We are now offering a safe form of reversable sedation that allows the veterinarian to sedate your pet for these quick procedures, and then reverse the sedation in a matter of minutes. The medication is administered by drops into the nasal cavity. Several sedation proceedures have been performed in our office without any negative reactions seen.

Ask a staff member at your next visit for more information!

Signs of Illness in Birds

Early signs of illness in birds are frequently missed by the average pet owner. In the wild, a sick bird will attempt to maintain a normal appearance as long as possible. One result of this behavior in companion birds is that by the time signs of illness are obvious, the bird may have been ill for some time. The bird that dies suddenly may be the result of failure of the caretaker to identify changes in the appearance or behavior of the bird. For this reason, owners should familiarize themselves with early signs of illness in pet birds so that any therapy and care by their avian veterinarian will have a more favorable outcome.


Droppings can be an indicator of your bird's health. Paper towels, newspaper or other smooth surfaces can be used to line the cage bottom so that the number, volume, color, and consistency of the droppings can be noted. A bird's normal droppings will vary in appearance depending on its diet. Normal Droppings: Feces (food waste material from the digestive tract) can differ somewhat in color and consistency. Diets with a high seed content usually produce homogeneous dark green feces. Birds on formulated diets normally exhibit soft, brownish feces. Urine is normally a clear liquid. A diet high in vegetable and fruit matter may increase the urine component.

Urates (creamy white waste from the kidney) are often suspended in the liquid urine or appear to wrap around the feces.


The following signs may not require emergency treatment but, because they are abnormal, any bird showing these signs should be checked by your avian veterinarian. Prolonged molt or continual presence of pinfeathers:

  • Broken, bent, picked or chewed feathers
  • Unusual or dull feather color
  • Stained feathers over nares or around the face or vent
  • Crusty material in or around nostrils
  • Redness, swelling or loss of feathers around eyes, baldness
  • Flakiness on skin or beak
  • Sores on bottom of feet
  • Lameness or shifting of body weight
  • Overgrowth of beak or nails
  • Minor changes in talking, biting, or eating habits
  • Low reproduction in breeding birds


The following signs may indicate a serious health problem and veterinary assistance should be sought at once!

  • Significant changes in number and appearance of the droppings
  • Decreased or excessive food or water consumption
  • Change in attitude, personality or behavior
  • Fluffed posture
  • Decreased vocalization
  • Change in breathing or abnormal respiratory sounds
  • Change in weight or general body condition
  • Enlargement or swelling on the body
  • Any bleeding or injury
  • Vomiting or regurgitation
  • Discharge from nostrils, eyes, or mouth


  • Don't attempt to feed an unconscious bird.
  • Don't give antibiotics, "miracle cures," alcohol or oil.
  • Don't wait to see how the bird is tomorrow.
  • DO call your bird's veterinarian!

(Avian Association of Veterinarians)