The Biggest Mistake in Avian Medicine Is Doing Nothing at All

The Biggest Mistake in Avian Medicine Is Doing Nothing at All

Laila Proença encourages clinicians to learn how to put avian patients to sleep so they can perform a physical exam and provide the same level of care as dogs and cats

Laila Proença, DVM, PhD, MV, MSc, DACZM shares tips on avian medicine from her session at the Fetch dvm360® conference in Kansas City.

The following is a partial transcript of the video.

Laila Proenca, DVM, PhD, MV, MSc, DACZM: I think what most people do is wrong, which they don’t. In fact, it’s not trying to because they’re so bombarded with [people saying] “Don’t touch, it will die”, so they don’t practice medicine. And I think it’s just sitting and watching the bird in an oxygen cage and giving antibiotics. If you stop to think, it’s almost impossible to treat everything with an antibiotic and oxygen. That’s not how it works, is it? They have organs like any other animal; they have a heart; they have a liver; they have a lung; they have a kidney. Therefore, all of these elements can get sick, right?

And I think the biggest mistake is not to do; it’s being afraid, which is understandable. This doesn’t come from a place of judgment, but I wanna give it my all [veterinarians] the property of trying…because if you try, you will accomplish more than you think. And that’s just a little learning curve. Once you try… We’re afraid of what we don’t know, so try to know. Give it a chance. It’s not that hard.

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