Avian

Wing Clipping

Wing clipping is performed on birds to inhibit their flying abilities. It is a non-painful procedure that ensures the safety of your bird in your home environment. A bird that has had it wings trimmed will no longer be at risk of injury from flying into a ceiling fan or into a window. There are several techniques available to preserve the aesthetic appearance of your bird. Please call us to discuss this option further or to set up an appointment.

Toe Nail Trims

Most birds require their nails to be trimmed on a regular basis. Trimming the nails of birds too short can be detrimental, as birds cannot withstand significant blood loss. Blood vessels inside the nail are easily cut during the trimming process. Please do not perform this procedure at home unless you have been taught by one of our veterinarians.

We also suggest you have a readily accessible clotting agent available to use if the nail begins to bleed. Ideally, bring your bird to Bracebridge Animal Hospital on a regular basis and we will trim the nails appropriately.

Note: Do not use sandpaper perches! They do not wear down the nails and they can cause skin problems.

Beak Trims

Beaks grow continuously and healthy birds wear their beaks evenly. Some birds develop problems with their beaks and require veterinary assistance to trim the beak to a normal functioning appearance. Do not attempt to trim your bird’s beak at home.