When people hear about pet grooming, they typically think of shampooing, coat clipping and blow drying. But, as an avian veterinarian, I think about nails, wings and beaks. Birds, just like dogs and cats, need regular grooming to stay healthy and safe. While wild birds use their flight feathers to get around and keep their nails worn down by landing on rough branches and rocks, pet birds in cages don’t have these experiences. Thus, pet birds often develop overgrown nails and may become injured while flying indoors. Retailers would be wise to remind bird owners that regular grooming is critical to help keep their avian companions out of trouble. Nip That Nail Given most pet birds’ lack of activity when compared to their wild counterparts, as well as the abundance of food they are offered, these animals’ nails typically grow fast and require trimming every few months. Just like people, the frequency with which birds’ nails need to be clipped varies based on genetics, species, diet and activity level. Bird owners generally know that when nails are pointy and it is painful to have their pets sit on their arms, it is time for a trim. There are many safe ways to trim birds’ nails, and...