At the Animal and Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor,
our avian veterinary team is proud to provide quality pet care. World-renowned avian veterinarian Dr. Joel Murphy leads our bird care team. Dr. Murphy is one of the first veterinarians in the world to become Board Certified in Avian Veterinary Medicine.
As the founder of the Murphy Exotic Bird Research Center, Dr. Murphy has substantial experience studying and providing care for exotic birds. From avian nutrition and breeding to preventive medicine and training, Dr. Murphy can help your exotic pet bird live a long, healthy and happy life.
Palm Harbor Vet Clinic Keeps
Your Birds Healthy and Active
Our vet clinic provides comprehensive bird care including wellness exams, sick care, nutrition counseling and breeding assistance.
We can also perform tests for avian illnesses, including Chlamydiosis, which is transferrable to humans. A fecal sample test allows us to detect and treat parasites. During the wellness visit, our avian veterinary team can make nutritional recommendations to ensure your bird receives a balanced diet. In general, we recommend a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a vitamin or mineral supplement.
During a wellness exam for your pet bird, Dr. Murphy will perform a physical exam, nail trim, and blood screening to check organ function and overall health.
Common Bird Ailments
Bird Care Services
- Yearly Exam & Testing
- Psittacosis/PFBD/Polyoma Testing
- Internal Medicine
- Pediatric Medicine
- Soft Tissue Surgery
- Abdominal Surgery
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Fiber Optic Laparoscopy
- Surgical Sexing
- Chromosomal Sexing
- Avian Medicine Consultation
- Nutrition Counseling
- How–To-Care Books
AN EXOTIC BIRD?
The cost, care and time commitment for owning a bird varies based on the species and expected life span. Some birds may last for five to ten years while others, like large parrots, may live for up to 30 years. Socialization and bonding can also vary between different bird species.
Many canaries and finches prefer not to be handled, while cockatoos and larger parrots are far more social. When selecting a bird is it important to keep cost, commitment, noise level, diet, and socialization needs in mind. Dr. Murphy and our veterinary team will work closely with potential pet owners to help them adopt a bird that meets their lifestyle. If you are considering adopting a bird or in need of guidance, contact our avian veterinary team today!
Our Palm Harbor vet staff also offers new owners practical avian care advice, including what to do in emergencies and tips for preventing accidental poisoning. In-addition, Dr. Murphy understands the best way to proactively treat common bird care problems and prevent avian illness. Our veterinarian works closely with each avian caregiver to share the joys of bird ownership while keeping birds healthy.
In addition to avian pet care, we also offer pet boarding.