Laboratory Tests

    There are several routine screening tests for your bird:
  • Fecal: A fecal sample is taken and put under a microscope to check for any parasites, such as coccidia or giardia. The float concentrates certain parasites at the top of a test tube full of a heavy salt solution enhancing detection of worm eggs of various types and other organisms .
  • Gram Stain: A sample can be taken from the throat, crop, or from the feces. The sample is treated with several staining agents to reveal gram positive or gram negative bacteria. Depending on the type, number and characteristics of the results, potential diseases can be determined and treated.
  • Blood Profiles: A blood sample is taken and analyzed for such problems as anemia, blood parasites, and liver and kidney damage.
  • Bacterial Culture and Sensitivity: Based on the results of the gram stain, fecal droppings or other secretions are submitted to a laboratory. The lab attempts to grow and isolate any bacteria that are found. Samples of antibiotics are then tested to determine which will be most effective for treatment.
  • ECG: A handheld unit will be placed against your bird’s chest for approximately one minute and a recording of the heart’s electrical activity will be analyzed for cardiac abnormalities.