Vet Care for Your Sick Bird

Bird Vet Care and Avian Care is a focus of Richmond’s bird vets at Wellesley Animal Hospital. A sick bird frequently shows the signs that are listed on this page. You should contact us immediately if you believe you have a sick cockatiel, sick parakeet, sick parrot or sick parrotlet. Our exotic pet veterinarians have many years of experience and provide attentive bird care at our bird hospital.

bird with collar from Wellesley Exotic Pet Vets

Is your bird sick?

Here are some of the signs a sick or injured bird will show.

  • Decreased or no appetite
  • Fluffed
  • Sitting at the bottom of the cage
  • Decreased vocalization
  • Regurgitation
  • Abnormal stools or urates
  • Actively bleeding
  • Straining to egg lay

What to do if you find an injured wild animal?

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is typically the best place to treat a wild animal.  Phone:  540-942-9453 and a helpful page are Wildlife Help & Advice.

Sick Bird? See What Our Customers Say About Our Care For Your Sick Bird.

  • Holy cow am I sold on this animal hospital for my aviary needs. I have never experienced such care, confident and skilled folks. The compassion shown is above any others I've been to. But I was truly at ease once the vet examined my little chicken and knew exactly what was wrong and exactly what procedure to perform. I can't thank them enough!

    Little Chicken
    Compassionate & Skilled
  • It was my first visit today for my new Senegal parrot and I love this office. I was really impressed with the kindness and professionalism of Dr. Allie and the entire staff. I know my bird is in great hands!

    Senegal Parrot
    Professional & Kind
  • I took my injured cockatiel to Wellesley. They were very caring, talking with me on the phone and calling to follow up after he was seen. Would definitely recommend!

    Injured Cockatiel
    Definitely Recommend

Birds and Avian

Here are a few of the birds or avians our exotic pet veterinarians typically see. We have provided you with care guides to help you determine if one of these birds will make a good pet and how to care for them.

Our exotic pet veterinarians have many years of experience and provide attentive bird care at our avian clinic. Schedule a wellness exam or contact us immediately if your bird shows any sign of sickness.

Wellesley Animal Hospital located in Richmond VA
Wellesley Exotic Pet Vets are located in Wellesley Animal Hospital in Short Pump in Richmond VA

budgerigars are treated by our bird vets at our Exotic Pet Vet in Henrico County

Cockatiel & Parakeet
(Budgies or Budgerigars)

Budgerigars (also known as budgies or parakeets) are small parrots originating from Australia. Budgies are very sociable friendly avians who, if given plenty of encouragement, can learn a large vocabulary.

Cockatiels are also native to Australia and are one of the most popular companion avians in the US.

Cockatiel & Parakeet Care



There are many different species of parrots commonly kept as pets including conures, caiques, quakers, eclectus, Amazons, African greys, cockatoos and macaws.  This parrot guide is generalized for most species. Please ask one of our veterinarians about the specific requirements.

Parrot Care

Avian Vet Care

Welllesley Exotic Pet Vet is Virginia’s avian veterinarian services, located in the Short Pump Area in Henrico County, Virginia. We would like to see your bird for an avian wellness exam.

Our avian vets focus on a variety of birds, including cockatiels, parrots, parakeets,, macaws, finches, canaries, parrotlet, budgies, cockatoo, conures, dove, canaries and others.

Are you considering buying a bird? Here are some things to consider before purchasing a bird.