Avian, Small Exotic, and Reptile Medicine
Small Animal and Exotic Pet Care
Grafton Animal Hospital is an all pets vet located in Yorktown, VA
Our Doctors and staff have a strong interest in pet bird, small exotic mammal and reptile medicine. The Doctors attend annual formal continuing education exclusive to our exotic friends every year. Approximately 15% of our clients own exotic pets. All aspects of exotic pet care are provided including client education, wellness exams, medicine, surgery, boarding, and special diets. Grafton Animal Hospital is one the few facilities on the peninsula that welcomes exotic pets. In fact, many of our new bird and exotic pet patients are referred to us by other animal hospitals near Yorktown, VA. Proficiency in avian and exotic medicine requires extra education, special equipment, and a commitment by staff. We are members of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and the Mid-Atlantic States Association of Avian Veterinarians (MASAAV), two sources of education in Avian Medicine, and attend educational conferences at least annually. Also, our veterinarians are members of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV); great resources to aid in the treatment of these special pets.
Clipping a bird’s feathers can protect your bird and your home. Wing clipping is a painless 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.
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.
Beaks continue growing throughout birds’ lives. Although birds’ beaks usually wear evenly, some birds develop beak problems and require veterinary assistance. Trimming its beak incorrectly can cause your bird pain and may prevent it from eating, which is why we recommend having your bird’s beak professionally trimmed. Do not attempt to trim your bird’s beak at home. Call us to schedule an appointment with a doctor to evaluate if corrective trimming is needed
Grafton Animal Hospital is proud to offer comprehensive reptile vet care, small animal care, pocket pet care, and other exotic pet care services. If you are in need of quality, compassionate exotic pet care, call Grafton Animal Hospital at 757-898-8433 or schedule your appointment online!