Avian Medicine and Surgery - SERVICES DISCONTINUED

As of October 2021, Dr Goodall is UNABLE to take NEW avian patients due to allergy issues, and will miss seeing these pet's he absolutely loves. We will continue to see clients that were 'active' prior to this date - we apologize for any inconvenience this will cause bird lovers of the HRM & elsewhere.

Wing Clipping

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As of October 2021, Dr Goodall is no longer taking NEW avian patients due to allergy issues and will miss seeing these pet’s he absolutely loves. We will continue to see clients that were ‘active’ prior to this date – we apologize for any inconvenience this will cause bird lovers of the HRM & elsewhere.

Clipping a bird’s feathers can protect your bird and your home. Wing clipping is a nonpainful procedure that ensures the safety of your bird in its environment and keeps your bird from getting itself into unexpected trouble! It limits your bird’s ability to fly, removing the risk of injury from flying into a ceiling fan, onto a hot stovetop, or into (or out) a window.

Having your bird’s feathers professionally clipped helps ensure that the right feathers are removed without irritating the skin. Improperly clipped wings can cause your bird to pluck or chew its feathers. In addition, inexperienced wing clipping can result in a blood feather being accidentally trimmed, a situation that can become life-threatening. We can perform this procedure safely while preserving the aesthetic appearance of your bird – the goal is to achieve a clip that allows your pet to have a controlled descent to the floor, vs. the ability to climb/achieve ‘lift’.

The Dr.’s at Sunnyview Animal Care have two ways of clipping your bird’s feathers to get the level (or lack of) flight you need your bird to have!

Please feel free to call us to discuss this option, as well as any concerns you might have, or to set up an appointment.

Toenail Trims

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As of October 2021, Dr Goodall is no longer taking NEW avian patients due to allergy issues and will miss seeing these pet’s he absolutely loves. We will continue to see clients that were ‘active’ prior to this date – we apologize for any inconvenience this will cause bird lovers of the HRM & elsewhere.

Most birds need to have their nails trimmed regularly. However, the process can be detrimental to your bird if its nails are trimmed too short. We can take care of this procedure for you so that you don’t have to worry about nicking the blood vessels inside the nails. Call us if you’d like to schedule an appointment.

Be careful if you perform this procedure at home. In fact, we only suggest that you attempt this at home if your bird is small and has white nails (which allow you to see the blood vessels). We also suggest you keep a caustic agent, such as styptic powder, on hand in case a nail bleeds.

Providing perches with rough surfaces can help reduce the frequency of nail trimming, but do not use sandpaper perches. They don’t wear down the nails and can cause skin problems.

Beak Trims

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As of October 2021, Dr Goodall is no longer taking NEW avian patients due to allergy issues and will miss seeing these pet’s he absolutely loves. We will continue to see clients that were ‘active’ prior to this date – we apologize for any inconvenience this will cause bird lovers of the HRM & elsewhere.

Beaks continue growing throughout birds’ lives. Although birds’ beaks usually wear evenly, some birds develop beak problems and require veterinary assistance. Dr. Jeff Goodall continues to take extended amounts of continuing education on the mechanics of corrective beak trims – did you know, a parrot’s beak has SEVEN BONES, and FIFTEEN Joints? (Our Jaws have 1 bone & 2 joints for comparison….).

The picture shows Dr. Jeff trimming ‘Baby’ bird’s beak – notice there is no excessive handing or struggle, we just have the experience your bird needs.

Trimming its beak incorrectly can cause your bird pain and may prevent it from eating, which is why we recommend having your bird’s beak trimmed by someone who understands how your bird eats and uses their beak. Please do not attempt to trim your bird’s beak at home. Call us to schedule an appointment.