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2360 North Blvd. West
Davenport, FL 33837
Phone: 863-438-6600
Fax: 863-438-6603

Dr. Terri Parrott * Dr. Jamie Nenezian * Dr. Christine Solis * Dr. Walker Roberts 

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Avian & Exotics

Avian & Exotic pets are Dr. Parrott’s specialty, as she has been practicing over 27 years with a focus on the care and husbandry of all avian and exotic species. She has been featured twice on National Geographic for her work with primates and other exotics and has contributed multiple articles to Bird Talk magazine and various medical journals. If you have had difficulty finding a reputable veterinarian to treat your bird, monkey, ferret, chinchilla, rabbit, or exotic cats… Look no further, YOU have found your veterinarian!

Avian Care

It is always recommended after the purchase of a new bird that you bring it to an avian veterinarian for a wellness check. It is also extremely important to quarantine any new birds from any existing birds you may have until you have your new pet examined and tested by your veterinarian. Failure to do so may introduce disease or infection to your current pet birds.

We also recommend regular wing trimming to avoid accidental crashed into mirrors, sliding glass doors, falling into boiling water on stovetops, or the inevitable escape out a window or door. Wing trimming is a responsible way to make sure that your pet will stay out of harms way!

Birds often mask illness until the last minute. If your bird starts showing signs of not feeling well suddenly it is very important to get them to a skilled avian veterinarian immediately as they have often been experiencing the illness and not showing symptoms for some time. It is a good practice for bird owners to purchase a gram scale and weigh birds often (at least once a week) to monitor your pet’s weight. Weight loss can be the first sign of illness.

At St. Charles Veterinary Hospital we are a full service avian hospital capable of all avain bloodwork, cultures, surgeries and hospitalization!

Teflon Toxicity (PTFE Toxicosis) in Birds
Some Common Sources of PTFE

  • Non-stick pots,pans, and other cookware.
  • Stain repellents.
  • Space heaters and heat lamp covers.
  • Non-stick irons and ironing board covers.
  • Hair dryers.
  • Non-stick oven drip pans and broiler pans.
  • Non-stick griddles, woks, waffle makers, electric skillets, tortilla presses.
  • Non-stick hot air corn poppers, coffee makers, bread makers.
  • Non-stick slow cookers, roasters, pizza pans.
  • Ceramic cooking stoves.

Primate Care

Dr. Parrott is well known for her work with primates as she has been featured on National Geographic twice for her extensive veterinary care with monkeys. Before you purchase a monkey consider all the pro’s and con’s of owning a primate and research the laws in your state and local government restricting ownership of primates. Primates are a life-long commitment that should not be taken lightly.

All primates should visit a skilled primate veterinarian upon purchase for a wellness check, no exceptions! Monkeys require annual wellness visits and you should discuss with your veterinarian what vaccines and tests your monkey will require based on your lifestyle and how much you will expose your monkey to the public and visitors who come in and out of your home.

Owning a monkey is a HUGE responsibility and proper owner education is of the utmost importance.