Misstreatment at vets?
Today I took my new cockatiel to the vet, yesterday he had gotten out of his cage and flew into a couple walls and I was very concerned for his well being. The first thing I did was call them and set an appointment for the earliest time they had (they were recommended to me from where I purchased the bird). I told him about how he got out and the fact that his wings weren't clipped like I thought and that he wasn't hand tamed so he wasn't used to people.
He then proceeded to SHOVE a paper towel covered hand into my birds face, causing him to panic and crash around in his cage. He then let my bird fly FACE FIRST into the walls, monitor, solid wood door, and about 3 other surfaces (at one point he even ended up doing a flip over his own cage.) and he also crashed to the floor twice. All the while the vet was standing there saying "Oh he is a wild one and this is just what they do, he is in panic mode and he is trying to escape, this is just what they do"
Then he picked my bird up and the poor guy was SCREAMING louder then I have ever heard (even when I had picked him up the night before he wasn't as loud) and held him like a football upside down in one hand. He was also poking and prodding him which I’m just hoping was part of the exam. The vet then stuck a camera into my little bird to see if he was healthy, he said something about the color (I could hardly hear him because my bird was screaming all the while) and all I actually heard was "well ma’am your bird is healthy, do you want his wings clipped?"
I told him I did and while I waited for him to come back with my bird I was preparing to ask him some questions about cockatiel care, and when the nurse came back to put my baby away, I was so distraught and surprised that he wasn't coming back that I didn't even notice the fact that there had been no fecal exam, no checking of weight, not even a look at the small cut on his face from the night before. The most examining he did was with the camera but other than that he did no other things that I had read about and expected from an avian exam.
In the end it cost me 73 bucks to have my bird get panicked and sore, get his wings clipped, and for me to lose ALL of the trust I had gained with my little boy. (He was starting to eat out of my hand, and now he doesn't even like it when I sit next to his cage) and for all I know he could still very well be injured. Is this a typical exam or is he really a bad vet?