Because of our special interest in avian and exotic pet medicine, all of our veterinarians have advanced training in avian medicine and surgery. In fact, since 1987, a veterinarian from Littleton Animal Hospital has attended the annual Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) continuing education conference every year. We regularly participate in avian and exotic rounds and give presentations on our cases at meetings.
The following are some examples of the services and equipment we use to provide for the needs of our bird patients:
- Prevention and wellness exams*
- Nutrition counseling, diets, and supportive care
- Temperature and humidity controlled incubators for our hospitalized patients
- Nebulizers for medicating our bird patients with respiratory problems
- An anesthesia machine especially for small patients complete with a ventilator
- Radiology services: We have high-detail digital x-ray equipment for small patients and, if needed, can perform barium contrast series to outline specific parts of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Small-gauge needles, intravenous (IV) catheters, and air sac intubation tubes
- Surgical services: We perform soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries and have certain equipment to make this as safe as possible. We use an Ellman radiosurgery unit for minimal bleeding, magnification lenses for optimal precision, micro-surgery instruments for accuracy, and clear surgical drapes for proper monitoring of patient's respiratory status.
- Endoscopy services for surgical sexing and minimally invasive surgical procedures or biopsies
- Specific laboratory examinations for sexing as well as diagnosis of avian diseases using blood, droppings, cloacal and choanal swabs, and feathers
- Behavioral counseling for such problems as aggression and feather-picking
- Lupron injections for chronic egg-laying patients
- Necropsy services for deceased birds
- In-house compounded medications as well as an available compounding pharmacy for precise dosing and tasty flavors to make medicating easier for both the owner and the pet
- **Wing, nail, and beak trims for birds that have had an exam within the past year
- Leg band removal
We recommend that birds be fasted prior to their appointments. This will make the examination easier for the vet. It will also be safer for the bird since stressed birds can regurgitate food and then inhale it, leading to pneumonia. Please pull your bird's food 3-4 hours before putting them in the car.
**We will not perform wing, nail, or beak trims on any birds unless they have had an examination by a veterinarian at Littleton Animal Hospital within the past year. We require an examination for the safety of your pet. Some birds may have underlying health problems that may go unnoticed (heart disease, respiratory disease, underlying bacterial infections, etc.). Grooming procedures may be stressful for some avian patients. If your bird has a health problem you are not aware of, these grooming procedures may place your pet at an increased risk for complications.