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Lake Howell Animal Clinic

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856 Lake Howell Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 628-8000
Fax: (407) 628-8412

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avian_apr10Feather destructive behavior represents a range of actions from excessive preening, to feather plucking or feather picking, to self-mutilation. The cause of feather destructive behavior is not really understood, but is often believed to be cause by multiple problems that may be psychological and/or medical. Picking may also begin as a medical problem and then persist as a habit.

A wide range of medical problems have been linked to feather picking, including:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Endoparasitism
  • Systemic disease including liver
  • Allergies may be suspected, but are difficult to confirm in avian patients
  • Ectoparasites such as mites are a rare cause of feather picking
  • Although inflammation of the feather follicles (folliculitis) and skin (dermatitis) is a frequent finding, it is usually secondary to the feather destructive behavior.

Behavioral or psychological causes of feather picking may include:

  • Boredom or lack of stimulation
  • Stress: Stress can mean very different things for different birds. Overstimulation in the form of noise and activity may initiate plucking in nervous birds, while a sedate, quiet environment may be stressful for another bird.
  • Separation anxiety
  • Sexual frustration

Feather destructive behavior may also be exacerbated by environmental factors such as low humidity or lack of exposure to natural light.

As an avian veterinarian, I would want to obtain detailed information about your bird’s behavior/ home life and perform a medical diagnostic work-up to rule out medical causes of feather picking.

Orlando Diaz-Figueroa, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Specialty)

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Welcome to Lake Howell Animal Clinic

"Your pet’s health and well-being is our number one concern."

Your Dog, Cat, and Exotics Veterinarian in Maitland, FL
Call us at (407) 628-8000

Veterinary Services:
  • Medical Care

  • Dental Care

  • Orthopedics

  • Surgery

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Critical Care

  • Vaccinations

  • Boarding

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Referrals

  • Education

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.


We like the knowledge of both Dr.Diaz and Dr.Perez so much- we moved from another clinic we had been with for ten years. I highly recommend them both.

- Robin L. / Maitland, FL

I can say with much certainty that not many will do what you (Dr.Diaz) did for me. Not many are out there who have so much benevolence in their heart to help out others, particularly in the medical profession. My heart is filled with thankfulness towards you. I would also like to thank your staff which is equally as loving and caring. They showed tremedous sensitivity towards me and dealt with me in kindness.

- Vijai T. / Maitland, FL

Dr Perez has been the vet for my 3 dogs for over 5 years and I can't say enough good things about her care and the well being she has for my pups. Nancy is also very knowledgeable and wonderful. She takes the time needed to answer all my questions and gives me the best course of action when they're ill.

- Janis L. / Orlando, FL

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Our clinic will have the following hours of operation for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday:

Monday, November 20................8am-5pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up between 8am-4pm*
Tuesday, November 21................8am-5pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up between 8am-4pm*
Wednesday, November 22..........7am-1pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up no later than 11:00am**
Thursday, November 23..............CLOSED
Friday, November 24...................CLOSED

Saturday, November 25..............8am-1pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up no later than 11:00am**


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  • 856 Lake Howell Road Maitland, FL 32751
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