The importance of a Certified Avian Vet
Hi! I’m Sammy, a blue and gold macaw. In November 2014, I was surrendered to Fallen Feathers. I had been living alone for a while as my previous owner(s) didn’t like it when I made noise and they said I wasn’t friendly.
On my left wing, I had a growth that had been growing for 10 years. Jody was concerned about it and took me to Dr. Hillary Frank at North Central Animal Hospital. The doctor took some bloodwork and determine that surgery was a necessity.
In the meantime, I visited with other birds, meet many volunteers, introducing myself to anyone that would walk into the garage. The garage contained other Macaws and lots of other birds. I like having all the new friends.
The day came for my surgery. Surgery is dangerous for anyone, but especially for birds. It is very difficult. Luckily, Dr. Frank is a Certified Avian Veterinarian, so I knew I was in good hands. She wanted the best for me and I was certainly happy to be rid of that lump.
The mass that was on my wing was sent to the lab for testing. We found out that it was benign. Jody was relieved. I wasn’t yet as I had to heal for 2 weeks with the cone of shame around my neck.
While wearing the cone, volunteers had to hand feed me and give me water. I also got to sleep on the perch since the cone couldn’t fit in a cage and allow me much movement. I’m sure the other birds were somewhat jealous.
It’s been a few months. I am fully healed and looking for my forever home.