Taking Bird For A Blood Test/Chemistry Profile
(Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Hello I had wrote earlier regarding bubbles in my Sun Conure's droppings and have taken your advice to see a vet for a thorough exam. I have an appointment coming up on Sunday and was planning on having blood work done (CBC) and chemistry profile, in addition to the fecal Gram strain. The vet never specified but do I need to bring in a fecal sample or do they take one there?
Most of all, I am extremely concerned with having blood taken from my Sun as I have been told by members of my parrot club & read stories on the internet about how a bird can bleed to death during the procedure or if too much blood is taken, going into shock, having a heart attack, etc. I want to do what is best for my bird (she is 5 years old and has never had a blood test, she gets quite stressed at the vet when restrained in a towel for a physical exam)
I am so worried about her dying from the blood test, I would be beyond devastated. Is there anything I can do to prevent this tragedy from happening? Can you tell me how risky is taking blood from a Sun Conure and what would cause a bird to die from having blood taken? I have been told the vet I am seeing is very good, but has a new born baby at home and only works two days a week right now.
Also my Sun has been picking at her feathers (I know she is molting but it seems quite excessive) and also biting her toenails and seems generally itchy all over and quite tired-is there any tests I should request to address this issue? Sorry to ask so many questions but I am very concerned :(
Thank you so much in advance for any help you can provide, I hope you can put my mind at ease !