BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS:

Why does my bird pluck its feathers?

How do I get my bird to stop screaming?

HEALTH QUESTIONS:

How do I stop my bird from laying eggs?

What contagious diseases are a danger to my bird?

Will my bird catch West Nile Virus?

Does my bird have diarrhea?

What household products are a danger to my bird?

Is it safe for my bird to chew on my house plants?

Is it okay to kiss my bird and share food with him?

Are pellets really better than seeds?

Could my bird have lice or mites?

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS:

Why should I have my birds wings clipped?

Does my bird need to have it's beak trimmed?

What should I do if my bird flies away?

What do I do with my bird when I am traveling?

What should I do in the event of a disaster such as a tornado?


What do I do if I have an after hours emergency?
First, try to plan ahead and call during regular business hours if there is a problem with your bird.  Don't wait to see how it will do, and then end up calling at midnight about a problem you have been watching for two days.  Next, consult our page on emergencies to see what first aid measures you can do at home.  Dr. Burge is available for some after hours emergencies as she lives in the house attached to the clinic, but of course she is not here every minute.  If she is not in, be sure to leave us a message about your bird so that we can call you in the morning to see if there is anything further we can do to help.  There are five local emergency hospitals with variable coverage of bird emergencies depending on what doctor is on duty.  Two you can try to contact are:

Kansas:
Mission Med Vet    (913) 722-5566
5501 Johnson Dr., Mission, KS
located on the southwest corner of Johnson Dr and Nall

Missouri:
Animal Emergency Clinic    (816) 554-4990
3495 NE Ralph Powell Rd., Lee's Summit, MO
located off I-470 and Woods Chapel, across from the golf course


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Updated On: 5/13/2009
Frequently Asked Questions
Burge Bird Services
Julie Burge, DVM
13833 S. 71 Hwy
Grandview, MO  64030
(816) 356-4700
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For questions on bleeding, injuries, egg laying, or breathing problems, go to our Emergencies Page.