how to take a bird to the vet

There is no one right way to take your bird to the veterinarian; at BBEVS, we’ve seen a wide variety of cages, carriers, and makeshift arrangements! However, we strongly advise against carrying your bird on your shoulder or in a box that it can readily escape from. Because of the automatic doors in our waiting area, even birds with clipped wings can quickly flee!

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Please contact us at 07 3217 3533 if you have any more questions regarding the safe transportation of birds to the veterinary clinic.

Before visiting the veterinarian, line the bottom of the cage or carrier with clean newspaper. This will enable the veterinarian to easily take a sample of your bird’s droppings for examination under a microscope. One safe perch is sufficient, but it is best to take everything out of the cage or carrier if your bird is extremely ill or feeble to prevent them from falling or hurting themselves while traveling. Remember that having an excessive number of perches or toys can make it very difficult to remove your bird from the cage or carrier. If your bird seems stressed during the car ride, covering them with a towel can help! If the trip to BBEVS is long, it’s a good idea to give them a small bowl of food (or a millet spray) and a small bowl of water!

Greetings to all! This month’s educational topic is about how to safely take your pets to the veterinarian. We often get inquiries from clients about how to bring their pets when they schedule an appointment. We will cover information on small mammals, reptiles, and aquatic animals (fish and amphibians) in addition to our initial focus on birds. So let’s get started with our feathered friends!.


Practice “stepping up” and “stepping down” onto the perch while the carrier is left outside. Make it enjoyable and award yourself with a favorite treat.

To keep the carrier from sliding while being transported, place it on the floor of your car. If you must put it on a seat, keep the base horizontal with a towel and fasten it with a seat belt.


Small birds: The least stressful way to move your bird is in familiar surroundings if his cage fits inside your car. As an alternative, bring food for the journey and use a little box or cage with adequate ventilation. The papers from the previous 24 hours should be left in the bottom of the cage because the droppings contain valuable information. Empty the water dish, but if you’re going on a long journey, offer some fresh, moist food or put an ice cube in the dish to melt and release some water.

Large birds: The ideal carrier has a front opening and a cozy perch. Verify that there is enough airflow and a tight closure. Put some treats in a dish that is firmly fastened to the carrier. Some parrots require a lock to prevent escape.