If your feathery friend is feeling under the weather, a trip to the vet may be necessary. While the doctor can help bring your bird back to good health, your pet can become stressed out before and after the procedure. To reduce some of your pet's anxiety, there are a few steps you can take. Doing so will help make the experience as positive as possible for your bird and you.
Helping your bird feel at ease during a vet visit
Your bird will likely visit the vet numerous times throughout his life. Regular well-check appointments are necessary to ensure your bird’s health and longevity. Putting the following tips to practice whenever it’s time to see a vet can help your beaky family member feel more relaxed, in order to get the proper care he or she needs.
- Transport your bird in a secure carrier. A small pet crate is a good option, but you can also use a cardboard box. However, your bird may be able to create an escape route by pecking at the cardboard box, so you'll need to be extra mindful of that. Line the bottom of the carrier with paper towels and some millet spray. Cover the top with a towel to help your pet stay calm.
- When possible, transport your bird in a vehicle. This is the quietest and safest way to get him or her to the vet. If you must take a bus or other public transportation, sit in the area with the least amount of people.
- Keep your bird in his or her carrier after you’ve checked in at the vet, but you may remove the towel.
- Talk to your bird in a calming, gentle voice throughout the visit to also help make him or her feel more relaxed.
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