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Personalized Care for Your Bird

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Caring for your new bird is different from any other type of pet and involves certain precautions to ensure a healthy start. Your veterinarians at West Valley Pet Clinic & Avian Medical Group are pleased to offer guidance and suggestions for home bird care, including the initial isolation period, veterinary care, vaccinations, grooming, diet, and the proper home environment.

Since every type of bird has different needs and preferences–'and every bird owner does, too!–'we personalize your wellness care plan to address these variances. View a summary of our care recommendations, new bird care suggestions, for the first weeks of caring for your new bird.

Psittacine Beak & Feather Disease

One of the first things your veterinarian may do is test for Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD). PBFD is a serious viral disease of birds including cockatoos, parakeets, parrots, macaws, lovebirds, and African grays. With PBFD, your bird may be obviously sick, infected but not yet demonstrating any clinical signs, or may be a carrier of this disease. Testing involves a simple blood test.

A pet bird that is diagnosed with PBFD, or is a PBFD virus carrier, can live a long life if they are provided a stress-free environment and supportive medical care. For more about PBFD, read our informative handout on Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease.


Your veterinarian also may suggest testing for chlamydophila. Chlamydophila is an infectious disease in birds that has zoonotic potential. Birds can shed this bacterium in their droppings, which can become aerosolized and infect people–'and a bird does not have to be ill to infect the environment.

Problem Behavior in Birds

Problem behavior in birds puzzles many pet owners, and they may result from medical, environmental, or social sources. At West Valley Pet Clinic & Avian Medical Group, we are skilled in diagnosing bird behavior problems. We support bird owners in developing a course of action to address troubling behaviors, whatever the cause.

If you are struggling with problem behaviors in your pet bird, contact our clinic to make an appointment. Prior to this appointment, please complete our avian behavioral and history form online or download the form and bring it with you.

Learn more about our Avian doctors at West Valley Pet Clinic & Avian Medical Group. Our professionals offer advice addressing some common concerns of bird owners, such as: