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Looking for an avian vet near me? Look no further! At Sandhole Vets, we understand that birds are not just feathered creatures, but beloved members of the family. Our veterinary services cater to a variety of avian species. Pet birds we typically see include African Grey Parrots, Canaries, Finches, Cockatoos, Macaws, Cockatiels, Lovebirds, Budgies or Parakeets, and Chickens. We have even treated a Harris Hawk at our practice in the past!

Our team offers everything from consultations and check-ups to diagnoses, treatments, and surgeries, as required. Located in Kent, Sandhole Vets specialises in exotic and avian veterinary care, with a team of certified vets and nurses who are experienced in treating a wide range of exotic pets and other animals, including birds.

Our team is equipped to diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses and injuries that commonly affect avian species, including respiratory infections, feather plucking, beak and talon problems, and more. Our avian vets can also advise on husbandry and diet, including weight management, exercise, and enrichment toys or activities – such as foraging or training!


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Specialist Bird Vet Facilities Near Me

As part of our specialist facilities for treating exotic pets, we have access to a range of equipment and services, including a specialised exotics laboratory, state-of-the-art digital radiography, and dedicated facilities for housing avian patients – away from the noise!

We also have specific surgical instruments and equipment for exotic species, as well as Sevoflurane anaesthesia and a ventilator that is vital for avian anaesthesia. Our testing includes faecal tests and also checks specifically for PBFD in bird blood tests.


Preventative Avian Health Care: The Importance of Avian History

At Sandhole Vets, we believe that prevention is better than cure. Regular health check-ups can help us identify any potential health issues early enough to maintain your bird's general health. Preventative care measures for birds can include proper nutrition and exercise, environmental management, and routine health check-ups, among others.

Our team is trained to examine both the bird and its environment to ensure that they are both healthy. To ensure your bird's health and happiness, we recommend a veterinary health check every 6 months or annually, as well as an immediate check-up after purchase. The check-up includes going through your Avian History Form responses, where we ask about the bird's diet, cage, environment, and any concerns or symptoms. Owners should bring samples of their bird's food and photos of their cage/ aviary and environment to the vet as a part of this process.

A physical examination follows, including observing the bird's posture, weight, and muscle tone, as well as examining its eyes, ears, beak, feathers, and skin. Diagnostic tests may also be conducted, including blood tests, radiographic imaging, and endoscopic examination. These tests can help detect potential health problems, infections, or diseases. If you have any questions prior to your referral appointment, please contact the team at 01634 242502 for advice and guidance from our specialist avian veterinarians.

Some specific preventative care measures that bird owners can take include maintaining proper cage or aviary cleanliness, providing a balanced diet appropriate for their species and age, and monitoring for signs of illness. By taking these and other preventative measures, bird owners can help maintain the health and wellbeing of their feathered friends.


Case Study: Harris Hawk Tendon Repair Surgery at Our Kent Veterinary Practice

At Sandhole Vets, Kent, a Harris hawk named Phoenix underwent a rare and intricate tendon repair surgery in its foot after being bitten by a squirrel, which caused an infected toe and ruptured tendon. Dr. Daniel Calvo Carrasco performed the surgery using a three-loop pulley suture technique, which is typically used in larger animals.

Phoenix made a strong recovery after two weeks of post-operative treatment and physiotherapy. Tendon repair is not commonly performed on birds, and amputation is often the only solution for this type of complex injury – but luckily our Avian Veterinary expertise helped us to save the foot of this Hawk!

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Signs of Illness in Birds: When to Call an Avian Vet Near Me?

If your bird is unwell, it's essential to call a veterinarian who specialises in avian care. Signs of illness in birds can include changes in their behaviour, such as decreased activity or appetite, fluffed-up feathers, and difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these signs, please contact Sandhole Vets at 01634 242502 to book an appointment with our avian veterinarian. Early diagnosis and treatment can help ensure that your bird makes a speedy recovery.

Pet birds also frequently exhibit behavioural problems, such as increased feather-damaging behaviour, excessive vocalisation, and over-bonding. If you suspect your bird is displaying these signs or developing behavioural issues, please schedule a consultation and bring in photos of your bird's cage and, if possible, a video of their behaviour.


Help With Caring for Your Bird: Husbandry and Dietary Advice

Unfortunately, our findings indicate that as many as 95% of illnesses in avian species and other exotic birds are a result of improper husbandry, despite the owners' good intentions. As a solution, we are pleased to offer free follow-up consultations with our exotic pet nurse to provide guidance on proper bird care, such as appropriate feeding, creating a stimulating environment, and ensuring proper housing.

To book an appointment with an exotic veterinarian in Snodland, Kent, please contact Sandhole Vets at 01634 242502.


Are you and your bird visiting us for the first time?

As you know, these special creatures require an individual approach. To help us tailor our care and advice to your bird's specific needs and lifestyle, we would be grateful if you could take a few moments to complete the short online questionnaire below. We look forward to meeting you and your exotic pet very soon!

By completing this form you consent to your personal details being passed to our referring vets for the purposes of this referral.

Avian history form

Where to Find Sandhole Vets, Kent



Practice Details and Address:

Sandhole, Snodland, Kent, ME6 5LG, UK | Phone: 01634 242502 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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