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Dr. Doslov with two bird patients
Caring for a pet, especially a small one, entails a big responsibility. Small animal hospitals, like the Kennedy Heights Bird and Animal Hospital in Surrey, BC, understands that and we know all about small pets. If you have a small pet like a rabbit or bird, it’s important that you schedule an annual wellness exam for him. We can help make sure that your pet is in good condition and that any potential health problems are diagnosed and treated immediately.
For the Birds: What is a Wellness Exam for a Bird?
Dogs and cats are usually taken to animal hospitals for an annual checkup. However, it’s even more important for birds to undergo regular examinations since birds will hide symptoms of disease and even the most observant bird owner may not notice a problem.
Sarah assists Dr. Schild in trimming a parrot’s wings
In the wild, a bird that looks sick is the first to be preyed upon, so that it is very instinctive for birds to hide any signs of disease and act normal as long as possible. By the time you can see that your bird looks sick, he has probably been ill for a lot longer.
Here’s what a bird examination entails:
For the Mammals: What is a Wellness Exam for a Small Mammal?
Marcus is a 2 year old rat. He was wheezing, so we did a complete physical exam. This is a very common infection for these little guys to have.
Like birds, small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and ferrets also need a checkup at least once a year – even better is twice a year. Since most small mammals don’t live very long, it’s essential to find out if there’s something wrong with your little pet right away. As with other animals, early detection means the best prognosis for recovery.
Here are the components of a small mammal checkup:
For the Reptiles: What is a Wellness Exam for a Reptile?
Similar to birds and mammals, reptiles such also need to visit the vet at our small animal hospital at least once a year.
If your small pet is looking sick please bring him in immediately, they are delicate and can get worse quickly. However, it is best to bring your small pet in to our small animal hospital for a preventive annual health checkup.
Call us up and schedule an appointment at (604) 591-5304 or visit us at the At Kennedy Heights Bird and Animal Hospital at 8614 120th Street, Surrey (BC) V3W 3N6.
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