Avian Medicine and Surgery

Bird Care


eclectus-2Birds are amazing creatures with very specific needs. Keeping them not only physically healthy, but mentally healthy as well, is challenging in captivity. We can help. Good nutrition and husbandry are essential for their well-being. They need an excess of mental stimulation as well. Birds are quite intelligent and it has been found that they have an intelligence level of a 1-3 year old child, depending on the breed. They need a lot of attention and interaction from you. Some species live as long as 80 years!

Thinking of getting a bird or already have one? Come in and speak with Dr. Dembinski, she has over 10 years of experience in treating birds.  We can help you keep your bird happy and healthy.

Wing Clipping


Clipping a bird’s feathers can protect your bird and your home. Wing clipping is a nonpainful procedure that ensures the safety of your bird in its environment and keeps your bird from chewing holes in your doors and window frames. It limits your bird’s ability to fly, removing the risk of injury from flying into a ceiling fan, onto a hot stovetop, or into (or out) a window.

Having your bird’s feathers professionally clipped helps ensure that the right feathers are removed without irritating the skin. Improperly clipped wings can cause your bird to pluck or chew its feathers. In addition, inexperienced wing clipping can result in a blood feather being accidentally trimmed, a situation that can become life-threatening. We can perform this procedure safely while preserving the aesthetic appearance of your bird. Please feel free to call us to discuss this option, as well as any concerns you might have, or to set up an appointment.

Toenail Trims


Most birds need to have their nails trimmed regularly. However, the process can be detrimental to your bird if its nails are trimmed too short. We can take care of this procedure for you so that you don’t have to worry about nicking the blood vessels inside the nails. Call us if you’d like to schedule an appointment.

Be careful if you perform this procedure at home. In fact, we only suggest that you attempt this at home if your bird is small and has white nails (which allow you to see the blood vessels). We also suggest you keep a caustic agent, such as styptic powder, on hand in case a nail bleeds.

Providing perches with rough surfaces can help reduce the frequency of nail trimming, but do not use sandpaper perches. They don’t wear down the nails and can cause skin problems.