The clinical examination can be broken down into several parts
- Initially we will collect the history. This includes diet, environment and contacts. As we are collecting the history we will be observing the bird before handling. How are they standing? what is their mental status? what is their breathing rate and depth? This information cannot be obtained when we are holding the bird.
- Next step is the clinical examination. This is much more important in animals than is people as they are not able to direct the clinician to the area where it hurts or where there is inflammation or swelling. The clinical exam should be done by a veterinary surgeon who is familiar with the species and their differences from other parrot species.
- Then the findings are relayed to the owner and the diagnostic / treatment options discussed.
- Samples may need to be collected for diagnostic testing or the required medication may be dispensed.