The importance of good veterinary care

It is common sense that birds can fall sick as every other living being. In that case, the intervention of a specialist, in our case an avian veterinarian, will be necessary.

Since all birds tend to camouflage disease until it is far advanced, the consulting veterinarian, preventive measures and constant monitoring an important role. By consistently keeping a record of this, one or more birds can be prevented from becoming incurable. Often it is not just about treating and saving one bird. If action is not taken in time, a disease can threaten the whole population.

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We must be aware that there are thousands of bird species in the world, of which we know only a small proportion. As a result, there is a great lack of experience and knowledge. That is why ongoing research and preventive measures are so important. In addition to acute cases of disease being examined and treated by the veterinarian, it is important to perform regular checks such as periodic blood analyses, fecal checks, bacteriological and mycological samples (taken from the bird and its environment) and physical examination of the birds in order to learn more about the bird species and protect the population from disease.

Besides the medical examinations needed to ensure the health of our birds, a lot of research is also required. This means that the veterinarian helps to formulate diets, plan breeding periods and develop hand rearing protocols and hygiene and quarantine protocols. The vet also trains our staff to recognize a sick bird and to observe and evaluate its behavior.

The housing of the birds is also crucial. Their environment should be adapted to the birds and not the other way around. The advice of the veterinarian with his experience and knowledge is therefore crucial for the welfare of our animals.

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Our advising veterinarian at the Wisbroek R&D Center, specialized in birds and reptiles, is Dr. med. Vet. Heiner Müller. Director and owner of the veterinary practice Exotengesundheitsteam in Germany.

He emphasizes that all the components described above are the best (preventive) medicine for a healthy collection. A healthy and well maintained population is a good basis to offer the animals a happy life and this will inevitably lead to breeding success!

Tiago Nabiço – Manager Operations Wisbroek Research & Development Center
September 2020

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