When transporting birds to the veterinarian, there are a few tips to consider.
- The clinician will need to evaluate the last couple of day’s droppings, so if you are bringing the bird in a different cage, bring the papers from the bottom of the usual cage.
- Make sure the transport cage has the appropriate size perch and food. Water normally just spills so only put in when not in the car.
- Transport enclosure can be covered with a towel to keep the bird calmer.
- In cooler temperatures, below 18 Celsius, the vehicle should be warmed prior to transport.
- The bird should be kept in the transport container in the waiting room for safety reasons and also because a lot of people are very nervous of birds.
Written by Dr Randy Stirling