Birds make rather engaging and fun pets. Parrots, cockatiels, budgies, and more have become popular choices to domesticate. Birds are masters at hiding signs of illness, so if your feathery pal shows any symptoms, they must be quite ill. While they don’t need to visit the vet as often as canines and felines, you should bring them in immediately if they have any of the following symptoms: bleeding, appetite loss, inability to perch, trouble breathing, looking “fluffed up,” trouble laying eggs, runny stool, sneezing, as well as discharge from the eyes or nose. To know more about how we care for birds, call us at
How often should I bring in my bird for a routine exam?
It is advisable to have your bird examined once every year by your veterinarian to ensure it is healthy and doing well.
What is the most common health concern among birds?
Vitamin deficiencies due to improper diet are one of the most common problems in pet birds. Make sure your bird is getting an appropriate vitamin supplement. Take some time and research the proper diet for your bird species – many have unique requirements.
What are some things to remember when you have birds as pets?
Below are some pointers to keep in mind:
- Fumes from Teflon cookware are toxic to birds, so keep them away from the kitchen when cooking.
- Birds are particularly sensitive to many chemical smells such as paint, carpet cleaners, and varnishes – in genera, if you are concerned something may harm your bird, it probably could!
- If you let your bird outside the cage to exercise, beware of windows, ceiling fans, and other pets.