2200 West Oakland Park Blvd.

Oakland Park, FL 33311 US

2200 West Oakland Park Blvd.

Oakland Park, FL 33311 US

(954) 731-4228

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Taking Care of Your Bird

Veterinary care is something that every pet owner wants for their pet, whether that pet is a dog, cat, or a bird. Sometimes finding a good veterinarian can prove to be a challenge for avian pet owners, because many pet hospitals treat dogs and cats almost exclusively. At Oakland Park Animal Hospital in Oakland Park, we know how much you care about your birds and are here to give your avian pet the care you need and give you the guidance to maximize your pet's chance at a long and healthy life.

Avian Veterinary Care in Oakland Park

Your Bird's Daily Needs

There are more responsibilities for avian pet owners than simply providing shelter and food. Birds are intelligent and need interaction from the humans in the home, as well as their share of toys and safe exercise opportunities.

A Healthy Habitat

Since birds do spend a good deal of time in their cages, it is important that this habitat be comfortable and healthy. 

Bird owners should get the largest nontoxic cage possible for their space, and it should be sturdy enough to resist bending. A wider cage is good for birds to stretch their wings, but attention also needs to be made for taller birds. 

Perches inside the cage help keep birds comfortable and entertained in their home, but care needs to be made to see that they are replaced when they are no longer in good condition and that they are positioned in a way that keeps them from contaminating their own water or food dishes.

Keeping the cage clean should be kept as a simple process with plain cage liner fitted for size. Sand, wood chips, or cat litter are not recommended. The lining should be under the grate to keep your bird safe from any fungus that may grow in the soiled area.

A Nutritious Diet

Most commercial bird foods made for your type of bird will be sufficient for your bird, as certain requirements are heeded to. Still, some bird owners want to play a role in making their avian friend's food. If this is done, seek advice from a veterinary nutritionist to assure they are getting what they need.

Avian Veterinary Care in Oakland Park

Veterinary care for birds is just as important as it is for other types of animals. If a bird is sick, it is not uncommon for them to try to hide their symptoms, so it is up to pet owners to pay close attention to their behavior and report personality inconsistencies to their bird's vet. Even if observations seem insignificant to some, at Oakland Park Animal Hospital we will look into your concerns. As is the case with many other pets, annual wellness exams are recommended, and if possible they should stay in their regular cage for the visit, so they can be properly examined including any necessary blood work. At Oakland Park Animal Hospital in Oakland Park, FL we are committed to the good health of all our patients.  To learn more about our avian veterinary care, or to schedule an appointment for your bird with our veterinarian, contact us at (954) 731-4228.

New patients receive $25 OFF First Exam.

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  • "AWESOME, Dr. Spencer Ratnoff is the best he treated my cat for a fractured top k9 tooth, when He finished with him, he looked like he was born without a k9 tooth. He did that surgery so well it’s refreshing a Dr that actually cares, his team is wonderful and very attentive, I left a message and not even 10 minutes later, I got a call back. My family is forever grateful .thank you for everything."
    Maryem K.
  • "I initially had a bad experience due to the Doctor that was in on that day. I returned for a checkup for my girl 'Cali' 'Cat' and the energy Dr. Ratnoff had was much better with my girl as she can be very temperamental. I was very pleased during this visit as Dr. Ratnoff had more patience and better vibe as our pets sense negative energy. Its a shame my first experience was not pleasant but I will be back and only ensure Dr. Ratnoff with my girl. Thankyou Doc!"
    Jeff G.
  • "Probably the best Vet experience I’ve had! They listened and took great care of my dog. I felt like I understood everything that was being done, and was given an estimate beforehand."
    Joana A.
  • "Very professional, friendly and nice clean environment. I highly recommend coming here for all your pet needs!"
    CorJames S.
  • "Dr. Ratnoff has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years."
    John / Oakland Park, FL

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