For domesticated birds, the Veterinary Center staff recommends that a large percentage of their diet be composed of commercially available pelleted products. We recognize that even well-intentioned bird owners may have difficulty transitioning their birds from what is often a high-fat, low-nutrient seed diet, or a diet containing an excessive amount of people food (even if lots of fruits and vegetables are included) to a more balanced, pelleted diet. In an effort to help, the Veterinary Center offers “The Great Pellet Exchange,” a customized program designed to help bird owners convert their pet birds from poor diets consisting of seed and people food to more nutritious diets containing a balance of pellets, fruits and vegetables, and nutritious treats.
This program is only suited for healthy birds, and a complete physical examination and recent blood work is required in order to assess a bird’s suitability for the program. The program consists of:
- A week of personalized attention to your bird, as he or she stays at the Veterinary Center
- Careful monitoring of your bird’s weight and energy level, as he or she is transitioned to pelleted food
- Detailed reports and support for you to help you keep your pet on this nutritious diet after he or she has returned home
We understand how hard it can be to get your bird or exotic pet to try new foods. The “Great Pellet Exchange” helps make that whole process simpler, faster, and less stressful for both you and your pet.