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Wing Trimming Services  
South Pasadena Animal Hospital

  • What is a wing trim? 

A wing trim involves cutting one to a few feathers from each wing to decrease your bird’s flight potential. It is not a way to completely stop your bird from flying.

  • What can I expect from a wing trim? 

Your bird should be able to float to the ground and not be at the mercy of gravity. And your bird may be able to fly forward a bit. Your bird should not be able to take air and fly upward.

  • What can I not expect from a wing trim? 

You cannot expect your bird to be incapable of flight. A wing trim that completely prevents flying is excessive and inappropriate.

  • Can I take my bird outside with me after a trim? 

We recommend that no pet bird go outside with its owner unless it is in a cage or well-fitted flight suit. Birds with trimmed wings are less able to adapt to wind and can be carried away by an updraft. Their trimmed wings may also make it impossible for them to return to you even if they try.

  • How is a wing trim performed? 

Anesthesia is neither required nor recommended. Simple restraint in a towel is usually all that is needed. Their outermost primary feathers are cut at the level of the covert feathers. Blood feathers are avoided, and no bleeding should occur. An equal number of feathers are trimmed from each side. The trim is tested until the bird can float to the ground and not take air.

South Pasadena Animal Hospital offers wing trimming services to promote the safety and well-being of your flighted pets. Our experienced team understands the unique needs of birds and provides compassionate wing trimming techniques tailored to each individual pet. By opting for wing trimming, you can provide a secure environment for your feathered companion, ensuring their safety while allowing them to enjoy controlled flight. Trust South Pasadena Animal Hospital to deliver professional and caring wing trimming services for the benefit of your cherished avian companion.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to provide helpful service to you and your bird. If you have any questions, give us a call at 626-441-1314.

New Patients Welcome

South Pasadena Animal Hospital offers a wide range of services for companion animals of all shapes and sizes.  Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment 

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