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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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bird_treatBirds and owners love dietary variety and sharing at mealtime. In order to enhance compliance, a list of foods that have relatively low antigenicity and do not contribute to skin inflammation was developed for owners to share with their birds. This was based on avian as well as human literature. Supplemental foods should be chosen from the following list. If the bird is begging for table foods at dinnertime, offer these foods. They can also be used for treats and to enrich the diet.

  • Cooked or canned salmon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cooked chicken
  • Tofu
  • Spinach or kale
  • Garlic
  • Green peppers
  • Chickpeas
  • Green beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Cooked eggs
  • Soybeans (roasted)
  • Almonds
  • Cottage cheese
  • Shelled Brazil nuts (raw unsalted)
  • Sunflower seeds (shelled-limited quantity)
  • Spirulina--(if marine algae)
  • Black beans
  • Olive oil
  • Lentils
  • Strawberries

In the initial exclusion phase of dietary restrictions, additional foods should not be given. After the first 2 months, new foods should be added 1 item a week in order to detect specific items that the bird may be sensitive to.

Therapy for Inflammatory Skin Disease in Pet Birds

Therapy for ISD is based upon reduction or control of the allergic response with antihistamines, provision of a hypoallergenic diet if possible, elimination of allergens as much as possible, and provision of optimum levels of specific nutrients that help to control inflammation, and enhance metabolism. I have found supplementation and balancing omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which is often used in other species to reduce inflammation, is also clinically beneficial in birds. My goal in fatty acid supplementation is 50-250 mg/kg body weight of omega 3 fatty acids with an omega 3:omega 6 ratio of 1:2-1:6. When supplementing extruded diets, I use a balance supplement of salmon oil and flax seed oil (high in omega 3 fatty acids) and safflower seed oil (high in omega 6 fatty acids). If the bird is eating a primarily seed diet, I supplement only with salmon oil and flax seed oil.

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

Veterinary Services

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

Office Hours



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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