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Avian Exam Checklist

Date________________Technician______________________________________________

  • Observation

Bird

    • Normal/BAR/singing
    • Abnormal/QAR/depressed
    • Fluffed up/on bottom of cage
    • Squinting/eyes closed
    • Heavy breathing/panting/tail bob

Cage

    • Size/appropriate/too small/too large
    • Spacing of bars/ appropriate/too far apart
    • Clean/needs cleaning
    • Consistency of droppings
    • Proper substrate/improper substrate
    • Perches/too many/not enough/ wrong kind/too large/too small
    • Bowls/proper size/proper amount/proper location
    • Food/pellets/seed/fresh food/treats
    • Toys/appropriate size/appropriate quality/appropriate amount
  • Weight ___________________________grams
    • Appropriate weight/too thin/too heavy
  • Feathers
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Feather loss
    • Stress bars
    • Damaged/broken/shredded/plucked
    • Blood feathers
    • Unzipped barbules
    • Dull
    • Greasy
    • Stained
    • Abnormal color
    • Masses
    • Lack of powder down (species specific)
    • Preen gland normal/abnormal
  • Skin
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Dry/flaking
    • Redness/inflammation/blood
    • Pitting on the surface
    • Masses
  • Head
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Symmetry
    • Inflammation
    • Bruising
  • Eyes
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Symmetry
    • Discharge
    • Opaque lens
    • Masses
    • Ophthalmic exam performed Yes/No
  • Beak
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Symmetry
    • Abnormal wear/scissor beak/over bite/under bite
    • Pitting on the surface/severe flaking/cracks
  • Nares
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Symmetry
    • Blockage
    • Discharge/blood
    • Masses
  • Ears
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Inflammation
    • Odor
    • Discharge
  • Oral Cavity/Mouth
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Abscesses
    • Epithelial plaques
    • Epithelial projections in tact/missing
    • Necrotic tissue
    • Masses
  • Crop
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Distended/doughy/empty
    • Bruising/burns/fistula
    • Foreign body
    • Masses
  • Keel Bone and Pectoral Muscle
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Too thin/too heavy
  • Wings
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Range of motion/joint integrity
    • Broken feathers/blood feathers/missing feathers
    • Fractured or dislocation of wing
    • Ulcers/masses
    • Ectoparasites
  • Cloaca
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Clean/accumulation of feces/diarrhea
    • Signs of dilation or prolapse of tissue
    • Masses
  • Feet/Legs
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Symmetry
    • Range of motion
    • Feet grasping strong/weak
    • Plantar erosion/gout
    • Scaly skin/ulcers/scabs/inflammation/necrotic tissue
    • Masses
    • Nail length/normal/abnormal
    • Broken/missing/damaged
  • Abdomen
    • Normal/abnormal
    • Ascites
    • Eggs
    • Hepatomegly
    • Masses
  • Hydration Status
    • Normal/abnormal

References:
Exotic animal Care – Tully and Mitchell
Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician – Ballard and Cheek

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