Necropsy help - CAHFS - selecting tests

allebasi4

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Hi,
My pullet with a suspected respiratory disease unfortunately died this morning, but I'm glad she's out of her misery. After she died I called an avian vet who would have been able to do a necropsy for her but she won't be back in the office for a few more days. I really want to get her looked at because I'm super concerned for the rest of my flock. I'm planning on taking her to UC Davis, though I'm a little unsure about how it all goes as this is my first time. I'm planning on calling tomorrow but I wanted to see if anyone else has had experience with UCD's necropsies. As far as I can tell, the necropsy is little to no cost, however I want to get her tested for various respiratory diseases. There is a section on the form where you have to input the tests you want done but some of these tests (ie infectious bronchitis) are $80. I'm assuming I have to select each test I want done, and they won't do them based on the symptoms I write down and what they find when they open her up? I'm slightly afraid of spending a whole lot of money on tests that may be unnecessary. There's 21+ pages of tests, and I just don't know how I'm supposed to decide :/
Sorry if this is confusing, I'm just new to this
 

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Hi,
My pullet with a suspected respiratory disease unfortunately died this morning, but I'm glad she's out of her misery. After she died I called an avian vet who would have been able to do a necropsy for her but she won't be back in the office for a few more days. I really want to get her looked at because I'm super concerned for the rest of my flock. I'm planning on taking her to UC Davis, though I'm a little unsure about how it all goes as this is my first time. I'm planning on calling tomorrow but I wanted to see if anyone else has had experience with UCD's necropsies. As far as I can tell, the necropsy is little to no cost, however I want to get her tested for various respiratory diseases. There is a section on the form where you have to input the tests you want done but some of these tests (ie infectious bronchitis) are $80. I'm assuming I have to select each test I want done, and they won't do them based on the symptoms I write down and what they find when they open her up? I'm slightly afraid of spending a whole lot of money on tests that may be unnecessary. There's 21+ pages of tests, and I just don't know how I'm supposed to decide :/
Sorry if this is confusing, I'm just new to this
@allebasi4 I'm sorry that she died.

@casportpony I believe is familiar with UC Davis and their forms. If no one responds, when you get to UCD then explain what you need, they should be able to help you with the form.
 

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allebasi4

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@allebasi4 I'm sorry that she died.

@casportpony I believe is familiar with UC Davis and their forms. If no one responds, when you get to UCD then explain what you need, they should be able to help you with the form.
Thanks, I called but they're closed today so I guess it'll have to wait until tomorrow. It's so nerve-wracking having a dead bird in the fridge & others potentially at risk! I found on the site it says "CAHFS standard necropsy fee includes histopathology and except where indicated most ancillary tests that are warranted based on the necropsy." so I'm assuming this means they can decide based off their findings & the history I give.. I may tack on a parasite screen too.
 

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