Beak Trimming, Wing and Nail Clipping

Overgrown Beak
Cockatoo with Overgrown Beak At Bird Vet Melbourne

Why Is My Bird's Beak Overgrown?

Overgrown beaks are often as a result of of underlying avian disease , with poor diet (e.g. an all seed diet) or poor husbandry (e.g. inappropriate perches and toys ) contributing to the Over grown beak “syndrome”. Your avian vet at Bird Vet Melbourne will advise you during the consultation what conditions may be contributing the beak overgrowth. The bird veterinarian will often take diagnostic avian lab samples, and then do corrective beak repair . The bird veterinarians may repair the beak with dental acrylics or composites, or trim the beak with a combination of clippers, files and dremel.

Bird Wing Clipping

Wing trimming is routinely done by our Avian vets. Your avian vet can discuss the pros and cons of wing clipping with you. Wing clipping will depend on your bird flight ability and individual circumstances. Bird Veterinarian Dr Phil believes most birds benefit from an athletic or small wing trim. This enables the bird to utilize more energy when flying, and is beneficial for the pet bird. Wing clipping is done, by the vets during a routine bird-vet consultation. PLEASE NOTE WE REGULARLY SEE INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH POOR, INAPPROPRIATE WING CLIPS. Bird vets do not take wing clipping lightly as the birds often take a long time to regrow the clipped feathers.

Bird Nail Clip

The most common reason for overgrown nails are plastic swings that birds sleep on, or perches that are to narrow – especially the highest perch. The avian veterinarians at Bird Vet Melbourne see birds presented for nail clipping almost every single day. The bird vets can clip the nails and buff them in a relatively relaxed way. Overgrown nails can get stuck on things such as clothes or toys in cage which can result in injury of the bird or a broken nail. It is noteworthy that many pet owners have caused irreversible problems resulting in pain and stress to their pets by clipping their own birds claws than are over grown.

Beak Repair - Vet Dentist
Vet beak repair using dental composites by a veterinary dentist.

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