On a busy Friday afternoon, you walk into an exam room to see Sophie, a 9-year-old Bichon. Sophie’s owner, Mrs. Smith, just moved to the area and is looking for a new veterinarian.
Feather plucking is a common and frustrating complaint in avian patients. This condition is challenging because it can have many potential causes, ranging from medical conditions to behavioral concerns. A thorough medical workup is essential, to rule out underlying medical conditions. If the cause is determined to be behavioral, extensive environmental modifications may be required, along with adjunct medications.