Yarmouth Veterinary Center

75 Willow Street
Yarmouth , ME 04096

(207)846-6515

www.yarmouthvetcenter.com

YVCipedia BIRDS

BEAK TRIMS

 

Beak overgrowth is a problem for some pet birds. It is often not a simple problem.

 

EXAMINATION IS NECESSARY

There are many reasons why a bird’s beak will grow abnormally long. There are many ways for it to grow abnormally long. How we trim it, how often we trim it, and even whether or not we trim it at all, are determined by why and how it has grown abnormally long.

 

For this reason, the first time we see a bird for an overgrown beak we do a complete physical exam. This is required even if the pet has had a beak trim or trims somewhere other than Yarmouth Vet Center. The cost of the first-time beak trim is the cost of an exam plus the cost of the trim.

 

Overgrown beaks that have been trimmed will continue to grow and almost always will need to be trimmed occasionally. After the first time, when we trim the beak again we always do an exam, but we charge only for the beak trim.

 

HOW THE BEAK IS TRIMMED

All beak trims at Yarmouth Vet Center are performed by a doctor.

 

How we trim the beak varies from bird to bird. Often we will do the procedure with a Dremel power tool; sometimes we will clip it; sometimes we will use a combination of clipping and Dremelling.

 

We do the vast majority of beak trims in awake, unsedated pets. Rarely, when a large amount of trimming and shaping is necessary, we use general anesthesia - of course, this is always discussed with the owner in advance of the procedure.

 

For the first-time trim we perform the exam in the exam room with the owner present (unless the owner does not want to be present). For subsequent trims we bring the bird to our treatment area while the owner waits in the reception area; the doctor does not meet with the owner on these occasions unless the owner schedules an exam along with the beak trim.

 

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