I just obtained a new Meyer's Parrot for my birthday and I'm going to take her to an Avian Specialist next Saturday (2003/01/17) and I've been quoted between $150 to $350 for her initial veterinarian visit and was wondering what everyone else in other parts of the United States / World spent on their initial vet visit so the upper $300 price-range starts sounding more sensible to me. For what it seems I'm going to spend over $300 on her visit on Saturday unless others state this is kind of overkill.
I guess what I'm trying to ask more experienced owners out in APPM / RPB is, "What tests are necessary / not necessary on my initial visit and what should I expect to pay for each test?"
I'm in Orange County, CA.
I'm going to purchase Belle a new cage today since I have to keep her quarantined from Kiwi and the budgies for 30-45 days.

The initial pet visit cost isn't really a problem... all I want to know is what tests are required / not required so I don't have them try and give Belle a test that isn't required for the health of the bird. I haven't been to the doctors in over 9 years and here I am going to spend $350 on a new bird and another $100 on vaccine's and check up for Kiwi... Go Figure. Emotion: smile)
Any help would be appreciated!

LCC
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I just obtained a new Meyer's Parrot for my birthday and I'm going to take her to an Avian Specialist ... to spend $350 on a new bird and another $100 on vaccine's and check up for Kiwi... Go Figure. Emotion: smile)

Any help would be appreciated! LCC

A lot depends on where your at. The local taxes and such vary a lot from place to place, so the cost of the Vet will vary. When we get a new bird we do a complete set of labs, along with a well bird check. I think it runs over $200.00 for the entire work up. Then each year we do a check up, and every other year the lab tests again. When we just do the check up and nail trim it's less than $100.00.

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Last year we took our baby Military Macaw to the avian vet for his first visit right after we got him and it cost around $225 - 250 and included tests for nasty diseases as well as sexing.
Andrea
Andrea
States / World spent on their initial vet visit so the upper $300 price-range starts sounding more sensible to me. For what it seems I'm going to spend over $300 on her visit on Saturday unless others state this is kind of overkill.

Depends on the tests the vet runs. In my case, an initial visit is $50-60, DNA sexing ($55), and the various tests are extra for each test.

For $300, you should get "the works", which should include testing for almost everything, sexing, chipping, a wing clip, toe clip.
Funny you should ask . I just took Cupcake, my former foster, now adopted female Eclectus for her preliminary visit this morning. Her bill was $204.50. This was for all lab tests, examination/consultation, beak dremelling (she has a beak birth defect needs maintenance), and FedEx fees for the lab tests. She did not have a wing or nail trim I did them
3 weeks ago. Trims cost $24 (price I was charged for my Amazon last time).Did not have to have a DNA sex test since Eclectus' are sexually dimorphic. Prices given were for the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Amy
I just obtained a new Meyer's Parrot for my birthday ... for Kiwi... Go Figure. Emotion: smile) Any help would be appreciated!

You should be able to tell overall condition by looking at her feather condition, clear eyes, no discharge from the ... get them done myself if I am concerned. They test for all the major nasty things like pbfd, chlamidia etc.

The bird is an overall beauty. I went to 5 different pet-stores today and none of their meyers compared to my new Cleo Belle. I post some pictures in another post Emotion: smile She looks as healthy as a bird (pun intended).
Are you saying I could do these tests myself from the comfort of my own home? I know you're in the UK, but what site / places do you send away for these 'at home' kits as I would be interested in doing minimal things from the comfort of my own home.
As it is now I'm going to spend around $350 for her initial visit (the works), but it would be nice if I could save $50-$100 with the DNA testing or something simple.

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States / World spent on their initial vet visit so ... on Saturday unless others state this is kind of overkill.

Depends on the tests the vet runs. In my case, an initial visit is $50-60, DNA sexing ($55), and the ... $300, you should get "the works", which should include testing for almost everything, sexing, chipping, a wing clip, toe clip.

Yeah, I was told that for what I'm paying I should obtain the works plus a good 30-60 minutes of training with my new parrot, which should serve me good considering my other senegal would probably benefit from the talk I'm going to have with the Avian specialist.

Thanks for the response Emotion: smile.

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I just obtained a new Meyer's Parrot for my birthday ... on vaccine's and check up for Kiwi... Go Figure. Emotion: smile)

A lot depends on where your at. The local taxes and such vary a lot from place to place, so ... other year the lab tests again. When we just do the check up and nail trim it's less than $100.00.

They stated the initial investment is the 'hefty' one and I should expect to spend about $100 a year thereafter, so it's about the same here in southern california as it is in your part of the country Emotion: smile

Thanks for the response.

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