We Offer Avian Care and Medicine for Portland Metro Area Bird Owners

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Birds are highly intelligent animals that can offer life-long companionship and interaction. As a result, it is important for them to receive routine care from a veterinarian who specializes and is experienced in avian care and medicine.

Unlike dogs and cats, birds do not often require routine vaccinations. However, they can develop many of the same medical problems as dogs and cats, as well as some that are unique to their species. Birds are also adept at hiding signs of illness, which if left untreated can result in critical and even fatal consequences.

As a result, it is important that your bird receives annual wellness exams and professional emergency care, as needed, from a qualified veterinary professional. We recommend that your new bird be examined within one to three days of welcoming them into your home in order to promote a healthy transition. This is particularly important if you are bringing a bird into a home with other avian family members.

During your bird’s annual exam at Avian and Exotic Veterinary Care, we will provide a complete physical examination, conduct any necessary diagnostic testing or wellness screenings, as well as answer any questions you may have on topics ranging from nutrition to grooming.


Temperament — While many birds are sociable and develop strong bonds with their pet owners, others require careful training and attention to ensure compatibility and to prevent detrimental behaviors that can prove harmful to humans and other pets in the home.

Temperature — Most birds have a high internal body temperature and metabolism, which means if you are hot, chances are, so are they. Keeping your bird in a temperature-controlled, weather-protected environment is ideal to avoid heat stress and hypothermia.

Living Environment — Your bird’s cage and the room it is in should provide a comfortable living space that will safely accommodate their physical and psychological well-being. We recommend your bird’s cage be at least 1.5 times your bird’s adult wingspan in width, depth, and height. We also recommend that your bird’s cage be located in an area where they can sleep calmly at least 12 hours per day, even if your home lifestyle is much more active than that.

Avian Veterinary Services We Offer

  • Acupuncture
  • Behavioral Training
  • Boarding
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostics
  • Electrocardiography
  • Emergency/Critical Care
  • End of Life Care
  • Endocrinology
  • Endoscopy
  • Eye Care
  • Grooming
  • In-House Laboratory
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Internal Medicine
  • Laser Surgery/Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Pain Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Senior Pet Care
  • Spay/Neuter *
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasound
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness

  *  = Requires advanced approval by Dr. Harrenstien

= Offered off-site in collaboration with another practitioner

= Offered on-site on a consultant basis